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Free Thanksgiving Activity for Students: The Thankful Turkey

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Nov 10, 2015 2:31:09 PM

Thanksgiving is about a lot of things—family, friends, fellowship, and of course pumpkin pie and Turkey with all the fixings. But at its core, Thanksgiving is truly a time for us to give thanks and count our blessings.
It’s easy to forget this in the hustle and bustle of our daily routines. That’s why we put together our holiday worksheet, The Thankful Turkey.

All your students need to complete this activity is a copy of the worksheet, scissors, glue, and a little bit of time so that they can reflect on all of the things they’re thankful for!

To download our Thankful Turkey worksheet, simply click on the icon to the right!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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5 “Falltastic” Giveaways for Teachers

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Oct 20, 2015 1:27:58 PM

Has there ever been a time when teachers haven't spent their own money on their classrooms? Probably not, but in an era of slashed budgets, many teachers are reaching even deeper into their own wallets to purchase classroom supplies and teaching materials. To help you save a little dough on your classroom and yourself, we’d like to share a few teacher giveaways that are happening until November 1.

5 Falltastic Giveaways for Teachers

teacher_giveaways_1Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (7-Inch, White) Tablet
If you are a K-12 teacher, you are qualified to enter Edutopia’s giveaway for a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Simply click on the box to acknowledge that you are a K-12 teacher and enter your email address and you’ll be entered into the contest.

This teacher giveaway ends on Sunday, November 1.

teacher_giveaways_2-1Teacher Innovation Grant
Up to 7 teachers will receive a $10,000 stipend, support from Character Lab, and additional funding to test and study their ideas for cultivating character strengths and skills in schools. Proposals will be accepted until November 2, 2015 at 5pm EST.

You can apply for this free teacher giveaway by clicking here.


Win a Professional Development Library

teacher_giveaways_3We’ve talked about Todd Whitaker’s Dealing with Difficult Parents before, right? Well, by entering Routledge’s Win a Professional Development Library, you have the opportunity not only to win a copy of Whitaker’s book, but his entire collection of books for teachers.

You can enter the contest by clicking here. This offer expires on November 1.









Student Contest: Win a $500 Visa Giftcard

No Kid Hungry is currently holding a Photo Essay Contest for students in grades 7-12.

teacher_giveaways_4This is a “real-world” photography and writing assignment that asks students to not only snap 3-5 great photos, but write a 5-800 word essay that answers this question: “How does childhood hunger affect the lives of teens and children either from your own life or the lives of others where you live?”

Here are the prizes:

Grand Prize: (3 total)
One winner will be chosen in each of three grade ranges. (7–8, 9–10, 11–12). Each grand-prize winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card and a $200 donation to his or her school.

Second Prize: (9 total)
Three essays of merit will be chosen from each grade range 7–8, 9–10, 11–12. Each winner will each receive a $200 Visa gift card and a $100 donation to his or her school.

To enter the contest click here. Students have until November 3 to enter their photo-essays.

teacher_giveaways_5Halloween Selfie Contest and Win $250
Shidigz is holding a Halloween Selfie Contest. All you have to do is snap a photo, upload it, and keep your fingers crossed that you get lots of votes.

Hint, hint: We’ve looked through the photos and so far we haven’t seen a single picture of a Halloween classroom celebration.

You can enter the contest by clicking here. Photo submissions will be accepted until November 1st at 11:59 PM EST and the voting period will end November 8th at 11:59 PM EST.

Be sure to check back next month for another list of free teacher giveaways!

Spooky Story Starters Guide

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5 More Spooky, But Not-SO-Spooky Halloween Read Alouds for Children

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Oct 13, 2015 2:01:17 PM

It’s been a while since we put together a list of our favorite spooky, but not so spooky read-alouds for children. As always, it’s hard to narrow down our list to five, but here they are in no particular order!

5 More Spooky, But Not-SO-Spooky Halloween Read Alouds for Children

read_alouds_for_children_1Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Witch and her cat are flying around on their magic broomstick when a sudden gust of wind snags witch’s hat…then her bow…then her wand. Thankfully, three animals come to the rescue and help her find the lost items. All they want in exchange for their services is a ride on the broom. What follows is a rhythmically, romping ride for both reader and witch alike. Try saying that ten times fast!

bunnicula-1Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

We’ve recommended this book before, but it’s just so good that we have to talk about it some more.

Just when you thought that the vampire theme had been completely exhausted, Deborah and James Howe came up with this “spooktastic” read-aloud. In Bunnicula, we meet the Toby Monroe and his family, who decide to head to the theatre to see their favorite movie, Dracula. When Toby takes his seat, he accidentally plops himself down on top of a rabbit who is bundled up in the seat.

