Priorities:Utah State Strategic Priorities
Solutions. Come up with multiple ideas for solutions for each of the 5 problems (opportunities) you identified.
Problem 1: Freshman do not have much direct contact with current teachers Panel discussion involving current teacher/administrators Integration of classroom skills into earlier courses by getting more guest speakers and hands on experiences in classrooms
Problem 2: No class outlining how to handle conflict with district set curriculum Create a class or section in a class outlining how to teach curriculum and integrating own teaching style Go over location specific district standards and required curriculum before student teaching
Problem 3: Freshman do not feel confident in classroom management skills when going to practicum before entering the program and taking the class Classroom management workshop earlier in the program, possibly for freshman. Teacher and student mentor program involving shadowing in classroom.
Each person in your team should select an idea they are excited about and create a prototype for it.
Nicole: Problem 1: Freshman do not have much direct contact with current teachers Panel discussion involving current teacher/administrators
Rachel: Problem 3: Freshman do not feel confident in classroom management skills when going to practicum before entering the program and taking the class Teacher and student mentor program involving shadowing in classroom.
Test the prototype with the relevant people -- students, faculty, etc., depending on what it is.
Iterate. Based on what you learned about the problem or the solution, you might make a minor modification, learn that the you are solving for the wrong problem or make large changes in your strategy for how you solve the problem. Incorporate your learnings into creating a new prototype and test once again with the same person or different ones.
Nicole Modifications: Finding out dates that work for people, and creating meaningful questions to be answered by speakers that we feel would be beneficial to students at all stages of the program.
Rachel Modifications: Minor changes to wording on flyer, partner of USU students instead of one per teacher Take a photo of people testing your prototypes, and include a short reflection about what you learned from the tests. If you are part of a Leadership Circle, combine all your photos and learnings into one submission.
Nicole- In completing this prototyping exercise, I learned that this solution is appealing to Utah State students and that their interest would carry if it were to form into a real event. For many of us, spare time is just not something we have, and so something I learned throughout prototyping was that finding a time that would work for this forum would be tricky. I also learned about the types of questions we would want answered and that speakers and a question panel would best accommodate what our students wanted.
Rachel: Everyone that prototyped my design really liked my idea. There were a few things I changed wording wise on my flier to be more clear. One peer suggested that she would have felt nervous as a freshman going to a school by herself and wondered if a student partnership would work. I really like this idea because it provides one more person to network with and to provide support.
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