Education 225, Dealing with Challenges

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Reimagining the Disrupted Classroom

Reimagining the Disrupted Classroom, by Katie McCormick, Bryn Mawr College, 2013

Introduction and Description of Context

This proposal was inspired by my work this semester at El Centro de la familia.  I spent Tuesday mornings working with a group of mothers whose children attend a preschool program at the center.  The mothers, all of whom are recent immigrants to the U.S., participate in informal English language classes while their children attend preschool in another part of the building.  The reason for this setup is three-fold.  First, it helps enrich the educational experience for the preschoolers because it gives parents the tools they need to support their children’s learning and academic success.  Second, it benefits parents by helping them develop their English proficiency, addresses parenting and  work-related skills, and focuses on computer literacy.  Third, it removes the legal barrier of running a preschool without certified teachers by keeping parents onsite during school hours. 

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Agency Journal Compilation and Reflection

Hallie Garrison

Empowering Learners

 

This student reflects on the entires she wrote in her agency journal for the Empowering Learners course.

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Applying for Success

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Hallie Garrison

Empowering Learners

 

 As the subtitle of this essay says, "Can college students effectively navigate the intricacies of mentoring high-risk youth?

 

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Dialogue—Communicating Disapproval with Students: A Spin-Off Piece in Response to On Becoming an Effective Praiser

Amanda Fernandez

Empowering Learners

 

Fernandez shows deep thinking in her piece about how to appropriately convey disapproval to students.

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Cross-Cultural Connections in the ESL Classroom: Forging Respect and Shattering Societal Barriers

Riley Diffenderfer

Empowering Learners

 

 The author responds to an earlier paper in this handbook, focused on transcending cross-cultural barriers in mentorship and teaching.

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Exploring Boundaries: Fences, Not Walls

 David Harris

 

This paper takes on the idea of boundaries in education, and why they should be viewed as fences rather than walls.

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Encouraging Productive Discussion: Suggestions for Extra-Classroom Facilitators

Susanna Farahat

Susanna gives good advice on how to be an effective extra-classroom discussion facilitator. 

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Teaching is SO Much More Than Lesson Plans and Getting it Right

Heather Davis

Heather provides her insight and reflections in experiencing complicated situations as an extra-classroom teacher.

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