Six Tips for Student Teaching

by Rebecca Takacs, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Student teaching is a time for preservice educators to test his or her teaching skills, subject knowledge, and gain insight on how grade levels differ and what grade they feel suits them best. This is the final step for teaching candidates before they are sent into a classroom of their own. All the classes and endless amount of hours creating practice lesson plans are put into fruition. Student teaching comes with wonderful experiences; however, one should expect that what can go wrong just may go wrong, and it is what that preservice educator does next that matters the most.
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How to Become a Substitute in New Jersey

by Mariah Belber, The College of New Jersey

Do you have 60 college credits or more and free weekdays during your summer break or in your next semester schedule? One great way to get more classroom experience and make some extra money is to become a substitute teacher. Here are the steps to become a New Jersey Certified Substitute:

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March Ambassador Highlight: Deanna Kollar


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Deanna Kollar at the NJEA Atlantic City Convention at the Corner of First and Fifth

INTERVIEWER: Deanna, you’ve been an ambassador for quite a while now, so, I’m curious as to what has been your favorite experience working with NJSEA at the state level?
DEANNA KOLLAR: My favorite experiences have definitely been attending the NEA Student Summer Leadership Conferences with the New Jersey delegation. I was fortunate to attend the Orlando Conference in 2015 and the Washington D.C Conference this past summer. Both times gave me the opportunity to attend workshops with preservice educators from all over the country, which was really awesome. It was interesting to compare the problems that we face in New Jersey with those of other states. Being around so many people that have the same goals and visions for their students and their classroom was an empowering feeling. The whole experience made me excited to return home because I’d be able to try out some of the things I learned for my student teaching.

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The Importance of Teaching LGBT Topics During the Trump Administration

By Chelsea Hahn, The College of New Jersey

IMG_6486Caroline Clark and Mollie Blackburn, the authors of “Reading LGBT-Themed Literature with Young People,” state, “For some, teaching LGBT-themed texts seems impossible. They cannot imagine how teachers, especially novice ones, can do this work.” In the new Trump administration, this thought has crossed my mind more than I’d like. We’ve seen worry that LGBT rights, such as gay marriage, achieved under Obama will be repealed under Trump. We’ve already seen controversy over transgender people using the bathrooms in schools – now having to use the bathroom of their biological sex, not the gender with which they identify. Luckily, we’ve seen many schools ignore this switch and support their transgender students, and we have role models like Laverne Cox to remind us, “It’s important when we have conversations with and about transgender people that we do not reduce [them] to body parts. [They] are more than the sum of [their] parts.” And like Cox, I agree that this isn’t really about bathrooms. This is about visibility. This is why I encourage educators, particularly new educators, to teach LGBT-themed texts in the classroom and talk about LGBT history because this increases visibility, which leads to more positive outcomes for the students and the community. Continue reading “The Importance of Teaching LGBT Topics During the Trump Administration”