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No surprise: Kids love video games. So what would happen if teachers delivered some of their lessons through video games? And not just any games, but the wildly popular Minecraft? Plenty of children will find out this fall, thanks for a one-credit “SMASH-UP!” course offered by NIU this summer. Teachers who enroll will spend a...
What does teaching accomplish? Jim Schmidt, chair of the NIU Department of History, strives for “true learning.” “Having been in the classroom for more than 20 years, I have come to realize learning is not primarily dependent on what material I present or how I present it. Instead, it’s ab out creating an environment where...
Gulsat Aygen
Many educators – Gulsat Aygen included – love to teach the elite learners, those students who continually are tops in their classes and eager to discover even more. But it’s the others in the attendance lists who truly ignite Aygen’s zeal for teaching. “My major goal is creating an intellectual environment where everyone learns, especially...
Jim Schmidt
Jim Schmidt wants students awake and engaged in his classroom. The lights stay on. The PowerPoint remains off. Napping and smartphone surfing are unacceptable. But Schmidt also wants students to laugh and enjoy their education. “If serious intellectual pursuit is the overarching idea, that does not mean we can’t have fun while doing it. I...
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Northern Illinois University’s Department of Literacy and Elementary Education is offering an evening program designed for working adults interested in obtaining Master of Arts in Teaching degrees which will lead to initial licensure in elementary education. NIU plans to start a new cohort for summer 2015 at the NIU-Naperville campus. This part-time program is ideal for...
A Braille notetaker
All are welcome Thursday, March 26, to join the NIU College of Education for a spring tradition: the Community Learning Series. During this semester’s “Innovation in the Classroom” discussion, a panel of NIU alumni will share their experiences in introducing innovative teaching methods and ideas into their classrooms. Topics include literacy, special education and technology...
Project ROAR at Cortland Elementary School
Sitting in clusters of three, the Cortland Elementary School second-graders write things for which they are thankful onto “leaves” and “pumpkins” cut from red, orange and yellow construction paper. Friends. Clothes. Cousins. Mama. Teacher. Food. Halloween. Next, they squirt Tacky Glue onto their harvest-colored shapes and press them onto paper plates as they create Thanksgiving...
Anne Birberick
Vice Provost Anne Birberick is seeking nominations for the 2015 Presidential Teaching Professorships. Nominations are due Monday, Oct. 27, to Anne Birberick in the Office of the Provost, Altgeld Hall 215. Electronic submissions are preferred via email to [email protected] Following receipt of a letter of nomination, the selection committee will invite each nominated faculty member...
Photo of a green chalkboard with erasers and an apple
NIU’s Department of Literacy and Elementary Education is offering an evening program designed for working adults interested in obtaining a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree which will lead to an initial license in elementary education. NIU plans to start new cohorts in the 2015 calendar year at the NIU-Naperville campus and NIU-Rockford campus. This...
Book cover of “Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Preparing and Retaining Highly Effective Teachers”
La Vonne I. Neal is ready for action. Ready to disrupt cultural disparities in education. Ready to upend the rising numbers of students of color leaving high school without diplomas. Ready to remove institutional obstacles that dissuade people of color from becoming teachers. Ready to enact potentially transformational remedies. The dean of the Northern Illinois...
Brianno Coller
Brianno Coller, a newly named Presidential Teaching Professor, will speak Wednesday, April 30, on “Learning While Playing Video Games.” The talk is planned from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Illinois Room of the Holmes Student Center. For the past few years, NIU engineering students have been learning complex mathematical and physical concepts while playing...
NIU President Doug D. Baker
NIU President Doug Baker invites the entire university community to join him in congratulating the newly named Board of Trustees Professors, Presidential Teaching Professors, Presidential Research Professor, Presidential Engagement Professor, and the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Instruction Award. A reception in their honor begins at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Altgeld Auditorium....
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