Step 1 invites students to explore teaching as a career. The students teach science or math lessons in upper elementary classrooms to obtain firsthand experience with planning and implementing inquiry-based curriculum. Master teachers teach Step 1, so students have direct access to people who love teaching and who believe that teaching is a rewarding career choice. Local public school elementary classrooms provide the future teachers with a first taste of teaching in a supportive, diverse environment.
An introduction to the theory and practice necessary to design and deliver quality inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction provides the scaffold for the early field experience. The GeauxTeach master teacher and the elementary school mentor teacher emphasize both inquiry and classroom management techniques.