Information from Seminar: 2/25/14
February 22, 2014
Happy Week 1.7 of Student Teaching!
Wowza, last week was an interesting one with two blizzards early-outs and late-starts. On top of Mother Nature’s craziness I caught the plague and was out from Thursday afternoon until, well, let’s hope I’m back on the road on Monday, there’s no more time to be ill. Keep yourselves healthy and wash your hands often, oh yeah, and don’t catch the plague from family members?!
This week will be the last week of formal observations since many of you are still teaching full-time it is a great opportunity for me to get one more chance to see you in action in your first placements. Please be sure to check the schedule posted below to see if you are on the list of observations for Week 1.7.
This week, you will want to begin thinking about “Thank You” gifts for your cooperating teachers. While this is not mandatory it is a nice gesture that CTs always appreciate. If you aren’t sure what to get your CT think about something UNI themed or “teacher” themed. For those of you that do not feel comfortable giving your CT a gift, please remember to write a “Thank You” note to them for the time and energy they put in mentoring you this semester. You will also need to write a “Thank You” note/card to your administrators for allowing you to be part of the school community. You will also want to be sure to get your CT’s signature on the cover page of your edTPA. The cover page can be found in the folder that I sent to you at the beginning of the semester.
You will also want to contact your CT for your second student teaching placement. In this email you will want to remind them what day you are starting, as well as what time they would like you to report for your first day in their classroom. Be sure to ask them if there is anything that they want you to have prepared for your first week with in the classroom. It may also be helpful to find out where they are in the curriculum so you have a clear understanding of what you will be working with in your first week with them. If you are beginning your second placement the week of March 10th, please send me an email by Tuesday, 2/25, to remind me of your starting date, I will need to schedule your orientation with your CT for Transition Week.
Seminar, this Tuesday, 2/25, is from 4:30pm-6:15pm, in the Marshalltown AEA 267 ICN classroom. We may run until 6:30pm because there is a couple resources that I want to share with you that we didn’t get to last seminar. You do not have any assignments due for seminar this week.
To sum it all up:
Observations Week 1.7, 2/24-2/28 https://sites.google.com/a/uni.edu/student-teaching-fall-2012/home/student-teaching-calendar
8:15am, Corissa, Observation
9:03am, Alex, Observation
11:06am, Shan, Observation
2:20pm, Christa, Observation
9:15am, David, Observation
12:10pm, Laura, Observation
2:30pm, Melissa, Observation (Woodbury)
9:30am, Christa, Observation
12:30pm, Brian, Observation
2:15pm, Jeremy, Midterm Conference
2:30pm, Jeremy, Observation
7:45am, Brian, Final Conference
10:26am, Ian, Observation
12:15pm, Tiffanie, Observation
2:15pm, Stacy, Observation
8:40am, Sarah, Observation
1:54pm, Nekoda, Observation
3:00pm, Nekoda, Final Conference
February 16, 2014
Happy Student Teaching Week 1.6! This week most of you will be teaching full-time and I wish you luck as you work with your classes and students engaging their minds and challenging their thinking. This week we do not have seminar, but I encourage you to continue working diligently on your edTPAs. A sheet has been created to help you with the video component of preparing, recording, and working with the video component of your edTPA. The sheet can be found at: http://bit.ly/1cQmSF0.
Next week’s observations are listed at the end of the email as they are every week. You will notice that Wednesday is not listed because I will be on campus for meetings, etc., if you need anything Wednesday, I will be available via email and text so don’t hesitate to get ahold of me. As always, please let me know if you have any questions this week!
Observations Week 1.6
10:30am, Sarah, Observation
2:20pm, Christa, Observation
8:35am, Stacy, Observation
10:26am, Ian, Observation
12:45pm, Felicia, Observation
2:15pm, Heather, Observation
8:10am, Luke, Observation
11:53am, Nekoda, Observation
2:00pm, Jeremy, Midterm
2:31pm, Jeremy, Observation
8:45am, Laura, Observation
12:15pm, Tiffanie, Observation
2:35pm, David, Observation
I hope this email finds you rested and ready to begin Week 1.5. This week at seminar we will be discussing and working on the following items--
Please remember to have your Classroom Management https://docs.google.com/a/uni.edu/document/d/1xnwRA5EY5fII57GworfCwvdPOWWRNKcr_JZASu3hYMY/edit) assignment completed before coming to seminar, you will need to have an electronic copy or a hard copy to reference during our discussion. Please don’t forget that your 5-day Lesson Plans are due at 6:00pm tonight.
This week’s schedule is a bit crazy with midterms wrapping-up, Observations 1.1-1.3, and meetings that I have on campus. Please note the times that I will be in your classrooms. Although I try to come at the beginning of a period or subject, this week I may be coming a few minutes after you start your lesson. Please DO NOT wait to begin teaching I will slip in when I can and get caught-up. Please make sure that you are commenting on your Observation notes that I have shared with you on GoogleDrive, the sooner you reflect and make comments on those notes the better! Please try to complete that within a week of the observation. If you have any questions about the observation schedule please let me know. I look forward to seeing you all at seminar on Tuesday!
