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K-State Today

November 17, 2014

Future teachers from Junction City High School visit College of Education

Submitted by Patrice Scott

Laurie Curtis presents to a group of students from JCHS about how the brain learns.

About 27 students from Junction City High School interested in becoming teachers or coaches spent Friday morning at K-State.

After the welcoming, the group split apart and students attended two of three presentations made by College of Education faculty members. James Teagarden, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, presented "Teaching is Magic: Sometimes it's More than Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat." Laurie Curtis, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, presented "Blending Science and Teaching: Learning and the Brain." Cristina Fanning, instructor of curriculum and instruction, delivered "Biography-Driven Instruction: Identifying the Assets in All Students."

Christine Poole, a Junction City High School English teacher and leader of the education cluster academy, and Kris Tanner, school counselor, brought the sophomore through senior students to campus. Grace Carson, a Junction City High School AVID tutor and current preservice teacher at K-State, also accompanied the group.

Kelly Briggs, an academic advisor in the College of Education's Center for Student and Professional Services, organized the trip.