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What to Shop for When Preparing to Study Abroad

By Clare Jorgensen — Did you know that there are over 200 Marquette students who will be spending the next semester in various countries abroad?   And that includes me! I will be going to Madrid!

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During this time of buying and returning gifts from the holiday season, I thought it would be appropriate to give some advice to these many students as to what to look for or what to ask for from family members that will be ideal when spending a semester abroad. Clothes are obviously something that people may think to ask for in order to accommodate the different temperatures that students may encounter, but there are some items that could be very useful.

SAFETY
During the travel process, it will be important that the students’ belongings are kept safe during the long flights and other moves they will be making. Because of this, it could be smart to buy some small locks for the suitcases, to make sure nothing unzips or gets stolen. This will also be smart for the interior of the suitcases, so important documents or money can be held safely.

COMFORT
Along with safety, students should be able to travel with comfort with the varying flights. Students can invest in a good neck pillow, instead of the scratchy and thin pillow that is given by the flight attendants. If excitement is keeping anyone up during a flight, then a good book or good movie will allow the flight to seem much shorter.

COMMUNICATION
If anyone is like me, I plan on making various trips to countries outside of the one I am staying in during my time abroad. While I feel I am moderately proficient in Spanish, it will still be smart to buy some pocket phrase books in Spanish for some phrases I may not know, and it could still apply to other languages like French, German, Chinese, etc.

TECHNOLOGY
Since I plan on doing some other travelling, I know will also need various converters for different countries so I can always have the capability to charge my phone or plug in any necessary items.

NECESSITIES
When travelling, many students will save money by staying in hostels. Hostels are not as fancy or accommodating as hotels, so here are some things that could be useful: filtered water bottles, cheap sheets and towels, a small pillow, and some locks to put on the duffle bags or backpacks that students will be travelling with instead of the big suitcases.

There are countless other ideas, but these could be things that people may overlook when thinking about study abroad things to buy. If anyone has any ideas, feel free to post comments.

It has been a wonderful semester having the opportunity to write for the Marquette Educator. I hope my blogs proved to be interesting and/or thought-provoking for everyone. I hope the readers have a great break, and I hope that Marquette students will come back to campus eager and ready to start the spring semester off right!

Keeping Students Informed on News…On Their Terms

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By Clare Jorgensen — News outlets can be found everywhere we look. In fact, we can now access them directly from our phones, tablets, computers, televisions and (less popularly) newspapers!

With the many news sources available, sometimes it can be overwhelming to decide which sources to trust.  High school and college-age students can easily be susceptible to one-sided views through FOX News, MSNBC, and occasionally CNN. They too do not often get the right information if students only get their news from Facebook, Twitter, Buzzfeed, etc.

While it is good that news is always available, it would be very beneficial for teachers to offer ways to keep students updated on what is happening in the world with easy and reliable outlets.

Last semester in Education 1210, my professor asked us at every class what we heard about in the news, and we would have open discussions based on what was brought up. For a while, I did not participate much in the conversation, because I did not follow the news very closely, but I soon realized that it was an important tool for teachers to open up discussions in any class.

To get more involved in the conversation, I occasionally watched the local news on weekday nights, or I would look through CNN online. These alone are often reasonable ways to get the news, but many students can often be too busy for long-winded articles or 30-minute to hour-long reports on the news, so there has to be some simpler solutions.

Teachers could recommend to their students with smart phones to get Flipboard or StumbleUpon. Both apps have personalized snapshots of different news stories where they explain everything in simpler terms for the readers on the go. For students who do not have smart phones, teachers can bring newspapers to class where the students can borrow them, and take them to lunch or home to catch up on the news.

While I am preparing to be a Spanish teacher, I will want to maintain conversations with students, and I could do this by mentioning various news stories happening in Spanish-speaking countries or even closer to home. I could give them news story printouts so they can see the story firsthand, and the students can aim to discuss in Spanish, so they may gain some confidence in speaking.

Lastly, while the conversations or topics are not always appropriate for junior high or high school students, it can be great for teachers to implement various clips from the “Daily Show,” the “Colbert Report,” or “Last Week, Tonight” to get students a funny yet informative view on the news. It allows for students learn about issues happening across the globe, but with tones of humor, which many people can understand. Clips from these shows along with many other sources from the Internet can prove very helpful in keeping students informed, and it is always beneficial that students can lead informed conversations in any class, which could lead into the general class discussion.

Halloween Crafts for High School Students

shoebox-day-of-the-dead-altarBy Clare Jorgensen — This week I have started preparing my first practice lesson plan for my Introduction to Learning and Assessment class, and in doing so, it got me thinking about life in the school when I get to student teaching in two short years.

Halloween will be an exciting time for many of the students, and I want to ensure I can make it interesting for the students with Halloween-incorporated assignments including crafts.  In high school, art was not often incorporated in my other classes, which was upsetting to me. Since art can be a fun break from the norm, I plan to incorporate art into my lesson plans in the future

It is easy to imagine that with high school students, if a teacher assigns an art-related assignment, there will be a various mix of groans and cheers. As a teacher, I will want the students to be excited to have a break from the normal homework or in-class work by having assignments like this.

