Technology is allowing teacher education programs to take a page from the sports playbook.
It is extending the role of
the teacher education faculty from instructors and evaluators to coaches. A vital component of Teacher Education Programs
is pre service teaching in public school classrooms. During this time the prospective teacher is under the joint supervision
of a member of the college education department and the public school teacher whose class is being taught. While the students
are doing their pre service teaching, they are on their own. They prepare the lesson plans and do the instruction.
Traditionally, the public school teacher reviews and critiques the lesson plans and observes the teaching of the classes and
offers advice. A few of these classes are also observed and later critiqued by a representative of the college teacher
education program. The system has worked reasonably well, but it does leave the student teachers on their own during a
vital part of the process, the actual teaching of the class.
Divonna Stebick(left) coaching a student presentation in Education 340
Tyler working on a project
associated with his new position at IT
Michael Hayden, Director of the I/C Department of IT, is pleased to announce that Tyler Swinn has
become a member of the IT team in the position of General Network Analyst effective November 25, 2013. Prior to being
appointed to his new position, Tyler has worked during the last five years as a casual employee in the I/C Department.
His services in that capacity were noted in the November, 2013 issue of In Touch with IT. He was among the several
candidates who applied for the current full time position when the opening was announced last October.