No matter where you are or who you are, you are a teacher. We are all lifelong learners and that is what teaching is all about. NSC School of Education creates the unique method of teaching about education by integrating the teaching strategies and techniques that work with all students in all classroom settings. When students enjoy learning, true teaching is accomplished. Here are a few examples of how our instructors provide the venue for that experience.
EDRL 443 Literacy Instruction II
Students in EDRL 443 Literacy Instruction II do not sit back, kick their feet up, and watch how to facilitate guided reading groups by watching a video. Instead, this class provides a one way ticket to the head of the class. Held at Dooley Elementary School, students immediately apply what they are learning! Pre-service teachers use strategies introduced in class to implement interactive word study activities and reading strategies with small groups of students. They are given the opportunity to work side-by-side with classroom teachers, assisting with DIBELS assessments, designing centers, and teaching small groups of students. Through weekly classroom visits, NSC students can target the individual needs of the Dooley students. For example, the NSC students create personal readers for the Dooley students. Throughout the semester, they choose a variety of text to add to the personal readers. If one student displays difficulty with long vowels, they might get a poem with long vowel words for their personal reader. The NSC students use these engaging pieces of texts to create authentic opportunities for students to practice deficient skills. This active-learning model, where effective teaching strategies are immediately applied in real-life settings, leads to longer retention! Why sit on the sidelines when you can be a part of the action?
EDSP 432 Parent Involvement in Special and General Education
Whether you’re a practicing teacher, preservice teacher or studying to be a speech pathologist you will gain knowledge and skills about working with diverse families in this course. We start off by exploring families in the 21st century followed by a review of conceptual frameworks for understanding family dynamics. The rich intersection of culture and learning is explored with each student researching the history and background of one particular cultural group represented in NV schools. Students actively participate in exercises and discussions where you think critically about factors such as poverty, disability, abuse, trauma, and loss, among others, and the impact of such factors on students’ learning experiences in schools. You will develop or revise a philosophy of teaching that involves collaboration with other professionals and parents. Keeping collaboration with parents in mind, students analyze their own communication styles in regard to rapport building, responsive listening, assertion, conflict management, and collaborative problem solving. Students draft introduction letters to parents, grade reports, and newsletters as examples of ways to communicate with families. The development of an in-service training on a topic relevant to families as well as analysis of a community organization or center that offers resources to families are additional learning opportunities in the course.
EDSC 321 Secondary Pedagogy I
In EDSC 321, Secondary Pedagogy I, NSC Secondary Education students experience the culture of the age and the essence of secondary schools through on-site field observations and classroom activities designed to give a realistic look at current issues and how to meet the needs of students in today's world and environment. How do teenagers think and learn? What makes the brain retain information? What techniques and strategies get the information across?
EDSC 321 provides future teachers with a solid understanding of what it will be like to teach in secondary students, what it means to be an effective teacher, and the nature of teaching secondary school in the 21st century. There is a strong emphasis on student participation in discussion and activities based on the real world of modern education. The main goal of this class is to provide students with concrete information that they can use as confident, prepared secondary school teachers and educators.