Northern Illinois University (NIU) Student-Teacher and Amka Students

NIU senior Lucia Hoffman is student-teaching for eight weeks this term in the early childhood classrooms at Amka. Prepared by NIU to begin where her students are, Lucia has already assessed their level of readiness and will soon be teaching her first lessons. Amka students bring a rich home culture to school, but one that does not match up with the state curriculum. Also, they are quite different from middle class suburban preschoolers in America. In addition to these challenges, Lucia is working in two languages. What an experience and what an adventure!

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