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Old 02-17-2007, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Hello all,
I was just wondering if Co. is in short supply of teachers like we are in Florida? I am currently in school for education, not sure if I am making the right choice. (maybe an English degree would be better).
I am very interested in the multiple intelligence theory, and want to teach in that way. Does anyone know if the schools use this in the classrooms?
Thanks for the help.
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:45 PM
 
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I think there *should* be teaching jobs here in CO. The state continues to grow as people/retirees move here from high cost areas.

There is a lot of info already here on schools. Use the Search this Forum tool (in Colorado, Denver and Colorado Springs forums) to find it. Search on keywords like school schools csap district "advanced placement" elementary senior or whatever term fits your specialty. Best if you select the "show POSTS" radio button when using Search.

Helps if you first pick an area to live in. Main population is along the Front Range, or the I-25 corridor, on the EAST side of the mountains. Great school districts in many areas. Once you pick an area, you can use search to find the postings on that city.

After reading what we already have here, if you have questions, go ahead and post them, but we do try to not keep answering the same or very similar set of questions, thus we recommend using Search first.

Thanks!
s/Mike from back east
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Old 02-17-2007, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Ok, help me out... What is multiple intelligence? I have never heard of that.. bashep

Last edited by bashep; 02-17-2007 at 11:18 PM.. Reason: typo
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Old 02-18-2007, 05:52 PM
 
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Hey Fn2,

I think you can find MI (or at least elements of it) in use in the Co. school system. For example, IMP (Interactive Math Program) is used in various Co. mid and high schools - this program encourages learning/expression in many styles - as appropriate to each kid. Last I knew, most IMP programs were in/around the Denver Metro. Overall, I think some public districts/schools/teachers in Co are really progressive and, while, the whole curriculum may not be "MI", it will be incorporated more and more (IMO).

Also, Colorado is a good state for charter schools, private schools, and home school "programs". I think the chances of finding MI are highest in charter schools. Check out http://www.cde.state.co.us/scripts/chartersearch.asp for a listing and info on charter schools in Co. Also, www.privateschoolreview.com for private schools.

You may already know this one, but here's a site on MI that has a forum where you can post for more info. - www.surfaquarium.com. (Hey Bashep, check this one out, too)

Finally, Teaching vs. English Degree? If your heart has even a little pull toward teaching ... follow your heart!! (obviously, just my opinion )

good luck dgoboy
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Old 02-19-2007, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Hello all,
I was just wondering if Co. is in short supply of teachers like we are in Florida? I am currently in school for education, not sure if I am making the right choice. (maybe an English degree would be better).
I am very interested in the multiple intelligence theory, and want to teach in that way. Does anyone know if the schools use this in the classrooms?
Thanks for the help.
You can teach with an English degree too, although you will only be teaching english courses such as writing and literature; however, if you get burned out on teaching or can't find a job, there are many other things you can do with an english degree. I have a BA in English and just finished all the course work for an MA in English (still have to write the thesis). I teach at the college level and love it (although the pay is terrible, as it is for all teachers in this country). However, before I went back to school for the MA I couldn't find a job in Sacramento, CA in my field. I ended up doing office management and administration for a real estate company. Every once in a while they sent some editing or press release writing my way, but I have to admit I felt very over qualified and over educated for the work. It is so hard to chose a major in school and know if it is the right choice or not, so my advice is to just go with the classes you most enjoy.
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Old 02-19-2007, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Thanks to all of you for the advice and help!
Bashep: MI is a theory Howard Gardner came up with. He proposes 8 intelligences that are interrelated, we all learn in different ways, and if teachers can use all of the intelligences in the classrooms, I believe more children would excel at learning. They are: (1) Linguistic intelligence, (2) Logical-mathematical intelligence, (3) Musical intelligence, (4) Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, (5) Spatial intelligence, (6) Interpersonal intelligence, (7) Intrapersonal intelligence, (8) Naturalist intelligence. This would be a fun way for children to learn math, ex: play a musical math game (incorporate, math, music, bodily, interpersonal intelligence).

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Old 02-19-2007, 09:40 PM
 
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I briefly learned about the different 'intelligences' in a college child development class about 6 years ago, and I find this concept to be very true. Just b/c a person isn't 'book smart' doesn't mean they aren't intelligent and cant be successful in other areas.

Please come teach in CO!
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Old 02-20-2007, 10:47 AM
 
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Default A local teacher here tells me this....

...This [MI] is a major section of childhood development and every teaching textbook required for teachers. Schools do look at these very close.
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:51 PM
 
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Default Teaching Jobs in CO and Howard Gardner and MI

Jobwise, it depends on the school district. In St Vrain (Longmont) last year they had 140 positions and 6000 applications. Boulder is just as tight. I hear Denver is better. You have to ask around. In many places, from what I am finding out - it is who you know....Good Luck

If "really" serious about MI, see http://www.pz.harvard.edu/ click on "products and services", then "symposia and workshops".

Project Zero in the classroom is incredible. I went a few years back and there were 1000's of people from all over the world learning and share about MI and teaching for understanding. It is run by Howard Gardner and others. Pricey but amazing.
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Old 04-10-2007, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Hi Floridian! My husband is from Florida...
I am in special education myself and sped jobs are easy to get because of the high demand and short supply. As far as regular education, we seem to go through waves- more jobs than teachers and then vice versa. In my area, we have numerous school districts here in town. I will list them from high to low (in state ranking): Academy School District 20, Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, Lewis Palmer School District 38, Falcon School District 49, Colorado Springs School District 11, Fountain School District 8, Widefield School District 3, and Manitou Springs School District 14. The first two districts are the high socio-economic areas with homes averaging $350-500,000. I, personally have been in D20, D8, D11, D14 to volunteer, work, and to do educational research projects for my Masters degree. Honestly, what I have seen is better teaching in D8 and D11. In the wealthier districts, I see teachers catering to the parents (making sure they aren't sued..) and more politics. In the other two districts mentioned, teachers use differentiation which accompanies multiple intelligences. The local university- UCCS, does teach multiple intelligences to the regular education students going into education, but not too well. The program tells soon to be teachers what it is but fails to provide a lot of examples, along with differentiation. Your best bet with support on multiple intelligences, differentiation, teacher support with continuing education, and special education is going to depend on what specific school- but my vote goes towards D8 as a whole. Granted, the district is a lower income school- but these teachers are doing some amazing things with their students. You know you have GREAT teachers when you take a low socio-economic group and do great things. BUT, if you want the higher socio-economic neighborhood with white, conservative neighbors, and double the mortgage, I encourage you to go to school districts 20, 12, and 38.
If you need more info on the Colorado Springs area, feel free to contact me. PS. I am white, a little biased (who isnt?!), and love our area. I am also a graduate from UCCS with my BA, and 2 Masters, sped endorsed.
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