June 19, 2009

Marathon Site Ready!

Posted in Updates at 11:30 am by maf

Looks like everything is set for the Marathon on June 26.

Here’s a page with the schedule and links to all portfolios and applied projects.

It will be a pleasant day and I’m looking forward to seeing you again.


April 30, 2009

Reminders and updates

Posted in Updates tagged , at 8:45 am by maf

Tomorrow is the big day!  Everything due.

Of the several submitted so far, I’ve finished only one – and it was submitted weeks ago. Obviously, I have a lot to do next week!

End-of-semester progress:

  • Course evals: 75% submitted.  Great!  Of course, I’m hoping for 100%, but this is a really good start.
  • All but one of you has submitted both Research and E-permissions.  This is fabulous, and I’ll just bug that one person about this henceforth.  This is really super, because they’re technically not due until tomorrow!  Thank you.

One more item of progress:  remember those Lesson Plan Menus mentioned in class awhile back?  Anne Marie gathered them for us, and obtained permission to share.  Find them in WebCT/7460/Resources/Lesson Menus.  You’re on your own with the Microsoft Publisher format that these are in.

April 27, 2009

Course Evals open

Posted in Updates at 9:21 am by maf

Hi – quick reminder – Course Evals are now open.

I hope you will remember my comments about the apparent trickiness of the form – just make sure you’re choosing the values you want to choose.

And I will keep updating you as things wrap up over the next 2 weeks!

April 15, 2009

April 18m 10a.m.: Last official Cohort 7 meeting!

Posted in Updates at 8:04 am by maf

We’re going out in style with a lunch and general party atmosphere.

I’ve made an agenda that contains every last little thing I want to tell you. We’ll go over as much or as little of that as necessary.

The bookstore should be open for cap/gown orders.

We’ll take a big photo – bring your camera and get a shot.

Ten a.m., lunch around noon, lasting til whenever.  By BYOB, I’m sure Tanya meant non-alcoholic. 🙂  If you missed her emails, they’ve come over SLM-L .  Bring your cash (or dessert), and I hope someone will help with the math and money collection.

See you there!

April 7, 2009

Caps/Gowns; April 18

Posted in Updates at 10:26 am by maf


(Have you filled out Tanya’s pizza/sub survey yet? I did – it’s easy! Published over SLM-L yesterday.)

The Gwinnett Bookstore manager has agreed to be on-site April 18 to take your cap/gown measurements and orders for May graduation.  That would be about your last reasonable chance to do it.

Portfolio review is now underway.  I’m not finished with all of my advisees yet, but by now everyone has at least heard from me – or I “released” the portfolio.  (Can you guys see when the a portfolio has been released?)

I’m looking forward to seeing you all on April 18 (not this weekend!), 10am. Enjoy Easter weekend – no SLM classes meeting on April 11.

March 24, 2009

Misc. Reminders and News

Posted in Updates at 11:18 am by maf

Hello!   I’ve been collecting bits and pieces to pass and along:

  1. Andy P. is famous! (although they spelled his name wrong!)  This is a really nice spot in the Athens Banner-Herald.
  2. Caps and gowns may be ordered through the Gwinnett/Intellicenter bookstore. Contact Meredith Haring, 678-985-6788, 1081mgr@fheg.follett.com.
  3. Your Portfolio (M.Ed.) or Applied Project (Ed.S.) is due to your advisor on April 6.

A portfolio-related question: there has been some confusion about how to align all the different assessments (projects) with the AASL standards.  Here’s a response I’ve given to this question:

As for alignment, let me direct you here:   http://it.coe.uga.edu/~mfitzger/aasl-matrix.html.   It’s a valuable synthesis activity to think about alignment for yourself, but the projects were designed to align in certain ways as outlined in the matrix. This was done about 3 years ago, and some projects possibly have drifted – but the matrix will tell you at least what they’re supposed to do. Hopefully, this will make the alignment process much easier for you.

Next Cohort 7 meeting: Apr 18, 10am.  See you there!

