Category Archive: Childhood Education

Childhood Education (grades 1-6, including initial teacher certification)

Oct 23

Technology In Our Schools

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Think about this question for a minute:  How old were you when you got your first cell phone?  If you thought about it, and you are like me, and you got your phone sometime while you were in high school you are in good company.  Most of our generation remembers life before cell phones and …

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Feb 28

To Ph.D or Not to Ph.D – Sorry, What’s the Question?

Now that the Graduate School machine is chugging along, an object in motion should, theoretically, stay in motion, right?  Looking forward to a possible entry into the Ph.D program is, therefore, a distinct possibility for the future. Acquiring a Ph.D is an endeavour not to be taken lightly; the amount of hours and effort it takes to write …

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Feb 13

Graduate School of Rock

Ladies and Gentlemen, put your hands together for the Graduate School of Rock band…Let me introduce you to the people that make the weekly drive and effort all worthwhile… On steel drums, Sug; the heart and soul of the band, Sug shares her love with everyone, allowing all types of vocabulary to fly around the room, …

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Feb 04

Anyone, Anyone? Bueller?

What kind of teacher do we want to be upon completion of Graduate School?   Here are some of the teaching styles encountered thus far along the way: The Bueller - Speaks…in…monotone..loves…research…but probably hasn’t taught an actual child since Moses created the tablet.  Can commonly be heard saying, “The scientist attached to this theory is….?  Usual reaction from the students …

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Jan 31

The Dinosaur Who Attended Grad School

Graduate School!  How exciting it was to think about finally becoming a teacher after many years, and acquiring my Masters Degree at the same time!  Exciting and challenging; you see, I’m a “mature” student; mature in age, yet not in manner’.  What led me to attend Canisius after completing my undergrad in 1996 (yes, I …

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Apr 23

To Write is to Teach is to Write is to Teach?

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I went to see the fiction writer, Zadie Smith when she was in town a few weeks ago. This was an entirely pleasant experience. She was brought in as part of the Babel series that Just Buffalo puts on. I was so excited to see her, as she is one of my top five fiction …

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Apr 18

Reading Frenzy at Canisius

First, hello. It has been too long. Second, I’d like to propose a toast. Raise your glasses! I just want to tell you about the lovely time I had at Canisius on a Sunday morning in March. It was part of The Writing Project of Western New York. We had a “reading frenzy” of student …

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Apr 02

Thank you, lovely singer.

Madeline? Arnold?   Are you out there? March 26, 2012   Thank You.   First. Little KIDS: 1. You have to read this.   I pledge allegiance   (are you with me?)   to the FLAG.

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Mar 23

Who Knew? Canisius is cool.

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Just kidding. But seriously, Canisius just proved that it’s . . .what would be the word that Professor Charles Sykes would use—jive, bop, rocking?  I don’t know. What I do know is that I went to a free event that Canisius had last night and it was awesome.  They brought in this very talented ethnomusicologist …

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Mar 14

Fine, I’ll grow up. . .

and I’ll tell you some of my secrets.   I’m nearing the end of my master’s program at Canisius.  I have six weeks left of student teaching left to do.  I’m not sure what elementary or middle school I will do this at, but I know that my advisor Dr. Tryjankowski and perhaps some of …

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