• 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!

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

First Seminar Today!

Finally!  I will actually be coming up to campus today to attend my one and only formal “lecture” of the semester.  Every Wednesday, when you are a student teacher, we have to attend what is considered a seminar to discuss our teaching experiences, what we are learning in our classrooms, and to receive training and guidance in completing our major forms of assessment for this semester.  They are definitely a gruesome twosome:

-Pearson’s Teacher Performance Assessment.  This wonderful little beauty was added to the list of teacher’s graduation “to dos” in the last two years, and includes at least 3 days of lesson plans (well scripted and laid out in detail), 15 minutes worth of videotaped teaching, and a 40 page analysis and reflection of our techniques and strategies that are implemented throughout the lesson.  It’s quite a load to be doing while in the classroom everyday, wouldn’t you say?  I would!

-Professional Portfolio for Licensure.  This assessment has been around for as long as I have heard.  It essentially requires us to compile different pieces of work that we have completed throughout the course of our college years (starting from freshman year onwards) that exhibits a variety of standards that we need to thoroughly demonstrate before graduating.  We put all of our evidence, along with a rationale and explanation for why they are important, into a program called “Chalk and Wire” to be looked at in verification for our licensure.

As you can imagine, both of these assessments are rather extensive (and stressful to put together!).  However, with the help of seminar,  I am hoping that we will be able to plunk them out with little trouble.  Fingers crossed!  Hope everyone is having a fantastic Wednesday 🙂

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