Observation Schedule 2/10/14 through 2/14/14
9:25am, David, Observation 1.3
11:45am, Stacy, Observation 1.2
1:31pm, Jeremy, Midterm
3:00pm, Nekoda, Midterm
10:19am, Nekoda, Observation 1.1
12:31pm, Jeremy, Observation 1.1
1:31pm, Brian, Observation 1.2
10:15am, Heather, Observation 1.2
12:25pm, Ian, Observation 1.2
2:31pm, Brian, Midterm
2:10pm, Luke, Observation 1.2
9:51am, Alex, Observation 1.3
11:06am, Shan, Observation 1.2
1:09pm, Corissa, Observation 1.2
January 31, 2014
Thank you for all of your hard work in your classrooms thus far. I am seeing some wonderful things as I visit and do your observations. It appears that you all are creating great relationships with your students and your CTs. Week 1.4 is the week when I will be conducting midterm conferences for many of you, but I will also be doing formal observations throughout the week as well. It was difficult to create the schedule for Week 1.4 because I had quite of few schedules missing as of Friday morning. The only way that I can create the weekly schedule is if I know what will be going on in your classrooms so please make sure that you get me your schedules by Wednesday afternoon, unless you’ve made other arrangements with me.
Beginning Sunday, February 2nd, at 6:00pm, until further notice, you will be required to turn in your you lesson plans for all subjects, areas, and periods that you are the lead teacher or shadowing your CT. This means that on Sunday I will receive all of your lesson plans for Monday, 2/3-Friday, 2/7. These plans must include all of the required parts as outlined on the web page “Lesson Planning 101 (https://sites.google.com/a/uni.edu/student-teaching-fall-2012/lesson-planning-101). If you are using a different template for lesson planning, feel free to use that but it must include each of the parts that are required in the Marshalltown Center. If I do not receive your lesson plans, this could be grounds for filing a Notification of Concern with the College of Education in which we will create an action plan in order to help you meet the expectations of a UNI student teacher. When submitting your lesson plans, you may do so as an attachment to an email, GoogleDrive, or Dropbox (shared with email@example.com). Please include any worksheets that you are creating and/or typing out. If you are giving students handouts directly from classroom curriculum you do not need to include them with your lesson plans.
Note: Elementary Student Teachers, because you will be planning for up to 7-8 content areas, you may leave out the Iowa Core Standards at this time, but realize that most districts will require you to include this information on your lesson plans.
Note: Secondary Student Teachers, In addition to your lesson plans, and self-created handouts, I will also need your PowerPoints and notes that you will use while teaching (if applicable).
As we discussed at seminar on Tuesday, lesson planning is a core element in student teaching and if you are not planning lessons, making sure that you know and understand the curriculum/content, you will not be able to confidently teach your students. Lesson planning helps in creating a strong foundation for which classroom management, classroom climate, student-teacher relationships, and learning are all built, if the foundation of your teaching is not strong, the rest will begin to crumble. If you have questions regarding turning in your weekly lesson plans to me, please let me know.
Schedule for Week 1.4: 2/3/14 through 2/7/14 (https://sites.google.com/a/uni.edu/student-teaching-fall-2012/home/student-teaching-calendar)
7:30am, Laura, Midterm
9:51am, Shan, Midterm
11:30am, Melissa, Midterm
12:45pm, Melissa, Observation 1.2
2:35pm, David, Observation 1.2
3:25pm, David, Midterm
9:20am, Ian, Midterm
11:00am, Felicia, Observation 1.2
12:05pm, Felicia Midterm
1:57pm, Alex, Observation 1.2
2:45pm, Alex, Midterm
3:30pm, Corissa, Midterm
9:00am, Nekoda, Drop-in
10:30am, Jeremy, Observation 1.1
12:30pm, Brian, Midterm
9:15am, Tiffanie, Midterm
9:35am, Tiffanie, Observation 1.2
12:00pm, Luke, Midterm
1:20pm, Christa, Midterm
3:25pm, Stacy, Midterm
8:00am, Heather Midterm
9:20am, Laura, Observation 1.1
1:00pm, Sarah, Midterm
2:10pm, Sarah Observation 1.2
January 24, 2014
I hope this email finds you all cozy and warm enjoying your weekend.
For simplicity's sake, I am sending this video link and password for the "Getting Ready for edTPA Part Three: Organizing for Success and Providing Guidance and Support: The Cooperating Teacher's Role," to all of you rather than just the students that requested to view it. Feel free to share this video with your CT, but it is not necessary for them to view it if they do not have time. After viewing this video please write down any questions you have and we will discuss them with the group on Tuesday during seminar.
