Wednesday Update for December 3, 2014

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General Announcements

ECC and FEA Holiday Workshop Tonight!
Join ECC and FEA for the last workshop of the semester tonight, Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:30PM in the Norman Terrace Room. We will be doing holiday crafts and learning how to incorporate them into the classroom in an appropriate way! All Edugators are welcome to attend! Hope to see you there!!

FEA Announcement
If you have any questions for FEA, please email This will ensure you receive a response along with being added to the email list. In addition to the FEA website, the Facebook page is

COE Scholarship Application
The scholarship application is now available at Please email questions to

Internship Orientation for Fall 2015 Interns – Thursday, December 11, 2014
Early Childhood, Elementary & Special Ed Students who will be doing their FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP in Fall 2015.  The Internship Orientation is scheduled for:

Thursday, December 11, 2014 – Norman Room 250

Harvard Professor to Speak in COE about Technology and Student Attention
Mark your calendars for Dr. Matthew H. Schneps presentation, Technology and Attention: New Pathways for Learning & Teaching, on Monday, January 12, 2015. Please see flyer for additional details.

As the semester comes to a close, with the stress of finals around the corner, the UF Counseling and Wellness Center would like to highlight Kognito, an online resource to help students learn to recognize signs of stress and realistically practice talking to friends about it, with the goal of connecting them with support on campus.

UF students are able to do this for FREE through the Counseling and Wellness Center’s home page at where you can click on the “Kognito” logo, or at This experience is done at each person’s convenience, and only takes 30 minutes.

This gives YOU the chance to develop an invaluable set of skills to help friends in distress and, quite possibly, to help prevent suicide. If you need help setting up an account or have any questions please contact the student Kognito Coordinator, Ashley Jacobs at Thanks for doing your part in supporting the wellness of our fellow Gators!

2015 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition

If you have a business idea or have skills that can help other entrepreneurs, then enter the Big Idea Business Plan Competition for a chance to win up to $25,000 in prizes. Cool ideas are what start a business. Then it takes a business plan. Last year, aqUV, a water bottle with a purification system, won first place in our first ever Big Idea Competition. This year, it can be you!

This competition is open to all UF students, regardless of major or background. Simply submit the Intent to Compete form or the Join a Team form by December 15th. There will be a Business Plan Lab in the Spring that you can sit in on to help you through the business plan writing process. 1st place wins $25,000. 2nd place wins $10,000. 3rd place wins $5,000.

Intent to Compete form:

Join a Team form:

Questions? Contact Jamie Kraft (; 352-273-0333) or Dr. Michael Morris (; 352-273-0329). Please visit for more information.

Course Announcement in Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Spring 2015)
“Harry Potter and the Holocaust: Collective Memory and Alternative Ways of Talking about Racism and Genocide.” The course will be taught on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during 7th Period.

Course description: What is collective memory? And what is the difference between symbol, image, and icon? How do inadvertent visual descriptions compare to direct statements when it comes to speaking to children, adolescents, and even adults about the holocaust? The course will compare the treatment of the holocaust, racism and genocide in books such as Night, The Diary of Anne-Frank and Maus: A Survivor’s Tale with a more general discussion of violence and racism in books such as The Wave, Animal Farm, and Lord of the Flies (as well as Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery.”) The main texts for this course will be two books out of the Harry Potter series (The Goblet of Fire and The Deathly Hallows), a series which has been intended for children, and which makes almost no mention of historical events and identity while speaking of purity of blood, racial violence and (eventually) state-run racial persecution.

Course Announcement: Teaching Practicum for Graduate Students- EDF6938
This course is designed for Graduate students interested in garnering experience to teach at the University level. Graduate students from disciplines outside of education are encouraged to enroll. Please see flyer for specific information.

Course Announcement: Principles of Youth Mentoring- EDG 4930, Spring 2015
Principles of Youth Mentoring offers students an introduction to basic concepts in leadership, individual mentoring, and educational service. The course will focus on the development and understanding of the interactions of personal characteristics, skills, influence, commitment and goals necessary for student leadership and mentoring. The course also offers students the opportunity to mentor an at risk elementary or middle school student and foster leadership in a mentor setting. Students will use knowledge to plan and implement individual sessions and reflect on their learning. The course is structured with an online course component and two hours of mentoring per week at local schools. If you have additional questions about this course please feel free to e-mail the course instructor, Buddy Kamman at

Course Announcement: School Improvement for All Students- EEX7787
A doctoral seminar addressing improving teacher practices and student outcomes for all students. Please see flyer for specific course information.

