This past Friday, students in the inaugural program cohort got together for a luncheon and working meetings at the halfway point of their graduate certification program. The meeting was held at the old-school University Club on Library Mall on campus. The session began with a session focused on ESL, which was followed by table discussions during lunch about the various challenges and issues students have encountered so far in various aspects of the program.
Following lunch, students were briefed on spring-semester, full-time student teaching placements and other programmatic expectations as they head into the home stretch of the program. This was followed by a preview of the spring-semester technology and digital media workshops coming up and an introductory session on classroom management. The day ended with with subject-specific breakout sessions with the students’ supervisors in the four content areas—English, social studies, math, and science.
While acknowledging some of the challenges that come with the transition to the new program, students seemed to be in good spirits and are looking forward to their more complete immersion in the classroom in the coming weeks. One of the most common themes that came through was the excitement and enjoyment program students were finding in working in the schools and with the students in their placements.