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Dr. Michelle Hanson, Associate Professor

Office
Glidden Hall 407
331-6714
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Degrees:
Ed.D., Educational Administration-Higher Education
University of South Dakota

M.S., Early Childhood Education
South Dakota State University

B.A., Psychology
South Dakota State University

B.A., Child Development and Family Relations
South Dakota State University

Courses typically taught:
EDU 230 Foundations of Early Childhood/Kindergarten
EDU 235 Early Childhood/Kindergarten Methods
EDU 260 Language Development
EDU 300 Early Childhood Practicum
EDU 304 Assessment and Evaluation in the Classroom
EDU 400 Student Teaching Portfolio Development
EDU 407 Kindergarten Experience
EDU 526 Educational Psychology and Evaluation

Research interests/specialities:
Assessment
Early writing
Portfolios

Teaching philosophy:

Rote knowledge, while important, is only a small part of the foundation of learning.  The ability to construct reasons for understanding, synthesizing, and applying information is critical to the learning process.  Individual, group discovery and exploration lead to the product of knowledge. Making connections is the crux of education.  This Constructivist philosophy should be apparent in all class materials and in the teaching-learning-assessment cycle.

Both teachers and students play an integral part in the teaching-learning-assessment cycle.  Both should assume dual roles, co-learners as well as co-facilitators.  Students, as well as teachers, should embrace higher-order thinking skills, practice individual accountability, and critically examine ideas and assumptions that relate to class material.