March 11, 2009

March 14; Advising; Midterm Eval; Caps & Gowns

Posted in Updates at 10:50 am by maf

Three announcements leading up to class Saturday (March 14, 10am-12, Room 119):

  1. We will do Stadium Advising first.  If you are graduating in May, then you can afford to be about 15 minutes late.  It won’t take long, because there’s not much left to talk about!  Dr. Clinton will be there.  The Agenda is ready.
  2. I’ve created an online Midterm Evaluation, which is ready for your input. I would love to hear if it seems to be working correctly, and certainly if it’s not!
  3. Caps and gowns:  AnneMarie has done research and has this to tell us:

Some people were asking about caps and gowns.  When I was at the Children’s Lit Conference, I bought mine.  I asked them how people could order them.  They said that you can call the bookstore and order one ($65.27).  They have them in stock. For a fee, they will send it to you.  You can also order it and they’ll keep it until graduation day. If the Bookstore will let me, I can pick up orders and bring them to the class in April.

Thanks, AnneMarie. See you all Saturday!

March 8, 2009

Mentor Eval Clarification

Posted in Updates at 9:00 am by maf

Just a reminder: we do have class this coming Saturday, 10a.m. to noon.  More details coming later in the week about the agenda, etc.

Here’s a clarification on the Mentor Evaluation process.  (I need to improve the Checklist on this topic, and plan to do that soon.)

It’s really very simple:

  1. Go to the Documents area of the website, and download the  Mentor Evaluation form (.doc).
  2. Send the blank form directly to your mentor, or provide the file in some other way (but not paper).
  3. Request that your mentor fill out the form, and submit it by emailing it as an attachment directly to me (mfitzger at uga dot edu).
  4. When I receive it, I’ll note this in the Gradebook.  Eventually, I’ll review it, and mark that in as well.

Three notes:

  • You will not see the contents of the form.  Rather, I will mark the Gradebook as “Satisfactory,” or get in touch with you if the situation is otherwise.
  • Watch for notification of receipt.  You may need to remind your mentor; also, things just get lost sometimes.
  • The email needs to come directly from your mentor, not forwarded by you, etc.

I look forward to seeing you Saturday, March 14.

February 19, 2009

Final Contract and Mailing Addresses

Posted in Updates at 3:58 pm by maf

Two things about final contracts – -please read both unless you have received the Green Light of Approval on yours:

  • For interns registered now, final contract proposals were due 2/17.  I’ll be sweeping through the list to make sure they are all in.  The Gradebook tells you if I’ve received it or not, if it’s under review, pending, or approved – I spell that out on the discussion board, too.
  • For interns yet to submit a final contract (whether currently late, or upcoming): several people have goofed on this, so I’m sure it’s my fault for not being clear.  Please submit it to me first before you go to the trouble of getting your mentor’s signature.  If I don’t like something, you’ll just have to do all of that again.  (Is there another way I should say this?  Please suggest clarifications if you see how they can be made.)  In the end, mentors sign twice; let’s don’t make it three or four times! 🙂

And – mentor evaluations are trickling in for people finishing early.  I will fire off the thank you note within a week or two, if I have his/her mailing address handy.  Post it on your discussion board.

I hope none of you got tornadoed yesterday!

February 5, 2009

Feb 7: Job Seeking

Posted in Updates at 5:59 am by maf

I’m beginning to hear stories about people getting jobs, and the job-seeking process will be the primary topic for Saturday.  Of course, different school systems follow quite different timelines for hiring – so you shouldn’t be worried if nothing seems to be happening yet in your case.

Please keep this in mind: the likelihood of knowing someone applying for the same job is high.  If you get a particular job, you wouldn’t want to hurt the feelings of someone who competed for that same job.  Further, it’s impossible (often) to speculate about why one person was hired and another was not; reasons are often arbitrary or unpredictable.  We should emphasize the fit between a person and a job, rather than the competitive aspects of job seeking.

An important reminder:  this comes from Shannon. The registration deadline for the next GACE test is Feb 13, with results returning on Apr 27.  The next set of results will come June 1, which might be late for some of your job applications.

I will see you at 10a.m. in Room 119.  Bring the New on the Job text; we will discuss Chapter 2.

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