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Friday, November 6, 2009

PITT-BRADFORD HOLDS ACTIVITY DAY FOR LOCAL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Senior education student Janelle Krisulevics of Larksville
working on a Halloween math problem with second-grader
Tacoma Weaver at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Friday.
PITT-BRADFORD HOLDS ACTIVITY DAY FOR LOCAL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

BRADFORD, Pa.— Anyone visiting the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Hanley Library got quite a surprise today if they visited the facility’s second floor. The usually-quiet study area resembled an elementary classroom, complete with teachers, students and several colorful lessons and activities.

The annual event, organized by Pitt-Bradford education instructor Julie Kleinberger, gives Pitt-Bradford education students the opportunity to work with second-graders from George G. Blaisdell Elementary School in a small, supervised environment.

“It’s really a great opportunity for the Pitt-Bradford students to try out some of the lessons they’ve been writing,” Kleinberger said. “They observe and work in the schools throughout the year, but this gives me an opportunity to see them in action as well.”

This year, Mary Gracy-Dalton brought her class of 14 students to learn language arts and math from students in Kleinberger’s educational methods classes.

“My students absolutely love this,” Dalton said. “They get to participate in fun activities all morning and eat lunch in the dining hall on campus. Plus, it’s really nice that the Pitt students get to practice their lessons with real students.”

The Pitt-Bradford education majors organized a variety of learning stations and activities for the younger students to enjoy, including measuring pumpkins, reading Thanksgiving stories and learning to tell time by making their own clocks.

“This is a great experience for all of us,” said Pitt-Bradford senior Janelle Krisulevicz of Larksville. “It’s fun working and interacting with the kids in this environment.”

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