The Logan-Williamson cohort student teachers from Marshall University have collaborated together to construct a life-size killer whale. The whale is the focal point of the students’ second eight-week student teaching placement. The lessons will incorporate the whale, and it will be on display, along with these lesson plans, which can be viewed inside the whale.
The whale was open for public display in the Logan Middle School Commons Area on Friday.
The whale was part of the students’ capstone project, a requirement before graduation. Miranda Marcum, who helped build the whale, was extremely proud of the creation.
“It took us around six hours, but we finally finished it! I have bruises on my knees and everything from being on the hardwood floor. But I think the kids will really enjoy it,” said Marcum.
The whale was built from the ground up with only tarp and duct tape; the cohort of student teachers recieved a mini-grant of $200 to cover the expenses.
They will be traveling to different schools in the area with the whale so the teachers who built it will have a chance to show their students and teach them inside of the whale. This cohort of student teachers will be graduating from Marshall University on May 10.
The Marshall University Clinical Supervisors supervising these student teachers are: Dr. Pat J. White, John Preece and Michael Johnson.