Flat Connections

Transforming learning through global collaboration


Teacher Educators

Educators who train pre-service or in-service teachers in undergraduate or post-graduate courses

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How can pre-service teacher educators collaborate to flatten the curriculum? 15 Replies

Eva Brown and Barbara Morganfield were featured in a recent Future Learning Action Talk where they discussed plans to collaborate on flattening the curriculum for their pre-service/trainee teachers.…Continue

Started by Julie Lindsay. Last reply by Pamela Jimison Jun 14, 2014.

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Comment by Eva Brown on November 23, 2012 at 3:23am

Terry, Thanks for sharing your experience, ideas and project link. We have used Vicki and Julie's book,Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, as our text this term. It is an essential resource for all teacher educators and provides preservice teachers with required skills to enter the classroom. This text includes a Challenge for students to create a project as well. I do agree that it is important for mentor teachers to have PSTs join projects while on practicum, however, my experience and research is that there are precious few mentor teachers engaging in global collaboration even at base/beginning levels. I am always excited to hear about global projects in which teachers are engaging their classrooms/students and really appreciate you sharing the Monster Project.

Comment by Terry Smith on November 23, 2012 at 12:47am

Hi Everyone,

Structuring opportunities for pre-service teachers (PST) to connect globally is certainly a very important component to their overall path toward certification. It seems that so many PSTs have limited experiences in their field classroom experiences. Methods I've used to extend the PST out to the world is having them join Internet projects while they are in classrooms with mentor teachers. This past October, three of my students became very involved in the Monster Project. This connected them with schools/teachers around the world for the first time. It gave me the opportunity to scaffold new situations for them. They were writing project based learning lesson plans for activities of the project including skyping and sharing with Russia, CT, LA, etc. Mainly, it gave the PST a rich set of events from which to create learning experiences for their students while extending their own learning communities and horizons as new teachers.

Terry Smith
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

Comment by Barbara Morganfield on November 16, 2012 at 11:11am

Please join me at the Global Education Conference in a few hours for:

Flattening the Walls in Teacher Education - Barbara Morganfield, Ed.D. Associate Clinical Professor

When: Thu, November 15, 10pm – 11pm CDT, GMC-6
If the session link doesn't work for you, please copy and paste into your browser.

Comment by Julie Lindsay on November 4, 2012 at 12:23pm

Hi everyone, don't forget there are TWO good sessions to go to for pre-service/teacher educators coming up:

Global Education Conference and Eva Brown

FLATs and talking about global collaboration education

We hope you can join in!

Comment by Julie Lindsay on October 30, 2011 at 3:30pm
Flat Classroom Project FCP11-3 is looking for Judges, see all details on the wiki.
Comment by Sebastian Panakal on November 8, 2010 at 4:26pm
I am based at Cochin, Kerala, India. As a Teacher Educator, I have trained teachers to embrace ICT Tools. In the process, I also trained children of teachers to use Social Networking for Learning English Online. Please Visit: http://www.youtube.com/eschoolkerala for more details.
Comment by belgin ogrek on March 28, 2010 at 2:47am
I live in İstanbul. I have been involved in teacher mentorship and teacher education for more than 15 years. I look forward to exchanging ideas here.

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