There’s a common understanding among writing teachers of how difficult it can be to present theories of argumentative writing to students in approachable, applicable ways. Ashley Muchler has seen this first-hand and as a future high school teacher, knows she will face this hurdle on the other side of the classroom. So in true millennial fashion, she took to social media.
For the past year the secondary education and English major has been researching approaches to argumentative writing in language arts classrooms. Her research — in collaboration with Timothy Oleksiak, assistant professor of English — has focused on using Twitter to teach argumentative writing.
Gabrielle Meister couldn’t wait to be in front of a classroom.
It was part of her driving passion to become a teacher. After three years of lectures and observing classrooms, this Bloomsburg University early childhood and special education major decided enough was enough. This summer, it was time for her to teach.
Meister was among 22 education majors to participate in the three-week Milton Teaching Practicum in the Milton Area School District. It’s one of five practicum options College of Education students can choose from to get classroom experience prior to student teaching.
“When you’re first getting up in front of the classroom — even as young as kindergarten — you get very nervous,” Meister says. “The first time it was nerve-racking. By the third time, I got better at it. I’m now 100 percent more comfortable heading (forward). Student teaching is going to be amazing.”
Brittney Hegarty, a junior mass communications major and goalkeeper for the women's lacrosse team, is doing an internship this summer with the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse in her hometown.
"It is hard to envision my future without sports as the centerfold, and this is a perfect way to start the process and figure out which functions I excel at best," Hegarty said. "Being a mass communications major, I would like to see the public relations aspect as well. It is an honor to work for a developed organization and I look forward to the opportunities it may create."