Thursday, October 18, 2018

College Students Home for the Holidays

Finals are finished. Grades are being posted. Residence Halls have all closed. The high energy and stress of the semester is behind us. Students love holidays! No surprise, faculty and staff love holidays too. Everyone who makes a campus "buzz" loves the break time. It's a great time to catch up reading for fun, writing for pleasure, and re-connecting with friends from afar. And while all of this energy is good, there still is a certain amount of stress with "going home."

Many students have been on their own for months and sometimes years. Going home represents falling back into "family patterns." Whether you are 18 or 48, you still are the 'oldest, middle, youngest' in a family system. Parents and siblings have a hard time letting go of family roles, we all do. I am the youngest in my family. Until my mother died (when I was 32) every Christmas the gifts were not put under the tree until I went to bed! Yes, even in my 30's...I was still the youngest. When my older sister (she hates when I say that) and I were both home for the holidays it seemed as if she always drove. It is hard to bust out of family roles!

My sister and I are 3 years apart. When we went away to college, coming home had its joys and stresses. I would promise myself each year, no matter what, we wouldn't have any disagreements, rolling of the eyes, or other sisterly scenes. We managed to be civil for at least the first 3 days! Thank goodness we've had years to grow our relationship and discover that we can be both friends and siblings.

So how can we reduce stress during the holidays? Here are a few tips that have worked for me and I hope they work for you.

Make sure that you communicate to your family, both parents and siblings, the ways in which you've changed being at school. Often parents, in particular, can't believe you are "growing up and away." It’s an adjustment for both of you! It’s best to talk about your independence, and what expectations they might have for you. It's likely you may hear "in my house, you'll obey my rules."
This is a perfect time for parents and students to sit down and address expectations. While life at college may not have begun until after 11:00pm, your folks will not appreciate the return at 3:00am. Remember they have a schedule that they have become used to as well!

Remember your parents are real people. Ask them how they are doing in their work, home and family life. Often students begin to see changes in their families that make them uneasy. A parent divorcing or single parents re-partnering, or the recent loss in your parent's family of origin. Parents having job changes, or moving from the "family" home can all create stress. These topics aren't off limits for you to discuss with your parents. They may appreciate your sensitivity, and be aware that you know the world no longer revolves just around you.

Take time for yourself! Relax, and enjoy. Don't spend all your time on Instagram or Facebook, or on your phone. See your friends home from other colleges. Be grateful for time to re-connect. Exercise and get some sleep!

Let's remember the greatest gift we can give is our love and care for our families and friends. When things get "tight," and you know they will, hold on to the following words: Compromise, Accommodate, Be Grateful, Be Lovingly Honest, Respectful, Communicate, and Celebrate.

Have a terrific holiday with all those you love and who love you.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Licensure Students - Be Recognized and Awarded at our Annual Mandatory Induction Ceremony.


If you are in one of these programs you should be attending:  TESOL (including MAT and MEd), IECE and SPED (including MAT and MEd) 


DATE:  September 21, 2018 - 4-6 pm


WHERE:  Memorial Hall atrium


ATTIRE:  Business Casual


Respond to e-invite to let us know how many will be attending. 


Come and celebrate with your peers as they are awarded and recognized and enjoy food and fun!


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Individual education programs not being used as intended in special education

Gone are the days when students with disabilities were placed in a separate classroom, or even in a completely different part of the school. These students often sit alongside their traditional student peers for at least part of the day, with the help of individualized education programs (IEPs).

IEPs are considered the main drivers in special education and the mechanism through which these students receive their education to meet his or her individual learning needs. However, there are challenges to implementing them in inclusive settings. A Penn State researcher is examining the role of IEPs for students with specific learning disabilities in general education settings.


[article from ScienceDaily - March 13, 2018]

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What Do You Think of Personalized Learning in Classrooms?

Educators Incorporating Personalized Learning in Classrooms 

Teachers in an Alaska borough are embracing a different approach that allows students to choose what and how they learn.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Teachers in an Alaska borough are embracing a different approach that allows students to choose what and how they learn.

Educators at the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District are leading the charge in incorporating personalized learning for the borough's 13,702 K-12 students, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

All of the borough's traditional public schools now are working to use the personalized learning approach, which includes flexible seating, digital content, project-based learning, small groups, student-driven reflections and allowing students to progress at their own pace.
Some schools are looking at specializing in certain areas, such as STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Elementary schools began personalized learning in early 2017 and are the furthest ahead.

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After you finish reading the article tell us what you think of this idea and whether this could be beneficial to students and teachers alike.  Post your comments below.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


As you prepare to launch into the real world beyond college we wanted to congratulate each and every one of you. No matter what your circumstances in life — where you live, the family you were born into, what happened to you as a young child that was beyond your control — NOW is the time to step forward into your own true self and begin the chapter of life that is truly yours for the making.



“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” - Dr. Seuss



“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” - Steve Jobs

Friday, August 11, 2017

Changes to Admission to Teacher Education

Important: Changes to Admission to Teacher Education Requirements

There are a couple of important changes to teacher education requirements:

The following change is in effect for all students who apply to teacher education after 7/15/2016:

  • EDUC 300 with a C or better is now a requirement for full acceptance into teacher education.

  • Entry Assessment Requirement – VDOE requires an entry assessment into teacher education programs in Virginia.

You must complete the following Assessment Requirement:

  • VCLA Reading and Writing (composite score of 470), AND 
    • Praxis Core Math (score of 150) or one of the following substitute tests:
      • ACT Math score of 22 + ACT Composite score of 24
      • SAT Math score of 560 (if taken on or after 3/1/16) or SAT Math score of 530 (if taken between 4/1/95- 2.29.16)

Admission to Teacher Education Questions? Contact Dara Hall, Admissions/Licensure Coordinator, []