Dr. Linda Cantu

Learning While Teaching (A Conversation with New Teachers) – Podcast Episode 120 | Classnotes Podcast 120

Classnotes Podcast (March 7, 2013) The decision to change careers is a big one. Hundreds of Texans have done just that to become teachers in high-need school districts. IDRA has helped them through accelerated teacher certification projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Now in their third year of teaching, Martha Alonso, MBA, and her sister Marlene Alonso, MBA, energetically share their experiences in the classroom and how they are constantly learning in order to provide high-quality instruction to their students.

A fourth grade bilingual teacher, Marlene talks about the bilingual strategies she’s learned to use her students. Martha teaches middle school ESL and talks about the importance of building relationships with students. Martha and Marlene are interviewed by Linda Cantú, Ph.D., an IDRA senior education associate anddirector of IDRA’s federally-funded Transitions to Teaching projects.

Show length: 18:41

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IDRA Transitions to Teaching website
Earn a teaching certificate in 12 to 15 months while you are teaching and learning teaching skills.

Coaching and Mentoring for Novice Teachers
Dynamic induction training for mentors and new teachers.

Building Teaching Quality from the Start – New Skills for New Teachers
Linda Cantu, Ph.D., and Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter

IDRA’s Transitions Project: Promoting Excellence in Teaching through a Highly Qualified Teaching Force
Linda Cantu, Ph.D., and Adela Solís, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter

Teaching Must be Culturally Relevant to be Quality
By Bradley Scott, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter

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Show Notes

  • Martha and Marlene talk about their previous careers, and how they ultimately transitioned into teaching.

  • Martha and Marlene share their approaches for building motivation in their students.

  • Marta and Marlene explain how they have applied lessons from Caminos, the IDRA training and professional development program, in becoming better teachers.

  • Marlene shares the success of seeing her fourth-grade ELL students really embrace the English language.

  • Marlene and Martha offer advice for future first-year teachers who are preparing to start their new careers.

  • Marlene and Martha reflect on the decisions they made to become teachers, and why they know it was the right choice.