WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Now that school is out, area teachers are taking on the role of students.
The Purdue University College of Education is teaching elementary school teachers how to integrate social studies into the state-mandated 90-minute reading block.
The state of Indiana requires teachers to set aside 90 minutes a day for reading instruction.
Purdue Education Professor Phillip VanFossen, said mixing subjects gives kids a more rounded education.
"We like to refer to it perhaps as hiding the aspirin inside the jelly," VanFossen said. "Social studies is often left behind. Getting them to think about using the content and to help develop those literacy skills kills to birds with one stone."
Teachers will also learn ways to use new technology in the classroom.
The class lasts until Friday and will end with teachers using their new skills in a mock classroom.
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