May 04, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Proud elementary and middle school students read their
self-published and illustrated books to their families on May 3 at
Mount Saint Mary College. The young students were tutored by Mount
Saint Mary College teacher candidates. The sessions were overseen
by professors Janine Bixler and Rebecca Norman.
Nearly two dozen local children shared their self-written and
published stories featuring a wintertime theme at a Mount Saint
Mary College literacy program on May 3.
Under the tutelage of 20 Mount teacher candidates, the children
– kindergarteners to sixth graders – spent the semester writing and
illustrating their books at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center before
presenting excerpts to their friends and families. There was a 1:1
student-teacher ratio, allowing for in-depth, personalized learning
opportunities for each child.
For the children, the sessions afforded one-on-one tutoring and
increased their literacy skills in a fun and engaging way. For the
Mount teacher candidates, the graduate level course was a hands-on
experience in real-world teaching.
The Mount course was taught by Janine Bixler, professor and
chair of the Mount’s Division of Education, and Rebecca Norman,
associate professor of education.
The Mount teacher candidates utilized the Picturing Writing
technique. According to Bixler and Norman, by creating a picture of
their subject first, students can more easily express themselves
“By improving their literacy, we’re giving these young students
life skills, not just school skills,” said Bixler.