By April | December 2, 2013
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. —Helen Keller
Well its about that time of the semester! There is a lot of work to get done all at once, and I feel like I basically have no life! Although, I have learned so much valuable information during this semester regarding differentiation, creativity, and how collaboration can actually be very important in regards to teaching. Plus the semester is basically over so I am happy about that! :)
Before this semester, I never really connected the dots on how collaboration might be an effective tool for teachers to use when they are planning and implementing their instruction. Collaboration is actually a great tool for not only teachers to use, but also for any individual to use in any profession. Collaboration helps people to brainstorm more ideas and be able to build upon each other’s ideas. It also helps people to form a stronger relationship with each other, and learn all sorts of new and valuable information from each other. Not many people know it, but collaboration is really what drives our world because without people collaborating, there would be no new ideas being formed and everything would just stay the same. There would be no real progress or creativity without people collaborating in the workplace. In my EDDI 510 class, I just recently got to start working on a collaboration based assignment in which we have to create our own collaboration plan that will help us to solve a particular challenge we are having that relates a collaboration issue. I think this was a very valuable assignment to do because it helped me think about how valuable collaboration is in the work place as well as in our everyday conversations with each other. I think it was interesting to look at a potential collaboration issue and then come up with goals and strategies to solve that issue because then in the future if there is an issue that is similar to this, it will be much easier to go about solving that issue. I never really thought about collaboration and the actual value of it before doing this assignment. I now know that it is something that we should be using to our advantage each day. Collaboration has led us to so many great ideas, inventions, and products; it is not just one solitary person who comes up with ideas and inventions. We need to communicate and share our diverse ideas in order for us to come up with the most innovative results!
Collaboration is truly the only way to look at improving our ideas and our future as a whole; we as teachers should be advocates for constant opportunities and tools that will help us to collaborate worldwide.
I also would like to wish everyone good luck on finals, and I hope everyone has a wonderful upcoming holiday season with their families!!!Category: Differentiated Instruction | No Comments »
By Brianna Brogan | November 27, 2013
Typically, the liver will make all the cholesterol your body needs. However, cholesterol can be consumed through certain animal by products like milk, eggs, and meat. Too much cholesterol in your body has been shown to be a risk factor for heart disease.
How Does High Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease?
When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries, causing a process called atherosclerosis, a form of heart disease. The arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart muscle is slowed or blocked. As your blood travels throughout your body it becomes oxygenated. This oxygenated blood is then carried back to your heart through your veins. However, if enough blood and oxygen cannot reach your heart, you may suffer from angina, or chest pain. If the blood supply to the heart is completely cut off by a blockage this can result in a heart attack.
Whether you are attending a potluck or formal dinning affair most events will offer salad, which will typically be topped with cholesterol friendly ingredients. Be careful with how much salad dressing you pour onto your salad, especially if the dressing is cream-based. Appetizers for the most part can be healthy and low in saturated fats, but be sure to portion yourself. My tip to you is to not stand by the buffet table, take a plate or napkin and grab a few appetizers then step away. You can always come back for more.
Now it’s time for the main course. Avoiding saturated and trans fats are the cornerstone of any cholesterol-lowering diet. Both of these fats, also known as the “bad” fats, are found in foods such as animal meats, dairy products (like milk, yogurt and various cheeses, toppings, such as butter, dips, mayonnaise and dressings) and processed foods, such as cookies, cakes and candies. All of which are normally found within a Thanksgiving feast, UH OH! It’s okay! Just stick to lighter portions and you’ll be all set!
By avoiding foods that contain high amounts of saturated fats and/or trans fats will not only help lower your cholesterol, it will also lower your risk for heart disease later on.
Good luck and Happy Holidays! See you in 2014!
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By Kate McGuire | November 27, 2013
Benjamin Disreali said, “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” I’ve never personally met Mr. Disreali, but it sounds like he has exactly what it takes to be a great mentor. For, as I learned last month at a young women’s mentorship event hosted by Buffalo’s Women on the Rise group, mentoring is an act of generosity.
Karen Russell, in her TEDxOverlake speech on mentorship, calls it “a relationship that helps people find their highest and best use.” As I learned from over a dozen mentoring conversations at Women on the Rise’s event, we’re not expected to have all the answers. Simply sharing your experiences and lessons learned can benefit someone younger in their career.
From the women I met that night – who specialize in areas ranging from Human Resources and Organizational Development to law and higher education – I heard some sage advice and practical tips on finding and following your path. Here are some simple truths that stood out:
1. Explore Your Options
“Careers today are not linear,” I heard again and again from women at all levels in their careers. One mentor I talked with, whose passions have taken her from Mexico and Costa Rico to D.C. and local government, advised that taking time to explore your passions and skills is key in finding the right position. Shadowing, interning and focusing on transferrable skills were three strategies women used to pinpoint just what it is they love to do.