The Monroes love animals as much as they love horror movies, so what do they do? Why, they adopt the bunny and name him Bunnicula, of course!

But the family pets, Chester and Harold, quickly notice that something is amiss: Why does Bunnicula have pointy fangs, wear a cape, and have nocturnal habits? What happened to the once-red tomato in the kitchen? This read-aloud is as funny and “falltastic” as it is fast-paced. Enjoy!

read_alouds_for_children_3-1The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson certainly owes a great debt to Maurice Sendak's well-loved and well-read book, Where the Wild Things Are. Regardless of whether or not Donaldson is intentionally channeling Sendak, our students have never turned up their noses at The Gruffalo. In fact, it has become one of their all-time favorite Halloween read-alouds. So what’s it about? Here’s the skinny:

Mouse is walking through the woods when he encounters a fox…then an owl…then a snake. Knowing that he would make a tasty treat for these animals, he uses his imagination to create the gruffalo, a monster with “terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.”

The three animals never actually see the gruffalo (because he doesn’t exist of course!), but mouse’s description of his imaginary friend is enough to scare these pesky predators away!

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Reread_alouds_for_children_4-1x

If your students enjoy Goodnight Moon, they are certainly going to love the Halloween spin Michael Rex puts on that classic with Goodnight Goon!

The story takes place “in a cold gray tomb there was a gravestone and a black lagoon and a picture of Martians taking over the moon.” Werewolf is just settling down for bed, but will Goon and his antics keep him awake all night?

read_alouds_for_children_5-2Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Like candy, tacos and dragons are year-round treats—but we always like breaking out Adam Rubin’s and Daniel Salmieri’s Dragons Love Tacos in October.

How do we begin to describe this little book? Basically, it’s a hilarious and kooky story about what can go wrong when you decide to throw a taco party for dragons. We guarantee that this read-aloud will have your students rolling on the floor.

 

Spooky Story Starters Guide

 

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Wise Words: A Conversation with MAT Mentor, Judith Gottlieb

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Jun 1, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Master of Arts in Teaching onlineWe recently sat down for a conversation with Professor Judith Gottlieb. We wanted to learn more about her background, find out what brought her to Marygrove, and gain some general insight into the distinguishing features of Marygrove’s online Master of Arts in Teaching online program.

-What courses do you teach and how long have you been with the MAT program?
I have been an MAT Mentor since 1999. During my first two years, MAT students from a variety of states and school districts would submit assignments through the US mail, and the collaboration sessions were tape recorded and mailed to mentors. As the Internet grew, MAT changed quickly to a vibrant, collaborative online program!

-Could you say a bit about your professional background? What did you do before you became a professor at Marygrove?

I was a K-6 Science teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, working with culturally diverse urban populations. Science is easily integrated with all areas of the curriculum, and I was able to capture students’ excitement by linking experiments and background information with art, math, and writing. A yearly Science Fair was the culminating highlight of all these curriculum connections. Although teaching in an urban environment presents unique challenges, students are motivated by supportive teachers, such as MAT graduates, who encourage their creativity and value their individuality and strengths.

-What originally drew you to your position at Marygrove College?

As a committed educator, I conducted many parent workshops and teacher training sessions in the community and district. As a result of observing these collaborative activities, a teaching colleague who was also an MAT Mentor, asked if I might be interested in sharing my teaching experience and mentoring other teachers. She invited me to shadow her and her students, and I was immediately drawn to the engaging MAT activities and collaborative format of the MAT program!

-Why do you think teachers should consider pursuing a MAT degree?

The MAT program fosters teachers’ professional growth via research-based approaches to instruction, and global perspectives developed as a result of the collaborative relationships built in the online MAT format. The courses build skills and knowledge in leadership, assessment, differentiated instruction, content area expertise, backwards design, and action research. Teachers universally testify in their final Capstone project about their increased level of confidence, leadership abilities, expertise in evidenced-based instruction, and strategies for motivating students!

-There are many, many online MAT programs out there. What distinguishes Marygrove’s MAT program from all of the others?

A major strength of the MAT curriculum is the performance-based approach to coursework. All of the assignments and learning tasks are correlated with real life applications that teachers can use immediately in their classrooms to improve instruction and enhance student success. Further, the MAT program is unique in its philosophical base. As part of developing professional expertise, all of the coursework has a self-reflection component that is correlated with the theme of “being a contribution” to students, families, peers, community, and ultimately society as a whole.

