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Wheaton College Grad and Student Teachers Use Creative Approaches

Helping students learn and informing parents through digital media

Technology can be a useful tool to present educative curriculum and informative material in visual formats. Recently several student teachers and a recent graduate have done just that. Caleb Duttweiler, ('12) worked with his fifth grade class and the other fifth grades at Washington School in Wheaton, including Tae Kim, student teacher and his cooperating teacher, Mr. Strayve, to produce a fractions music video that was posted on YouTube and was picked up by WGN morning news on Nov. 6. David Ourada, another student teacher in the same building, supported his cooperating teacher, Mr. Cerny, in a video introduction to Reading Workshops. Throughout this year, another Wheaton College student teacher, Graham Schultze, created music videos to teach and review skills and content. These student and first-year teachers are tapping into the media-dominated world of many public school students in an effort engage them in learning.

Welcome Back Ms. Sharen Sommerville, Special Education Instructor!

The Education Department is pleased to welcome back Sharen Sommerville as a guest instructor of Special Education for the 2013-2014 academic year. With an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, a Masters of Science in Special Education with endorsements in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders, and previous experience teaching Learning Differences (Educ 305) for the Wheaton Teacher Education Program, she is academically well prepared to instruct students and oversee the accompanying practicum.

Mrs. Sommerville draws on years of experience as a special education teacher in a variety of contexts. She has been employed in public high schools, middle schools and elementary schools, supporting special education students in self- contained classrooms and resource rooms while collaborating with their teachers. Early in her professional career, she enjoyed a fabulous year using her background to teach students with special needs at an international school in Stavanger, Norway. Besides working in K-12 school districts in the US and abroad, she has worked with alternative schools and a hospital, serving students who, due to behaviors disorders or health issues, were unable to participate in their regular schools. One of these alternative programs was in the area as she served as the Wheaton College liaison for the DuPage County Regional Office of Education program, Partners for Success.

Personally, she enjoys many musical pursuits, including keeping her violin playing at a reasonable skill level, piano playing, and attending a variety of concerts. Her husband Dan Sommerville, director of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, appreciates this interest! Along with her family, she enjoys traveling to National Parks in the US and the experience of a recent trip to Israel and Turkey. Three children, one daughter-in-law, and grandchild all living in the area keep her and Dan busy when not at the college.

We are pleased she brings a long-term perspective as well as recent classroom experience to the Learning Differences course. Mrs. Sommerville wants to ensure “our graduates enter the field with practical knowledge and confidence to support the diverse instructional needs of their students.” Her classroom instruction supports this goal.

Changes, Changes, and more Changes in Teacher Education

Besides the recent changes to the Illinois testing system, the Illinois State Board of Education has established new Professional Teaching Standards for all certified educational personnel, effective July 1, 2013. Other proposed changes include removing Kindergarten from the elementary teaching license and limiting Kindergarten to the Early Childhood license, and removing middle school from the elementary license and also from the secondary education license to create a separate middle school license. These state changes are in addition to the Common Core State Standards and the new assessments being created to evaluate these standards. Stay tuned for the edTPA to be piloted by the senior student teachers this academic year!

Wheaton College Grad and Student Teachers Use Creative Approaches

Helping students learn and informing parents through digital media

Technology can be a useful tool to present educative curriculum and informative material in visual formats. Recently several student teachers and a recent graduate have done just that. Caleb Duttweiler, ('12) worked with his fifth grade class and the other fifth grades at Washington School in Wheaton, including Tae Kim, student teacher and his cooperating teacher, Mr. Strayve, to produce a fractions music video that was posted on YouTube and was picked up by WGN morning news on Nov. 6. David Ourada, another student teacher in the same building, supported his cooperating teacher, Mr. Cerny, in a video introduction to Reading Workshops. Throughout this year, another Wheaton College student teacher, Graham Schultze, created music videos to teach and review skills and content. These student and first-year teachers are tapping into the media-dominated world of many public school students in an effort engage them in learning.

Welcome Back Ms. Sharen Sommerville, Special Education Instructor!

The Education Department is pleased to welcome back Sharen Sommerville as a guest instructor of Special Education for the 2013-2014 academic year. With an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, a Masters of Science in Special Education with endorsements in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders, and previous experience teaching Learning Differences (Educ 305) for the Wheaton Teacher Education Program, she is academically well prepared to instruct students and oversee the accompanying practicum.

Mrs. Sommerville draws on years of experience as a special education teacher in a variety of contexts. She has been employed in public high schools, middle schools and elementary schools, supporting special education students in self- contained classrooms and resource rooms while collaborating with their teachers. Early in her professional career, she enjoyed a fabulous year using her background to teach students with special needs at an international school in Stavanger, Norway. Besides working in K-12 school districts in the US and abroad, she has worked with alternative schools and a hospital, serving students who, due to behaviors disorders or health issues, were unable to participate in their regular schools. One of these alternative programs was in the area as she served as the Wheaton College liaison for the DuPage County Regional Office of Education program, Partners for Success.

Personally, she enjoys many musical pursuits, including keeping her violin playing at a reasonable skill level, piano playing, and attending a variety of concerts. Her husband Dan Sommerville, director of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, appreciates this interest! Along with her family, she enjoys traveling to National Parks in the US and the experience of a recent trip to Israel and Turkey. Three children, one daughter-in-law, and grandchild all living in the area keep her and Dan busy when not at the college.

We are pleased she brings a long-term perspective as well as recent classroom experience to the Learning Differences course. Mrs. Sommerville wants to ensure “our graduates enter the field with practical knowledge and confidence to support the diverse instructional needs of their students.” Her classroom instruction supports this goal.

Changes, Changes, and more Changes in Teacher Education

Besides the recent changes to the Illinois testing system, the Illinois State Board of Education has established new Professional Teaching Standards for all certified educational personnel, effective July 1, 2013. Other proposed changes include removing Kindergarten from the elementary teaching license and limiting Kindergarten to the Early Childhood license, and removing middle school from the elementary license and also from the secondary education license to create a separate middle school license. These state changes are in addition to the Common Core State Standards and the new assessments being created to evaluate these standards. Stay tuned for the edTPA to be piloted by the senior student teachers this academic year!