College Students Experience Classroom Reality with MyEducationLab

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Education majors get first-hand experience teaching with Pearson’s online program

MyEducationLab is a wonderful resource for my students to actually view and witness what they can't necessarily view and witness while we're in the classroom here at the college

With the Obama Administration focusing increased attention—and billions in federal funds—to education reform and improving student performance, the spotlight is on teaching effectiveness and, in particular, teacher preparation programs.

Policymakers might learn a few tips from the education majors in Lee-Anne Spaulding’s classroom at the University of Central Florida. Here, students are gaining first-hand experience teaching before they ever set foot in a classroom, using a powerful online learning program called MyEducationLab, from Pearson. A short preview of MyEducationLab is at

“MyEducationLab is a wonderful resource for my students to actually view and witness what they can’t necessarily view and witness while we’re in the classroom here at the college,” says Lee-Anne Spaulding. “There are students in my classroom that have only been out into the schools maybe not even a handful of times. So how can you actually retain and understand how to teach a subject when you’ve actually never seen it before?”

“The idea is to give the teacher candidate as much experience identifying and reflecting on effective classroom practice as possible,” says Nancy Forsyth, President of Teacher Education & Student Success at Pearson. “That experience, paired with clinical practice, is critical to bringing somebody to a higher level of teacher effectiveness before you give them responsibility for their own classroom.”

MyEducationLab is an innovative program that offers students insight into how real-world classrooms work. The research-based Building Teaching Skills and Dispositions activities are built around K-12 classroom video and student work to highlight actual classroom situations, offering context for the complexities of teaching in today’s classrooms. Students also have convenient 24-7 access to study plans, homework exercises and practice tests to help them build their teaching skills. Professors using MyEducationLab say their teacher candidates have a better understanding of key concepts, with their test scores up 20 percent in some cases.

“The draw is the technology, and I think the benefit comes from the fact that (students are) doing it,” says Spaulding. “They’re interested in that type of media and actually seeing it rather than just hearing about it.”

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About Pearson’s Teacher Education & Development Group
Pearson’s Teacher Education and Development Group is the only business in the education industry that is completely dedicated to supporting the education and professional development of teachers from preparation through practice, with content and services that represent the research and knowledge of America’s leading education researchers. Respected imprints and programs, including Allyn & Bacon, Merrill and MyEducationLab, provide today’s students who will be tomorrow’s teachers with powerful insights and applications into how real-world classrooms work. Six out of 10 teachers in the United States used Pearson content and services in their teacher preparation programs, including customized solutions for alternative certification along with graduate degree program offerings. Practicing teachers also benefit from evidence-based professional development programs in mathematics, literacy, RTI and for English learners that help improve the academic achievement of diverse student populations, including the recently acquired A+RISE business. Pearson’s SIOP® Model offers a specific, proven pedagogical approach to teaching both content knowledge and language skills, and has helped instruct millions of students in the United States. Pearson’s other research-based offering for educators and school improvement is Learning Teams, which helps teachers focus the 21st century skills of collaboration and problem solving on improving student achievement. For more information, visit


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