-What do you find most rewarding about teaching at Marygrove? 

I have the pleasure of sharing knowledge, as well as coaching and interacting with students, as a facilitator of their educational goals and professional growth. I am continuously inspired to be part of this cycle of growth, and energized by the commitment and actions of engaged and inspired teachers!


-Marygrove’s mission is guided by “the three C’s”—competence, commitment, compassion. The college also has a tradition of serving underprivileged and underrepresented students. How does this tradition and mission come into play in the MAT program? 

Since the philosophical underpinnings of the MAT program are rooted in the teacher’s role as a contributor to their students and society, the cycle of support and knowledge they provide to a variety of communities is ultimately based in, and reflective of, the high levels of competence, commitment, and compassion honed in the MAT program. As integral members of professional learning communities within schools and districts, the traits of competence, commitment, and compassion are translated into leadership actions by MAT graduates, impacting diverse socioeconomic groups and cultures around the United States, as well as abroad.

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Marygrove’s Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program: Our History and Mission

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 27, 2015 3:50:00 PM

online_master_of_arts_in_teaching_3When shopping around for an online Master of Arts in Teaching program, odds are that you’re not only going to consider the program’s price tag, but also its reputation, its flexibility, and the history of the institution. We are proud of our history and mission. We’re also proud of the fact that we’ve been educating teachers since 1905, that we have been leaders in the online education movement since it began in the 1990s, and that over 28,000 master teachers have earned degrees from our Master of Arts in Teaching online program since 1990.


To give you a better sense of the guiding principles of our online Masters of Arts in Teaching program, we’d like to tell you a bit about our history.

Marygrove College was founded in 1905 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We are an independent, Catholic liberal arts college that attracts and serves students of all faiths. At Marygrove, students in our online Masters of Art in Teaching program will benefit from a rich history of scholarship and responsibility within the community, an extraordinarily devoted faculty, and a host of academic resources, including an exciting living urban laboratory in which to research and learn.

The values of our institution mandate that we help, respect, explore, think and act in ways that help create a more just and humane world. Competence, Compassion and Commitment are the ideals that form the basis for everything we do. These same values are what students embrace and live out as a result of their education here, and that makes us proud.

The fundamental purpose of Marygrove College is to educate each student toward intellectual and professional competence; toward career flexibility through grounding in the liberal arts; and toward active compassion and commitment. To this end, Marygrove provides a personalized learning environment which, through excellent teaching in its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs.

If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, learn more about Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching online degree!

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Our Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program: Convenient, Respected, Affordable

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 27, 2015 3:29:18 PM

online_master_of_arts_in_teaching-1The reasons teachers choose to pursue their online Master of Arts in Teaching degree are as unique as the teachers themselves. But one thing all teachers who are considering an advanced-degree program have in common is that they want to find a rigorous, highly-respected program with a price tag that won’t break the bank.

At Marygrove College, we are proud to say that our online Master of Arts in Teaching program is not only rigorous, respected, and built around the demanding lives and schedules of our students, it also more convenient and affordable than many of the other online MAT programs out there.

At Marygrove, we believe in being up front about exactly how much earning an online Master of Arts in Teaching degree will cost you. For our 30-credit program, you will pay $16,355 in tuition. No hidden costs, no surprises—there’s also no application fee, and we do not require students to take the GRE test!

Even some of the most affordable colleges offering MAT degrees are more costly—and less convenient—than Marygrove’s online Master of Art in Teaching program. Below, we’ve selected a few MAT degree programs to highlight the pros and cons of each. Take a look! We’re confident you’ll see that Marygrove’s online Master of Arts in Teaching program comes out on top.

online master of arts in teaching
Cost is only one factor to consider when choosing an online Master of Arts in Teaching online program. Before you commit to a program, we suggest that you ask yourself a number of important questions. 

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Meet Marygrove's Director of Online Education, Dr. Mitali Chaudhery

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 20, 2015 2:48:48 PM

online Master of Arts in TeachingWe recently sat down for a conversation with Dr. Mitali Chaudhery, the Director of Online Education at Marygrove College. We wanted to learn more about her background, find out what brought her to Marygrove, and gain some general insight into the distinguishing features of Marygrove’s online Masters of Arts in Teaching program.

Dr. Chaudhery, could you tell us a bit about your background?
Prior to coming to Marygrove, I served at Baker College as Associate Dean for the General Education Online division. I also worked at Schoolcraft College as an online curriculum developer, faculty trainer, and instructor in the traditional, hybrid, and online environments. I have experience with primary and secondary education as well, but I have also worked in information technology in the heath and financial industries.

