HPU School Of Education Students And Local First-Graders Visit The Zoo

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 28, 2009 ? High Point University students in the School of Education recently had a unique teaching experience. Twenty-two elementary and special education majors accompanied 85 students from Montlieu Math and Science Academy ? which partners with the School of Education – to the North Carolina Zoological Park on Oct. 7 as part of the Teacher Education program.

Dr. Barbara Leonard, associate dean in the School of Education at HPU, explains that the field trip is an integral part of the science methods, math methods and the behavior management classes for HPU students. The zoo trip is an opportunity to apply what is learned in class to an authentic setting. The HPU students planned the lesson for the day, and were responsible for small groups of first graders.

“Taking classes on an educational field trip to places such as the zoo has very different requirements than teaching in a regular classroom,” says Leonard, who has organized these trips for the past 10 years. “We have been making the zoo field trip a tradition in the Teacher Education program at HPU for that reason. Although we have taken smaller classes to the zoo, this is the first year that we have had the responsibility of a complete grade level.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education?s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.ed/

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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