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Making Methods Meaningful: Preparing Student Teachers to Become Professionally Engaged Practitioners
Presented by: Dr. Cherice Montgomery, Brigham Young University
ACTFL 2010, Boston, MA
Come experience field-tested, interactive activities and templates designed to support student teachers in becoming professionally active teacher-leaders. Sample activities will demonstrate how to help student teachers develop a professional perspective; model best practices; negotiate professional communications, culture, and relationships; and mentor colleagues to catalyze professional change.
Participants will participate in a rapid succession of eight, 5-minute, interactive activities designed to engage them in methods, materials, and techniques they can use with student teachers. This will be followed by a 10- to 15-minute discussion session during which they will share their own ideas.
Making Methods Meaningful: Preparing Pre-service Teachers to Become Professionally Engaged Practitioners
Products: Producing Professional Products
- What kinds of assignments might support student teachers in becoming critically reflective practitioners with the mentoring and leadership skills they need to catalyze professional change?
Practices: Building Professional Skills
- How can methods instructors assist student teachers in implementing best practices in world language teaching and learning?
Perspectives: Seeing Oneself as a Professional
- How can technology empower student teachers to develop professional perspectives and actively collaborate with colleagues in professional communities?
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