What drew you to your current position at Marygrove College?
Marygrove gave me the opportunity to bring some of my prior experience to the college and use it to help develop new programs in the online environment, which was exciting to me.

Why should teachers consider pursuing a Masters of Art in Teaching online degree?
An MAT degree empowers teachers. It also gives them the tools and expertise necessary in the field today by enhancing their knowledge in areas like curriculum and instruction, educational technology, reading, and effective teaching. The program enriches the teacher with more in-depth content and research knowledge that is then applied to the classroom in meaningful ways. This preparation enables the teacher to offer more integral skills and expertise in a variety of ways that increases their contribution and value, which is critical to the job market and education field today.

Could you talk a bit about some of the exciting changes that are in development for the MAT program?
We are going to be offering a Secondary Math endorsement as well as a Special Education specialty track to the MAT program.

There are many online MAT programs out there. What distinguishes Marygrove’s MAT program from all of the others?
Our tuition is competitive, but much cheaper than most colleges. In addition to this, our classes are small to medium-sized, which enables instructors to provide more individualized attention. Another distinguishing feature of our program is that teachers can earn their degree in two years, even if they only take one course per 7-week session at a time. This enables students to manage family, work, and their education at the same time. I should also mention that students have up to six years to finish the program.

Many MAT graduates make teaching a life-long career—but what have other MAT graduates done? Does an MAT degree ever lead to a career outside of teaching?
Yes it can. This degree can empower students to increase their job market value in the field of education. It also enables students to apply their current work experience with the increased expertise of this degree to areas of curriculum and instruction, education technology, instructional design, special education, teacher training, and more. By gaining this graduate degree, they can also venture into the administration area to become directors, program coordinators, or leaders in other education-based environments in and outside of the school.

What should prospective students know about the instructors they will work with in the MAT program?
Our instructors all have master’s or Ph.D. degrees in the field that they are teaching. Most instructors also have a teaching certification and current educational work experience to share with students.

Marygrove’s mission is guided by “the three C’s”—competence, commitment, compassion. How does this tradition and mission come into play in the MAT program?
Through the rigor and expectations of the MAT program, students will learn that they are being prepared to be competent; that commitment to their education means a commitment to empowering themselves; that our commitment to providing them with an excellent program enables them to increase their job prospects and job security; and that compassion is not only a necessary attribute to better themselves and contribute to their society at large, but also an integral part of their experience here at Marygrove. Marygrove upholds this compassion for all students who wish to learn, who wish to improve themselves, who wish to grow, and who desire to develop the integrity and respect that comes with a graduate degree.  

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Part III: Before Choosing an Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Ask Yourself...

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 15, 2015 1:57:03 PM

Online_Masters_of_Arts_in_Teaching_2In our last blog, we suggested that teachers ask themselves couple of questions before choosing an online Master of Arts in Teaching program. Looking back, we felt that we might have missed a few questions. So without further ado, here they are!

Is the Master of Arts in Teaching Online Program Priced Competitively?
We enjoy surprises—but not when it comes to tuition bills. At Marygrove, we believe in being up front about exactly how much earning an online Master of Arts in Teaching degree will cost you. For our 30-credit program, you will pay $16,355 in tuition. No hidden costs, no surprises. We also have convenient payment plan options you can learn about by clicking here.

Does the State in Which I Teach Reward Teachers for Earing Advanced Degrees?
There are a variety of reasons teachers choose to pursue a Masters of Art in Teaching Online degree. Some do it because they value the camaraderie they build with likeminded peers and professors in the program; others because they are seeking professional development and want access to teaching materials they can use right away in their own classrooms.

These are all valid reasons to pursue an advanced degree. We are realists, however, and believe that an advanced degree should also be a financial investment for teachers. Most states still value advanced degrees and reward teachers for earning them, but before you matriculate, determine whether or not the state in which you teach still compensates teachers for earning an MAT degree.

What is the college’s admissions process like?
Most students are looking for a college with high standards and a good reputation, but they want to know what the admissions process is like and whether or not it is overly demanding.

At Marygrove, we do not like to place unnecessary obstacles in front of prospective students. That’s why we do not require applicants to take the GRE test. We also do not require students to submit letters of recommendation.

To find out if you are eligible for our MAT program, answer the following questions:

  • Are you a certified teacher with a current teaching certificate? If not, do you currently teach at a private institution?
  • Are you currently teaching full time? If not, do you have access to a classroom so that you can complete the assignments you will receive in our Masters of Art in Teaching Online program?
  • Do you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher? If not, you can still meet our requirements by submitting two letters of recommendation.
  • Can you submit official transcripts from your undergraduate college or university?
  • Do you have a computer and Internet access?

