Teachers Manage Work Load

Texas teachers identify paperwork and discipline as the primary obstacles to spending more time on instruction, but a project created at Texas A&M University works to help educators reduce the amount of time they spend on these tasks so they can focus on teaching.

"Project Data to Knowledge (D2K) is about assisting teachers and using data to make decisions in classroom settings," says Kimberly Vannest, principal investigator and assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology.

Italian Study Abroad Provides Teaching Experience For Future Aggie Teachers

What started as a one-day visit to an Italian middle school has grown into an exciting opportunity for preservice Aggie teachers to teach English Language Learners.

In 2008, Janet Hammer and Patricia Wiese, clinical faculty members in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, journeyed with 14 Texas A&M University students to Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy, for a spring semester study abroad.

Reads & Counts Connects Aggie Students with Struggling School Children

Paige Melancon enrolled at Texas A&M University intending to become a doctor. A tutoring job through the Read & Counts program made her think twice about her career path.

"My mom has been a kindergarten teacher for more than 23 years, and I always said I wasn't going to be a teacher," she says. "I started as a biology major and got a job with Reads & Counts. My mom said, ‘Maybe this is God's way of telling you to be a teacher.'"

Education Students Visit Schools in Mexico City

According to research, only 4 percent of U.S. education majors participate in study abroad opportunities, but Lynne Masel Walters wants to change that statistic—starting with her students.

Walters, associate professor of culture, curriculum and instruction, and Teresa Jimarez, clinical assistant professor of science education and technology, led a nine-day study abroad trip to Mexico City, Mexico, during spring break for 18 freshmen and sophomores from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development.

High School Students ExpLORE Teaching Careers On Campus This Week

More than 60 high school students are on campus this week to explore teaching as a profession. The camp, appropriately named ExpLORE--Exploring Leadership Opportunities and Rewards in Education--introduces teacher education programs, leadership opportunities, career opportunities and courses of study to enrich students' knowledge of the teaching profession.


Student teaching abroad in Switzerland expands perspectives of Aggie preservice teachers

Last spring, Anna Sauvageau '08, an early childhood education major, stepped out of the box—or country —to student teach in Switzerland.

Anna was one of four education students to make the overseas trip. She and three middle school education majors, Ashley Broll, Megan Malnar and Andrea Smith, were the first Aggies to student teach at the International School of Lucerne in Switzerland, says Dennie Smith, head of the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture.