Dear Student Teachers

Submitted by sromer13 on October 9, 2018 - 2:32pm

Dear Student Teachers,

I was so excited to start looking at your websites yesterday. It’s awesome to see new teachers taking on these challenges and thinking about how to support students in different ways.

I hope that as we move forward, you will feel empowered to try some things out. The changes you are going to create won’t be massive -- they will be small changes that start to create small shifts in the way you think and teach. And lots of small shifts make big impacts for our schools.

The Blue Kitten

Submitted by sromer13 on September 27, 2018 - 1:07pm

Asking people to build index card towers tells you a lot about them. Do they jump right in, or first think and observe? Do they ask for teammates’ ideas? And perhaps most importantly, how do they react when the cards come crashing down?

During this month’s OofSI team meeting, we built index card towers as a team building activity. What we learned:

  • Sometimes our first ideas don’t work.

  • It’s good to borrow and build on other people’s ideas.

  • Putting a blue kitten on top of our tower makes us sweat.

1 year progress report

Submitted by sromer13 on September 27, 2018 - 9:09am

I have been at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College for two years now (actually two years and a month, but who is counting). In many ways this has been an incredible two years, a period of personal and professional growth and an opportunity to truly engage with some of most difficult and challenging issues facing education today. And this engagement has not just been theoretical, it has been hands-on and minds-on, frustrating at times but always exhilarating.

09.21 MLFTC Cross-Staff Design Workshop Recap

Submitted by sromer13 on September 25, 2018 - 8:37am

Can you believe we’re nearly halfway through the Fall 2018 semester already? Last week, #OofSI’s Design Initiatives team hosted a group of MLFTC staff on the Polytechnic Campus for a workshop around the design process. This workshop included a few success stories from last year’s teams. Shout out to Rachel Hayes and Raquel Fong for sharing out on their teams’ prototypes!

Today’s Changemakers: A Big, Big Job

Submitted by sromer13 on August 28, 2018 - 3:57pm

How might we…
create a classroom environment that emotionally supports students?
provide effective resources and tools to help parents better meet their students’ needs?
encourage students to make sustainable and environmentally conscious decisions?

When MLFTC teacher candidates (a.k.a. student teachers) in Washington Elementary District came together on July 27, they were wide-eyed and unsure. What is design thinking, I could read their eyes saying, and why are we doing this?