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March 31 Meeting

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Executive Board!

President: Matthew Matheney
Vice President: Kristen Gavenda
Secretary: Sarah Moutray
Treasurer: Ray Hilger
Membership Chair: Leah Gamble
Communications Chair: Kaitlyn Preis
Advisor: Professor Bev Peters

For our meeting,  Kirksville Superintendent Patrick Williams came to speak to us about education administration.  He explained the responsibilities that he has as a superintendent.  He also gave us advice on spending time working with kids to learn how to interact with them.  It does not matter whether it is coaching, tutoring, or anything as long as you are interacting with them.  He encourages new teachers to observe veteran teachers to learn from their wisdom (there is no need to re-invent the wheel!)

Upcoming Meetings

NEA Meeting April 24, VH 1332

At our last meeting of the semester, we will be celebrating with a pizza and game night!  Bring your favorite board game and enjoy some pizza with us!

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  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!

February Meetings

February 24 Meeting

We were very lucky to have Myra Collins and Pam Carte come to talk to us from the RPDC department about the Common Core.  They were able to give us a lot of resources and information about  the Common Core.

Some of the websites that they suggested to check out were:

Progressions for mathematics can be found at:

ELA Resources:
Model Curriculum Units
This site offers item analysis with DOK levels, Standards addressed, Claims and Targets, scoring guides, and exemplar answers.

February 10 Meeting

Instead of our usual meeting, we watched “The New Public”, a documentary about how a school changed how it taught in order to relate to kids.  You can view the trailer here:

Upcoming Events

Read Across America, March 1

We will be reading several Dr. Seuss books and leading activities that go along with the books to kids from 1-2 pm on Saturday at Adair County Public Library.

NEA Meeting, March 17

Our next meeting will be in VH 1300 at 5 pm.  Professor Peters will be coming in to talk about classroom management.  MNEA’s new Student Director, Scott Kiehl will also be coming.

MNEA Representative Assembly, April 25-28

This will be held in Tan-Tar A, MO.  It is a state-wide assembly to discuss the direction we want MNEA to go.  It is a great way to get to meet teachers and other MNEA students from across the state.

NEA Representative Assembly and Student Leadership Council, June 28-July 1 (or 6)

This year, the National NEA Representative Assembly is in Denver, CO. It is an amazing experience to meet people nationwide and be a part of NEA at the national level.  Declarations for candidacy are due via email to by Friday, March 14. Missouri can send 3 members from the MNEA student program.

MNEA Summer Academy, July 15-16

The MNEA Summer Academy will be held in Columbia, MO.

January 27

Technology in the Classroom

For our most recent meeting, Diane Richmond and Susan Thomas presented on how to use technology in the classroom.  Now more than ever, technology is becoming an integral part of the classroom and it is important to know how to use it to maximize learning.  They stressed learning about the technology that you have available to you.  If you have a SMART Board, spend time before or after school to familiarize yourself with how to work it.  For many technologies, there are people that can come to your school to teach you and your colleagues how to use it effectively.

Some of their favorite resources and tools include: For professional development workshops. It’s like Skype but can be used for webinars. A way to organize your links. Great for flashcards. There’s an app too. You can make instructional videos with this.

If you would like anymore information about technology, you can find Diane and Susan at Pickler 205.

Upcoming Events

February 10 Meeting

We will be meeting in VH 1000 to watch “The New Public” from 5-7 pm

Read Across America

At the Adair Co. Public Library on March 1, 1-2 pm NEA will be participating in the Read Across America program.  We will be reading to children in the area to help spread the love of reading.

Last Meeting of the Semester!

For our last meeting of the Fall Semester, we had a special treat!  MNEA President Charles Smith and Vice-President Brent Fullington joined us to talk about the purpose of NEA.  The organization fights for quality public schools by strengthening the teaching profession and promoting the well-being of it’s members.  He stressed that disciplined people + disciplined thoughts + disciplined actions = results. He also described S.T.A.R. which stands for Strategic Teams Achieve Results. This is accomplished five ways.
1) Teaching and Learning
2) Collective Bargaining
4) Legal and Member Rights
5) Legislative and Political Action

As an NEA member, you are a part of a family of 35 million people that are also dedicated to making education the best that it can be.

Upcoming Events

MLK Challenge, January 20

1.    Go to this link:
2.       Log in to TruService with your Truman username and password
3.       Create or update your profile
4.       Select “My Activities” on the left menu
5.       Select “Add Activities” under “One Time Activities”
6.       Choose “MLK Day of Service , 1/20/2014
7.       Click the green “Add to My Activities” button near the bottom

NEA Meeting, January 27

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Jan Brett

Jan Brett came to Truman!  She is a lovely illustrator and author of children’s books.  She came to talk about her new book, Cinders.  In her talk, she discussed how she got inspiration from the chickens she raises at home.  She even brought several of them on the tour with her to show us!  She also showed us how she drew her pictures and emphasized that it takes a lot of work, but with practice, improvement is inevitable.


Jan Brett rides in style with this huge bus.  She brought several of her chickens on the tour with her.


After Jan Brett’s speech, there were many fun activities that correlated with many of her books that NEA hosted.  There were many things to craft and color to entertain.

November 11

Cathy Westbury, a retired counselor from the Rockwood School District in St. Louis and a member of R-MNEA, came to talk about NEA’s Bully Free it Starts With Me Campaign.  She talked about who a bully is, the view of the bully’s target, and ways to reduce bullying in class and through school.

Upcoming Events

Jan Brett is Coming to Truman November 17, 10:30 am

Jan Brett, best-selling children book Author and Illustrator, is giving a presentation about her books.  Afterwards, NEA is providing fun activities for kids.

NEA Meeting December 2, 5 pm

For our last meeting of the semester, MNEA President Charles Smith is coming to visit.

Upcoming Webinars

There aren’t any Webinars that will be presented soon, but there are still plenty of pre-recorded Webinars that you have access to.  There are also plenty of Professional Development lessons through NEA Academy.

Fall Representative Assembly

On November 9, four members of our Truman NEA chapter traveled to St. Louis for this year’s Fall Representative Assembly.  After hearing reports from the MNEA Executive Officers, we adopted the 2013-2014 Missouri NEA Legislative Platform, saw awards given for the Shirley Cromer Leadership and Leila Medley Quality Local Association Awards, and learned a lot of information about the whole organization.

007From Left to Right: Kaitlyn Preis, Kristen Greif, Rachel Sommerer, Kristen Gavenda

Everyone that was able to attend had a great time and was excited to learn many new things about the organization.

Schuyler Family Fun Night

Thank you to everybody that came to help out at the Schuyler Family Fun Night!! The kids had a blast doing so many fun and creative activities!

You can see some of the activities that we did this this year below

014Lava Lamps in a test tube

Blow up Balloons with Vinegar and Baking Soda

018Make name signs out of broken sticks

See which of your favorite fall items float or sink

Trace the veins of a leaf

010Try different types of apple to see which type is prefered

Write what you are thankful for and add it to the wreath

Thank you again to everyone that made this evening a success!