Future Teachers of NJ: Early Childhood Development

Tyra Hughes, Editor in Chief

Teachers are the profession that guides young students into young adults. They shape the country’s youth to help lead the world that awaits them. In West Orange High School’s Early Childhood Development class, anyone interested in becoming a teacher learns key skills to run a classroom, run lesson plans, and work with children. 

The course, which is taught at 3 levels, allows students to learn more about  the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of the preschool aged child.

A famous project typically done by Freshmen students is to care for an electronic baby. Students can learn responsibly and what it is like to care for a child through this project. 

Students from grades 9 through 12 are eligible to join the class, where they can learn effective ways to teach toddlers how to count, read and complete other key educational skills.

Every school day excluding Monday, toddlers that are 3 ½ to 5 years old and a West Orange resident come to West Orange High School in a daycare environment where students enrolled in this class are able to teach preschool students the lesson plans that they created with their classmates throughout the week.

Interested in joining this class? Ask your guidance counselor about taking this class next year.