Dr. Susan Edwards, Professor in Teacher Education and Program Coordinator for Middle Grades Education, earned a $500 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning grant to present two sessions at the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) annual conference in Minneapolis, Minn. The grant was sponsored by the GRU Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence.
Her presentations to other teacher educators from universities around the nation showcased best practices when implementing technology in the classroom and leading meaningful class discussions. “Weaving Technology Throughout a Middle Grades Program” explored Edwards’ use of classroom technology like Glogster, which teachers can use to create an online poster; and VoiceThread, which allows a teacher to create a slide show with a voiceover track, on which others can also make audio or video comments.
“I shared our assessments, which incorporate 21st century technologies that our students have to complete in the teacher education courses. They can, in turn, use these with their students when they becomes teachers to assess their middle school students’ learning,” Edwards said.
And “Purposeful Discussions in Middle Grades Education Classrooms: Requiring Teacher Candidates to Discuss the Text in Meaningful Ways,” Edwards shared different discussion strategies, which education students can then implement in their own classrooms upon graduation.
“These methods to structure and organize class discussions require students to go more in depth in the content instead of just asking low-level questions. They have to actually discuss and apply the content,” Edwards said.
The grant review committee evaluated proposals on the likelihood of advancing scholarship of teaching and learning at GRU and the likelihood of local interest in presentation at Local Scholars Speak session.