March 17

Missouri NEA Director of Student Programs, Scott Kiehl, came to speak with us about a new Mentoring Program offered through NEA that is designed to take you from college to colleague. This mentoring program would allow student NEA members to speak with a teacher near where you are attending college or in the school district in which you hope to teach. Another great opportunity he shared with us was Interview Preparation. You can schedule a practice interview with a trained interviewer to help you prepare for future interviews with schools. This practice interview can be done via Skype, Facetime, GoToMeeting or phone. An appointment is about 20 minutes long.

Our second speaker of the evening was our own Professor Beverly Peters. She gave us a great presentation on Classroom Management. She is an experienced teacher with lots of tips and wisdom to share. The main points to her presentation are below:

Becoming an Effective Educator (3 Steps)
1. Exhibit positive expectations for ALL students.
2. Design lessons for student mastery.
3. Establish good classroom management techniques.
Your classroom management has to change to fit the students. Not all techniques will work on every class.
Tip #1: Consistency on the 1st day – 1st week is key.
Tip #2: Explain the importance of rules.
Tip #3: Major behavior problems in classrooms are caused by the failure of students to follow procedures and routines.
Needed Procedures (how things are done):
-What to do at the beginning of class period
-Quieting a class (develop an effective, age-appropriate quiet signal)
-How and when to handle students seeking help
-Movement of students and papers
-End of class period
For more information on classroom management, you can contact Professor Peters at bpeters@truman.edu.  Peters provided us with several handouts and if anyone is interested in a copy, they can go to the NEA bulletin board in Violette Hall for the extras.

Upcoming Events

Meeting, March 31

Elections will be held at this meeting! If you have any questions, contact NEA Exec.

Our next meeting will be March 31st. Hope to see you all there!