In teaching local youth about stock market, MSU students also learn - February 27, 2014 -
STARKVILLE, Miss.--Even before they graduate, many Mississippi State University technology teacher education students have an opportunity to provide special instruction in a complex subject.
Cole Bostick of Horn Lake, son of Jackie and Brenda Bostick, recently helped teach local middle and high school students about making money by buying, selling and trading virtual stocks. He helped sixth- through 12th-grade members of Starkville's Boys & Girls Club of the Golden Triangle successfully navigate the ups and downs of The Stock Market Game.
The trademarked game is an education program for participants at the secondary, collegiate and continuing education levels. It is offered by the New York-based SIFMA Foundation, whose mission is to help U.S. students become financially literate.
Pamela Scott-Bracey, TTE assistant professor, and Becky Smith, agricultural economics assistant extension professor, taught the fall semester of MSU's methods of teaching economics and business pathways. As part of the curriculum, they and their students attended a workshop about how the game can help students learn more about economics.
Lucas Davenport, director of the Starkville Boys & Girls Club, attended the workshop, sponsored by the MSU Extension Service in conjunction with the Mississippi Council for Economic Education.
Smith credited Joyce Ellenwood, the club's executive director, for first proposing that MSU students work with Davenport to bring the game to local club members.
"The stock market is like a hook that gets students interested in economics and thinking about decision-making in investing," Smith said. "The research that exists shows students have improved economic literacy after they play the stock market."
In addition to helping younger students, playing the game also gave the MSU students a deeper understanding of how the real stock market operates, Bostick said.
"Working with the stock market was difficult at first," he said. "I really didn't think I knew how to explain, but I guess I knew more about it than I thought I did because the kids seemed to catch on."
"Then, I began to see that it was possible to teach and make it understandable to kids of all ages."
One group of sixth-grade girls was especially dedicated, he explained. Their interest and participation helped Bostick realize and appreciate his own capabilities for teaching financial literacy and economics.
He said he appreciated the service-learning opportunity, connecting with community youth and helping them see the relevance of the stock market in their own lives.
"Because I got to teach before the internship semester, I had a preview of what student teaching looks like," Bostick said. "Whatever business classes I teach, they will have at least one unit on economics. I now begin to realize how valuable teaching The Stock Market Game will be in trying to land a student-teaching position."
As part of its organizational mission, the game-sponsoring Mississippi Council for Economic Education awards endorsements for university and college students such as Bostick who will be entering the teaching ranks after receiving their degrees.
The economics endorsement is one of 10 that all TTE majors must receive to graduate, Scott-Bracey said. By being qualified to teach many different subject areas, TTE majors are attractive employment candidates.
"They are very marketable in what they're qualified to teach," she said. "It is so impressive: how these teachers get so much professional development and more training as they go through the career and technology arm of instruction.
"I'm very happy about the quality of students in this program. They have a lot of work, but they do it, and they do it well," she said."
Visit http://iswd.msstate.edu/ and click "Technology Teacher Education" to learn more about the MSU's TTE program.
For more about MSU, see www.msstate.edu.
External Link › http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6496
Mississippi Excellence in Teaching program now recruiting for 2014 - January 22, 2014 - STARKVILLE, Miss.--Mississippi State University currently is seeking "the best and brightest" for its fall 2014 class of Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program Fellows.
MSU first announced the program in 2012 that offers cross-campus visits, weeklong summer residencies, professional conferences, and a study-abroad opportunity at no cost to the participants. Both institutions may recruit up to 20 students annually from throughout the United States.
With funding by the Jackson-based Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation, the joint effort with the University of Mississippi includes full tuition, including room, board, and books, and a $1,000 technology stipend. Over four years, the program's value totals more than $80,000.
In return, participants must commit to teaching mathematics or English in Mississippi for five years after graduation, though the obligation may be deferred if students decide to pursue graduate-degree programs.
Applicants also must possess at least a 28 ACT--or 1250 SAT--score. A required interview will be used to help determine each applicant's drive and dedication to the field.
MSU's priority deadline is Feb. 1, but applications will continue to be accepted through March. "I would hate for someone to miss out on such an opportunity that would benefit them and the future of our state, when Mississippi State University is giving them the tools to be successful and debt free when they start their career," said Melanie Boyle, campus METP manager.
During the first five years of funding, MSU officials have a goal of placing more than 80 graduates of the program into Mississippi classrooms.
Each 20-person METP cohort will be attending seminar-style classes once a week that focus on introductory teaching skills, how best to be a leader in education, and events and challenges that affect education today. Hands-on experiences in secondary education also will be provided.
"METP wants the best and brightest, and we want to give those selected the tools to not only be successful in their schools, but we want them to have tools to shape education in Mississippi," she emphasized.
Boyle said effective teaching involves more than knowing subject matter; it is a combination of student understanding, application and communication.
Richard Blackbourn, MSU College of Education dean, said METP Fellows will graduate with a knowledge base of resources and a support network of students and faculty for future endeavors. He said faculty in College of Education have been working hard to design and implement specific coursework for this new education training initiative.
Persons interested in applying may visit www.metp.org, or contact MSU at telephone 662-325-5543 or email email@example.com.
External Link › http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6437
CISE launches iPad learning lab- November 12, 2013 - Donations to the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE) at Mississippi State University recently helped the department purchase an iPad learning lab. The lab consists of 15 iPads and a cart for storing, locking, charging, and syncing the devices.
A variety of apps for teaching content in many different subject areas have been installed on the iPads. MSU instructors can use those apps or select appropriate apps for their courses. The cart can be checked out by faculty who want to give their students experiences using the iPad as a tool for teacher education.
CISE recognizes that more and more of MSU's teacher education graduates are going to be teaching in schools that have a wide variety of instructional technology. There are several local districts where schools have one-to-one laptop or tablet programs,in which every student receives a laptop or tablet computer and teachers use those for their instruction.
CISE wants to pre-service teachers to have experiences using e-books, learning games, instructional videos, movie making and other tools for teaching content areas. The department will also use the iPads to teach about using technology to accommodate students with special needs and to differentiate instruction.
The iPads will be stored at The Learning Center in Allen Hall. Faculty members will be able to reserve the carts online and check them out to use in classes.
External Link › http://www.msstate.edu/web/memo/story.php?id=1902
'Mississippi Roads' to feature T.K. Martin Center- October 7, 2013 - October 3, 2013
MSU's T.K. Martin Center will be featured on "Mississippi Roads" airing Thursday [Oct. 10], at 7 p.m., on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
An original production of MPB, the "Roads" segment features the center's "Express Yourself" program, which aids persons with severe physical disabilities in expressing their ideas by painting canvases with the assistance of able-bodied helpers.
Hosted by Walt Grayson, "Mississippi Roads" gives viewers an insider's guide to the towns, attractions, natural beauty and intriguing folks that make the Magnolia state so unique. For information on MPB visit mpbonline.org
External Link › http://msstate.edu/web/media/announcement.php?id=1802
Click here to view more College of Education news.
309 Allen Hall
175 President's Circle
Mail Stop 9710
Mississippi State, MS 39762