Elkin High School students participated in job shadowing by observing teachers in middle, high, and elementary school classrooms from 8:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ruthann McComb, FTA adviser, believes it was a rewarding experience for club members and was excited to give students the opportunity to see what teaching is like. “I believe that we should support students who wish to become teachers,” she commented. “Through FTA, I hope students will get a better picture of what it’s like to be a teacher.”
Patsy Burgess, Elkin High Career Development Coordinator, organized the shadowing experience with teachers. Students Kirstan Beaver, Madeline Carter, Makayla Dimmette, Leeza Hemric, Aspen Jackson and Kristen Kartes shadowed at Elkin Elementary School. Elise Corregan, Nicole Martin, and Taylor Osborne observed teachers at the middle school, and Emily Phillips shadowed Elkin High School teachers.
Sophomore Taylor Osborne hopes to become a history teacher, and he shadowed teacher Lane Beshears in his eighth grade social studies classroom at the middle school.
Throughout the course of the day, Osborne observed direct instruction to students, note taking, and project-based collaboration in the classroom. For the project, students were required to create a product and figure out how to market it to the public. Osborne seemed to enjoy watching Beshears manage a classroom and confessed that even after a full day of shadowing, “I would still like to be a teacher.”
McComb says she supported the shadowing day and enjoys advising FTA because she wants to provide students with opportunities to gain skills and experience that will help them get into a college education program. That is why she encourages Elkin High students to be active at the state level, attending the NC Teacher Cadet and FTA Conference for the past two years.
McComb commented that all of her students reported great experiences with shadowing. Although some are not sure if they plan to become teachers, she still feels it was a valuable learning experience. “It’s just as important at this age to decide what you don’t want to do as it is to decide what you do want to pursue as a career.”