PK-3 Seniors visit service-learning partner, Knock Knock Children's Museum




Photo Credit: Ellen Farmer


Seniors in the School of Education PK-3 Certification Program, specifically in EDCI 4381: Student Teaching: Practice and Reflection in PK/K, taught by Dr. Baumgartner, visited the Knock Knock Children's Museum (KKCM) on Friday, February 10, 2017. The class and the museum are service learning partners for this spring semester. As part of the faculty/community partner service learning agreement, Knock Knock and LSU College of Human Sciences and Education's PK-3 program teamed up to try out and provide feedback on creative art experiences that the KKCM Art Garden Committee has developed. LSU students will also submit art experiences to Knock Knock that may be used in the museum.

The LSU students are piloting and developing art activities for Knock Knock Museum's Art Garden. They also are currently student teaching in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. They are placed in 10 different schools in the area (East Baton Rouge, Central, and Zachary).

To kick off the partnership, the students and Dr. Baumgartner were given a tour of KKCM, which is under construction and plans to open summer 2017.

Afterwards they returned to LSU's Peabody Hall and explored a variety of art materials, tools, and techniques. The LSU students received their assignments and will try out the art activities in their student teaching placement. It's a win-win-win! Knock Knock benefits from the feedback that the students will provide. The LSU students win from exploring new techniques and materials that they may use once they become teachers. And the children in the student teacher's classrooms win as they are exposed to high quality art experience that are meaningful, creative, and FUN!

"We were able to get a sense of the vision and scope of the entire museum as well as the Art Garden specifically," Dr. Baumgartner said. "Then we came back to Peabody and engaged in some art exploration activities including watercolor, clay and working with loose parts."

EDCI 4381 is a service learning course at LSU. Most PK-3 courses are designated as service-learning. The Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership, or CCELL, works with university faculty, students, administrators and community partners to facilitate service-learning and community-engaged research while strengthening LSU's commitment to being an exemplar of an engaged public research university. The Center promotes the integration of teaching, research and service to encourage civic responsibility and to enhance learning and social accountability.  


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Knock Knock Children’s Museum is a community spark for engaging, playful learning experiences that inspire and support lifelong learning.

The Pre-K through 3rd grade teacher education program at LSU is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) and adheres to the organization’s Professional Preparation Standards. Teacher candidates in the PK-3 Teacher Education program move through the program in cohorts, gaining the advantage of close collegial relationships found to be effective for personal and professional development. Candidates participate in field-based professional blocks and student teaching in diverse professional development school settings. 

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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