Deb Pitton

Faculty

Professor and Chair in Education

Teaching has been a part of my life since I wrestled with kids during swimming lessons back in the '70's. I have taught English, speech and theater to high school and middle school students in Iowa, Texas and Illinois. I have also served on my local school board and worked as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in a local school district. My interest in supporting K-12 learners lead to my Ph.D studies in curriculum and instruction. I currently teach the student teaching seminar (EDU 399) at Gustavus as well as supervise student teachers and I serve as the Education Department Chair.  I have authored numerous articles as well as three books: "Stories of Student Teachers" (Pearson, 1998),  "Mentoring Novice Teachers" (Corwin, 2007) and most recently, "Developing pre-service problem solving skills through case studies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010). I have been on the state board for Minnesota ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) for over ten years, including terms as affiliate president and as state representative to the national leadership council. I enjoy facilitating J-term travel courses including "Education, health care and poverty in Peru: A service learning experience" which I taught in January of 2010 and 2012. I am a member of Board of Directors of Minnesota ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) and have served as president, secretary and treasurer over the 15+ years I have been involved with this organization. I also consult with school districts on mentoring issues. My husband Jon and I have three adult children and enjoy traveling.

Education

B.A. Loras College, Dubuque. Iowa; M.Ed. Northeastern Illinois Univ., Chicago, IL; Ph.D. North Texas State University, Denton, TX


Courses Taught

EDU-392 (K-6 Elementary Directed Teaching), EDU-394 (Secondary Directed Teaching), EDU-395 (K-12 Directed Teaching), and EDU-399 (Seminar in Curriculum)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
EDU-368 Secondary Practicum 26 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
EDU-340 Middle School 19 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
EDU-399 Seminar in Curriculum 18 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
EDU-351 Methods and Materials of Secondary Education 13 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
EDU-394 Secondary Directed Teaching 10 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
EDU-392 K-6 Elementary Directed Teaching 10 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
EDU-395 K-12 Directed Teaching 10 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
EDU-368 Secondary Practicum Lab 7 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/SP
EDU-267 Peru: Service Learning 4 2016/JN, 2014/JN, 2012/JN, and 2010/JN
EDU-504 Teacher Dialogues 4 2002/SU, 2001/SU, 2000/SU, and 1999/SU
FTS-100 FTS:Immigration 3 2018/FA, 2012/FA, and 2008/FA
EDU-269 Costa Rica School Fam 3 2008/JN, 2005/JN, and 2002/JN
EDU-268 Orientation to Teaching 2 2017/JN and 2011/JN
EDU-396 Middle Level Dir Tchng 2 2017/JN and 2015/JN
EDU-363 Theatre/Dance Methods 2 2006/SP and 2002/SP
ENG-397 Methods and Materials of Secondary Education 2 2004/JN and 2000/SP
EDU-354 Art Methods 2 2002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-356 Earth Science Methods 2 2002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-358 Biology Methods 2 2002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-359 Math Methods 2 2002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-361 Physics Methods 2 2002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-362 Social Studies Methods 2 2002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-350 Reading in the Content Areas 2 2001/SP and 2000/FA
HES-242 Olympic Quest: Europe 1 2019/JN
EDU-398 Human Relations in Education 1 2016/FA
EDU-513 Literary Circles 1 2004/SU
EDU-355 Chemistry Teaching Methods 1 2002/SP
EDU-353 Communication Arts/Literature Methods 1 2002/SP
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.