CFBC student-teachers exhibition shows off arts, literature skills

Second-year student-teachers displayed their skills at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) Early-Childhood Education Programme exhibition.
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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Second-year student-teachers in the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) Early-Childhood Education Programme had an early start on Nov. 30, showcasing teaching skills during a Creative Arts and Children’s Literature exhibition.

CFBC teacher Millicent Dawson specializes in Early Childhood Children’s Literature, Language Arts, Reading and Decoding. She said the exhibition featured creative arts and children’s literature, which were on display to complement each other.

During the activity, student teachers produced 10 books around a children’s literature theme. They added props and materials that their students can easily manipulate in class. The student teachers also wrote a book.

This was their first attempt to write a book incorporating interesting aspects of life in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“The book should be Kittitian in nature,” Mrs. Dawson explained. “There should be a bit of Kittitian language, pictures, illustrations; it should be original. All the teachers produced outstanding books.”

The exhibition was important because it gave them a better understanding of how to bring their subject area to life in their classrooms. She said each classroom will have a display.

“We want to portray a more effective 21st-century language arts classroom, Mrs. Dawson explained. “It is a new concept.”

“We tried to add every detail with charts and teacher-made materials. Students can even purchase some materials. This is geared towards furthering students’ learning and introducing them to new concepts. We want to bring the aspect of play into our displays.”

“This is the exhibition’s third year,” Mrs. Dawson said. “Each year a different element is featured. This year the new element was producing a book and displaying props.

“For example, one student depicted the beach by displaying beach chairs, towels, anything that children can see and touch. They crafted their lessons around the display. Language arts should also be integrated. You find things pertaining to math like the fish with numbers. They can do anything. It draws on their creativity. This morning visiting students did not want to leave the exhibition.”

Dean of Teacher Education, Joycelyn Archibald-Pennyfeather was elated about the exhibition. She said it better-equipped student teachers to go into the classrooms.

“We started the Early Childhood Education Associate Programme in 2013,” Archibald-Pennyfeather concluded. “Since then our teachers are becoming enabled and more motivated to do much more in the classroom. After our teachers continue with their careers, we want them motivated their students and the other teachers to continue with these early childhood practices.”

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