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Dowling Student Teachers: Making A Difference As They Learn
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Dowling students working toward New York State Teacher Certification have the opportunity to work with experienced coordinating teachers in the area's leading school districts. They present lessons and work individually and in groups with children of all ages.It is a remarkable and rewarding experience, which often leads to a full-time teaching position. Following are some of the many student teaching success
stories that unfold each semester.
Ralene English is a perfect example of a student teacher success story. Her
lesson on Cinco de Mayo for her second grade class in Central Islip School District is a
perfect example of her success.
Ralene began the lesson by reading a picture book on the topic and showing Mexican artifacts
such as a sombrero and a piñata. She followed up with a powerpoint presentation, complete
with Mariachi music. She even had to stop so the children could dance to the lively music.
The powerpoint included a quiz to assess their knowledge as a group. The children then
followed directions for making paper flowers. The steps were simple and all the children were
Ralene′s lesson used the creative arts including music and movement. Making the flowers
helped with fine motor coordination. Technology was present with powerpoint slides and smart
Ralene presented content in a creative manner that engaged the students from start to finish.
Reading, writing, fine motor coordination, sequencing, movement were all part of her plan.
Muy Bueno, Ralene.
Meghan Scully is a stellar example of a creative, highly motivating, and
conscientious professional. Meghan is completing her full time student teaching at Nassakeag
Elementary School in the Three Village School District. Her lesson on plate tectonics was
exceptionally creative and informative. Using the SMART Board, she presented an interactive
lesson that fostered active participation from this fifth grade inclusion class. Because
her lesson was so student friendly (given a tough subject), she was asked to take her lesson
"on the road" to Setauket Elementary School and present it to the fifth graders.
Ms Scully is Vice President of the Dowling Council for Exceptional Children, Chapter 1141.
In that role she creates opportunities for improving the educational outcomes for students
with exceptionalities and is involved with numerous community service projects.
Deven Kane has been doing her Field Placement at Wyandanch Memorial HS, under the supervision of ELA faculty member, Ms. Sandy Reiher since September 2009. While student teaching, Ms. Kane also serves as a Classroom Tutor with the GEAR UP college access program.
Deven first joined GEAR UP last summer as a chaperone, along with Assistant Director Frank Pomata, to take a group of Wyandanch 11th graders to attend Camp College at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Ms. Reiher has been very pleased with Deven as a student teacher. Ms. Kane also spends part of her field assignment in the classroom of the ELA Department Coordinator, Ms. Michelle D′Amico-Laux.
Deven recently assisted with the GEAR UP Parent Conference on March 6, 2010 by helping parents and students with their FAFSA online documentation to facilitate eventual application to colleges.
Children learn best when actively engaged in the educational process. This idea was well demonstrated by Ms. Catherine Pernice, a student teaching candidate, in her lesson on "economics" and "supply and demand".
Catherine, a special education major, was in her regular education placement in a third grade in the Southdown School in Huntington, New York. She wanted to teach the children about how companies make a profit. With Mothers' Day around the corner, she created a lesson that not only had the economics piece, but also added an art project and a math component as well.
The children were to create a Mothers' Day present using raw materials provided for them. Each raw material had a cost and the children had to keep their product within a certain dollar amount. Working in cooperative groups, the students picked their supplies and designed their gift. Then they had to put a dollar amount on their creation that would give their company a profit, but also be inexpensive enough for the consumer to want to purchase it.
It was exciting to see the activity level in the classroom. The children picked their materials, created their gift and priced it to sell. They learned about cost and profit and demand and even a little about industrial espionage as they tried to figure out what the other groups were charging. The children had a great time as they learned about how and why businesses succeed or fail!
And as for Catherine... if this lesson is any indication of her teaching ability, she certainly is another Dowling Student Teacher Success Story.