CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –A new environment of collaboration, gathering and exchange of knowledge for clinical observation teacher candidates and clinical teachers, as well as faculty and staff, will soon be available at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The College of Education and Human Development’s (COEHD) Department of Teacher Education at the Island University will open a Resource Room and Professional Library located at Faculty Center 242, to provide educational resources for the clinical and field experience use of students who are in their junior and senior year.
The Resource Room and Professional Library will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Grand Opening event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. The Islander community is invited to attend and contribute to the innovative project.
The new Resource Room and Professional Library houses more than 200 resources, including lessons plans, kits for mathematics, science and social science, graphic organizers and other teaching manipulatives for hands-on learning. The resources will help prepare student lessons plans and exams. In addition, users will find the professional library filled with books and educational journals to keep these future teachers well-informed on research.
“For the past 8 years, these resources were spread and relocated across the campus, both in the Early Childhood Development Center and the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. This is the first time they have been brought together in a new space,” said Dr. Carmen Tejeda-Delgado, Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Teacher Education at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and originator of this new idea. “We found lots of teacher resources that inspired us to reutilize them and create a new place to meet the needs of our students and faculty in COEHD.”
The room will employ an informal check-in and check-out system using a clip board and sign in sheets to register each student and teacher using the items. Users can keep items for up to two weeks.
“The resource room will also have a free section where students can take resources and keep on their own for future lessons,” said Tejeda-Delgado.
The Resource Room and Professional Library initiative calls for community support to keep the room valuable and up to date.
“Through generous donations, Islander faculty and our campus partners have teamed up to help us make this new room beautiful and welcoming,” Tejeda-Delgado said. “We have a strong partnership with our local school districts. They volunteered and gave us more resources and donations for the new room.”
The Department of Teacher Education wants this room be part of the program’s culture and future agenda by providing information at orientation every semester for new and returning students. Beginning spring 2018, they will get a closer view of the room through 20 minutes tours to create ownership and engagement with the Resource Room and Professional Library.
“We plan to engrain the room in COEHD’s culture,” concluded Tejeda-Delgado. “We want to get the students to see the room and walk through the diverse items offered here.”
For more information about the Resource Room and Professional Library or to donate, contact Dr. Carmen Tejeda-Delgado.