Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Goodbyes and New Beginnings

Steve and Kate's Camp Lakeview kids posing for a last-day picture.

Steve and Kate’s Camp Lakeview kids posing for a last-day picture.

Camp is over and school is (almost) in.  I have been spending the better part of August preparing to start a new dance program at Ravenswood Elementary School.  Along with all the changes, it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to many of my friends from the Columbia College Chicago Elementary Education MAT program as we all embark on our new journeys as professionals in the field of education.

Goodbyes and New Beginnings

Camp is over and school is (almost) in.  I have been spending the better part of August preparing to start a new dance program at Ravenswood Elementary School.  Along with all …

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

The Suspense is Killing Me

Enjoying the outdoors at the beach.  Christine Reed. Elementary Education MAT. 7/23/14

Enjoying the outdoors at the beach. Christine Reed. Elementary Education MAT. 7/23/14

Summer is half over, and although I should be sad that the days of sunshine, beach visits and summertime barbecues are nearing an end, I absolutely cannot wait to embark on my next journey!  As stated in my previous blog, I recently accepted a teaching position with Chicago Public Schools as the dance teacher at Ravenswood Elementary School: A Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School, and I couldn’t be happier about it!

The Suspense is Killing Me

Summer is half over, and although I should be sad that the days of sunshine, beach visits and summertime barbecues are nearing an end, I absolutely cannot wait to embark …

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

Summer Lovin’

Beach Time. Christine Reed. Elementary Education MAT. 7/4/14

Beach Time. Christine Reed. Elementary Education MAT. 7/4/14

It’s summertime and I am loving it!  Along with the relaxation from the hot sun mixed with a cool breeze and the lounging on my deck or the beach, I have been making huge strides in my work.

Summer Lovin’

It’s summertime and I am loving it!  Along with the relaxation from the hot sun mixed with a cool breeze and the lounging on my deck or the beach, I have been …

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

The Real World

Beach Time! Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed 5/27/14

Beach Time! Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed 5/27/14

After the excitement of graduation begins to fade, reality sets in and it is time to enter the real world again.  When engrossed in a semester-long, full-time teaching internship, that is literally your job.  Now that it’s over, it is time to find another one.  Here’s an update on my transition back to work after student teaching and some tips on things I found helpful while job hunting.

The Real World

After the excitement of graduation begins to fade, reality sets in and it is time to enter the real world again.  When engrossed in a semester-long, full-time teaching internship, that is …

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

We Did It!

Graduation! Columbia College Chicago Commencement 2014

Graduation! Columbia College Chicago Commencement 2014

We graduated!  The past two weeks have been absolutely crazy, emotional, exciting and challenging, but within just a few days I completed student teaching, turned in my final projects and papers for classes, finished my courses for the semester, began applying for teaching positions for next school year while continuing to apply for summer jobs, visited with family, AND graduated.

We Did It!

We graduated!  The past two weeks have been absolutely crazy, emotional, exciting and challenging, but within just a few days I completed student teaching, turned in my final projects and papers …

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

Meet and Greet with Cohort 22

While following my journey through the Elementary Education MAT Program at Columbia College Chicago, you have gotten to know me, my cohort and the CCC professors well.  Today I’d like to introduce you to some of the soon-to-be second year education candidates in the program, Cohort 22.  Get to know their reasons for choosing Columbia, their perspectives on our program, and some of their teaching experiences.

Meet and Greet with Cohort 22

While following my journey through the Elementary Education MAT Program at Columbia College Chicago, you have gotten to know me, my cohort and the CCC professors well.  Today I’d like …

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

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

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