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Ware County’s Response to Laboratory Experiences

Shared by: Coleen Lagoueyte

We are scheduled to start back on September 7th using the A/B Hybrid model. This has made observations problematic, as students will only attend two days per week in school, while attending the other three days virtually. Moreover, because of the virus, it would be imprudent to take the students to other Ware Co. schools.

That said, our teachers here at the high school have permission to bring their own children to school with them, and I have been granted permission to turn my classroom into a childcare lab for the rest of the semester during the ECE-2 and ECE-3 Practicum scheduled class times. We are hoping this is a temporary situation and does not carry on through the school year.

There are ten children between the ages of 4 and 9. At first, their parents will have to attend "our class" with them during part of their planning periods, and they have to take them to lunch in their own classrooms. Furthermore, the children will go to another room after their lunch with a paraprofessional for planned quiet activities. This will allow me to have my usual amount of planning time and lunch. All students will receive a criminal record check through our district office. All of the students are certified from last year in Heart Saver Pediatric and Adult CPR, First Aid, and AED use, as well as fire safety, mandated reporting practices, and lab safety.

Currently, I am writing lesson plans and planning activities for the first four days for each child's grade level- pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade. I am certified in Early Childhood Education. My students will be grouped and paired with one grade level only. Under my direct supervision, they will help the children with their own online learning and schoolwork, and then engage the children in activities based on the lesson plans for their group of students for the next couple of weeks. While students are learning remotely, they will focus on rules and regulations for day care centers during a pandemic, DAP, GELDS, direct and indirect guidance, lesson planning for young children, and FCCLA competition activities for the Fall Rally and Fall Leadership Conference.

Throughout the next three weeks, I will evaluate whether the plan is working or not, based on my learning objectives, the children's school learning objectives, my administration's opinions, and the parents' opinions. If it doesn't work, the parents will have to find other arrangements, and if so, I will feel better about the hands-on practicum. I have ordered more toys, books, and indoor games for physical development, so hopefully, they will get here soon. I feel like I am really stepping outside of the box here, but I am confident I can meet the challenge.


I wanted to update you with good news about our Gator Den Day Camp. It is going very well. My students are definitely getting hands-on experiences and learning a lot about managing children in a classroom setting. I would say they are learning more here than in the classrooms we visit. We are running "all hands on deck" style.

I wanted to let you know about an exciting story. One of the parents of a four year old has employed one of my students for after school care. She came during her planning to observe her child in this setting. You see, the child's primary caregiver, his grandmother, passed away from Covid-19 a couple of weeks ago, so he has been through a traumatic event. Coming here, he met one of my students and they connected. This connection itself is exciting because he has autism and struggles making friends and communicating his feelings. So far, his mother, a teacher at WCHS, and my student are thrilled.

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Ware County High
Coleen Lougueyte

“I wish to say thank you 1000 times. I learned so much about this pathway and CTAE that I can honestly say the process is invaluable. I am humbled. It truly made me a better teacher. Thank you for the opportunity”.

- The words of a teacher that recently achieved Industry Certification for the Early Childhood Education Program.

April Hartman

The Catoosa Board of Education, Ringgold, recognizes April Hartman, for achieving Industry Certification for the Lakeview Ft. Oglethorpe High Early Childhood Education Program. Pictured are: Chance Nix, Principal, Wayne Weaver, CTAE Administrator, April Hartman, Early Childhood Education Teachers, Martha Staples, GECEF Director, and Harriet Harden, certification team member.

Marietta High School
Anne Carroll

Many of the industry certification standards require documentation that the ECE program is using the DOE curriculum and that the teacher incorporates a wide range of instructional strategies in order for the students to master the standards. Documentation includes teacher lesson plans, student work samples, and photographs of classroom activities. My suggestion would be to start taking photographs and collecting student work samples two to three years before the year you go through the certification process. Save multiple copies of almost every assignment or project the students do. Take photographs of everything! There is so much work to do as you create your documentation file, it is very helpful to already have a large selection of student work samples and photographs to choose from to show the strength of your program.

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