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Competitive Events

Competitive events at the FEA Conference provide aspiring teachers opportunities to explore careers in education and demonstrate their knowledge, skills and leadership in the field. Competitive events fall into two categories: individual and chapter.

Click on individual event titles to download specific guidelines.

Individual Competitions

Writing Creative Non-Fiction
Spotlight on Education
Creative Lecture
Impromptu Speaking
Leadership in Education Essay 

Chapter Competitions

Ethical Dilemma
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Breakout Sessions and Workshops

BREAKOUT SESSION I - 10:05am – 10:45am

Education Program Exhibit

Our fully accredited School of Education and Human Development at FIU offers a leading-edge curriculum of traditional, online and blended courses. Our state-approved teacher preparation programs reach thousands of students from all over the world in their communities, classrooms and on our campus. Visit our exhibit to learn about our unique education program offerings and interact with FIU students currently in the programs.

Workshop I: What are rubrics and why are they important?
Presenter: Dr. Kyle Perkins

Learn how teachers use rubrics to evaluate written work. During this workshop, you will learn how to use a scoring rubric for composition to assess content, organization, vocabulary, language use, and mechanics. After getting acquainted with the scoring rubric, you will analytically score an actual essay written by an ESOL student.

Workshop II: Hands On Science Through Inquiry
Presenter: Dr. Vishondana Thamotharan

During this workshop-style presentation, faculty and students of FIUteach will engage participants in learning through inquiry by facilitating hands-on, exciting science activities in new and unique ways that will promote learning. Meet Science majors who are interested in teaching and are gaining valuable experience in the field.

BREAKOUT SESSION II - 10:50am – 11:30am

Education Program Exhibit

Our fully accredited School of Education and Human Development at FIU offers a leading-edge curriculum of traditional, online and blended courses. Our state-approved teacher preparation programs reach thousands of students from all over the world in their communities, classrooms and on our campus. Visit our exhibit to learn about our unique education program offerings and interact with FIU students currently in the programs.

Workshop I: The Importance of Early Childhood Math Education
Presenter: Dr. Charles Bleiker

In this talk we will discuss the importance of learning math in Early Childhood. Math is often a forgotten subject in the preschool classroom because teachers themselves are not comfortable with it. By making the teaching fun and interactive, though, both teachers and children will learn more. Games are the best ways to teach early math. Participants will explore some of the games that Dr. Bleiker uses in his research with young children.

Workshop II: Hands On Mathematics Through Inquiry
Presenter: Dr. Leslie Nisbet

During this workshop-style presentation, faculty and students of FIUteach will engage participants in learning through inquiry by facilitating hands-on, exciting mathematics activities in new and unique ways that will promote learning. Meet Mathematics majors who are interested in teaching and are gaining valuable experience in the field.

BREAKOUT SESSION III - 11:35am – 12:15pm

Education Programs Information Session I

Want to teach? If you are thinking about a future teaching career, this presentation will inform you of the many things you can and should do while you are in high school to prepare for a teaching career, such as courses that you will need in order to be admitted to the college of your choice and state requirements for teaching certification in Florida.

Admissions/ Financial Aid Information Session I

If you are ready to set your future in motion at one of the nation’s largest, most global, and most highly recognized public research universities, this presentation will give you an opportunity to interact with FIU Admissions and Financial Aid representatives and learn about admission requirements and financial aid opportunities available.

Careers in Education Information Session I

This session will help you plan for a career in the field of education. You will learn about the importance of internships, jobs and other opportunities for getting experience as well as career paths and employment opportunities in education. FIU Career Services representatives and potential employers will offer their thoughts on pursuing your career dream.

Workshop I: Creating Lesson Plans Using Active Learning and Technology
Presenter: Melanie Morales

In this interactive presentation, faculty and student teachers in the Special Education Program, will engage participants in activities that identify key components of planning effective, meaningful lesson plans and activities for students.

Workshop II: Reading and Learning in College
Presenter: Dr. Patsy Self

This session will outline what a university subject area reading instructor suggest college students do to make that intellectual leap into reading college-level textbooks and journal articles. The workshop will cover how to make a linear timeline that meets the demands of reading in such majors as science education, English education, elementary education, math education, history education, physical education, music education, art education, early childhood education, and special education.

BREAKOUT SESSION IV - 12:20am – 1:00pm

Education Programs Information Session II

Want to teach? If you are thinking about a future teaching career, this presentation will inform you of the many things you can and should do while you are in high school to prepare for a teaching career, such as courses that you will need in order to be admitted to the college of your choice and state requirements for teaching certification in Florida.

Admissions/Financial Aid Information Session II

If you are ready to set your future in motion at one of the nation’s largest, most global, and most highly recognized public research universities, this presentation will give you an opportunity to interact with FIU Admissions and Financial Aid representatives and learn about admission requirements and financial aid opportunities available.

Careers in Education Information Session II

This session will help you plan for a career in the field of education. You will learn about the importance of internships, jobs and other opportunities for getting experience as well as career paths and employment opportunities in education. FIU Career Services representatives and potential employers will offer their thoughts on pursuing your career dream.

Workshop I: What if the Students Were In-Charge
Presenter: Dr. Sarah Mathews

Have you ever thought about your school experience and wondered how it could be better? Do you have ideas for improving your school for yourself and your peers? If so, this is the session for you! Students will work in small groups to redesign or improve on an area of their schooling experience. At the end of the session groups will pose ideas for real-world solutions.

Workshop II: Math Instruction that Works for All Students
Presenter: Dr. Barbara King

Whether you love math or hate math, this session is for you! Come and learn how math teachers can make learning fun, engaging, and worthwhile for all students. In this session, you will explore a problem-based approach to learning and discuss the benefits of this method in terms of student learning and engagement.