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So, you want to be a guiding teacher…

The MAT@USC program is unique in its approach to student teaching (also known as “guided practice”), mostly because it cannot ask its guided practice professors to visit teacher candidates on a regular basis to observe. Instead, the teacher candidate and the guiding teacher (also known as “cooperating teacher” or “master teacher”) feel the professor’s presence when the teacher candidate …

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“Southern California?”

I love my experience with MAT@USC and I take every chance to share about my experience and the program when I can. Most of all, I love being a part of something new, different and at the forefront of technology and education.

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Education in Mayberry

Hanceville, Alabama is about as far, literally and figuratively, as you can get from Los Angeles, California. Nestled in the Tennessee River Valley, located in old Coal Mining Country, and just up the road from the famous Iron Ore mines of the “Magic City” of Birmingham, Hanceville is a typical Southern town. You can drive down the street from the …

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Balance is Key!

January 2011 I decided to start the year off like many others do, by setting New Year’s Resolutions. Some of these included getting ‘A’ grades, learning to cook and to get in shape by my 24th birthday. The latter resolution would be more difficult than I thought being a full time student, student teacher and maintaining personal relationships, but I …

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California Dreaming: How I Came to the MAT@USC

It took dedication and hard work, but the MAT@USC program has made it much easier and more exciting than I ever thought it could be. For that, I’m thankful –and I can’t wait to get started!

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How Transparency Can Stop The High-Stakes Testing Blame Game

Transparency as an idea seems to be very popular today. I’ve heard it cropping up on political shows for quite some time now. Media pundits are calling for all kinds of transparency in government, and it seems to be a very noble ideal, something to aspire to perhaps. What if it was the actual answer to some of our school …

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Welcome to Our New MAT@USC Bloggers!

Hello Blogging Community! Some of you may recognize me from my days as an MAT@USC Student Support Advisor. Others may know me from the newsletter or perhaps we’ve been in touch about becoming a student blogger! If I haven’t had the pleasure of working with you yet, I look forward to it!
I will be your main contact …

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Thank a Teacher Thursday: June 9th, 2011

It’s always Teacher Appreciation Day here on Thursdays… and today we’ve decided to feature a group of teachers and educators who we’ve seen grow their PLN via Twitter’s #edchat. This week for Thank a Teacher Thursdays (#ThankaTeacher) we have a great …

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Upcoming Testing Information

Testing information and websites are provided below in an effort to help you register for an available exam and date appropriate to you! If you have any questions, please call the Student Support office at 888.628.5041.
For California:CBEST Test Info
CSET Test Info
CBEST (paper based): 8/6/11
Registration deadline: 7/8/11
CBEST (computer based): beginning 8/6/11, the computer-based CBEST is available year-round by appointment …

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Collaboration in Education

A few years ago, I read the book “The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher” by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong. At that time, I was a first year English Teacher in South Korea, and while I had taught university students as a Teaching Assistant at Sonoma State University, I had little background with …

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