News and Tasks
Mid-Monthly Update from the Chair | 2016 May
Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, May 12
One of our favorite events in the Teacher Education Program is coming up: the pinning ceremony on Thursday, May 12, 4:30-5:30 P.M. (Mountain) in Beck Auditorium on the Dickinson campus and Basin Auditorium on the Bismarck campus (in BSC's National Energy Center for Excellence).
Our graduating pre-service teachers will be honored and pinned as a sign of their entrance into the teaching profession. Our incoming teacher candidates will be recognized, welcomed to the program, and given their DSU name tags to be worn during all their field experiences in PreK-12 schools.
And there will be guest speakers! and awards! and a video slideshow retrospective! Please do join us.
How Do Our Teacher Candidates Know If Their Students Have Learned from Their Teaching?
Check out this article by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, professors at San Diego State University: "Has Our Instruction Made a Difference?"
Fisher and Frey describe an approach that involves
The Teacher Education Council has been discussing the expectation from CAEP, our accreditor, that we make technology a "cross-cutting theme" in our Teacher Education Program (i.e., one that is addressed in all education courses throughout the program).
To that end, EDUC 210: Educational Technology gives prospective teacher candidates experience planning and teaching technology-enhanced lessons with both "low-tech" and "high-tech" components and a focus on helping PreK-12 students achieve technology standards.
Check out this slideshow of highlights from the lesson demonstrations that ended the semester for the pre-education majors in EDUC 210!
In the News
April 22: Libbie Schuh, an English education and social science education double major, presented the final lecture in the Science and Humanities Festival at DSU. Her presentation was titled "Captured in Stone: Inside North Dakota's Capitol Cornerstones."
April 28: Elementary education majors Amy Will and Abby Larshus organized an Art Extravaganza for students at Red Trail Elementary School in Mandan.
The principal, familiar with our teacher candidates' work from their earlier field experiences in his school, asked if they would create and implement a fun educational activity for students who had earned a "reward day." Amy and Abby planned the activities, presented the principal with a budget (which he approved and used to purchase the art supplies), and enlisted the help of fellow elementary education majors Jacob Sommerfeld, Zach Scott, Lindsay Mock, and Nicole Morrison to assist on the day of the activity.
April 29: Krystle Jackson and Laura Knudsen, two English education majors, presented at the 2016 Language and Literature Conference at DSU.
Krystle's presentation was titled "To Teach or Not to Teach: Shakespeare's Comedies in High School Curriculum." She proposed plays that could be added to the rotation of standard tragedies taught in most high schools, and she suggested effective techniques for helping students understand and appreciate the Bard's comedies.
Laura's presentation was titled "High Yellow Woman: The Identity of Choice for a Mother between Races." She examined a recent story ("Sweetness") by Toni Morrison for its portrayal of black women's power as it relates to skin color, the names one is given or accepts, and the mother/daughter relationship.
On April 20, Ms. Amanda Benedict-Barbian, DSU's Career Development Coordinator, announced the winners of this spring's resume writing contest. First place went to Lindsay Mock, an elementary education major on our Bismarck campus.
April 23: A number of education and psychology majors presented at the 2016 Celebration of Scholars at DSU. Faculty sponsors for the students' research projects included Dr. Wendy Wilson, Dr. Andrew McGarva, Dr. Chris McCoy, and Dr. Candice Moench. Thanks to Dr. Suzanne Russ for serving on the organizing committee for the event and to Wendy for all her work as the conference coordinator!
Award winners included Chadee Moss for her psychology-inspired visual arts creation titled "Broken Wings Fly"; and Amy Will and Abby Larshus, elementary education majors, for their poster presentation titled "Setting the Stage: Building Literacy through Dramatic Play," sponsored by Candice.
April 30: Dr. Tom Mitzel joined students, staff, and faculty from the Bismarck campus for "Picnic with the President" at Sertoma Park in Bismarck. Teacher Education Program faculty in attendance were Candice, Ms. Pam Krueger, Dr. Mari Rasmussen, and me--and Ms. Annette Martel, Ms. Nicky Kadrmas, and Ms. Krista Schafer were there to organize and carry out the event.
At the end of the picnic, elementary education majors Amy Will and Abby Larshus got President Mitzel and me to join them and other education majors on a couple rides down the SuperSlide in the amusement park adjacent to the picnic shelter!
May 6: "Ray Native to Address Dickinson State Graduate at Spring Commencement" -- Matt Perdue is a secondary education major (composite social science) on the Dickinson campus.