Barbara Holme

Assistant Professor, M.A.T. Program, School of Education

"At the heart of teaching is teaching with heart."

I am a member of the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) faculty as an instructor in field-based programs. I work with the intersections between area schools and campus classes. I also teach a professional issues seminar both fall and spring semester, providing an intentional structure where students bring experiences from both campus classes and school sites. This structure provides a guided forum for reflection, discussion, and collaboration with peers. Students "study" classroom actions and interactions, teaching and learning in relation to their own experiences and beliefs.

A large portion of my work is to identify school-based sites and mentor teachers reflecting the mission and goals of our M.A.T. program. Together with my team, I place our students in these sites twice in the fall semester and once in the spring semester for student teaching in the 16-week student teaching experience. I then visit students regularly in the classroom sites to support, challenge, and ultimately evaluate their teaching ability, recommending them for certification.

My current research work has been the development of a strand in the professional issues course entitled "Teacher Identity Development." As a team we are developing curriculum for the classroom management course taught in the spring semester.

Education
B.A., University of Puget Sound, Education. Endorsements: English literature and physical education
M.A., University of Puget Sound, Improvement of Instruction