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Chesapeake Students Aid Longwoods Schoolhouse Project

Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007

WYE MILLS – Education majors from Chesapeake College are lending a hand with the Historical Society of Talbot County project to revive the Longwoods Schoolhouse on Route 662.

Dr. Deanna Stock, associate professor and director of the Teacher Education Program at Chesapeake College, wanted her students to get a historical perspective of elementary education. After reading an article in the Business Ledger about the Society´s project, Dr. Stock thought involvement might provide a good service learning activity for her students.

"Participation in this project gave our students an opportunity to really examine historical aspects of American education as well as gain valuable experience writing curriculum," said Dr. Stock.

Dr. Stock and her teacher education students worked on a curriculum for Talbot County fourth graders to use during field trips to the schoolhouse. The fourth-grade students will experience a day in the life of a circa 1900 schoolhouse. Eight Chesapeake students in the Teacher Education Program participated in the project.

The Chesapeake group developed a curriculum adapted from 1900s textbooks, but updated to conform with Maryland´s Voluntary State Curriculum. The lessons include language arts, math and social studies.

"The Chesapeake students have developed a fabulous curriculum. They provided the help that we needed. They took the old 1900 lessons and updated the material to make it meet modern education standards. Their assistance was invaluable," said Beth Hanson, curator with the Historical Society of Talbot County.

Talbot County students should be using the field trip curriculum during the 2007-2008 academic year, according to Hanson.

For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Chesapeake College, please call 410-822-5400, ext. 313.

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