Dream To Teach
Dream to Teach Year One
Instructors: Peterson and Dykstra
Prerequisite: Students should plan to be involved in their school’s Dream to Teach club/group while enrolled in this class.
This class is an introduction to the field of education/teaching and is offered to ninth through twelfth grade students. The course introduces students to a variety of careers in education through a curriculum that integrates academic and workplace skills. Students will be exposed to guest speakers from different backgrounds and educational roles. Students will also learn about the foundations of education, educational theories/theorists, and pedagogy through a social justice lens. The class is worth one elective credit with the possibility of earning an English elective credit.
Dream to Teach Year Two
Prerequisite: Student should have either taken Dream to Teach Year One or should have been involved in their school’s Dream to Teach club/group. While enrolled in Dream to Teach Year Two, students should continue to be involved in their school’s Dream to Teach club/group.
This class is offered to eleventh and twelfth grade students who have either taken Dream to Teach Year One or who have participated in their school’s Dream to Teach club. The course will also examine education from a historical, philosophical, and sociological perspective. Challenges and issues in education today will be discussed in the context of school organization, politics, funding, and curriculum through a social justice lens. First semester will help prepare students for their upcoming student teaching internships by reviewing topics such as professionalism, mandatory reporting, cultural responsiveness, etc. Second semester students will acquire extensive field experience through student teaching internships, observation, and field trips. Students will work to develop leadership skills toward becoming agents of change in their schools and communities. This class provides a strong foundation and transition to teacher education programs post high school. The class is worth two elective credits, five DMACC credits, and the possibility of earning an English elective credit.