Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Deconstructing Power, Constructing Knowledge

Paulo Freire

Paulo Freire

While the second-year Elementary Education and Art Education graduate students are busy student teaching and applying for teaching positions, we are also currently taking one of the most important classes we’ve taken in our Masters of Art in Teaching program so far.  In our Education, Culture and Society class, we study the history of and current issues in the United States Education System and focus on critical analysis and critical reflection of power constructs within the classroom.

Deconstructing Power, Constructing Knowledge

While the second-year Elementary Education and Art Education graduate students are busy student teaching and applying for teaching positions, we are also currently taking one of the most important classes …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Easy as Pie

Aurhor's Purpose PIE Photo credit: Christine Reed 3/12/14

Aurhor's Purpose PIE Photo credit: Christine Reed 3/12/14

For an educator it is the greatest reward to see your students interested in a lesson, engaged thoughtfully in their work, and demonstrating their knowledge.  Recently, I taught a unit on author’s purpose to my second grade class at my student-teaching placement.  I would like to share parts of that unit, students’ work, and my reflections with you.

Easy as Pie

For an educator it is the greatest reward to see your students interested in a lesson, engaged thoughtfully in their work, and demonstrating their knowledge.  Recently, I taught a unit …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

A Balancing Act

Morning Coffee

Morning Coffee

Going to graduate school full time, working various part-time jobs, and student teaching every day, it can be hard to find the space on the calendar to get anything else done, let alone have time for yourself.   Finding a balance is truly important in ensuring mental, emotional and physical health.

A Balancing Act

Going to graduate school full time, working various part-time jobs, and student teaching every day, it can be hard to find the space on the calendar to get anything else …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Student Teaching

Planning has begun.

Planning has begun.

After a very busy January Term at Columbia, lots of changes in my life, and most importantly 16 classes and countless papers, lesson plans, and unit plans of hard work over the past year and half, I finally dove into Student Teaching.  This is what we have worked so hard for, and I am excited to share my journey with you!

Student Teaching

After a very busy January Term at Columbia, lots of changes in my life, and most importantly 16 classes and countless papers, lesson plans, and unit plans of hard work …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

New Year, New Adventures

Photo Credit: newsone,com

Photo Credit: newsone.com

As the hustle and bustle of the holidays winds down and the time to relax over winter break shortens, we prepare to head back to school, work and life.  As we enter into a new year, we start some new adventures: a new semester at Columbia, new classes to take and coursework to learn, new projects to embark on, and new paths to follow.

New Year, New Adventures

As the hustle and bustle of the holidays winds down and the time to relax over winter break shortens, we prepare to head back to school, work and life.  As …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Reflective Teacher

A Reading, Science, Social Studies and Writing lesson all in one!

A Reading, Science, Social Studies and Writing lesson all in one!

In the teaching profession, as in life, you never stop learning. I learn everyday from my students and from the process of teaching. I learn about my students and their families, about the community in which we live, about the content I am teaching, and about my own practice as an educator. It is necessary for teachers to be reflective of their practices, as you will grow from reflection and then can better help your students learn.

The Reflective Teacher

In the teaching profession, as in life, you never stop learning. I learn everyday from my students and from the process of teaching. I learn about my students and their …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Art and Academic Integration

Student Artwork at Blaine Elementary

Student Artwork at Blaine Elementary

As an educator it is important to me to make my lessons engaging and dynamic.  As a dancer it is important to me to continue practicing my artistry and sharing that with others.  Within my lessons, assessments and unit plans created at Columbia College Chicago, I continuously find ways to integrate the arts into various academic areas; and in my work as a dance instructor and teaching artist outside of Columbia, I always attempt to find academic connections to my art, as I believe the arts are a vital part to elementary education, and academics and the arts should not stand alone.

Art and Academic Integration

As an educator it is important to me to make my lessons engaging and dynamic.  As a dancer it is important to me to continue practicing my artistry and sharing …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Middle School is Tough

Focus with the end in mind.

Focus with the end in mind.

Finding your true interests, the growing pains, the hormones, creating an identity for yourself, rigorous academics, puberty…these are all aspects of student life during young adolescent years.  Middle school can be tough.  As young adolescents attend middle school, there are a plethora of challenges they face.  And, as future educators, we have to be prepared to teach them!

Middle School is Tough

Finding your true interests, the growing pains, the hormones, creating an identity for yourself, rigorous academics, puberty…these are all aspects of student life during young adolescent years.  Middle school can …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Elementary Education Faculty Spotlights: Dr. Katie Paciga & Dr. Kathleen Loftus

Happy Fall

Happy Fall

It is fall, and not just the leaves are changing.  Change is happening in Columbia’s Education Department and it’s a very good thing!  Columbia College Chicago’s Education Department has two new full-time faculty this year who are doing great work in the field of early childhood education, K-12 education, literacy and technology, and higher ed.  And I’d love to introduce them to you.  Meet Dr. Katie Paciga and Dr. Kathleen Loftus, our newest members of the Education Department faculty.

Elementary Education Faculty Spotlights: Dr. Katie Paciga & Dr. Kathleen Loftus

It is fall, and not just the leaves are changing.  Change is happening in Columbia’s Education Department and it’s a very good thing!  Columbia College Chicago’s Education Department has two …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

In The Field

Ready for School

Ready for School

As pre-service teachers we get the advantage of learning in the field, and this comes with some pretty awesome perks.  We get to see what other educators (usually the best and brightest at each school) are doing in their classrooms.  With eyes wide open we enter each classroom, pen and notebook in hand, and we write, draw, diagram and record everything we see, so that we can use it in our own way.

In The Field

As pre-service teachers we get the advantage of learning in the field, and this comes with some pretty awesome perks.  We get to see what other educators (usually the best …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Graduate Experience