Wednesday Update for December 10, 2014

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General Announcements

Internship Orientation for Fall 2015 Interns – Thursday, December 11th
Early Childhood, Elementary & Special Ed Students who will be doing their FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP in Fall 2015.  The Internship Orientation is tomorrow, December 11th at 9:30am in Norman Room 250. This is for ALL STUDENTS.

Gigi’s Open House – Saturday, December 13th
Join us for informational sessions to hear about what GiGi’s Playhouse will bring to the North Central Florida community. Food, Fun, Games, and Activities for all Ages and Abilities! See flyer for additional information.

COE Scholarship Application – deadline January 16, 2015
The scholarship application is now available at Please email questions to

Call for undergraduate participation – Study Abroad Survey
The UF International Center is conducting a survey of student perceptions of study abroad and is inviting you to participate! Whether or not you have participated in study abroad, your opinion is important to us.  If you are currently enrolled at UF and at least 18 years old, we would love to hear from you!  The International Center will use your survey responses to develop new initiatives that encourage student participation in study abroad. To take the survey, go to: If you have questions about the survey, contact Jessica Childers (

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.

Spring Graduate Seminars
The School of Teaching & Learning is pleased to be offering the following graduate seminars in the Spring 2015 semester.  Interested students can find descriptions of each course through this webpage:  Students are also encouraged to contact the faculty teaching those seminars for additional information.

The Repurpose Project
Need to get rid of extra pens, markers, crafts or notebooks for your classroom but don’t want to throw it all away?  Or rather, do you need buy extra materials or crafts but don’t want to spend too much moolah? Check out The Repurpose Project for all that and much more at a cheaper price than anywhere else where you can buy or donate just about anything! The Repurpose Project strives to reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and rethink the way we use our products.  Our mission is to capture these overlooked treasures before they end up in the landfill and make them available to the public through our retail store.

Location: 1920 NE 23rd Ave (near Satchel’s)
Hours: Tues-Fri: 1-6 PM, Sat: 10AM – 6 PM, CLOSED Sun & Mon

2015 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition – Intent to compete is due December 15, 2014

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

Third Grade Teaching Position in Miami, Florida – Hochberg Preparatory School
As a teacher you would be expected to plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. You are challenged with new teaching methods and educational tools in an ever changing and strategic environment. You would plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences and establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities. You would utilize technology and integrate the use of technology to provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities, instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and equipment, observe, evaluate, encourage and provide feedback on student’s performance and development. You would maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development preparing required reports on students and activities. Please contact Stacy Hirsch at

Teaching position at Suwannee Middle School in Live Oak
We are looking for a teacher to teach ESOL and intensive reading 6-8 grade. More information can be found at For questions, please contact 386-647-4501.

Casting Call
The Lastinger Center for Learning and the Digital Worlds Institute are looking for video guides to appear in an online professional development course. Applicants will audition for a role, and those chosen will receive payment for a one-week commitment (approximately 40 hours) to film at the Digital Worlds Institute. Please see flyer for additional details.

Graduate Staff Positions in the Department of Housing & Residence Education
The Department of Housing and Residence Education at the University of Florida is currently seeking applicants for our Graduate staff positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. Come join our warm, welcoming and friendly staff. Side effects of joining our Housing family include: personal growth, fulfilling your potential for excellence, empowerment to learn, innovate and succeed. Our graduate staff members accumulate experiences that allow them to be strong candidates in their future professional and educational endeavors. The deadline for priority consideration is February 10 and campus visits begin February 20. For more information, please visit:

Camp Counselor Positions in Beautiful Maine! 
Camp Laurel South is currently hiring camp counselors for the summer of 2015. We are a coed, residential camp in the beautiful state of Maine. For a short film clip about Laurel South, please enjoy this video on our website: Camp Laurel South Video. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Drew at or call 800-327-3506. To apply online, visit

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.

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:

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

Tutor needed
Looking for a strong tutor with experience in working with 10 year olds in reading, math, writing and science. Student in fourth grade at Kimball Wiles Elementary. Two one-hour sessions each week starting as early in the new year as possible. Please contact John Duff, 352-359-8421 or email

Tutor needed
UF visiting scholar from Korea is seeking a reliable person to tutor his son, a 8 year old English Language learner.  Needs help with his homework and tutoring for English reading and conversation approximately for 2-3 hours every weekday after school. The pay would be $15 per hour but negotiable. If interested, please email,

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

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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