Instructional Practices of Education is a fantastic, hands-on class for high school students interested in teaching or coaching. The students spend about six weeks learning how to plan dynamic lessons and be the instructional leader of a classroom. The Buinger Academy is equipped with a state of the art workroom and media center where the students learn how to create bulletin boards and other materials for the classroom. The students then spend the next six weeks of the trimester working in an elementary or junior high school four days a week alongside a mentor teacher. They teach lessons, read to the class, assist their mentor teacher, and best of all, help students. At the end of the course, the teacher/intern students have great experience working in the classroom as well as a professional portfolio that can be used in college.
Human Growth and Development explores the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional changes we experience during various life stages from birth until death. This is generally considered a prerequisite course for Instructional Practices of Education, however, many students interested in human service careers such as nursing, counseling, and oather related fields also gain valuable skills from the class. Many hands-on opportunities to learn about human development are offered such as caring for electonic babies, participating in a toddler day, working with elementary aged students, interviewing senior adults ages 66+, and learning from guest speakers.