2. You Don’t Need a 5-Year Plan
So many of the leaders at last month’s event had never imagined themselves doing what they do now. You can’t predict the people and opportunities that will come into your life as you challenge yourself and say yes to new things. In the end, the most surprising and fulfilling parts of our careers – like most parts of life – don’t follow a plan.
3. Trust Yourself
You can choose to stay – or you can choose to quit. One of the women I talked to had made a brave move – taking a few months, a few years back, to travel Europe and then to jump immediately into full-time studies in the ComLead program. She advised the young women across from her, “Don’t second guess yourself. Don’t be afraid to make bold moves.”
Are you part of a mentoring relationship now, or thinking about starting one? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.Category: Communication and Leadership | No Comments »
By Billy | November 27, 2013
At the conclusion of this semester, I will have officially passed the half way mark in regards to the 70 credit hour requirement for the MBAPA program. At this time I would like to share some thoughts about my experience so far.
I got the challenge I was looking for – When deciding my path for graduate school, I was looking for a stimulating challenge. I wanted to pursue a degree that I knew would push me to work hard, allow me to achieve a professional degree, and give me a sense of accomplishment. My MBAPA experience has met all those characteristics, while developing a passion for accounting. An MBA is significant time commitment, but one that I really enjoy.
I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge – Throughout my courses so far we have covered a significant amount of material. Our professors are well aware of what we need to know to pass the CPA exam, and constantly test us on many concepts they know we will encounter on the CPA exam. I truly feel that I am on a great path to being prepared and successful with the CPA exam.
I have met a lot of great people – Individuals working towards a common goal naturally bond together, and this is apparent in the MBAPA program. I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people in my classes and look forward to maintaining professional relationships with them in the future. Our professors are not only teaching us in the classroom, but are always available to offer career advice and setting up networking opportunities for us to expand our professional contacts.
I’m proud of the path I’m pursuing – When others ask me what I do, I always feel a sense of pride to be able to say I’m pursuing an MBAPA at Canisius. At this point I feel really good about my achievements, and look forward to the second half. Many Canisius graduate students in accounting are hired before they even complete the program, which shows the outstanding reputation this program has in Buffalo.
If you are in search of a program that will prepare you for success with the CPA exam and give you an opportunity to develop your professional skills, I highly recommend the MBAPA program at Canisius!Category: MBA in Professional Accounting | No Comments »
By Kilee Brown | November 25, 2013
As a certified teacher, I have experience in various types of schools, in different grade levels, and different subjects. However, yesterday while helping my struggling mentee from Sweet Home, I found myself saying “Wow! I’m not the teacher anymore.” Now, I have to act as the encourager and mentor for this young adolescent. I have to be his support, while still pushing him to succeed in school.
I also began my practicum yesterday through Liberty Partnerships. After talking with my supervisor about what exactly it is that the program accomplishes with high school students, I has a greater sense of what high school counseling is like. As a school counselor at the high school level, I will be encouraging students to excel academically and assisting them in applying for colleges and scholarships. College preparation is a crucial part of high school, and the school counselor plays a huge role.
I may no longer the primary “teacher”, but I am a supplement and support for adolescents.Category: School Counseling | No Comments »
By Brittany | November 25, 2013
Great job. Way to go. Oh yes, I am very excited.
These phrases are usually spoken and read as being positive; however, they can also be sarcastic where in fact the person did not do a good job on something and the person is not excited. The phrases change depending on the inflection a person uses to speak the words, or the context clues if the words are written down.
This common use of sarcasm in American culture through person to person interactions, movies, songs, and television, can be quite confusing for English Language Learners. ELL students are learning the English language in terms of particular word meaning with specific definitions. For example, in a soccer game if an ELL student missed blocking the goal and the other team scored for the win, a teammate might say, “Great job”. This would be confusing because the ELL student knows he did not do well, so why did his teammate say “great job”?
It is the role of teachers to show ELL students the various sarcastic phrases they may come in contact with and how the English language is ever changing with new generations. To do so, teacher can incorporate a variety of video clips from television shows or movies. I found a clip on YouTube to explain verbal irony and how it is used. It is part of a TED ED clip.
Students can then practice verbal irony they may use and show how the phrase they choose can be meant how it is suppose to, or how it could be said sarcastically to mean the opposite.Category: TESOL | No Comments »
By pullanor | November 25, 2013
With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it’s a great time to step back and think of all the things for which we are thankful in our lives. Of course, family and friends are at the top of the list, but something I find myself often forgetting to give thanks for is my education.
When I was an undergraduate student, I participated in a mentoring program to help motivate high school students to consider attending community colleges or universities. For me personally, this was a strange concept to grasp, as I had never considered not continuing my education after high school. I was fortunate enough to go to a high school that informed us of the opportunities that colleges would provide and grow up in a household with two college graduates as parents. I believe these factors were critical to my choice to pursue an undergraduate and graduate education, but others aren’t so lucky to have such a support system to encourage them to pursue their dreams. It is very unfortunate that there are so many individuals who do not have the support, resources, or money to attend college, and it is important to always keep that in mind.