Course Announcement: Evidence-Based Practices in Autism- EEX6936
This course provides an overview of evidence-based practice and how to determine if an intervention is evidence-based. Students will apply this new knowledge to examine comprehensive and focal interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please see flyer for specific course information.

Opportunities and Employment

Peaceful Paths Child & Youth Internship Openings – Deadline to apply is midnight, Friday, December 5th.
The Child & Youth Program Staff have released Internship Openings for Spring and Summer 2015. Those interested in applying can visit If you have any questions, please ask any member of the children’s program staff.

Holy Trinity Episcopal School is looking for students in the College of Education who may be interested in working with infants through 5 year olds at our Preschool.  You can visit our website at  If you are interested in a full-time, part-time, or substitute position please email Jason Hill, Head of School at  Pay is hourly and based on level of education and work experience.

Interested in Giving Back? Florida Alternative Breaks Still Has Spots Open for Trips! If you haven’t signed up for a Florida Alternative Breaks Trip, don’t fret! There are still spots left on many trips. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join a community of individuals committed to positive, sustainable change. For more information, visit their Website.

Trips include domestic and international opportunities with an international educational based trip to Guatemala during Spring Break.   Don’t miss the chance to make an impact! To sign up for a trip, visit us at Peabody 301 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The US Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria is now accepting applications for its 2015-2016 program, which since 1962 has provided American college and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants. Financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs (BMBF) and administered by the Austrian-American Educational Commission, this program enables American teaching assistants not only to enhance instruction in English as native speakers, but also to serve as important resources for first-hand information about the United States and the American way of life. The deadline to apply for this program is January 15, 2015.

To get more information or apply online, click on this link:

If you have any questions, please e-mail Mr. Jürgen Hörmann:

North Marion Middle School – Immediate Openings
North Marion Middle School in Ocala is looking for two motivated, dynamic instructors in the areas of Reading & Language Arts to continue to lead their school forward. If you are interested, please submit the application located at For questions, please contact the Principal, Mr. John Kerley at

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

Micanopy Tutoring, one of the CAPP-sponsored programs, is looking for an afterschool Homework Helpers & Tutoring Program Coordinator.  Program hours are 2 – 7 pm  M, T, Th and F.  Wednesdays are 1 – 7 pm.  The coordinator would need to arrive at least an hour beforehand.  Pay is $15.00/hr.; the person would be working 31 – 35 hrs per week, so gross weekly pay would be in the $500 range.  They have around 35 elem, middle and high schoolers.  The kids are tutored by UF Work Study students and a solid base of community-based volunteers, although the coordinator will be expected to work directly with the kids when necessary.  This is a seriously good program that gets results. It occupies the 2nd floor of the Micanopy Library.

Part-time Nanny
After school 2-3 days per week. Duties include transportation from school to home or activities and homework help. Bright, cheerful, independent nine-year-old with mild special needs (walks using a walker). Must have reliable transportation. Larger vehicle preferred but not required. If interested, email name,afternoon days/hours available, and contact number to

English Tutor needed
My son is in 10th grade and we are looking for someone who can help improve his English writing ability. Preferably a graduate student who is majoring in language art and native English speaker. $15/hour but it is negotiable. If interested, please email

Babysitter needed
Looking to make some extra money for the holidays? Faculty members seek babysitter for toddler for the following dates: 12/15-12/19 and 12/22. Preferred hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., but negotiable. Caregiver should be conscientious and responsible. Previous experience with toddlers and reference required. Completion of some coursework in child development and training in child CPR preferred. E-mail: Contact number: (352) 283-5768.

Help needed
UF faculty member looking to hire highly motivated and reliable person to provide after-school care for their 5 year old daughter. Tasks will include picking her up from kindergarten on Mon, Wed, and Thursday (occasionally Friday) and stay with her until 5:30pm (help with homework, grocery, simple dinner prep and light household chores). Must have own transportation and good driving record. Foreign language skills, music, dance, art, sports, or other extra talent to share with our daughter is a plus. If interested, there will also be occasional babysitting opportunities in the evening and weekend also. Contact if interested.

Nanny/Babysitters Needed
Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency is seeking nannies and babysitters who have previous child care experience, love kids, and have afternoon availability.  Ideal candidates will have availability starting at 2pm M-F.  CPR certification and references will be required.  Please email or call 352.538.2012 if interested.  We can’t wait to welcome you to the Twinkle Toes team!


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