The VolsTeach material library is busy with students putting the final touches on lesson plans and gathering classroom materials for their first field teach. The VolsTeach program has 35 Step1/Step 2 students this fall, the largest group since the program began six years ago.
VolsTeach graduates were busy at work on June 29, 2017 as they gathered in Greve Hall for their Summer Induction meeting. Graduates from all cohorts attended. This summer’s induction was planned and led by four of our graduates – Maria Owens, Lauren Anderson, Katie Mason, and Mindy Hopkins. Maria and Lauren presented sessions, along with Alex Frank and Molly Schaeffer. Topics discussed included setting expectations, planning, and differentiating instruction. Attendees had time at the end of the meeting to put some of what they learned to use – planning activities, drafting a syllabus for a course, and searching online for resources to share. Several graduates took advantage of brainstorming and planning with a colleague who teach the same classes.
VolsTeach will be offering several professional development activities this fall. Please email Dr. Hopkins if you have a teaching topic you would like to learn more about, would be interested in serving on the planning committee, or would like to present a topic!
This summer the VolsTeach library is home to a group of high school students who are participating in UT’s Upward Bound program. These students, who are from schools in the rural Appalachian area of Tennessee, are interested in pursuing a college education and career in the fields of math and science.Their summer research projects are being completed with the use of 3D printers. One group is testing the strength of 3D printed chains (testing black vs transparent, parallel vs perpendicular, and % infill) The second group is testing angle of failure in 3D printing. Their final product will be a roof of a home (testing black vs green transparent, orientation, and 30 – 80 degree angles). VolsTeach faculty member, Dr. Yolanda Kirkpatrick, is overseeing the research. She is assisted by VolsTeach students Maria Van Audenhove and Jonathan VannEek.
Congratulations to our Apprentice teachers who graduated on May 13, 2017 with their respective degrees. Seated (L to R): Blake Hodge, Ryan Burnette, Jack Adamson, and Walker Marema. Standing (L to R): Kirsten Salonga, Jessica Jackson, Charis Maness, Ashley Brown, Kaelin Toney, Katie Mason, Allison Watson, Lizzy Barlow, Tori Bruinsma, and Dani Waldrop. The VolsTeach faculty and staff wish them the very best as they begin their careers as teachers. We are proud of their accomplishments!