The Educator's PLN

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Pre-Service Teachers

For those educators who are student teaching, preparing to student teach, or recent graduates still looking for placement

Members: 54
Latest Activity: Feb 2, 2017

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Introduce Yourself...

Started by Bonnie Frampton Faust. Last reply by Holly Perucci Nov 7, 2013. 13 Replies

Tell us about yourself!What are you doing now? Are you student teaching, are you looking for a job?Continue

Help with research!

Started by Jaqueline Atkinson. Last reply by Jaqueline Atkinson Sep 21, 2011. 7 Replies

Hello all,I am a doctoral student interested with teacher certification.I am wondering if this group is still on...Would love to touch basis with anyone who received online certification... or is…Continue

Student Teaching

Started by Jessica Nunez. Last reply by Jessica Nunez Nov 12, 2009. 6 Replies

So i just found out that i am all set to go for student teaching in the spring. Middle School first session, High School second session. this is becoming all to real now. I feeling very nervous yet…Continue

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Comment by Bonnie Frampton Faust on November 5, 2009 at 11:14am
Joy, welcome! I'm on Long Island, NY and teaching is a very tight market here right now! Most of us expect to sub for at least a year or two before (hopefully) finding something permanent!

I'm heading straight for my masters in the fall and am going for educational technology as well! i'm a secondary/english major right now and will be student teaching in the spring. I'd love to share ideas with you on the ed-tech front!
Comment by Bonnie Frampton Faust on November 5, 2009 at 11:11am
Jerry, I'm a huge fan of yours on Twitter :) I'm thrilled you are here to share some of your extensive knowledge! I have your site bookmarked and love it from a parent's perspective as well as a pre-service teacher!
Comment by Cybrary Man - Jerry Blumengarten on November 4, 2009 at 9:54pm
Hi! I joined to help as I have a lot of excellent resources to share with you. I also served as a Cooperating Teacher and a Lead Teacher. My site has links for all grade levels and subject areas. I have a Student Teaching page and a New Teacher page as well.
Comment by Joy Walton on November 4, 2009 at 8:46pm
Hello everyone!
I graduated with a Master's in elem ed last May but did not receive a full time teaching position. I have always been a big planner so it has been difficult and extremely frustrating at times to have my plans altered. However, I have used this opportunity to dive head first into educational technology. I am currently perusing another degree in Instructional Media and feel like I have learned more from my newly developed PLN in the last 6 months than I ever did in school. I am substitute teaching and helping out with teacher inservices related to educational technology. I hope to finally be able to be in a classroom of my own before too long. I look forward to connecting with you all here!
Comment by Bonnie Frampton Faust on November 1, 2009 at 2:53pm
A pre-service teacher is someone still studying and not yet working as a teacher. There are a few of us who will be student teaching next semester and have yet to actually teach in front of a classroom!

Please share some of your tips and tricks you use to draw the students out of their silence and encourage them to talk with you!
Comment by Annie Cook on November 1, 2009 at 9:19am
Hello everyone! And Bonnie. Thank you for inviting me. I do not understand pre-service teacher. Is it substitute teacher or teachers who have to attend their practicum in a course? I've worked only in Asia teaching kids at pre-school. Now I tutoring online to adults. Teaching kids are fun because they do not have judgemental minds but beauty of hearts. I was only teaching Mandarin and it amazes me how quickly they learn because they look pass my background and skin colour, focusing only on the subject. I was nervous at first but after a few sessions, it went away because they made so comfortable with their eagerness to know more and do more. It also does not matter if these kids have hearing problems or with special kids. Their world is a world of discovery; lead them with your heart and they will find themselves. In silence they learn, and in silence they will discover.

I am always nervous before a class but we have got tricks that work to break the silence and make them talk to us. I am more than happy to share my experience with you.
Comment by Mrs Dem on October 28, 2009 at 10:36pm
HI Bonnie! Nice to meet you. I hear you loud and clear. I'm so nervous about teaching I don't want the phone to ring in case it is a school wanting me to work but when it doesn't ring I feel disappointed. I am never satisfied. I have had a few days work at three different schools in my area. I completed a practicum at two of the schools that have given me work so it can be very much 'not what you know but who you know' in the teaching game. Yesterday, I taught K-1 and there were children in the class with ADD, ADHD, ODD & ASD. Luckily the teacher I was substituting for had the day planned really well for me. I also had a teacher's aide all day and she was great.
Comment by Bonnie Frampton Faust on October 28, 2009 at 7:49pm
Hi Mrs. Dem! Permanent teaching positions are challenging to come by here in NY as well...and someone told me there is a hiring freeze in NYC, which is a backup for many new teachers. Finding a permanent teaching position in a public school on Long Island (where we live) is very competitive, but I'm hoping to maybe gain some experience tutoring, working at some day camps over the summer, and even volunteering to help grade the Regents exams in June (NY state exit exams).

All my friends who teach say it gets easier every day and every year, and that you don't really feel like a teacher for the first few years. I'm excited to have my initial certification in May, but nervous about NOT finding a job, and almost just as nervous about actually finding one and starting!

I'd love to hear more about the challenges and experiences you're having as a brand new teacher! Please share more :)
Comment by Mrs Dem on October 28, 2009 at 7:33pm
I have just completed uni this year and have been relief teaching since September. First days in the classroom are nerve racking to say the least. I am constantly learning and every day that I teach has given me another dose of confidence. I would love permanent work but chances are slim where I live in Australia.
Comment by Jessica Nunez on October 22, 2009 at 10:06pm
Bonnie i feel the same When i am helping the teacher i feel like im ready and i can do it, yet the minute that she lets me do the DO Nows solo i feel like im going to mess everything up

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