News and Tasks
Mid-Monthly Update from the Chair | 2016 January
Regarding Chalk & Wire, the Teacher Education Program's e-portfolio and assessment platform, Dr. Daniels is aware of a feature that allows for some integration with Moodle. After using a rubric to score student-submitted work in Chalk & Wire, the instructor can enter a percentage next to the rubric score, and that percentage can be automatically exported to the instructor's Moodle shell for the corresponding course.
Would you like to make use of that ^ feature? If so, please contact Dr. Daniels. She will need to know for which assignments in which courses you would like Chalk & Wire linked to Moodle. Please contact Dr. Daniels by Wednesday, January 27. And many thanks to Dr. Daniels for assisting with this!
Active SEA on Bismarck Campus
The teacher candidates at BSC and on DSU's Bismarck campus have taken a strong leadership role during the recent re-activation of the Student Education Association there, a collaborative effort between our two institutions (that is, DSU and BSC). Check out this article about a recent event that our education majors in Bismarck participated in along with students from United Tribes Technical College and the University of Mary. Many thanks to Dr. Rasmussen and Ms. Krueger, the SEA co-advisors in Bismarck, for helping our teacher candidates to develop as education professionals and leaders.
On December 21, Dr. Melanie Tucker sent department chairs a call for proposals for how each department might make use of scholarship funds, were they to be made available this spring to award for use in the 2017 academic year. The university is raising money to support one-time (non-renewable) scholarships for students while we wait for a resolution to the financial situation with the former foundation, which still holds the scholarship funds given by donors over the years.
Upon returning from the holiday break, the Department of Teacher Education met to discuss the call for proposals and to plan. Today I submitted the department's proposal for awarding scholarships to recruit and retain students in the psychology and education programs. Initial review of departments' proposals begins after today.
Farewell to a Colleague
Please mark your calendar to attend a farewell event for Dr. Pemberton on Wednesday, January 27, 10:00-11:30 A.M. in the Student Center ballroom. Not only has she served as our university's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, but she also has held faculty status in our department during that time. We are grateful for her years of service to the university and her advocacy for the programs in our department. Do take some time that morning to wish her well in her next adventures.
An Article for You
This is something that normally I would put on the "Teacher Education" page under the "Recommended Reading" tab above. However, this article might be interesting reading for all of you--psychology or education faculty--because of its possible application to teaching not only in PreK-12 but also in higher ed.
It's from the latest issue of Journal of Teacher Education and is an article called "Parsing the Practice of Teaching." The author notes that we often think of teaching (particularly when we're teaching others how to teach) as discrete topics to learn or behaviors to enact. She proposes that we think instead of "five persistent problems" that a teacher addresses when selecting which behaviors to enact in the classroom.
"Viewed in this way, the role of teacher education is not to offer solutions to these problems, but instead to help novices learn to analyze these problems and to evaluate alternative courses of action for how well they address these problems." Check out those five teaching challenges in the article here.
Another Article for You
Here's another document that is pertinent to both education and psychology faculty. It's called "The Science of Learning" and was created by Deans for Impact. It's a compact look at "six key questions about learning that should be relevant to nearly every educator"--and that every educator should be able to answer.
Those key questions have answers derived from cognitive science, and the answers have "practical implications for teaching and learning." It might be a good review for you yourself or a useful tool to share with your students in education or psychology courses. Check it out here.