A Message from the Director
Welcome to a New Year for the Whitworth MIT Learning Community
On behalf of the MIT program, I want to welcome you and extend our excitement and appreciation for your roles as MIT teacher candidates, mentors and school administrators. I trust that your summer provided some rest, renewal and enjoyment.
As we begin another new learning year, our MIT candidates have been in the schools full time. During this fall experience the MITs have been charged to gather and learn all they can about their students, staff and communities. We know that before great learning occurs, we must first build trust and rapport with those we teach. Our MITs are also observing their mentors and gathering strategies that will assist them when their teaching opportunities are provided.
Our MIT students have been excited about the opening of school activities that were provided to staff during the fall in-service days. Many expressed surprise at the energy, effort and power of these days as their schools were welcoming back staff and beginning the school year. Many also expressed how "tired" they were at the end of the day and were in awe of the upbeat attitude and energy of school staff.
The MIT faculty is preparing for the challenges and demands that we face in preparing each of our MIT candidates to be a powerful and effective teacher. This year, we will be extending our collaboration with the community by providing a monthly newsletter. We plan to have thoughts, tips and ideas to continue our ongoing search for more effective ways to reach our students. Don't hesitate to send us ideas or resources that you are aware of that will enhance the newsletter.
We look forward to a wonderful academic year with all of you. Together, we can, and do, have a positive impact on the lives of the students we serve.
David Cherry, Ph.D.