Bachelor of Science
Teacher Residents Websites
During a student’s residency in an elementary education classroom, they will design and maintain their own website to showcase what they have learned, what they have experienced and the ideals they will use in shaping their own teaching practices. Below is additional information about what students should prepare to include in these personal websites.
Building a supportive, respectful classroom community where all feel safe and encouraged to share their ideas and their experiences is encouraged in our programs. This idea is extended beyond the K-12 classroom to include the college classroom.
In our coursework, we encourage students to create a classroom environment where students know each other and feel comfortable and motivated to contribute to classroom conversations. By participating, we stimulate the thinking and learning of others and ourselves. This contributes to our professionalism and our professional identities, and it can be extended when we think about expanding the walls of the community to include a digital presence.
Building a professional identity:
Being a professional means developing a professional digital identity and presence
so that a teacher can create a global network of colleagues. This global network will
work to support his/her professional development, to contribute to the professional
learning of others, to influence policy, and to be an active participant in the educational
community through local, state, regional, national, and possibly international conversations.
This is all possible through the power of social media.
Throughout the teacher candidates’ tenure, we encourage them to use their professional judgment. Our teacher candidates construct, negotiate, and re-construct their professional identities, making their learning public. We challenge them to capture this learning through the creation of a personal web space.
Each web space is as unique as the individual who created it; however, the spaces
do share some commonalities. First, we ask each resident to have an updated home page
describing him/herself for the reader. Second, we require a tab called, “Platform.”
Residents will add philosophies inspired by their coursework during the two years
of the Residency experience to this tab. For instance, you will see the initial platforms
containing the espoused platform conference. However, over time, the residents will
add their philosophies of classroom management, instructional planning, children’s
literacy, literacy assessment, child development, working with English Language Learners,
literacy instruction, science instruction, math instruction, social studies instruction,
Once completed, the platform will contain a collection of the teacher candidate’s beliefs upon which he or she will reflect and synthesize. Third, we require a blog component to the web space. Each resident must have a blog where he or she posts weekly reflections and artifacts from teaching. The purpose of the weekly “Reflect and Connect” is to have the Residents making connections between their coursework and their classroom experiences. In this way, we ask residents to interact, engage, wrestle, and even play with theoretical concepts and real problems of the practice.
While residents are at different stages with regard to their comfort level and use, each has taken the risk to explore the concept of developing their own digital presence.