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Empowering Teachers as the Experts
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    Having  a student intern this semester is allowing me to reflect on my own teaching. It has been interesting to see the transition of college knowledge to classroom application.  The university has expectations to train teachers and then the elementary classroom happens. As an educator I am constantly using assessment to guide my teaching.  Information [&hellip

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    This series is a reflection of our experiences during the spring semester as a mentor teacher and student intern. If you have not been reading, check out our past articles. There are many amazing things about sharing a craft I love with Lauren, my student intern.  I am forced to reflect on my own practices [&hellip

    The post Student Teaching Diaries: What’s A Teacher To Do? appeared first on The Educator's Room.


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    Teachers use multiple resources to learn and strengthen their craft.  There are online resources, educational journals, district level in-service, networking groups and educational conferences.  This week Lauren and I were both able to participate in conferences offered outside of our school district.  There is so much value to networking and learning offered at conferences. Mentor Teacher: [&hellip

    The post Student Teaching Diaries: Outside the Classroom appeared first on The Educator's Room.


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    There is always a point in the year when the students have become comfortable with each other and I know.  Patience runs out, words develop edges and group work becomes unbearable.  I have an activity I pull out each year to help students build each other up and look at each other with grace and [&hellip

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    Twice a year the school system demands we stop and reflect.  This is not enough, but I love this time of year when I look at the growth all students have made.  Not everyone is where I want them, but it is important to focus on how far students have come in the year and [&hellip

    The post Student Teacher Diaries: Parent Teacher Conferences appeared first on The Educator's Room.


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    This weekly series features the observations and experiences of a veteran teacher and her student teacher as they learn together this semester.  At the beginning of the year it is important to establish the tone of your classroom.  I like to select a theme that ties things together.  For the past couple of years I [&hellip

    The post Student Teacher Diaries: Classroom Management appeared first on The Educator's Room.


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    When students enter preschool and kindergarten they are excited by learning.  They explore and engage in activities for the sake of what is happening.  Teachers set up experiences and lessons that develop skills and provide learning for students.  As students progress through elementary school, however, they begin to see the association of work for “a [&hellip

    The post Student Teaching Diaries: Is This For a Grade? appeared first on The Educator's Room.


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    Today there are many ways to expand your classroom walls.  Field trips, virtual trips, Skype conversations, and traveling trunks can all provide your students with experiences and expertise that help their learning.  As an educator you need to be able to match your objectives with resources near you.  Inviting visitors into the classroom is another [&hellip

    The post Student Teaching Diaries: Bringing the World Into Your Classroom appeared first on The Educator's Room.


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    Teaching is the greatest job on the earth.  It is not the most respected or highest paying and it does not bring you power, wealth or fame, but it is the toughest job that has the most impact on our future.  Each year teachers enter the classrooms and meet student with stories.  We make connection.  We [&hellip

    The post Student Teaching Diaries: Through the Teacher’s Eyes appeared first on The Educator's Room.


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    This semester flew by and it was an amazing gift to see my students through fresh eyes.  Having a student intern gave me the chance to reflect and think about my own teaching, as well as help my students in ways only possible when you have more than one adult working together in a classroom.  Having [&hellip

    The post Student Teacher Diaries: My Wish For You appeared first on The Educator's Room.


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    I am blessed to live in a small community just outside of a university town.  With this comes the opportunity to have pre-service teachers in my classroom.  While learning to teach, they are also my students.  I have had the opportunity to work with early field students just beginning their educational work, students in their “block” classes beginning to teach [&hellip

    The post Learning To Teach: Helping Pre-Service Teachers appeared first on The Educator's Room.


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    Teaching is about learning.  Teachers take classes to learn about content, strategies, behavior, classroom management and more.  In order to move our educational system forward, however, the knowledge, experience, and expertise of master teachers needs to be shared with those entering the profession.  Each college has its own path for how this learning takes place; [...]

    The post Student Teaching Diaries: Before We Start appeared first on The Educators Room.


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    I teach in a mild/moderate special education classroom, meaning that all of my kids are on IEPs and have been placed in my room because they meet disability criteria that my school district recognizes. They are able to attend a regular education classroom for all other subjects besides reading, language arts, math and adaptive behavior. [...]

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