(ST JOSEPH, Mo) New teachers are coming to St. Joseph classrooms this fall. A "New Teacher Exploratorium" was held at Oak Grove Elementary School for new teachers coming into the St. Joseph School District.
"It's what I like to call Personalized Professional Development." said Dr. Kendra Lau, Director of School Improvement for the St. Joseph School District.
The idea was to help teachers focus on understanding their role in the classroom.
"That will help them feel more comfortable as they enter the classroom and engage the students." said Lau.
Engagement comes in the form of relationship building for Taylor Peters, a soon-to-be 2nd grade teacher with the district.
"These kids need someone who's gonna be another person in their life that they can go to and trust." said Peters, adding it's important her kids see the human side of the occupation.
"Letting them know that you make mistakes, because they mistakes so they wanna know that you're a person and that you make mistakes as well, so that also builds your relationship with them."
Shelby Lager, a soon-to-be 3rd grade teacher for the district, also plans to form those relationships...
"Just learning a lot about your students, and building those relationships first"
...by learning as much as she can about her students.
"How they best learn, how they want to be greeted in the morning, what's going on in their home life, what are their interests, what are their dislikes." she added.
For all of the new teachers entering the school district this year, Dr Lau wants them to be prepared, so that they are just as ready for the first day of school as their students.
"I'm totally prepared for the new year, I know what i'm doing, I know what I should be doing." said Lager.