October 16, 2019 at 9:30am
Dane Lisser

A "Day in the Life" of a Millikin education major

Students in Millikin University's School of Education 是否处于一个独特的位置,以获得第一手的实地经验开始他们的第一个学期,以及受益于联合教学的机会. 所有这些经历都使学生做好了成为教师的准备,并在毕业后有资格进入职场.

米利金教育学院也在通过其一年一度的“明日教师大会”(Tomorrow's Teachers Conference)解决未来教育工作者的需求. This year's conference, the 6th annual, was held on Oct. 7. 这次会议为那些对教育相关职业感兴趣的伊利诺斯州高中生提供了一个支持的场所,向他们展示了Millikin教育专业的“生活中的一天”.

Pamela Barnes Millikin

银河app平台网址从地区学校招募了初中和高中学生. 学生们被指定上特定的课,参加各种各样的小组活动," said Dr. Pamela Barnes, director of the School of Education at Millikin. “会议结束时,银河app平台网址为每位与会者颁发了2000美元的奖学金."

今年的会议是六年来参加人数最多的一次,来自全州的100名学生注册参加.

In the morning, students were divided up into three groups with one group taking part in a "Becoming Blue Selfie Tour" of campus; one group taking part in musical games and activities in Pilling Chapel; and the third group working on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) experiments with Dr. Anne Rammelsberg, associate professor of chemistry.

Millikin Tomorrow's Teachers Conference

会议继续就以项目为基础的学习和创新教育进行了更具体的讨论. 学生们以Rachel Bicicchi的身份在Millikin的新技术工作室体验虚拟现实, director of online learning, led a session on the "future of education."

Millikin Tomorrow's Teachers Conference

Dr. Lyle Salmi, professor and chair of the Art Department, 介绍简易版画作为他的艺术教育会议的一部分, and Dr. Joyce Bezdicek, associate professor of education, 以三种不同文化背景下的学前教育为视角,主持了一场关于全球幼儿教育的讨论.

Millikin Tomorrow's Teachers Conference

In Kaeuper Hall at the Perkinson Music Center, Dr. Neal Smith, associate professor of music, 领导了一批未来的音乐教育家,并对密利金的音乐教育项目提供了深刻的见解.

“这是一个大项目,目前有80名学生,这是银河app平台网址众所周知的事情,因为银河app平台网址有很多以前的学生在全国各地教书," Smith said. "Our students are getting jobs well before they even graduate."

Millikin Tomorrow's Teachers Conference

Smith added, “长期以来,银河app平台网址在密立金的重点一直是为本科生提供实践经验. 在学校里,当你是老师的时候,你会直接和孩子们做很多工作, and we do that very early in the program even as freshmen. Because of Millikin's size and scope, and because music is a big deal on campus, it's a great place for those who like to dabble. 银河app平台网址有很多会唱歌和表演的学生——米利金是一个可以做任何事情的好地方."

学生们也有机会参观伊利诺伊州迪凯特市的丹尼斯实验室学校., 这是一所从幼儿园到八年级的合作学校,它用基于项目的学习理念改变了学习.

Millikin Tomorrow's Teachers Conference

学生小组讨论在午餐期间与来自米尔施塔特的Millikin教育专业学生Maggie Baltz举行, Ill.; Destiny Musick from Assumption, Ill.; Evan Miller from Springfield, Ill.; and Megan Garrison from Buffalo, Ill. While taking questions from the audience, 学生们分享了他们的想法,是什么激励了他们成为教师.

“我来米利金是因为亲身体验,你可以在一个学期里在教室里实习," said Baltz. “我真的很喜欢这一点,因为我是一个动手学习的人,我想在教室里学习."

Evan Miller added, “我知道我喜欢和孩子们一起工作,我对知识充满热情,想要学习更多. 直到有人开始谈论教育以及为什么我作为一个黑人接受教育很重要. 这对我来说很重要,因为只有不到1%的小学教师是黑人,近40%的学龄儿童是少数族裔——成为这面镜子很重要. I have a passion for making a difference and that's where I am."

Millikin Tomorrow's Teachers Conference

Dr. 帕梅拉·巴恩斯说,这次会议是密利金招聘的一个很好的工具,可以解决影响伊利诺斯州的教师短缺问题.

“对于许多教育项目来说,这也是一个很好的招聘工具, 银河app平台网址想把学生带到校园,向他们展示银河app平台网址在绩效学习方面所做的事情," Barnes said. “银河app平台网址让学生在一年级就进入这个领域,这与其他许多教育项目不同."

Millikin Tomorrow's Teachers Conference

Dr. 巴恩斯说,教育学院收集了每个注册参与者及其兴趣领域的信息. “银河app平台网址检查了每个学生,把他们分成两组,一组是旁听,一组是安排他们感兴趣的活动," she said. “有时候,这是他们第一次和Millikin一起来学校, it allows them an opportunity to interact with faculty, students and staff."

Dr. Barnes noted, “我认为举办这样的活动的最大好处之一是,他们可以看到银河app平台网址在校园里与学生互动. 我认为这就定下了基调,银河app平台网址校园里的教职员工都在关注学生的最大利益. 我相信银河app平台网址对参加会议的学生有很好的影响."