Archive for Debra Pitton

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2012 Education Graduates

May 27, 2012 – The education graduates gather for the traditional photo on the steps of Old Main prior to graduation. This tradition┬áhonors the fact that Gustavus was built as an institution to prepare teachers and preachers!

Practicum students at work in the schools!

Practicum students from the elementary methods block of courses just completed their work in local classrooms. The consensus was that this field experience has prepared them well for student teaching in the fall!

Faculty Book Study

The Education Department has recently concluded a year long book study, with faculty members leading chapter discussions during department meetings. The book, The Pedagogy of Confidence, by Yvette Jackson, focused on ways to support students in K-12 classrooms by strengthening the confidence of educators.

Education students teach in Peru

Education majors worked with peers from other majors to teach English in Chimbote, Peru, during J-term 2012.This experience enabled education majors to practice communicating with individuals who did not speak English. The group taught over 144 youth and adults while in Peru.

Gustavus participates in Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)

The Gustavus Education Department is moving forward to implement the TPA as a part of the student teaching semester. Students complete an analysis of a unit they teach, including video of their teaching and assessment data. Faculty are currently being trained to evaluate this comprehensive assessment, and all student teachers will complete the TPA as […]

Pitton presents at international education conference

Professor Debra Pitton presented a workshop on using case studies to foster problem solving skills in education students at the Hawaii International Education Conference January 4 – 7, 2011. The workshop used her recently published book as a basis for the hands-on session.

Education Faculty Attend MACTE Conference

The Education Department Faculty recently attended the MACTE (Minnesota Association of Colleges of Teacher Education) with funding from a mini-grant awarded by the Kendall Center. Debra Pitton, Dan Moos, Valerie Struthers Walker, Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh, Katrina Imison-Mazy, Michele Koomen, Amy Vizenor and administrative assistant, Sandi Frances, spent October 28-29 in Minneapolis attending sessions focused on state […]

Case studies text published

Developing Preservice Problem-Solving Skills through Case Studies, authored by Debra Eckerman Pitton, was recently published by Rowman and Littlefield. The text provides case studies for novice educators to analyze and discuss in order to consider how they would deal with similar issues in their future classrooms. The book also provides a process for students to […]