Grand View education students are doing innovative work! This section showcases award-winning projects by our students and is always "under construction."
Rebecca Garrison is a secondary education student pursuing a business endorsement. Her website, http://1to1computersintheclassroom.weebly.com/, presenting pros and cons of 1:1 computers in the classroom, was created in Dr. Grow’s EDUC 245 class. As a parent and future educator, she was interested in the national debate concerning the use of technology in schools. Originally from St. Louis, she has lived in Des Moines for the past 20 years. Some of Rebecca’s favorite pastimes are enjoying her children’s activities, creating family meals, reading a gripping novel, and flower pot gardening.
Melissa Robinson returned to Grand View in 2012 to earn her bachelor's degree, majoring in secondary education and applied mathematics. She created this website, http://plagiarismandtechnology.weebly.com/, in her Instructional Technologies class. She choose this topic because she believes plagiarism happens more often than we know and some students don't realize they are plagiarizing. She hopes her website will aid in lowering plagiarism statistics. She is originally from Des Moines, but has settled in the country by the town of Maxwell. She likes to spend time with her three sons, friends and family. She enjoys singing with her sons on their karaoke machine, going to concerts, listening to all types of music, and starting water fights and any activity outside.
Mallory Blaine is a currently entering her senior year at Grand View University. She is studying elementary education with endorsements in special education and reading. She decided on special education due to her extensive volunteer work for Special Olympics Iowa and her current position at Jensen Elementary as a program associate for the resource room. Mallory enjoys spending her free time reading and being outdoors as much as possible. During the month of June, Mallory was given the opportunity to tutor a third grade student for her teaching literature 3-8 class. The blog that she created, www.summertutoringwithmsmallory.blogspot.com, gives a detailed description of their time together and not only how her student grew as a reader but how she progressed as a mentor/tutor.
Whitney Warner is a secondary education major from Altoona, Iowa. She is working on completing an endorsement in English/language arts. Whitney chose to research digital writing because of her interest in writing and multimedia. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and likes to use photography as her creative outlet in her spare time. “Digital Writing for Education,” located at wawarner.weebly.com, was created for Dr. Grow’s Instructional Technologies class for the Spring 2014 semester.
Grand View junior Brian Miller was raised in Colfax, Iowa, and attended PCM Monroe high school. He is currently in the education program majoring in elementary education with an endorsement in reading. When Brian isn't at school, he is working his two jobs at a before and afterschool program and a gym in Ankeny. He also enjoys recreational shooting, hunting, and playing sports. Brian created this blog in EDUC 325: Literature for grades 3-8 while tutoring a struggling reader in a local elementary school. Through this blog, http://litutoring.blogspot.com/, Brian monitored the student's progress while also giving tips to help his struggling reader, including activities to help improve fluency and comprehension.
Kelsey VerMeer, an elementary education major, just finished her junior year at Grand View University. She has endorsements in reading and language arts. When Kelsey isn’t in the classroom, she is working at the Holy Trinity afterschool program with the preschool, developmental kindergarten, and kindergarten group. In her free time she enjoys cooking, baking, and being outside. Kelsey created this blog, http://literacy3-8.blogspot.com/, in her Teaching Literacy class taught by Dr. Grow. She used it to record data and observations about the struggling reader she assisted.
Hayley Ellis is from Shenandoah, Iowa, double majoring in secondary education with a social studies endorsement, and history. On campus she's involved with Student Leadership Team, View Crew, Presidential Ambassadors and Education Club. She chose to make this infographic for an assignment in EDUC 245 - Instructional Technologies with Dr. Grow. Infographics visually communicate content to readers to hopefully make information easier to read and remember. Hayley made this infographic after reading a few chapters from Peter Johnston's new book Opening minds: Using language to change lives.
Grand View sophomore Justina Glick was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and is currently majoring in elementary education with endorsements in reading and language arts. When Justina is not busy in the classroom, she is out on the softball field playing second base for the Grand View Vikings. Justina created this Glog, http://justinaglick.edu.glogster.com/pros-cons, in Instructional Technologies with Dr. Grow to report about a classroom observation assignment. She used this format to analyze the pros and cons of using technology in the classroom. Technology plays a huge role in schools today and is a great resource for learning in the classroom. Glogster doesn't display in some web browsers. Try Google Chrome or Mozilla for optimal viewing.
Alisha Sinclair is an elementary education major from Indianola, Iowa. She will be receiving her endorsements in reading and language arts. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her son play sports. Alisha created a blog, http://lisha4.blogspot.com/, for the course Teaching Literacy 3-8 taught by Dr. Grow. This blog documents her experiences working with a fifth grade student who struggles with reading.
Ashley Cupp is an elementary education major from Polk City, Iowa. She will be receiving her endorsement in special education. She enjoys fishing, running, and being outdoors. Ashley created this blog, http://ashleyrcupp.blogspot.com/, for the course Teaching Literacy Grades 3-8. The blog documents her experiences of working with a struggling reader.
As an assignment for Individualized Reading (441) Marla McDonald created a digital story reflecting on her identity as a teacher. Throughout this capstone course for the reading endorsement (taught by Dr. Grow), students explored who they are as a teacher. Marla has a tremendous gift for poetry which shines through in this digital story. Marla is an elementary education major with endorsements in reading, math and language art. She enjoys teaching children mathematics, reading, and sharing coffee with friends. Click HERE to see Marla's digital story.
A group of students in Ann Ketch's Instructing and Assessing Struggling Readers class made this PowerPoint to showcase ideas about vocabulary instruction. Left to right: Ashley Cupp, Kari Bourne, Cassondra Platt, Kelsey Carbajo, Saxon Dolan, (Paris Kono is not pictured) teamed together to devise this presentation. The students learned that kids need opportunities to work with the words they are learning in a variety of ways. Research supports using each word 12 times over 2 to 3 days for acquisition (McKeown, Beck, Omanson,& Pople,1985). They hope that teachers use powerpoints such as this to help students learn vocabulary. Click HERE to see the PowerPoint Presentation.
Adam Dirks is a secondary education major from Urbandale, Iowa. He created this website, The reality of virtual schools, in Dr. Lindsay Grow's Instruction Technologies course. Adam is involved in student leadership at Grand View and is interested in history, sports, and politics. He hopes to teach high school social studies as well as explore a career in politics in the future.
Tyler Patten is a secondary education major from Des Moines, Iowa. He aspires to teach social studies in either a middle school or high school setting. He created this website, One-to-One Computers, in Dr. Lindsay Grow's Instructional Technologies course. He's also an athlete on the Grand View track and field team.
Devan Walker, from Des Moines, Iowa, is a senior secondary education major with emphases in biology and chemistry. She created this video on mitosis in Dr. Lindsay Grow's Educational Media course.
"My goals are to be an awesome teacher. I want to make a difference in the lives of children. I want to inspire them to do what they love. I want to show them my love of science and hopefully spark an interest in it for them, too. I love to paint pictures and do art projects."
Christine Smith is currently majoring in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading and language arts at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA. When she has free time Christine takes joy in doing genealogy research and volunteering at Blank Children’s Hospital. She created this website on cyberbullying in Dr. Lindsay Grow’s Instructional Technologies class. The website, http://christinesmith20.wix.com/cyberbullying, talks about how cyberbullying can impact students, teachers, and families.
Samantha Peterson is an elementary education major born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She will also be receiving her endorsement in reading. She enjoys working for Des Moines Public Schools with Metro Kids care, where she gets to spend 5 days a week with k-5th graders. Samantha has created this website on 1:1 computers in our school system for Dr. Grows instructional technologies course. http://1to1computers.weebly.com/