May 2012 • Volume 43 • Number 5 • Page 40-50
A Pen Pal Project Connects Preservice Teachers and Urban Youth
Preservice teachers experience the rewards of working with urban youth through a pen pal project.
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*Denotes the corresponding characteristics from AMLE's position paper, This We Believe, for this article.
- Value Young Adolescents
- Meaningful Learning
- Multiple Learning Approaches
Jane M. Saunders
Article Description: This article describes a pen pal project that took place between preservice teachers and students in an urban middle school. The purpose of this project was twofold: to expose preservice teachers to the rewards of urban teaching and to expose urban middle school students to adult reading role models. As a result of the project, both goals were accomplished. The authors discuss implications for both the urban student and preservice teacher populations and offer recommendations for university and K-12 teachers to implement programs like this in their own classrooms.
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Lori G. Wilfong is an assistant professor at Kent State University–Stark in N. Canton, OH. E-mail: email@example.comCasey Oberhauser teaches at Milkovich Middle School in Maple Heights, OH. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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