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

Congrats to George Takei & Lea Salonga as Allegiance Officially Opens


first_img Allegiance View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016center_img George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and more will pledge their Allegiance as they officially open in the new tuner on November 8. Directed by Stafford Arima, the production, which is based on Takei’s childhood experience in a Japanese-American interment camp, is playing at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre.To celebrate the Great White Way premiere of this tale of family, love and patriotism set during World War II and beyond, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait. In addition to the leading trio, the sketch features Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura and Greg Watanabe, along with a few “wishes on the wind.”Oh my! Broadway.com wishes the cast a happy opening! Related Showslast_img read more

Howard Washington went from out of the rotation to Syracuse’s only backup guard after Geno Thorpe’s departure


first_imgEver since he was a kid, Howard Washington dreamt of playing at Syracuse. Despite donning the SU jersey this year, the freshman point guard hadn’t played much to start the season.Washington didn’t enter three of Syracuse’s first six games. Junior Frank Howard (35 minutes per game) and sophomore Tyus Battle (34.8) are locked in as the starting guards. At the beginning of the season, whenever one of them saw some time off, it’d be graduate transfer Geno Thorpe coming on.On Dec. 1, it was announced that Thorpe was leaving Syracuse. With Thorpe gone, that leaves Washington, Howard and Battle as the only three scholarship guards for SU (8-1), meaning Washington will naturally be stepping into a larger role.“Not that we’re glad that Geno’s gone, that’s one of his teammates. But obviously that opens the doors to showcase what he can do,” said Howard Washington Sr., Washington’s father. “… He’s just excited for an opportunity.”Washington has seen time on the court in every game since Thorpe left. In the first half against Kansas — the first game after Thorpe left — Howard picked up three first-half fouls. Washington played eight minutes against the then-No. 2 team in the country after sitting out the previous two games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWashington decommitted from Butler before going to prep school and turned down other offers just to get his shot at Syracuse. Washington Sr. said the coaching staff made no promises as to how many minutes Washington would play when he got to Syracuse.As many freshmen do, Washington had to get used to not playing much after coming off years of being one of the leading players on his own team. It’s difficult to not know when he’s going to be coming into the game, Washington said. And playing spot minutes sometimes prevents him from getting into a natural rhythm.Still, even when he wasn’t playing, Washington found ways to contribute. While on the bench, he normally sits between head coach Jim Boeheim and the assistant coaches. He’ll talk with assistant Gerry McNamara and point out things that he sees going on in the game. Washington said it helps him stay engaged in the game, and that McNamara has been impressed by Washington’s eye.“If you’re interacting with the game on the bench,” Washington said, “then it’ll just translate right onto the court when you’re in.”During the Colgate game, Washington said he told Oshae Brissett to do a quick spin move after catching the ball on the low block since the defender wasn’t in a position to stop it. When Brissett was asked postgame how Washington helps him out, he pointed to that exact moment. Coming out of the timeout in which the two discussed it, Brissett caught the ball, did a quick spin and got fouled.Washington is also one of the more active players on the bench. When Matthew Moyer got subbed out less than two minutes into the same game, Washington was the first player there to greet him. Washington sometimes sprints out ahead of Boeheim during timeouts to high-five his teammates.“I look to him as a leader. He was my point guard last year. I always listen to what he has to say,” said Brissett, who played alongside Washington last year at Athlete Institute Prep. “He’s got high basketball IQ and he helps me out a lot.”After the Kansas game, Boeheim said Washington played “fine.” Against Colgate, he said that he wished he could have given him more minutes. Brissett said Boeheim praised Washington in the locker room postgame.Washington stressed that he tried to prepare the same way the whole season and to keep the same approach whether he was playing or not. Against Colgate, Washington drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing, his first-ever college basket. He ran back on defense with the same expression on his face as he normally has.Washington Sr. and Washington talk a few times a week, Washington Sr. said, and always after games. The postgame talks usually consist of making sure Washington is always ready.“You never know when something’s going to happen,” Washington Sr. said. “And when they call your number, you don’t have time to try to catch up and get up to speed at that point of time.‘‘You’ve got to be ready to take advantage of the opportunity.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 10, 2017 at 8:22 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langerlast_img read more