Pre-Student Teaching

One of the most important and work intensive parts of the adolescence education program at Canisius is the pre-student teaching aspect that goes along with the “Advanced Methods” class. Each subject area has its own class, but the requirements for the graduate students in these classes are all pretty much the same.

The class itself meets like a normal class, but students are expected to complete 70 hours of classroom observation with a cooperating middle or high school teacher. During these hours, students are expected to complete a wide variety of activities, including teaching at least 5 lessons, one of which must be observed by the professor. (more…)

Preparing for an Ever-Changing World of Education

One real strength of Canisius’ adolescent education program is in preparing its students for the future eventualities of teaching. Every class that I have been enrolled in thus far has emphasized the ever-changing world in which new teachers will be working. Students have grown up with the internet and nearly instant access to information as the norm. Because of this, traditional methods of teaching are no longer as effective as they once were. Canisius does a very good job at preparing future teachers to handle this difficult situation.

For example, the Foundations of Education class explores many different theories offered by current educational thinkers about how the realities of teaching have changed dramatically in the past decade or so. In this class, which meets online, we have discussed and covered the pros and cons of the thoughts of many leading educators about where the teaching profession and student education is headed. (more…)

A Week in the Life of…

In an average week, as I have experienced so far, a first-semester adolescence education graduate student needs to expect to do a decently substantial amount of reading and a little bit of writing. I am currently enrolled in 5 classes for a total of 15 credit hours. These classes are the ones recommended by the department for a first semester student: Foundations of Education, Strategies and Assessments, Foundations of Literacy, Methods of Teaching Social Studies (or whatever subject you are specializing in) and Contemporary Issues (the master’s level course). Each of these courses adds some very important experience for the aspiring high school teacher.

Foundations of Education is being offered online this semester and is quite reading intensive. While some of the reading is a bit dry since it is out of a textbook, it is all very important since it gives the background and history of the teaching. The class usually involves a weekly quiz on the readings and often an online video to watch, usually a speech given by a leading education theorist. The class then holds a discussion via forum online to address the issues raised in the videos. (more…)