Saint Mary’s senior education majors transition into student teaching

first_imgSenior education majors at Saint Mary’s are beginning their transition into student teaching this week. The students will begin teaching at local elementary and secondary schools and will work on their portfolios, lesson plans and testing.Maeve Sullivan is an elementary education major with a minor in mild intervention which, she said, consists of “helping students who have mild cognitive or physical disabilities.” “Education is becoming more inclusive to those who are cognitively and physically disabled, and mild intervention is why I got into education,” she said. “Indiana has mild, moderate and severe categories of [educational] intervention.”Samantha Allen said she has always wanted to be a teacher and is glad to be teaching kindergarten this semester. “I really enjoy having students learn how to tie their shoes,” she said. “It’s such a small thing that people don’t realize they learned at one point, and the students feel so overwhelmed at the beginning — to the point of tears — and it’s so sad but a little bit funny. I teach them the steps, and then we go over the steps each time — shoes come untied every five minutes, so there’s always a learning opportunity. It’s truly the joy of my day. They know I’m the teacher who will call them out on their shoe-tying.”Allen said most students began teaching Tuesday. “I have eight full weeks in a general classroom and then seven weeks in an English-as-a-second-language classroom,” she said.  Although she initially came to Saint Mary’s to be a nursing major, Sullivan said she easily made the switch to education, as the two have similar philosophies. “Nursing and education really bring in people who serve others and want to make a difference in the lives of others,” she said. “I’m Catholic, so serving others has been a huge driving force for me.”Sullivan said their semester began with a seminar discussing the transition, including the necessary exams and portfolios. “We had an introduction into our portfolios, which are where we compile student work and lesson plans from different content areas,” she said. “They’re a huge part of the student teaching process.”Education majors have regular assessments that consist of testing and teaching lessons to the students, Allen said. “We have to do an assessment cycle where we have to give a pretest and then teach a lesson and then give another test until we give them a final test,” she said. “That’s the minimum requirement.” Saint Mary’s has given Sullivan the opportunity to encounter real-life experiences as a teacher, she said. “Saint Mary’s has put me in so many different types of schools with different types of students and in different areas of South Bend,” she said. “They’ve really allowed us to come into contact with some of the things we’ll see as teachers so that we’ll have already learned how to respond to them.” Allen said the College expects the best from its education majors.“Saint Mary’s is very extensive about what they require of education majors in order to best prepare us,” she said. “In the moment, it seems very overwhelming, but they’re so supportive and encouraging. They want the best for you, and they expect the best from you.”Sullivan is worried her penchant for perfection will cause her to overestimate and exhaust herself, she said. “I’m a perfectionist, so a fear of mine is knowing you can only do so much on your end as a teacher,” she said. “One has to understand that there is human limitation — there’s only so much you can do as a teacher. You have to teach and they have to learn, and that child’s future is literally in your hands.”Allen’s goal is to create a productive and healthy classroom environment, she said. “I’m working on classroom management, which is learning how to best de-escalate any situation or how to be the one in charge but still have fun and have students enjoy learning,” she said.  Allen said she hopes those who want to become teachers are passionate about teaching and are not just teaching as a backup plan.  “I think people who feel a passion towards education and lifelong learning are people who would really benefit from going into education,” she said. “I hope that people teach from a place of love and not from a place of desperation.”Sullivan said her goal for the semester is to get to know her class personally and academically. “I’ve gotten all the tools from Saint Mary’s, so I’m excited to see what I can do and also surprise myself a little, too,” she said. Tags: education, learning, Saint Mary’s education major, student teachinglast_img read more

