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An Early Professional Development Opportunity for Pre-Service Teachers


Abstract: Many professional development opportunities exist for teachers, but few of these opportunities extend to pre-service teachers. Students majoring in education at the University of Tennessee at Martin may apply to be Student Instructional Assistants (SIAs) for Project IMPACT. Students chosen to be SIAs have the unique opportunity to participate in a professional development workshop with middle school mathematics teachers to learn content, multiple representations of concepts, classroom management skills, and the appropriate use of technology. This paper examines the reactions of SIAs to their participation in the first year of Project IMPACT.