Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of presenting two workshops at the SPSEA Convention in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Over 200 college students gathered to discuss the future of teachers and their plans for becoming the newest educators in the schools. I say “privilege” because that is just what it was…an opportunity to cherish. Both workshops… Continue reading College Students are Very Much Alive and Well!
The e-portfolio, otherwise referred to as the electronic portfolio, has become a significant requirement in many teacher preparation colleges and universities. Whenever it is linked with field experiences and internships, the e-portfolio is referred to as a digitized collection of artifacts created by the student. Andria Antiliou, a Graduate Student Affiliate from the Schreyer Institute… Continue reading E-Portfolio = Virtual Identity
The Great Schools website has stated “Teaching is one of the most complicated jobs today. It demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum, and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude, and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. With… Continue reading Great Teachers…Who are They?
As the school year begins, teachers will be greeting not only new students but also first year teachers. Experienced teachers and administrators will be engaged in mentoring these new educators so that the transition from college graduation to the classroom can be successful. The first year of teaching students can be challenging and, at the… Continue reading College Graduates as New Teachers…The New Journey!
There will be many new students who will be leaving their family homes and setting out for their newest homes found on college campuses. Saint Vincent College will be greeting the freshmen in August during the week before other students arrive. In fact, SVC provides an orientation program “to better the integration of the first-year… Continue reading What College Freshmen Need…Hope and Support!
A new state-wide teacher evaluation system may be used very soon in Pennsylvania. Karen Langley, a reporter for the Harrisburg Post-Gazette Bureau, stated “Current law prevents the use of test scores or other measures of student achievement to judge teachers, leaving districts to rely on classroom observation. Under the proposal that unanimously passed the House,… Continue reading New Teacher Evaluation Bill…Good, Bad, or None of the Above?
The news media continues to publish articles daily that describe turmoil, distrust, and negative thinking linked with politics. Some people tend to want to stay away from the informative reporting because they are tired of the attitudes that are working against what could be achieved. However, it appears that some people may be choosing to… Continue reading Working Together to Reach Goals…Is That Really Possible?
CNN Money reported that “This year’s college graduates are being offered more jobs and fatter paychecks.” When one begins to read the article, they would think that there is hope…there are possibilities…there exists a light at the end of the tunnel for students who are leaving colleges within the next month. Then the reader goes… Continue reading I Am Graduating from College…Now What Do I Do?
Administrators have stated that they are interested in candidates who appear enthusiastic and who share some knowledge regarding the schools for which they are being interviewed. Many have also pointed out that the best candidate will personalize the interview by consistently talking about how he/she can contribute to the schools. In other words, the interview… Continue reading Using Websites as Interview Prep Tools
Why should a person ever want to be a teacher? Tom Allon, a writing contributor to the Huffington Post, stated in March, 2012, “A hypothetical interior monologue is likely to be played out on more than 2,000 college campuses throughout the country this spring. When we should be attracting the best and the brightest to… Continue reading Why Should I Become a Teacher?