Teacher Candidates Gain Insight Through Teacher Forum

April 13, 2010

On April 19, eight master teachers from Alliance City Schools and Marlington Local Schools came to Mount Union College to present to the early childhood teacher candidates in the Emergent Literacy class, taught by Deborah Walker and Julie Poyser, instructors of education.

Alliance teachers included Michelle Balderson, Andrea Offenbecher, Addie Bender and Lori Gasparik. Missy Bradway from Marlington School District also participated.

The teachers shared their expertise in literacy and creative strategies, bringing examples of their most effective and engaging literacy materials. These included assessment ideas, skill instruction, reading and writing workshop activities, guided reading strategies, integrated projects and learning centers, among others. The teacher candidates also received numerous handouts, resources and children's books.

Brittany Mirizio, a senior completing her clinical practice spoke about her newly-awarded position with Teach For America. The teacher candidates gained insight into what next year will look like in regards to preclinical and clinical experience.

The displays and ideas shared served to support the strategies learned throughout the semester.

'The teachers that came were so informative,' said Amanda Mueller of Strongsville. 'Days like today are really what get me excited about my future as an educator.'

'We received so many tools to use in the classroom and so much knowledge,' said Teri Sampsel of Dundee. 'They told us what to expect in the classroom.'

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