Posts by: sedcomm

Research: The Finnish Advantage

By Carina Traub, SED 2016 I talk about Finland a whole lot more than other people talk about Finland. Is it because I’m Finnish? No, it’s because I’m an educator. In the education field, we are familiar with Finland’s remarkable PISA results, but we often have trouble finding ways to replicate their success here in […]

Giving All Students an Equal Opportunity

By Michelle Yelaska, SED ’16 Usually when I see viral videos or popular tweets, I dismiss them as fads that are entertaining but unnecessary. However, there is one blog that I follow quite adamantly – Humans of New York. Photojournalist Brandon Stanton travels through the city taking pictures of your average human and informally interviews […]

Hard and Soft Individualism: Is One Better Than Another?

By Alisha Parikh, SED ‘17 Compare the two statements, “Sit down, get your books out, and start working.” and “I love seeing how wonderful all of your work has been, why don’t we put some of your work up on the walls?” These two phrases are a glimpse into a long held debate about the […]

Finding my Roots: The ABCs of Effective Teaching

By Lauren Effune, SED 2014 It was 11:56 PM on February 10, 2014, the night before my first formal student teaching observation of the semester, and I was tossing and turning. Yes, according to teaching time, 11:56 is WAY past one’s bedtime. I was overthinking how my observation would go – trying to hypothesize every […]

Our Major is not “Cute”

By AnneMarie Schiller, SED 2015 Meeting someone for the first time: Non-SEDer: What school are you in? SEDer: SED. Non-SEDer: What’s that? SEDer: *Sigh* The School of Education. Non-SEDer: Oh. …and/or Student A: What’s your major? Student B: Elementary education. Student A: Oh, that’s cute! It must be so much fun. Student B: *Awkward giggle, […]

Teacher Prep: Studying, Watching, and Experiencing Effective Instruction

By Colleen Mahany, SED 2015 Every time I look at the news I read about our failing public education system, our failing teachers, and our failing students. It seems like everybody has an opinion on how schools should be run, how teachers should be trained, and how students should be learning and achieving. While I […]