• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

Coming Full Circle

Today I had to be back on campus to talk to the current undergraduate students about my experiences Student Teaching.  It was interesting to walk into the classroom and take a seat at the front of the room (where I had seen so many other student teachers sit in the previous years!).  The difference was that this time, the visiting student teacher was me.  I was the one answering the questions and providing the current students with the knowledge that I have attained during my experiences teaching…and it felt so very weird!

Some of the biggest questions that we were asked were:

A. What classroom management techniques have you used or do you recommend?

Answers: Positive reinforcement (focus on the good behaviors rather than nagging!), Body basics, thank yous and good behavior tickets

B. What were some of your biggest struggles this semester?

Answers: Getting too attached to the amazing kiddos, remembering the many many names of individuals you meet, adapting to pacing plans

C. What do you suggest for the incoming student teachers?

Answers: Take full advantage of your resources (use the paras, teachers, and administrators in your building to learn), embrace the experience, make the classroom your own

D. What advice do you have for completing your portfolio and TPA?

Answers: Start right away (don’t procrastinate!), work at it little by little rather than in one giant chunk, STAY CALM

It was a great session and we had a lot of fun talking to everyone and sharing our knowledge.  For those who were there, I hope it was beneficial!

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