Archive for July, 2008

Competency 5: Educational Institutions, Communities, and Professional Life

July 30, 2008

Teachers are committed to developing their careers in education.

How does this happen? In this final item in a series of 5 posts, teacher learning as practiced at SIT is outlined. What a teacher does outside the classroom acknowledges that teachers need to be knowledgeable about, skilled at, hold attitudes of, and be aware of these dimensions of their professional practice. (more…)

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Master’s International Program with US Peace Corps

July 28, 2008

The Best of Two Worlds

From the Master’s International Coordinator at SIT Graduate Institute, Eden Sell.

Master’s International

For people considering graduate studies at SIT, there is a pull to make a difference, get involved and challenge themselves. Many of those same people have also considered serving as a volunteer in the US Peace Corps. Luckily, there is an option that makes pursuing both goals a very viable possibility: Peace Corps’ Master’s International Program. (more…)

Why Use a Pass-Fail System?

July 22, 2008
What do teachers ask themselves?

What do teachers ask themselves?

How do you measure student learning? There are countless books, dissertations, education departments, and policies on the subject, even professional conferences. One of the many distinctions of SIT’s MA in Teaching is its grading policy. This paper, a recent restatement by faculty for one another following campus-wide discussion, provides insight into the MAT experience. These strong statements have grown from attentive faculty reflection over many years. Your comments are welcome.

Grades change the fundamental relationship we work so hard to build with our students, a relationship of trust, support, encouragement, and recognition. Within that relationship, our critical feedback can and does have great impact, but this feedback is crucially not a label or a judgment. This allows the feedback to be taken in fully and acted upon.

Our students and alums have told us quite clearly and almost unanimously: we don’t need or desire letter grades. (more…)

Student George Bishop: A Brief Story

July 11, 2008

Beau BishoopGeorge Bishop, known to his friends as Beau, will teach English at Toyo University in Tokyo later this year. A former English Language Fellow for the US Department of State, his accomplishments in Hyderabad, India, were appreciatively recognized from the plenary podium at TESOL 2008.

His short story below describes difficulties experienced by expatriates the world over and was originally published in the Caspian Business News (Azerbaijan). The title refers to the fact that if US citizens work outside of the US for most of a year, they don’t have to pay US income taxes.

“Foreign Earned Income Exclusion” by George Bishop, Jr.

The trick was to stay out of the country for 330 days. Then you wouldn’t have to pay any income tax. Keep it all for yourself, start a nice little savings, Roth IRA, that kind of thing. Andrew had socked away almost 25K last year alone with the Brunei gig. Try doing that with your liberal arts degree somewhere up in Massachusetts. No way. (more…)

Competency 4: Self and Other

July 7, 2008

Teachers are self-aware. How does this happen? In this fourth in a series of 5 posts, teacher learning as practiced at SIT is outlined. In the area of self and other, teachers need to be knowledgeable about, skilled at, hold attitudes of, and be aware of these dimensions of their professional practice. (more…)