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.

January 29, 2009

For Summer Graduates

Posted in Announcements at 9:06 am by maf

Remember the discussion we had on Jan 24 about Programs of Study? And how we said it’s ok to file early? Here’s a new tidbit on that.

Due to a projected lean summer staffing plan, our Graduate Coordinator has requested that all summer paperwork be filed early, if possible.

So – if you are an August graduate, consider starting your Program of Study ASAP.  Things to remember:

  • Hard copy is required – hence, a major part of the difficulty.
  • This is a difficult form.  Because of a history of problems with it, please listen to my audio coaching in WebCT 7460 Resources before filling it out.
  • The form itself can be found here.
  • The earlier you do it, the less stress will be involved.
  • Feel free to bring to class on Feb 7, or in March, or in April – I will pass on paper copies to wherever they need to go – your advisor, etc.
  • I am building a new SLM Graduation site here – where I will collect the things you need for graduation.

January 26, 2009

Aftermath from Jan. 24

Posted in Updates at 6:18 am by maf

It was so good to see you all on Saturday – we had everyone there except for Andy (who had a death in the family).

I’m pleased that we plowed through all of the many details that seemed relevant, and everything on the agenda.

A suggested task for you: while I don’t plan to pile a lot of homework and reading on you for this “class,” let me encourage you to read along in the New on the Job book.  Next meeting (Feb 7), we will discuss job seeking – and read Chapter 2 if you can.  It’s always interesting to compare national advice with state/local advice, and with the experience of people in the room.

Finally, I updated the Mentor Evaluation form to reflect my new preference of electronic submission.  You can find this and most other forms if you go to the 7460 Home page and click on “Documents and Forms.”

January 22, 2009

Ready for class, Jan 24

Posted in Updates at 6:34 am by maf

Hello!  I look forward to seeing you all, 10am, Saturday, Room 119.  We must finish by noon.

The Agenda is ready.

These internship meetings are usually intense exchanges of information.  The Internship itself is a complex experience that varies from student to student – so I expect a lot of questions.

To prepare:

  • Please send the information requested in the last post
  • Read over the agenda and many of its links. Focus on Documentation-related links, Portfolio-related links (as appropriate to your degree program), and Graduation-related links.

It’s been a long break and I look forward to seeing all of you.   I’m certain (barring some mishap) to be there before 9:30 in case you have individual questions for me – because there won’t be much time afterward.

Graduating in May?  Here is your last reminder that Programs of Study and Graduation Applications are due Friday.  Contact your advisor if you haven’t done this yet.

January 15, 2009

Tasks for you

Posted in Updates at 11:00 am by maf

The great thing about this class is that you are doing most of the work out there in the real world.  I don’t have much to add to that.   So, you needn’t expect much extra work or assignments, etc.  Here’s what you should be doing:

  • Make sure you are on track with your contract process.  Everyone is in a slightly different place with this, and most are well ahead of the minimum pace.  You can (and should) always see where you are by checking your WebCT 7460 discussion board and the Gradebook there – which is really a progress keeper.  The Checklist helps, too.
  • Jan 16 is the date by which your preliminary contract should be approved, if you are registered. I’ve caught up on all preliminary contracts submitted.  In practice, this means that on Saturday I’ll go down my list and see who might have fallen behind this deadline and communicate directly with them.
  • A small assignment:  if you are not in either of my other two classes, send me an email (to my UGA address) that updates this info:
    • your preferred email address
    • your preferred phone number
    • your mailing address
    • your GMAIL login name
  • I look forward to seeing you on Jan 24, 10am.  If Dr. Clinton wants some time, his time will be 9am – I’ll have a definite on that for you soon.  Room 119.

January 13, 2009

Graduation Reminders

Posted in Updates at 5:55 pm by maf

I’ll piggyback on Janette’s reminder from last week – everyone graduating in May must submit the a). Program of Study form and b). the online Graduation Application  ASAP.

I will personally feel bad if any one of you has to delay graduation or pay a $50 fee because this didn’t get done!  I’m hoping for 100% smooth sailing in this category.

Program of Study form: this is an irritating paper-only process.  Also, in most cases you can’t save and send the .pdf form (unless you have extra software on your computer).  Consult your advisor about the best way to handle this if you haven’t done it yet.  Mailing might not work out with the deadline looming so near.

Graduation Application is a lovely online form for which you receive a nice acknowledgment.  The only little problem is that we have no way of checking to see if you did it – so it’s up to you!

Most of you have done both of these and it’s certainly not the first time you’ve heard about them – I just want to make double-dog sure that there are no graduation glitches in Cohort 7.

January 9, 2009

Invisible progress

Posted in Updates at 6:18 pm by maf

Just so you’re not wondering what’s going on …

I have been making progress on the Internship class, but most of it is invisible to you. Primarily, I’ve been evaluating contracts and taking care of red tape. Everyone is either set for the present or things are moving in that direction.

After the first Cohort 8 class tomorrow, I’ll be able to turn my attention more fully to both Cohort 7 classes.  The MLK weekend helps, too.

There’s a bit of a problem with dual EDIT sections – and I’m working with staff to get this solved. The only effect of this for you might be a mysterious message from UGA saying you’ve been dropped from one class and added to another – strictly an administrative event.

At the moment, it appears that I will see you all at 10am on 1/24 for a 2-hour meeting. More info to come, next week.

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