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Anthony Pavicic
Bishop Foley High School
Madison Heights, MI.

Early Childhood Education

Never too young to learn
Key Elements
   

The key elements of the Lake Superior State University Teacher Education Program include:

  • An extended and supportive teaching internship (student teaching).
  • Incorporation of the State of Michigan’s Seven Professional Standards for Teaching and Learning throughout the Teacher Education program: higher-order thinking, deep-knowledge, substantive conversation and connections to the world beyond the classroom.
    • An understanding and appreciation of the liberal arts (the humanities, the social sciences, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the arts):
    • A commitment to student learning and achievement
    • Knowledge of subject matter and pedagogy
    • The ability to manage and monitor student learning, based on best practice
    • The ability to systematically organize teaching practices and learn from experiences
    • Commitment and willingness to participate in learning communities
    • An ability to use information age learning and technology operations and concepts to enhance personal/professional productivity
  • A teacher-preparation program that addresses teaching for higher levels of understanding. The program provides teacher-candidates with opportunities to gain the critical knowledge and skills needed to effectively meet the educational needs of all children. The knowledge and skills include:
    • A thorough knowledge of the subjects they will teach.
    • An understanding of social and cultural contexts in which students live and learn and how this affects teaching and learning.
    • The skills for enhancing pupil literacy across the curriculum.
    • The ability to use situated-learning techniques, and to plan and execute interdisciplinary units.
    • The ability to develop student literacy skills across the curriculum.
  • The practical skills needed to manage the complexities of teaching for understanding. These skills include:
    • Building learning communities and other classroom environments which are conducive to learning.
    • Creating positive, productive classroom expectations.
    • Showing sensitivity to the needs of diverse learners and learning styles and knowing how to adapt instructional materials appropriately.
    • Developing facility in planning instructional episodes.
    • Employing specific methods appropriate to particular content areas.
  • Employing methods for student assessment, which include evaluation of the ongoing development of higher-order thinking skills and deep knowledge.
  • Knowledge of the specific examples, instructional designs, and methods of analysis, which can help teacher candidates promote pupil understanding.
  

 

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Ned is a student at LSSU in Elementary Education. Ned volunteers his time with the America Reads program, and has been assigned to the Washington School where he works in second grad teacher Laurie Robbins' classroom. There, Ned assists the teacher with reading instruction and works one-on-one with struggling readers. The boys and girls enjoy working with Ned, who is also a member of LSSU's Division III hockey squad.

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