Teacher education is an important period as this is when every person, who undergoes it, spends the maximum amount of time in its formative cradle. Teacher education is also popularly known as teacher development and teacher training.
To speak specifically about the program, teacher education trains graduate students to work as teachers in schools. This course is a necessary prerequisite for any person who wants to get into the profession of teaching. Here, the aspiring teacher not only receives theoretical knowledge such as lessons and lectures, but also gets enough practical experience of teaching. Further, this course attempts to teach new developments in the field to an aspiring teacher, so that he can excel in his field of specialization. Moreover, comprehensive training is offered in methodologies of teaching, material preparation for classes, evaluation standards and procedures, management of the whole class, and curriculum development.
In almost all the good universities of America, graduate programs are offered in teacher education and training. An important quality of these courses is that they not only give you complete theoretical knowledge, but also aims to create a band of leaders, who understand that education is the most important part of a person’s life and thus give their heart and soul to this profession. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is a government body that grades the quality of programs offered by universities for teacher education. Further, this body accredits schools and colleges across the whole country. Set up in 1951, this body sees to it that all educational institutions maintain a high level and quality of education.
Information on some of the leading universities that offer programs for teacher education is provided below. This will help people to identify their area of interest and also provide a better insight into teaching as a profession.
University of California in San Diego is one of the leading educational institutes in America. It offers major, minor, undergraduate, graduate, as well as post graduate programs in education studies. Even doctorate degrees are available for those teachers who want to further enhance their studies. This university also offers two special programs, namely Master of Arts in Deaf Education and Master of Ed. Credential programs in multiple subjects.
Compared to other student travel groups, the performance tours can be almost four times larger. For example, a normal size for a performance tour group is 80-100 or even as many as 200 participants, whereas the average high school travel tour is comprised of about 40-50 students. Large performance tour groups require one tour guide on each bus. Though some educational travel companies only provide one tour guide for approximately three to four busses, my company standards require one guide per bus.
Traveling by Plane with Musical Instruments
The educational tour company must have a list of instruments in order to make certain they all make it to the chosen destination. Students participating in the travel tour should provide the weight and dimensions of each instrument to the educational tour company and note oversized cases. The educational travel consultant will coordinate where the musical instruments need to be delivered at the airport, usually through cargo.
Desirable Skills and Abilities for Educational Travel Consultants on Performance Tours
A student tour group on performance tour should select the educational travel company carefully. It is highly desirable for the educational travel consultant to be experienced at bringing high school, junior high and middle school choirs, concert bands, orchestras, jazz ensembles, and more on performance tour.
There are several key functions a good tour director will execute on a performance tour and these include: directing the bus driver to park the bus at the proper location for unloading, dropping off a large student travel group, and finding the key person who works at the performance venue for collaboration. Specific on site functions include: coordinating the set up of the performance group, an assessment of the room allocated, electrical, instrument, amplifier, and microphone placement, and the position of keyboards and larger instruments on stage. If the staff of the educational travel consultant’s company possesses these skills and is cross-trained for marching bands, the company is ideal for any performance tour group. Educational travel consultants train professional staff specifically for performance tours and marching bands. Other companies need to provide this in order for performance tours to go smoothly, too.
Student travel groups on performance tour have different objectives, needs, and challenges than educational travel groups on tour for academic growth and enrichment. Although traveling with musical instruments is a concern, it is only one of the challenges a tour director may face on performance tour.
The best idea for any school group is to retain an educational travel consultant with experience in working with choirs, concert bands and orchestras, jazz ensembles and other types of musical performance groups that can be found in middle, junior high, and high school environments. By retaining seasoned educational tour professionals, the performance tour is bound to be a smashing success that educational tour groups can look forward to year after year.