Wheaton College Grad and Student Teachers Use Creative Approaches
Helping students learn and informing parents through digital media
Technology can be a useful tool to present educative curriculum and informative material in visual formats. Recently several student teachers and a recent graduate have done just that. Caleb Duttweiler, ('12) worked with his fifth grade class and the other fifth grades at Washington School in Wheaton, including Tae Kim, student teacher and his cooperating teacher, Mr. Strayve, to produce a fractions music video that was posted on YouTube and was picked up by WGN morning news on Nov. 6, 2013. David Ourada, another student teacher in the same building, supported his cooperating teacher, Mr. Cerny, in a video introduction to Reading Workshops. Throughout this year, another Wheaton College student teacher, Graham Schultze, created music videos to teach and review skills and content. These student and first-year teachers are tapping into the media-dominated world of many public school students in an effort engage them in learning.
Changes, Changes, and more Changes in Teacher Education
Besides the recent changes to the Illinois testing system, the Illinois State Board of Education has established new Professional Teaching Standards for all certified educational personnel, effective July 1, 2013. Other proposed changes include removing Kindergarten from the elementary teaching license and limiting Kindergarten to the Early Childhood license, and removing middle school from the elementary license and also from the secondary education license to create a separate middle school license. These state changes are in addition to the Common Core State Standards and the new assessments being created to evaluate these standards. Stay tuned for the edTPA to be piloted by the senior student teachers this academic year!