From Saddleback Valley Unified School District News
September 4, 2018
Gates Elementary is a strong training school site for bilingual student teachers in UCI's MAT + Credential Program. Seven bilingual student teachers completed their student teaching and 52 undergraduates corresponded with two classrooms this past spring.
UCI undergraduates partnered with fifth and sixth graders from Ms. Bunce's and Mrs. Gomez's classes at Gates. The students were able to write freely, without prompts, to their college mentor on topics that interested them via Google Docs. In return, the undergraduates were able to better understand school age student interests and backgrounds, how authentic writing develops over time for a specific purpose and audience, and evaluate writing development with what was learned in class.
In this specific writing assignment, Gates Elementary School offered a valuable experience for both elementary and university students. Nearing the end of their elementary school years, students learned more about the college experience, and college students gained a unique perspective on authentic writing from students learning in two languages.