England senior ladies are European champions

first_img The England senior ladies’ team beat France today to be crowned champions of Europe for the first time.They triumphed by winning 3½-1½ in the final of the European senior ladies’ team championship at Gut Altentann Golf Club in Austria.“The team stuck to their game plans and played their hearts out to win the gold medal,” said team captain Pat Wrightson.Fittingly, Chris Quinn (image © Leaderboard Photography) helped to deliver the winning point, securing it with a tremendous fightback in the foursomes in partnership with Lulu Housman.England has been represented in this championship in eight of the nine years it has taken place – and Chris has played in every team. During that time she’s amassed three silver medals and two bronzes, but the gold has eluded her until now.However, at one stage, a foursomes win looked extremely unlikely. The pair were five down after nine holes – but in an amazing turnaround they won the next seven holes, before clinching their win with a par on the 17th.Earlier, English senior stroke play champion Cath Rawthore and Somerset’s Amanda Mayne had both scored big singles win to take England to the brink of victory. Cath won 5/4, holing a number of key putts, while Amanda was solid throughout her match and won 6/4.Debbie Richards also played solid golf but met a French player on the top of her game and lost to sub-par golf. The match of Julie Brown, the English senior champion, was deemed halved when the overall outcome was decided. At the time, she was on the 17th tee, one down in a very tight match having lost the 15th to a birdie.Ireland, who were the 2013 champions, beat Sweden in the play-off for third place and won the bronze medal.England resultsFoursomesChris Quinn (Hockley) and Lulu Housman (Highgate) beat Laurence Rozner and Virgine Burrus 2/1SinglesJulie Brown (Trentham) halved with Nathalie LamboultCath Rawthore (Sale) beat Sophie Pfeiffer 5/4Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Christine Muracciole 6/4Debbie Richards (Burhill) lost to Christine Mouhica 5/45th September 2014England ladies to play France in Euro finalEngland will play for the gold medal tomorrow when they meet France in the final of the European senior ladies’ team championship at Gut Altentann Golf Club in Austria.The team beat Sweden 3½-1½ with a fine performance in today’s semi-final, which was delayed for an hour due to heavy mist.Captain Pat Wrightson commented: “England built on their successful qualification in second place and rose to the challenge, beating a determined Swedish team.”The first point was secured by Chris Quinn and Lulu Houseman who produced a great fightback from two down to win the foursomes.English senior champion Julie Brown kept the momentum going when she birdied the last to win the top singles match. Debbie Richards claimed the crucial third point and the team’s place in the final when she defeated her opponent 4/3.Pat added: “The golf was of a high standard and the patience of the England players was rewarded with a place in the final against France tomorrow.”ResultsFoursomesChris Quinn (Hockley) & Lulu Housman (Highgate) beat Anette Djup & Charlotte Rhedin 2/1SinglesJulie Brown (Trentham) beat Helene Maxe 1 upCath Rawthore (Sale) lost to Ylva Skannestigh 2/1Amanda Mayne (Saltford) halved with Christina BirkeDebbie Richards (Burhill) beat Eva Hildebrand 4/34th September 2014England ladies qualify second in Euro championshipEngland delivered in style in the weather-hit European senior ladies’ team championship, responding to repeated delays in play by qualifying second for the medal match play flight.Persistent and torrential rain meant that the start of the championship – scheduled for Tuesday – was delayed by two days at Gut Altentann Golf Club in Austria.And when championship finally got underway today it was in a curtailed event: the course was shortened to par 67 to take the wettest areas out of play; and only the leading four teams qualified in the top match play flight, instead of the usual eight.England, however, rose to the challenge. The team had spent the time using the practise facilities – which remained open – and walking the course. They also passed away a few hours with a visit to Salzburg and a Sound of Music coach tour!When the event began, they were ready to grab their place in the semi-finals, where they will play Sweden. Captain Pat Wrightson remarked: “It was a very challenging round of golf for the players with embedded balls, casual water and much GUR.“The team has shown great strength of character in using their time profitably on the practice range and walking the course and they remained upbeat and focussed for today.”The scoring was led by Somerset’s Amanda Mayne  (Saltford) on 70, followed by English senior champion Julie Brown (Trentham) and Chris Quinn (Hockley) on 71, senior strokeplay champion Cath Rawthore (Sale) on 74 and Lulu Housman (Highgate) on 80. The 82 of Debbie Richards (Burhill) was discarded.France qualified top, followed by England, Sweden and defending champions Ireland. Click here for the qualifying scores 4 Sep 2014 England senior ladies are European champions last_img read more