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Congratulations on your decision to become a teacher! Teaching is a rewarding career, as you will have the opportunity to inspire your students as they transition through dynamic periods of personal growth. To be a successful teacher candidate, you should make good use of the resources of the university, such as the Servant Educators program at Grand Canyon University. Have constructive discussions with your peers, and be receptive to feedback and new ideas. Here are a few more ideas to help you succeed as a teacher candidate:

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By MJ Tykoski, MEd
Alumna, College of Education

One of the acronyms de jour in science education today is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). It is a nice catch-all for science and the subjects that are closely related to science. However, diving a little deeper into how STEM plays out in classrooms reveals a disturbing trend. Not all sciences are adequately represented; Earth and space sciences are often left out. This means students are not receiving a well-rounded science education, which should be a concern for any dedicated STEM teacher.

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For individuals who wish to teach, Grand Canyon University’s College of Education offers a variety of programs to help future educators prepare for the classroom. Students who are interested may have questions about what is needed to become a teaching professional. If this sounds like you, then keep reading to learn about the educational requirements needed to become a teacher:

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By Meredith Critchfield, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Education

Most of us know how important it is to use groups in the classroom. Some of us have even tried creative grouping and collaboration strategies like those by Kagan. The world is shrinking more and more every day thanks to technology, making communication and collaboration more important than ever before. Rather than letting technology intimidate us, though, we should embrace tech tools to help improve communication and collaboration in the classroom.

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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 Brandon Juarez, MEd
Assistant Professor, College of Education

On February 25, I had the privilege and honor to be the keynote speaker at the central region AZ TESOL mini-conference hosted at Arizona State University – West Campus. The title of my speech was: “TESOL for the Modern World: Strategies for Student Success: Communication, Social Presence and Instructional Assessments.”

Two major themes/moments were influential and shaped the wonderful experience. First, the chance to speak to over 150 Peruvian K-12 teachers was a true blessing. Many of the visiting Peruvian teachers shared personal stories, educational goals and instructional strategies that each plans to bring back to their schools to implement. It was an honor to be a small part in their professional development and offer several educational technology tools that support pedagogy and rapport building.

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By Bethany Wilson
Elementary Education (Emphasis in English) Major, College of Education

Throughout my time as a student in the College of Education at Grand Canyon University, I have been introduced to the idea of the flipped classroom. This concept was created in order to minimize the amount of assignments that students are required to do on their own, instead allowing them time to work in class with a teacher present.

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