Because things may be stressful at times, it can be very easy to forget how lucky Canisius students are to attend such a great school. Accounting students like myself are especially fortunate since Canisius has one of the best accounting programs in the area. In addition to having a 90% job placement rate within four months of graduation, the Canisius accounting program has been nationally recognized for the outstanding pass rates its students have on the CPA exam. Having gone through the job recruiting process this past fall, I can attest to the fact that both Big Four and regional accounting firms have a lot of respect for Canisius accounting students and are familiar with the rigorous curriculum the school offers. I am confident that my Canisius education prepared me extremely well for the recruiting process and will ultimately do the same for my career. Therefore, this Thanksgiving, I will be sure to include my Canisius accounting education on the list of things for which I am thankful.Category: MBA in Professional Accounting | No Comments »
By elniskic | November 25, 2013
The semester is almost in the rear-view with finals week devilishly looming its breath upon our necks. Before the semester ends and the examination onslaughts begin, we get a short break to breathe and collect ourselves. Next week brings with Thanksgiving and marks the pinnacle of the season. If you have followed my blog since the first entry, you know that fall is my utmost favorite season. A period of time people use to reflect and come closer to the ones they love. This is especially unique for me because I have a big family that I do not see too often.
I come from an inner family consisting of two parents and four siblings (seven total including me). When we were younger, every holiday was an extravaganza. All seven of us lived in one house and it was an amazing experience. Everyone gathered around the dinner table sharing food and thankfulness and it really touched me. Fast forward to today, and we are each working on our own individual families. We no longer live in the same house but thankfully we all reside in Buffalo. Although scattered, our love for one another is as great as it has ever been. The broadening of our lineage throughout the city is the main reason why major holidays have become even more special to us. Now that I have three nephews and one niece, the joy I see on their faces as they experience these holidays for the first time is both an emotional and fulfilling moment. It is a moment that instantaneously transports me to my childhood. Witnessing the happiness of their adolescence not only affects me, but all of us live vicariously through these children. It was only a couple decades ago that we were playing together on the floor as a big meal was being cooked. Now our parents watch their grandchildren do the same things their children did. As we cook the big meal collectively. Enjoy your holiday everyone, and enjoy your time off. I know I will.Category: MBA-One Year | No Comments »
By Brianna Brogan | November 20, 2013
Demerly Hall is home to both the Women’s Business Center and the Health and Human Performance Center. Within the Health and Human Performance Center you will find the necessary equipment needed to perform various stress tests and body composition tests, such as bike ergo-meters, treadmills, and an underwater weigh tank. Establishments comprised of these resources are slim to non throughout Buffalo, NY. Fortunately, Canisius has been nice enough to offer their students, as well as the public, access to their facility.
As a student in the Health and Human Performance Masters Program, you will need to study Exercise Prescription. Throughout this class you will need to determine a goal for yourself and conduct a 4 week exercise prescription in hopes to achieve that particular goal. I myself have not taken this class yet, but as a graduate assistant here at Demerly Hall I have worked and spoken with those who are. Multiple students involved in the class have come to Demerly Hall to utilize the machinery and have been able to test not only their body fat percentages, but their VO2 max as well.
So please fell free to stop by Demerly Hall and check out all the amenities our facility has to offer, and if your are interested in getting tested, either I or our other two graduate assistants will be happy to help.
Until next time!
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By Chelsea Miller | November 20, 2013
When I started the CSPA program at Canisius, I had no idea that I would meet so many people in the field! I mean, this isn’t to say that I did not meet people through my undergrad. Sure, I was often assigned group projects and I met other students through my involvement across campus, but I never viewed those experiences as networking. Therefore,before I began the program, I had this preconceived notion that I was pretty established in the whole, “knowing people” department.
However, now that I’ve been at Medaille College, I can’t believe the amount of people I have met in just one month! As a graduate assistant in the Academic Support Center, I have met tutors in our office who are either working towards their graduate degree in higher education at a different institution or professionals who have graduated from the CSPA program at Canisius! I get so excited when people say something about Canisius while I am at Medaille. My reaction reminds me of Will Ferrell in Elf when he expresses his knowledge of Santa, “SANTA, I KNOW HIM!” I also think my ears tend to perk up when I hear the word “Canisius” similarly to when a dog hears the word “walk” minus the tail wagging of course. Nine times out of ten I invite myself into a conversation even if I just hear the word “Canisius.” I have no shame.
Most recently, I have utilized my connections at Medaille to inquire about ideas for a project, or simply to spark up a conversation about the difference in the program at a different institution. It is also neat to receive advice from Canisius graduates. I never thought that I would be able to find so many links to higher education within my first year of the program through my assistantship at a different institution. My advice would be, don’t be afraid to strike up those conversations, as I have gained a great deal of knowledge beyond the classroom walls.Category: College Student Personnel Administration | Comments Off
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