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By Nathalie De Vera
Alumna, College of Education

Student teaching is the time to apply everything learned in class. This is the time to learn from experience. Reflecting upon practice shows humility, eagerness, determination and a positive outlook that are all helpful in aiming to be a great teacher. I aim to be a great teacher because I want to inspire, educate and serve.

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By Stephanie Knight, EdD
Adjunct Faculty, College of Education

Instead of student engagement, we should focus on brain engagement! It is possible to influence students’ brain chemistry. This means that students would be wholly and fully engaged. Educating the whole child takes on a whole new meaning when an educator can engage all parts of the brain throughout the class time.

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Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program is a great option for anyone interested in a career as an educator for young children. Offered through the College of Education, this degree program can provide you with the fundamentals for becoming a highly qualified teacher and the knowledge that you need to pursue an early childhood initial licensure. If you’re wondering if a career in early childhood education is right for you, then ask yourself the following questions:

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By Brandon Juarez, MEd
Assistant Professor, College of Education

Recently, in an attempt to attract more individuals from diverse fields into the teaching profession and to keep them teaching, Arizona legislators passed SB1042. Among other things, the bill extends the years between recertification from six years to 12 years and reduces the required number of continuing education units (CEUs) to 90 hours.

But, is this really what is best for the teachers and subsequently for our students?

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By Diana Anderson
Master of Education in Secondary Education, College of Education

Today, districts across the nation are reporting a teacher shortage. This was not the case in the last generation. I can remember when teens were counseled not to pursue a career in teaching because there were no jobs available for teachers.

What changed?

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By MJ Tykoski, MEd
Alumna, College of Education

Science has always been a passion for me. I owe my early love of science to my father, who taught me a little bit about multiple scientific topics ranging from stars and planets to symbols on the periodic table of elements. As a child, I craved further knowledge and challenges in science, but through seventh grade my teachers either had little scientific knowledge or interest themselves, or they exhibited an attitude of amused tolerance towards my enthusiasm.

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