Monthly archive September, 2011

Mentoring Monday: Newspaper staff members attend Illinois Journalism Education Association Fall Institute

For the first time, the newspaper staff of Heritage High School (Broadlands, Ill.) and their adviser, Sue Fuller, attended the IJEA Fall Institute at the University of Illinois. Carol Smith, Fuller’s JEA mentor, took this photo at the university’s student union as the group gathered before the first session. Fuller reports the staff has almost...

From Lisa Dabb’s ’20 Tidbits’ — Selecting 4 tidbits that particularly apply to new journalism teachers and advisers

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair Lisa Dabb’s “Twenty Tidbits for New Teachers” provides an interesting and ambitious list of possible to-do items for new teachers. I’m selecting four of the 20 that particularly apply to new journalism teachers and advisers. Tip #3 – Build Relationships Building relationships is very important for high school...

3 ways to improve teacher education programs

By Linda Barrington JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair Of the many things teacher education programs should offer, I think these three are the most important:  a wide range of rich experiences that integrate technology and creative media within lessons, regular reflection on classroom experiences, and the opportunity for engaging in professional development, both individually and as...

New teacher training should include having pre-service teachers spend time in classrooms with students

by Nick Ferentinos I have a confession to make. After 35 years in the classroom, which included working with many student teachers, followed by nearly eight years of mentoring new teachers and six years of teaching new mentors, I still don’t know much about what should go into a teacher training program. There’s so much...