On March 7, Dr. Mindy Eichhorn presented her research at the Comparative and International Education annual conference in Atlanta, GA.
Her paper was titled, "When the fractional cookie begins to crumble: The fifth grade fraction slump in Indian classrooms." She will also present a poster of this research at the Council for Exceptional Children conference on April 22nd in Boston.
The picture above is from the conference (CIES) in Atlanta. It captures a group of people from the Global Mathematics Special Interest Group who were also in the panel: Global Mathematics Education SIG Highlighted Session: Students’ Viewpoints in Mathematics.
Education faculty were well represented at the 2017 Association of Teacher Educators annual conference in Orlando, FL.
Dr. Janet Arndt presented a paper entitled, “Innovation in Teacher Preparation: Preparing Pre-service Teachers for Engagement with Families and Communities."
Dr. Ellen Ballock participated in the Clinical Fellows Symposium.
Dr. Priscilla Nelson delivered a paper entitled, “Assessment: Placement within a Course Yields Deeper Connections for Pre-service Teachers."
A question often posed to education faculty is, how do I know if I’m called to teach?
Having accepted God’s primary call, one is presented with the secondary call—God’s call to use one’s gifting in service to others to His glory. It is here, in the examination of the secondary call, where we find the essence of the question, how do I know? We are told that God gives us the desires of our heart, or rather, that He places His desires for us within us (Psalm 37:4). We can reason, then, that a calling is born out of a desire; a desire to pastor, a desire to evangelize, a desire to sing, a desire to teach, etc.
But pure desire alone is not enough. To effectively be considered a call, that desire must be coupled with a passion for all of the associated aspects of the work of that desire. For teaching that means a foundational passion for the students, certainly, but also much more. A call to teach is accompanied by passionate desire to learn about teaching; the characteristics of effective teaching, current research on instructional best-practices, on human development, and on human learning.
Lastly, it’s important to realize that a call to teach and the accompanying gifting of teaching does not by itself mean that one is ready to teach. As with any artist, musician, or one in any ministry, the answer of the call begins with much planning and preparation and practice. Therefore, a part of the calling is the inborn desire and passion for learning how—in this case, learning how to teach.
So, how do you know if you’re truly called? Ask yourself, do you desire the daily aspects of the work of teaching? Do you enjoy learning about teaching and learning, and do you enjoy practicing the skills and abilities that you are developing? Do you anxiously look forward to being a part of the profession and collaborating with colleagues in the design and implementation of instruction? Are you excited to discover the many ways in which you can glorify God in your practice and the opportunities you will have to serve students, families, and communities?
Answering yes to the above is a good indicator that God’s call for you to teach resides in your heart.
"A Teacher's Calling" was the theme of the Education Department Convocation on March 24.
Courtney Vitale (ELEM '17) and Mindy Eichhorn spoke in Convocation on January 27, 2017. The title of their lecture was, "The impact of your mathematical identity (as part of the Undergraduate Research convocation)."
Click here to watch this convocation.
See where the Spring 2017 Graduates got jobs after graduation!
Jessie Castelline – Grade 5 at Lane Elementary School in Bedford, MA
Mary Buckley – Grade 5 at Bradford Christian Academy in Bradford, MA
Rachel Therriault – Grade 3, ESL at Oliver Partnership School in Lawrence, MA
Abigail Caron – Grade 2 at North Shore Christian School in Lynn, MA
Kirsten Lick – Grade 5/6 at North Shore Christian School in Beverly, MA
Mandy Patton – Grade 2 and Art at North Shore Christian School in Lynn, MA
Kylie Felix – Grade 3 STEM and social studies teacher at Horace Mann Lab School in Salem, MA.
Adrianna Sturgis-Massa – Grade 3 at Hood School Lynn Public Schools in Lynn, MA
Margaret Wright – Kindergarten at Cornerstone Schools in Washington, D.C.
Rebecca Pasceri – Grade 4 at North Shore Christian School in Lynn, MA
Corrine Previte –Teacher Assistant for grades 1-3 at Harborlight Beverly, MA. She is also coaching cross country and track at Gordon College.
Emma Bartlett – Third Grade Position at Lincoln Elementary Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, MA
Taunya Walther – working in Gordon College Admissions
Christine (Ocasio) Wallace – 1st grade ESL teacher at Oliver Partnership School in Lawrence, MA
Torri Plank – Easter Seals Associate Teacher in NH
Kimmi (Byl) Ware – ESL teacher at Lincoln School Revere Public Schools in Revere, MA
Sara Allen – Kindergarten at Great Oak School in Danvers, MA
Kyla Sandock – K1 co-teacher at Community Day Public Charter School- Prospect in Lawrence, MA
Jasmine O’Bryant – ESL teacher at Hood School in Lynn Public Schools, MA
Cora Whaley – Grade 2 at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Woodbridge, VA
Jennie Larson – Christian Education internship at her church
Sarah Faulkner – Enrolled in a Grad school program in higher Ed at Geneva
Asher Gray – Enrolled in a Christian Leadership program at Camp of the Woods in NY state. He is interested in finding a teaching position after December 2017.
Jenna (Bourque) Bancroft – got married and is living in Nashua, NH.