Thank you to everyone who made our Stressbusters Event a success!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Team Contest Night
Over the course of the Spring Semester, S.T.A.R. Coordinators have been creating new and exciting programs to introduce to our mentors and buddies. The next one of our upcoming events is one that we take great pride in because not only is it a fun social event, but something that we believe will be beneficial to all of the participants who join us for the night.
On Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30-7:30PM in Bent 277 S.T.A.R. will be hosting a Team Contest Night to test your knowledge of your craft as teachers. We will be playing rounds of Jeopardy focused on the things that as Education majors, everybody should know.
Each Jeopardy board was created by a different S.T.A.R. Coordinator to focus on the key ideas and topics that we feel will help you to prepare for classes and even
New York State Teaching Certification Exams
that you may have coming up in the near future.
Not only will this be a night full of games and fun for all those who attend, but the winners of our night will receive prizes for their knowledge of both teaching and and content.
An email will be sent out by email@example.com to remind you of this fantastic upcoming event.
We hope to see you there.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Can a Teacher Actually Make Good Money?
When people choose careers there are a few key points that people focus in on. Generally these include safety, job security, vacation time, room for advancement, and salary. When discussing teaching as a profession it is commonly seen as a great job and is held in high standards with all of these factors except one: Salary. In today’s economy many college students are going into fields that have high salary rates. The preconceived notion that teachers do not make much money is hindering the field.
With just a little bit of research all of a student’s worries could be dismissed. While teachers never achieve the multi-millionaire status that some people in other fields may dream of, in New York City schools they start at a higher pay rate than the city average. According to the Department of Education:
“Starting teacher salaries range from $45,530 (bachelor’s degree, no prior teaching experience) to $74,796 (bachelor’s degree, master’s degree plus 30 credits, 7.5+ years teaching experience). Teachers who have a master’s degree but no teaching experience will start at $51,425.”
“With annual increases plus increases for additional coursework, teachers’ salaries will rise to the current maximum of $100,049 per year over time.”
While this may not be the best salary around it is more than enough to allow somebody economic stability and should not prevent anybody with a passion for teaching from following their path. If it is what you want to do there is no reason not to go for it 100%
Is money one of your key worries with the teaching profession?
Does this information make you more comfortable with your choice in becoming a teacher?
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Less than a month ago, I become one of the newest members of the S.T.A.R. Coordinating Team. Even though I have only been a S.T.A.R. Coordinator for a short amount of time, I have been having so much fun! I love being more involved in the School of Education and the fact that I get to help students feel more comfortable in college life. I have been involved with S.T.A.R. since my freshmen year as a buddy and this year was my first year as a mentor and well as a coordinator. It’s really exciting for me to get to have different experiences through S.T.A.R. as both a coordinator and mentor. I get to do really exciting things like help give ideas for events, make bulletin boards and keep in touch with all the mentors and buddies. I am looking forward to all the events that are coming up! I had a great time at the S.T.A.R. craft night and I can’t wait to see more mentors and buddies at the really fun events we have coming up!
Hope everyone has a wonderful spring break!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Night of Crafts and Service
On Monday night, February 11th, many members of S.T.A.R. came together to try and make the lives of the people who came before us just a little bit happier. In association with America Reads* America Serves, S.T.A.R. created an assortment of Valentine’s Day cards for the residents of Chapin Home for the Aging. These cards, along with those created in an earlier event by AR*AS are being hand delivered this week by our own School of Education students.
Our S.T.A.R. Members spent the evening with crayons, markers, construction paper, and all sorts of craft materials along with some cake and snacks. Everybody was able to relax from a hectic start of the semester and unwind doing something kind for somebody else.
Knowing that many of the residents of this Home for the Aging will appreciate a handmade card, members were excited to put their creativity to use when making many of these cards. Many cards included poems, pop-up images, and beautiful hand drawn pictures from our students. This event was a great way for S.T.A.R. members to come together and have a nice relaxing night bonding with each other and helping out our local community.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Actually Teaching A Class
Ok so I didn't teach a full class as of yet. I have been gradually working my way into the classroom by working my way into the classroom little by little. Today I was able to do a little more than I had done last week. I have been able to do the Do Now with students in the past but today I was able to be more involved in the class activity and discussion.
We discussed a reading that focused on the first interactions of Christopher Columbus and the native Arawaks. This reading didn't follow the typical ideas that are usually talked about with Columbus but the more raw and savage details that are usually skipped over. Thankfully, the students found this reading to be extremely interesting and kept their attention. Throughout my class I tried to really engage the students and have them think about what the reading meant and have them look at it in terms of world view and perspectives.
While I had students volunteer to read each paragraph I would emphasize key points and give a very brief summary of each section to keep students on track. I quickly noticed that I was starting to lose my class on a topic that I thought could really interest them. My cooperating teacher suggested that instead of summarizing for the students I encourage them to listen to each other more by ending each paragraph by asking questions instead.
This easy switch led all the students to focus more and get more out of the reading immediately. One small change halfway through and I had them. Believe me, nothing is more satisfying than having a class of students who are actively participating in a reading and discussion.
- Read through any material that you will use at least once or twice before the day and refresh yourself on the material day of. Being comfortable with your material keeps you from tripping over your words and getting yourself confused.
- When you do a reading with the class, ask questions after each paragraph. If you summarize it, they won't listen to each other. If you ask questions throughout you keep their attention and check for student comprehension.
- Remember to move around the classroom. It gives you a stringer presence in the classroom and helps to keep students on task.
- Keep your information consistent but if your lesson isn't working don't be afraid to try something different with your teaching strategy.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
How to Survive Your First Day
After years of education classes, countless social studies classes, and more cores then I care to admit to taking, I finally started Student Teaching for my last semester. You would think that after all this prep work you would be ready to walk into class and feel confident that you can do anything.
Yet honestly for most of us, we are so nervous we have no idea what to do with ourselves. Thankfully I had a friend with me. We met up together 15 minutes before our assigned start time outside of the building. Knowing that I wasn't alone I felt much more relaxed. Knowing we had to ask the same questions, "Who is our Cooperating Teacher?" "Where is their classroom?" "What do we do?"
I was able to meet my Cooperating Teacher early enough in the day to ask her a few questions before classes started. As soon as class started, the students noticed that they had two teachers and were curious. Not everybody knew what a student teacher was, so I let them know I would be there for the semester to help teach the class. Now everything started to go crazy.
One class was going on today instead of a class that was expected, none of the teachers had warning so nobody was prepared. Nobody has a lesson plan so they made the best with what they could. As soon as we were starting, the projector didn't want to cooperate. Students started talking to each other because class was halted. Distractions kept coming and the noise level kept rising. Then suddenly, class was over.
Other classes went by during the day and they went much smoother. I was able to learn a few names and help a few students with their work. I instantly felt much more comfortable being able to work with students and do what I was prepared to do.
Now comes the hard part, doing it all over again every day.
- If you know other student teachers are at the same school, meet up beforehand. It reduces the stress knowing you aren't alone.
- Try to learn a few students names, don't try to memorize every name on the first day.
- Build your way into the class before trying to run it on your own. Hand out some papers and help a few students with individual work.
- Make sure your students know your name.
- Meet the personnel in the front office and the administration. They help run the school and can answer most questions.