• 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!

  • Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

  • Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

First Week Update

One week of student teaching is done, and I already feel like I have learned so much!  I have been exposed to so many new and impressive teaching techniques, have learned what the kiddos’ general schedule is for each day, and have discovered where all of the materials are for prepping lessons for students.  However, one of my favorite parts of this week so far has been getting to know the children, recognizing what makes them unique, their personalities, and what their learning styles are.  I am really beginning to feel as though I am a part of their class and that they are my students, which is so special and impressive to have happen in only a few days time!

There are a few important things that I have learned from this first week in terms of being professional and appearing “hirable” for future teaching opportunities:

-Don’t be afraid to ask for criticism and guidance.  When you work with students or do a lesson with them, ask for feedback (even if you are worried to hear what you did wrong).  This is how you can improve and be the best teacher possible!

-Dress professionally.  However, if a school policy is in place (such as Casual Friday) and you are expected to follow that policy, feel free to dress professionally but in a more casual way.  Dress up a pair of jeans or wear a favorite pair of shoes.

-Be open to meeting new teachers and staff.  It shows how interested you are in teaching and that you are serious about putting your name out there when you introduce yourself to other staff members and keep up those relationships.  I met the school principal, talked with the secretaries, and met every kindergarten teacher in the building along with the special ed teachers.  It already is extremely beneficial in terms of having help around the building!

-Keep up relationships with the parents.  Talk with the children’s parents.  You aren’t their primary teacher, but you are definitely around their kids plenty!  They will want to know about you, how you view teaching, and what your personal interests are so that they feel more comfortable and close to you as a person.

Whew!  And still so much more to learn! 🙂

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