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Education News

Date: Aug 2014

School of Education students, faculty, and University mentors learned together this week as the School of Education unveiled its new vision for a Professional Learning Community. On Monday over seventy members of the SOE including senior interns, SOE faculty, and university mentors joined together to learn about a collaborative lesson planning technique called “Lesson Workshop.” Senior Melissa Cote shared a lesson seed idea with other interns, who then made observations, suggestions or asked questions.

The participants were mesmerized by the unique ideas shared. The group then broke into smaller groups to try the “lesson workshop” technique using the Maryland Career and College Ready Standards. The energy in the room was contagious as creative energy and ideas were flowing!

Later in the week University mentors and students joined together to explore multiple points of view about teaching and learning. Everyone had an opportunity to attend workshops facilitated by faculty during afternoon breakout sessions. Participants responded that they enjoyed learning together in the professional learning community and can’t wait for the next event!

Events like conferences, workshops, and special speakers will be posted for all SOE students and faculty to learn, plan, and reflect together.

Questions or comments, please email Beth Kobett at


August is a month of great anticipation. While wrapping up summer vacation, parents and students are looking ahead to the new school year. The Back To School sale ads are coming in the mail and it’s a mad rush to the first day of school.

It can be difficult in this transition time. Switching gears from the summer months to the structure of the school year can be nerve-racking for parents and children – but it doesn’t have to be.

It’s about teamwork between the student, the parent, and the teacher to make things easier. I had the great opportunity to talk to Tim Tooten of WBAL-TV 11 to share some helpful tips for parents during this time of the year. If you missed the segment or wanted more information, here are the my Top 5 Tips for parents helping their elementary and middle-school aged children adjust – and excel – once they return to the classroom.

Tip #1: Make a Back-to-School Transition Plan, Together

Involve your child in deciding when to roll back bedtime hours, purchasing school supplies, and preparing and stocking the homework space. It will relieve beginning school jitters, and, because your child was involved in the decision-making, it will help he/she to take ownership in the process and pride in the results.

Tip #2: Establish that Making Mistakes is OK

So many children and parents see mistakes as a negative experience. It can create undue stress and anxiety that hinders student performance. Making mistakes shows that students are learning! Parents: discuss small, daily mistakes you might make, what you learned from the mistakes, and how you plan to move forward. Your child will learn from them.

Tip #3: Spark Student-to-Teacher Communication

It’s common for students to struggle in communicating with their teachers about everyday issues or challenges. Resist the urge to be the parent who immediately jumps in to save the day. Instead, encourage your child to ask questions and self-advocate. At home, use role-play conversations that will prepare your child to discuss how to handle challenges like forgetting homework or failing a test. 

Tip #4: Set Realistic Goals Early

Encourage your child to brainstorm academic, social, and emotional goals such as making a new friend or helping the teacher in the classroom. Envisioning the school year helps students think about what they want to achieve and how they will accomplish their long-term dreams. 

Tip #5: Emphasize Asking Questions

When children ask thoughtful questions about what they are learning, they actually remember more because they are actively engaged in the process. Create a climate of questions in your home by encouraging your child to ask questions about events, family members, and news events.  

“I just want to go home from work everyday and know I made a difference!” stated a Stevenson University junior in a teaching methods class.

This topic comes up a lot in our classes. After all, we are learning about children and teaching and naturally we need to discuss why we want to become teachers. SU education majors report many reasons for wanting to become teachers, but at the top of the lists is making a difference in children’s lives.

While these future educators know that they won’t be earning the salaries of their counterparts, they do know that even as beginning teachers they will have the same responsibility of motivating and engaging students as experienced teachers.

However, they are not daunted by the responsibility and cannot wait to experience the energy of their students and believe the opportunity to empower their future students to learn to read and do mathematics and believe in themselves as learners is paramount. They recall their favorite teachers and remember that these teachers truly believed in them.  

Our rising sophomores share why they want to become teachers. They will be starting their year-long field placements in just a few short weeks. We can’t wait for them to begin!

“I want to be a teacher because I want to be able to help mold and shape our future. I truly believe that children are our future and it is important that we provide them with the right information and tools to lead their lives in a positive way.”  Lacey Esposito



“I want to be able to help children grow and blossom while on their educational journey. I also want to become a teacher because I know how important my teachers where for me. I know they played a very important role in my life, and encouraged me to reach my full potential.” Jeniffer Raymundo



“I want to become a teacher because my own elementary teachers had a huge impact on my life and I wanted to do the same for other kids. I love helping kids learn new things and gain confidence.” Taylor Rigby



“I want to become a teacher because how we impact the children we teach now determines the outcome of all of our future and being able to be a part of history in a minuscule way is a very big deal.”  Gabe Stewardson



“I like seeing children being able to grasp subjects and understand what I am teaching them. I also just like being able to help children out, help them get into their next stage of life.” Kathryn Thompson




"I want to become a teacher because being with children and watching them learn and succeed is my passion.” Claudia Lohr

Why do you want to become a teacher or why did you become a teacher? Email to share your thoughts!

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