Fort Hays State University's Department of English hosted a Fall English Workshop on Sept. 24. The event attracted more than 80 secondary education teachers and 120 students.
The workshop is an annual event sponsored by the Department of English for secondary education teachers throughout the state. Critically acclaimed young adult author Chris Crutcher, whose books include Whale Talk and The Deep End, was featured as guest speaker.
This year was the first time the workshop offered programming aimed at students.
" Because we invited middle school and high school students this year, I asked some college students to work with the younger students," said Sharon Wilson, instructor of English.
" The college students were responsible for meeting with me as a group to study the novels, prepare questions and study group dynamics in order to lead small groups. Then the FHSU students worked with the younger students to lead discussions, use ice-breakers to engage students and prepare the students for Crutcher's presentations."
Sponsored in part by the Provost's Office, Wilson said she was pleased that the event unfolded so well.
" We tried a new concept (including students) and from the evaluations, it seemed to work very well," said Wilson.
FHSU students helping with the workshop were Aaron Kruse, Hays junior; Austin Pyle, Hays senior; Mike Wolters, St. Francis senior; Stacey Gregg, Hays sophomore; Amy Morris, Overland Park junior; Susan Deges, Rush Center senior; Abby Markley, Abilene senior; Kayci Strickland, Hoisington senior; Shelby Jacobs, Russell senior; Jill Seib, Munjor senior; Joanie Kepka, Wilson senior; Jacob Pounds, Concordia senior; Audrey Ryan, Oakley junior; Becca Stein, Beloit senior; Amy Jensen, Hastings, NE, junior; and Delores Herren, Great Bend, senior.