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February 2013 Archives

At the College of Education and Human Development great efforts are taken to make sure that our teacher candidates are given the best education and support in and out of the classroom. Part of that process includes Supervisor Workshops conducted by the Educator Development and Research Center.

On February 1st, a cold Friday morning, 29 University supervisors representing Elementary Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, Second Languages and Cultures Education, Physical Education and Health Education, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education met to discuss and practice mentoring skills to support student teachers.

The introduction to for coaching candidate's teaching practice was led by Dr. Tiffany Moore. As part of our developing induction system for our new teachers, supervisors and cooperating teachers will be prepared in the same framework used by mentors for new teachers.

Dr. Elizabeth Finsness, Coordinator, Curriculum and Assessment, also presented and reviewed strategies for supervisory support of candidates completing their edTPAs.

This was the fourth session of a five workshop series for new supervisors of teaching candidates.

As part of the University of Minnesota's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI) teacher candidates are taking part in classes known as the Great Lessons; taught by Dr. Peter Demerath and Dr. Michael Goh. On Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 students gathered in St. Paul for Great Lesson #8: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. The focus of the session was to prepare the teacher candidates for the curricular vision of teaching, develop empathy for students, and to develop a culturally relevant pedagogical framework for teaching practice.

The idea that teaching is a profession that requires continued growth and learning was an idea that resonated with students. Social Studies teacher candidate Pete McKown reacted to the lesson after class, "Perpetual learning empowers teachers to continue growing, leading, and perfecting their art of teaching."

Andrea Kay had a similar takeaway from the class about getting through the struggles of being new to the teaching profession, "There is a cycle in teaching because it is a profession (just like law or medicine) and I should feel comfortable that I won't be a novice forever; I will be able to look back at my frustrations and see that they were resolved in some way or another."


Student leaders from around the UMN-TC campus gathered in the Great Hall in Coffman Union for the Spring Activities Fair attracting interested students to learn more about their respective organizations. DirecTrack to Teaching and the Education Minnesota Student Chapter were each represented at the Fair. Nearly 30 students signed up to learn information about both organizations.

Shawna Zielinski, Co-President of the EDMN Student Chapter and a DirecTrack to Teaching Student Advisory Board member gave her highlights for the day "The annual Spring Activities Fair was an exciting opportunity to represent and exhibit both our DirecTrack to Teaching program (put on by its new Student Advisory Board) as well as our newly-formed Education Minnesota Student Chapter to hundreds of students in the University community. Seven student leaders in these groups, including myself, were in Coffman Memorial Union's Great Hall throughout the day Tuesday to talk to students about our programs and what they are doing for our future teachers here at the University of Minnesota. Highlights included several conversations with interested students who signed up for our mailing lists, and of course a visit from DirecTrack's Program Lead, Shuji Asai who was kind enough to buy us all lunch!"



Pillsbury Co-teaching Full Staff Workshop

Photo by: Terry Kleinbaum, Pillsbury Faculty

Co-teaching specialists Amy Jo Lundell and Stacy Ernst were pleased to contribute to Pillsbury Elementary whole faculty staff development on January 15, 2013. Grade level teams met to co-plan to co-teach, discuss the benefits of the collaborative work, and get to know each other better as colleagues.

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