A current Elementary MAT, Jasmine Meade, is teaching a social studies unit on the different between cities, states and countries, in her spring student teaching placement, in a second grade classroom at Pleasant View Elementary School. What better way to bring the unit to life, she thought, than to have an expert on government come to her classroom! An email request to the Rhode Island Governor’s office resulted in Governor Lincoln Chafee visiting Jasmine and her mentor teacher Claudia’s classroom last week, speaking to students and answering questions (ranging from, “What do you do in your job?” to “What kind of car do you drive?”).
Governor Chafee is a perfect person to learn from about the various levels of government because, in addition to serving in Rhode Island’s highest office, he served on the city council for Warwick, RI, as Warwick’s mayor, and in the U.S. Senate representing Rhode Island. Governor Chafee also happens to be an alum of Rhode Island public schools and Brown University.
These aren’t the only students of Brown Elementary MATs to meet a governor this spring. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy visited Wheeler School, an independent school in Providence, RI, and spoke to all students, teachers and staff about his experience with a learning difference and took questions from students, too. One Elementary MAT is student teaching in third grade at Wheeler School, another is in fourth grade at Hamilton, the school within Wheeler that provides specialized instruction for students with learning differences.
We love the real world connections that are engaging students out there in the field!