If you answered yes to these questions, you are eligible!

Who Are the Professors Behind the Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program?
Professors at big universities and research institutions often have a different set of priorities than professors at smaller colleges and universities. At a research institution, classes are often taught by graduate students. Why? Because tenured faculty must, as the old saying goes, “publish or perish.”

At Marygrove, Masters of Art in Teaching Online instructors choose to teach at our college not so they can publish, lecture, or research (although many do), but because they are passionate about teaching.

If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, check out Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching online degree!


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Part II: Before Choosing an Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Ask Yourself…

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 15, 2015 1:38:41 PM

Online_Masters_of_Arts_in_TeachingIn our last post, we listed a couple of questions teachers should ask themselves before choosing a Master of Arts in Teaching online program. Since then, we’ve added to the list. This is part II of an ongoing series, so stay tuned.

What is the College or University’s Mission Statement?
Taking a close look at an institution’s mission statement is one of the first things you should do before applying. And if the institution doesn’t have a mission statement—run! A mission statement is essentially an institution’s moral compass. It guides the institution’s decision making and gives students insight into its primary purpose.

At Marygrove, we are proud of our mission and believe that it is one thing—amongst many others—that continues to distinguish us from other institutions offering online Master of Arts in Teaching programs.

The Marygrove mission is this: We are an independent Catholic liberal arts college sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We are committed to fostering Christian values, to educating students from diverse backgrounds, and to serving the people of Metropolitan Detroit and beyond.

The fundamental purpose of Marygrove College is to educate each student toward intellectual and professional competence; toward career flexibility through grounding in the liberal arts; and toward active compassion and commitment. To this end, Marygrove provides a personalized learning environment which, through excellent teaching in its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs, sets for its students these goals:

Competence, the ability to understand and participate effectively in the promise of our evolving world.

Compassion, the capacity to care about and respect the worth and dignity of people.

Commitment, the will to act responsibly based upon one’s beliefs and to contribute to the building of a more just and humane world.

Does the Program Allow You to Specialize or Choose a Specific Focus of Study?
You will want to select a program that gives you a strong pedagogical foundation, a program that offers core courses in leadership, instruction, classroom management, and the like. But chances are that you will be drawn to a specific area of study and want to hone your skills in it. Before you choose an online Master of Arts in Teaching program, find out if the program allows you to specialize.

If you are considering Marygrove’s MAT program, you should know that we allow teachers to choose from five areas of focus:

Each of the MAT degrees consists of 10 courses. Six core courses focus on content that all teachers need to know regardless of grade level and/or subject area and four specialty courses focus on the content specific to each program.

If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, check out Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching online degree!

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Part I: Before Choosing an Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Ask Yourself…

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 14, 2015 1:41:00 PM

Master of Arts in TeachingThere are plenty of colleges and universities offering Master of Arts in Teaching online programs—but before you commit yourself to the time-consuming application process, you may want to take a step back and ask yourself the following questions. This is part I of an ongoing series, so stay tuned.

Is this Online Masters of Arts in Teaching Program Accredited?
Never underestimate the importance of accreditation. While earning your degree from an accredited Masters of Art in Teaching program does not necessarily guarantee that you will find that pie-in-the-sky teaching gig, it will certainly help get you there. Accreditation means that a college or university meets an established set of educational standards. It speaks volumes about the quality of the institution and the programs it offers students. As a result, a degree from an accredited institution will be more valued by current and prospective employers.

If you are considering Marygrove College’s MAT program, you should know that we are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Is this Online Masters of Arts in Teaching Program Backed by Brick and Mortar?
“Diploma Mill” is a pejorative term for cyber companies parading as legitimate online colleges or universities. These sorts of institutions usually offer unaccredited degrees for a fee.

Always do your homework. Investigate the history of the institution. How long has the college or university been educating teachers? Can you visit the campus? Do you know the credentials of the institution’s professors?

If you are considering Marygrove’s online Master of Arts in Teaching program, we want you to know a few things about us:

  • We have a rich history that began with our founding in 1905 by our sponsors, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  • You can visit our campus in Detroit, meet our professors, and speak to our students.
  • We were one of the first colleges to offer the convenience and flexibility of a Masters of Art in Teaching Online degree and were at forefront of the online education movement that began in the 1990s.
  • Our classes are taught by professors—not graduate students or instructors who would rather research than teach.

If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, check out Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching online degree!

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