Category: Student Voices

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 […]

Six Things I Would Tell Myself Going into College

By Jessica Gulotta, SED 2017 Looking back on this year, as a freshman, there are six key things that I’ve learned and would tell my recent high school graduate-self. Think about what truly inspired you to do what you want I always knew I wanted to be a teacher but I was never really sure […]

Learning from our Government: The Parallels Between the State of the Union and our Future Classrooms

By Claire Buesser, SED 2016 Written February 7th, 2014 President Obama recently gave his State of the Union Address. Eloquently written and remarkably presented, our country’s leader presented his goals and reflected on the progress (or lack thereof) his administration has made this past year. Amidst the planned pauses, the “please stand now” moments, and […]