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As an experienced teacher educator I encourage my students to process information and promote independent thinking on topics and concepts. I implement the Artifact Strategy Guide to challenge students. Students are required to identify an item (or physically bring to class) that is an artifact or physical representation of a project/topic that we are learning. The completion of the Artifact Strategy Guide requires careful consideration and rationale as well as individual discovery that complements learning.$1.50$1.50
As an experienced teacher educator I encourage teachers, student teachers and field experience students to complete a sociogram as part of the classroom demographics. This project can be used as part of a teacher preparation assignment or to learn more about a specific teachers’ classroom dynamics.$2.00
As an experienced teacher educator I encourage students to engage in collaborative projects. I use this document, Effective Collaborator Rubric for Group Projects, for group members to assess one another’s contributions, attitude, commitment to the project. This tool serves as a grade differential on the same assignment as well as a feedback tool for each student to improve their collaborative behaviors.$1.50
A Family Interview assignment and rubric is a powerful tool for pre-service teachers to conduct; it provides a view into the everyday dynamics of a family and the stressors experienced. This project can be used as part of a teacher preparation coursework or to learn more about a specific student’s family life for educational planning.$2.00
As an experienced teacher educator I encourage teachers, both pre-service and in-service as well as graduate students to read current research to inform practice and build personal educational philosophies. This is the first step towards truly thinking and processing the information rather than just repeating it. I use this document, Article Processing, as an introduction to critical reading of professional research articles. I may give a group of students the same article for class discussion OR complete the guide on individual articles for small group sharing of research. My goal is to have the students think about what was read rather than summarizing.$1.50
As an experienced teacher educator I encourage teachers to develop a Teaching Guide/Interview Portfolio (rubric included) prior to initiating their job search. This portfolio can be used as part of a teacher preparation assignment or for current in-service teachers seeking their next professional position. The final product can be a physical portfolio (e.g. 3-ring notebook; bound copy) or an electronic version (e.g. OneNote).$2.00
Building relationships with our students starts with the first interaction, the first “Hi!” the first “welcome to our classroom!” It is essential that we build relationships with and between students. The What’s My Name activity is a strong start to a successful learning experience. I have the students use the guiding questions to direct their conversation with 2-3 other class colleagues AFTER I have given my “What’s My Name” response as a model. My goal is to have the students make connections with one another in an emotionally safe environment as well as learn more about their class colleagues.$1.50