Talk to me for the video link and password as I cannot post it on a public website.
Tuesday, January 28th for seminar, you should have the edTPA: “Context for Learning” commentary completed, as well as, 1-2 learning segments of your edTPA: “Instruction” commentary completed for peer review during Tuesday’s seminar. Remember, you will be in Week 1.3 and your edTPA is due on Tuesday of Transition Week, week 1.9. During seminar I will be collecting your Two-Week Progress Report and your Long Range Plan sheets. Please have them in hardcopy ready to turn in at the beginning of seminar.
The Week 1.3 Observation Schedule is posted on the Student Teaching Calendar (https://sites.google.com/a/uni.edu/student-teaching-fall-2012/home/student-teaching-calendar) and the list of observations can also be found at the bottom of this email. There will be 2-3 additions once I’ve received some missing schedules so if you don’t see your name either I’ve emailed you requesting your schedule or you can plan on me observing during Week 1.4. Please remember to have a hardcopy of your lesson plan prepared for me when I come to observe. If you are shadow teaching I will need a photo copy of your teacher’s plans and/or a copy of the notes you will be using while you teach.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please let me know!
Observation Schedule Week 1.3
9:51am, Alex, Observation 1.1
1:09pm, Corissa, Observation 1.1
2:45pm, Shan, Observation 1.1
11:15am, David, Observation 1.1
2:20pm, Laura, Observation 1.1
8:30am, Felicia, Observation 1.1
12:14pm, Ian, Observation 1.1
8:20am, Stacy, Observation 1.1
10:25am, Brian, Observation 1.1
12:10pm, Heather, Observation 1.1
1:15pm, Matt, Observation 1.1
8:30am, Christa, Observation 1.1
2:10pm, Sarah, Observation 1.1
January 19, 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you all for working so hard during your first week of student teaching!!! I am hearing some wonderful things as I have orientation meetings with you and your cooperating teachers. This week, I will be concluding the orientation meetings, beginning Observation 1.1s and I will be on campus for student teacher coordinators meetings at the end of the week. Remember, when I come to observe you for Observation 1.1 I will need a printed copy of your lesson plan to follow along with during your lesson.
Please remember to send me your weekly schedules by Wednesday so that I can create the observation and meeting schedules for the following week. Thank you to all of you that remembered to send me your schedules and/or talked with me about them during our orientation meetings this week, I appreciate your organization and preparedness during such a busy week. This week’s schedule will be posted at the end of this email where I usually post the Observation Schedule for the week.
This week we will have seminar on Tuesday, January 21st, from 5:30-7:00pm at the Marshalltown AEA 267. Please bring with you the items requested on your Seminar Schedule (https://sites.google.com/a/uni.edu/student-teaching-fall-2012/home/weekly-assignments) including: technology (laptop/tablet), edTPA handbook (digital or printed), edTPA commentary templates (digital/printed). You also need to submit your Observations of Students by Student Teacher via GoogleDrive, and bring your completed Activities Checklist to be turned in during seminar.
As you begin Week 1.2, please remember to be proactive in your classrooms, work with individual students, small groups, or begin taking on small tasks or mini-lessons throughout the day. Please always be observing your CT’s management style, the students’ learning styles, and the procedures in the classroom so you are preparing yourself for your full-time teaching responsibilities. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great week and I will see you all for seminar!
Observation Schedule January 20th-24th
9:45am, Melissa, Observation 1.1
12:00pm, Sarah, Orientation
3:30pm, Christa, Orientation
7:45am, Brian, Orientation
11:00am, UNI Meeting
1:30pm, Jeremy, Orientation
2:45pm, Nekoda, Orientation
Schedules due for Week 1.3
8:00am, Heather, Orientation
10:05am, Luke, Orientation
Meetings at UNI
Meetings at UNI
January 12, 2014
As promised, here are the digital copies of your edTPA material. In this zip file you will find the following items:
**ALL Student Teachers--Prior to seminar on January 21, 2014, please read through the Introduction to the edTPA, including the sections regarding Purpose, Summary of Tasks, Structure of the Handbook, and edTPA Tasks Overview and the Your Subjects Glossary, that is found at the end of the handbook.
**Elementary Majors, Please begin deciding whether you want to complete your edTPA in the area of Literacy or Math. During Week 1.2, I will be emailing you requesting your content area so I will need an answer by Friday, January 24th.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Important Student Teaching Information!!!
December 19, 2013
Dear Spring 2014 Student Teachers,
This email is to give you information about the upcoming semester, our orientation meeting, your seminars and assignments while you are student teaching, and remind you about the upcoming deadline for your meeting reflections.
Moving forward, if you have any questions please let me know. Over break I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on my cell at (712) 389-7475. Have a restful and enjoyable break, I look forward to working with you all in the upcoming semester!