For Halloween, teachers could tell the history of Day of the Dead and ask students to make small homemade altars in shoeboxes, where the students can be as creative as possible.

As I am studying to be a Spanish teacher, I would love this assignment (and I hope there would be no groans). It would be good for teachers to potentially show what other cultures may do with the holiday, and they of course can have students make Halloween-related items based on the current lessons. In an English class, students can write creative stories with drawings attached in some way, and this could go very well with any lessons on Beowulf or some Shakespeare readings.

It is still important to not delay too long from any important lessons, but it is still easy to make the normal lessons with a Halloween theme in some way just to acknowledge the holiday season for the students. The amount of possibilities for Halloween or any holiday-related assignments is endless. However, if too difficult for a certain content area to do crafts, decorating the classroom during the season, and offering candy or other treats on Halloween will often suffice for the students!

Social Media for Preservice Teachers

SocialMediaBubblesBy Clare Jorgensen — Like many students here at Marquette, I am very attached to my phone.

I try my best not to run into anyone while walking down Wisconsin Avenue when I’m texting or surfing the Internet, and I usually spend my small breaks from studying on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Buzzfeed, or Twitter.

And, while I admit I’m a bit addicted to technology, I do use some of my time to prepare for my future as a teacher.

On Facebook, Twitter, and Buzzfeed, I follow different teaching pages as well as old friends who became teachers. These pages get me excited as I prepare to become a teacher, and I can also bookmark certain pages or articles I find interesting. Ultimately, it will be important that I put my own personal flare into my teaching, but for now it’s good to see what’s out there and what has worked for others. Through these same outlets, I can also see information from the Marquette College of Education, including news and other important information.

Overall, though, Pinterest is my favorite tool for preparing to be a teacher. I spend some of my time looking up different business outfit ideas that I could wear to Field Experience, and eventually to student teaching. I have a board of places to visit in Europe if I study abroad in Madrid next semester. I have study skills pins, which I intend to utilize during my years here, and I hope to give the information to my future students. Lastly, I have a “Teacher tools” board where I put different ideas for lessons in a high school Spanish, some different book ideas, and also some craft ideas for a classroom. Many of my pins come from the College of Education page, where they have different fun boards for everyone.

I’ll be honest — I don’t spend all of my social media time devoted to preparing to be a teacher, but I think the ways that I do use it to inform my teaching are important.

When I start preparing lesson plans, I can have these tools readily available, so it is important for me to learn as much about them as possible.

Not everyone uses social media as often as I do, if at all; but I would definitely recommend looking into Pinterest so you can see the many ideas for education-related projects and lessons it has.

Going Along for the Ride

from the blog www.stuckincustoms.comBy Clare Jorgensen – Preparing for my field experience feels like I’m preparing for a big trip.

I’m making up appropriate outfits, I’m mentally picturing what the classroom will look like, and I’m getting any supplies ready that I might need. Like any “trip,” I have a mental itinerary showing how everything should go, and I know I must get as much as possible out of this experience. Any trip should be fun and fulfilling, and I should be able to experience something new.

This mental image is of course the ideal situation where I have a grasp on everything when I get there, but I know that will not be the case.

The truth is that I have no idea what is going to happen when I am at the high school I have been assigned to this semester. While I may dream of an absolutely perfect classroom where all the students will be attentive and have halos over their heads, I must grasp reality. After all, I am going through field experience so I have the opportunity to visualize what I must do when I become a teacher. This may include how I deal with students or how I teach certain lessons. It would be amazing if I knew what was going to happen this semester at the high school, but time machines do not exist yet.

I need to have an open-mind and use what I have been taught in the last year in order to get the most out of the experience. It is important to prepare for many mistakes and to learn from those mistakes. This will be a fun and fulfilling experience, and like the trip I imagined, I know I will experience something new and exciting, but there is of course more to it.

Instead of imagining myself going on a planned trip, I should think of this experience as an unexpected road trip. I will not know what turns I will take, and there will be some bumps along the way. However, I will enjoy the ride and realize at the end how important and fun the experience was.

All I have to do now is get in that car and start the engine.

A Year for [Sopho]More Opportunities

JorgensenBy Clare Jorgensen — This summer was definitely one of the quickest summers I have ever experienced in my 19 years on this Earth.

I feel like this was a sign that I needed to be back at school in order for me to be able to jump into as many opportunities as possible. This semester is going to (hopefully) open many more doors for me than last semester. Back then, I feel I was still grasping the fact that I was here…at Marquette University… in the College of Education. Honestly though, I still don’t think I’m grasping that fact that I’m here at this great school.

Well now, after that tangent, I never even took an opportunity to introduce myself!

My name is Clare Jorgensen, and I’m a sophomore studying Secondary Education and Spanish. This summer, I spent my weekdays sitting in the park district office of my town. I learned two things from this job:

  1. Being able to speak Spanish in a work setting definitely allowed me to become more confident, even during times where I knew little to no words having to due with rentals or certain programs.
  2. I can never, ever, EVER work a desk job again, unless of course that desk job is where I’ll be when I’m in front of a class. I’m meant to be a teacher and only a teacher J

For now, I am excited to start Field Experiences at the school I will be placed very soon. I will chronicle my experiences there for this blog, as well as many other experiences I will see soon.


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