A Glimpse Into Teacher Preparation

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The innovators in education have already discovered the benefits of using mindfulness in the classroom for kids, but equally as important, research show that when teachers learn mindfulness, they reduce their stress and overall classroom stress.

Teachers who learned mindfulness reported greater efficacy in doing their jobs and have more positive classrooms. Studies show that the regular practice of mindfulness can lead to:

Reduced stress and regulated emotions. Studies show that a regular practice of mindfulness can reduce density in areas of the brain related to anxiety and stress, helping to reduce cortisol levels and create a mental armor that aids in emotional, self-regulation.

Mental strength and focus. A study demonstrated that meditators were able to improve their performance on tests of cognitive skill, in some cases doing 10 times better than the group that did not meditate.

Better concentration and decision-making. Long-term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification, which is responsible for making the brain better at processing, making decisions, forming memories and improving attention span.

Improved mental health. University of Oregon researchers found that integrative body-mind training — a mindful meditation technique — can promote mental well-being.

At ETI, we are training our teachers to understand that their well-being directly impacts their ability to teach.

High-Tech Practice

At ETI, we believe that practice makes perfect. From start to finish, our teacher candidates are exposed to a range of competency-based instructional techniques, which culminate in a full-year teaching residency with a partner school district. Our full-year residency program allows students to experience the full lifecycle of an academic year in a public school classroom, where you co-teach with a mentor teacher.

Prior to entering clinical formation, candidates are provided with an iPAD and Swivl technology that will serve as the foundation for a deep process of inquiry and reflection. At four time points during their clinical residency, candidates capture video of their instructional delivery and then self-score themselves using an evidence-based rubric developed by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching also known as the TAP rubric. Each candidate is assigned a master mentor/coach that also scores their performance and, together, opportunities to strengthen instructional practice are identified.

Our goal is that graduates of the Emerging Teacher Institute, through multiple opportunities to practice instructional skills and techniques, are clinically forged and ready to help accelerate their students' academic, social, and emotional development on the first day they begin work in local schools.

Social & Emotional Learning

Research shows that social and emotional intelligence not only leads to greater education outcomes, but also leads to higher lifetime achievement, lower crime and greater term physical and mental health.

Emotional and social skills are four times more important than IQ when considering success and prestige in professional settings.

Emotions are the biggest motivator in human actions … yet research shows that only about 36% of the population is able to instantly identify their emotional state.

Emotions guide every decision we make, and they affect our health, our relationships and our financial well-being … so if our public schools are truly preparing our schoolchildren for success in life, then we must teach them key emotional intelligence skills … like self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.

As we train our future teachers, we must reinforce the importance of both academic and emotional intelligence.