University of Vermont

College of
Education and Social Services

Middle Level Education

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08-16-2013

Middle Level Education Faculty Relationships

Probably the best part for me was the faculty relationships that I developed.  I had three or four very strong faculty relationships that I could turn to at any point in time.  So many times, I sent emails, or had to come in for meetings, with professors, or my advisor, and you would help me sort through whatever problems I had, ...

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08-16-2013

Strengths of the Middle Level Education Program

The strengths of the program for me, was again, that immersion, starting right at the beginning.  I knew nothing, I had never been in a classroom before.  Starting out with a balance of being in the class 3 days a week, and then taking class the other days was a nice soft start.  And then being there every day at the end, I ...

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08-16-2013

Thoughts about Middle Level students

I think that middle school students need students that empathize with them, but also like them.  That's my biggest thing, I don't want a teacher that doesn't like me.  I think that age group, especially, needs teachers that enjoy them, and want to make sure that they can go on to become better human beings.

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08-16-2013

Strengths of the Middle Level Education Program - Size of Program

There is something about the size.  Going through this with a small cohort, getting to know one another to the extent that your do.  Having the support of the small staff, and the small group of your peers.  That to me, was probably the most valuable part - to the point where we keep in touch today, and we still use each other ...

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08-16-2013

Why did I choose the MAT Program in Middle Level Education?

I was looking at different education programs around New England.  I was teaching English overseas.  I was really looking for someplace that really focused on middle level.  I wanted to be a middle school teacher, I was working with that age group.  I saw that UVM had a program, read up a little bit.  It's got a pretty good ...

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08-16-2013

How did the Middle Level Program Prepare you to Teach?

I got a fantastic head start on becoming a teacher.  i am still learning every day at school, but being in the program gave me the opportunity to have a good mix of academic work here at UVM, as well as working closely with a mentor teacher at a local area school, where I could get lots of hands on experience. And do it all ...

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08-16-2013

Middle Level Education - the Cohort Experience

It is such a tight knit group and we go through everything together.  In my cohort there were between 12 and 14.  We gained and lost a few people along the way. We were so close to each other.  That was so amazing!  Especially during student teaching when we were all incredibly stressed out.  Just to be able to call up your ...

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08-16-2013

Middle Level Education - Classroom Experiences

I felt like every semester I was in the classrroom.  I was getting hands on experience working with students.  Whether it was one-on-one tutoring a student who was an English Language Learning, or if it was observing, teaching.  I got to experinece a lot of different types of classrooms, working with a huge variety of teachers ...

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08-16-2013

Middle Level Education Program - Relationship Building

The biggest thing that I didn't realize until I started the program, was that you make really deep intimate personal connections with the students.  You get really involved with the students' lives.  You understand more about their family situations, and different ways to kind of help them through their different issues in both ...

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08-16-2013

Middle Level Education Faculty

In the Graduate program, we have a lot of connectedness with the faculty.  The faculty that I was taking classes with, were the faculty who were observing me, were the faculty I was coming to meet with if I had a question after school about something that happened in my class.  I think that is a real strength.

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08-16-2013

Mentor Teacher Support

The teachers are amazingly supportive. They are the backbone.  They have been in the trenches, they know what we are going through on a daily basis, and we always know that we can walk in the door and say, "Hey, this is what I am dealing with..." and nine times out of ten they've dealt with the exact same thing.  So we know that ...

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08-16-2013

How did the Middle Level Program Prepare you to Teach?

I came out feeling totally prepared.  My internship, again it's the hours.  Being there three days a week for a semester, full time in the second semester.  I had no qualms about entering a job once I was done with that level of preparation.

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08-16-2013

Why did you choose the Graduate Program (MAT) in Middle Level Education?

This is a second career for me, so I came to UVM - I lived in the area, and I had wanted to go back and become a teacher for a number of years.  I spent some time researching the different options for getting my Middle Level Certification, and loved the faculty at UVM.  I was a UVM alum from 1992, so I had natural ties to the ...

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