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The 5 Most Popular Posts on Marygrove MAT in March

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Apr 6, 2013 6:00:00 AM

Marygrove CollegeIt’s still a little brisk here in Detroit, but we’re enjoying the spring sunshine April has brought us. Before we get too far into the month though, we thought we’d look back on five of the most popular blogs from March. Enjoy.

Reading Strategies that Transcend the Classroom
If the classroom is truly the training ground for life, it only makes sense that we would use reading strategies that mimic the way we read outside of the classroom, doesn’t it? In this blog, we share five of Rachel McCormack’s and Susan Lee Pasquarelli’s strategies that will help you make reading transcend the classroom.

Come on now, help a substitute teacher out
We thought we might have exhausted all things “classroom management,” but then we came across a simple classroom management strategy—one to help out the substitute teachers who cover for us when we can’t be there!

Are you providing effective feedback? Or are students ignoring you?
Have you ever wondered why you bothered to spend an hour responding to one of your student’s essays only to have them turn in a “revision” that was essentially the same essay you saw the first time around?  Why does this happen? And more importantly, how can teachers prevent this from happening? 

PlagTracker: a free plagiarism detector
Students plagiarize for a variety of reasons (many of them innocuous, many not). To help deter plagiarism, you might check out a new website we came across called PlagTracker. We suggest sharing it with your students.

Do your students have “the moves” to write a strong thesis statement?
We came across another cool website called Thesis Builder. Essentially it allows users to plug in a topic, an opinion on the topic, two supporting arguments and a counter argument. From this, Thesis Builder will generate a sketchy, but nonetheless discussion-worthy thesis statement. We think this would be a useful teaching tool.

Happy spring!!

 

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Questions about online education? You're not alone!

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Mar 27, 2013 9:55:00 AM

Earning a degree from a college or university is a life-changing accomplishment. But until relatively recently, pursuing higher education was much less possible for non-traditional students: parents, working adults and those who happened to live in areas where commuting to a campus just wasn’t feasible.

The proliferation of Internet access and affordable technology has changed all that and we’re proud to say that Marygrove College was at the forefront of that movement when it began in the early 1990s.

Although online and distance learning programs have been around for more than two decades, many students still have questions about it:

What does the online learning experience look like? How does it work? How does it compare to the traditional classroom experience? Am I tech-savvy enough to learn through an online program?

We’d like to answer these questions and do it in an easily-digestible way—through an infographic that you can take with you, share and repost at your leisure. Check it out!

Known for excellence in teaching since 1905, Marygrove College has been offering the convenience of online MAT classes and the flexibility of its Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT) online degree program since 1990. Marygrove's MAT degree provides teachers with the opportunity to link the latest developments in educational research to their own teaching practice. The MAT degree program is designed to empower teachers by focusing on the knowledge and skills required to deliver effective instruction to diverse learners from preschool through high school, including those with special needs.

 

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Missed your Marygrove MAT application deadline? Think again.

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Aug 31, 2012 1:57:00 PM

ClockIf you’ve lost track of your time this summer (like we have), there’s good news for you: Marygrove has extended application and registration dates for our Master in the Art of Teaching online program.

Maybe you need to renew your certification. Maybe you simply wish to invest in your own professional development and enhance your curriculum at the same time. Whatever your needs are, our program has been custom-tailored to fit them!

 

  • Renew your certification online—at your pace & on your schedule (you have 6 years to complete your degree!)
  • Augment your pay scale & invest in your own professional development
  • Enroll with a simple & completely free online application
  • Enhance your own classroom with forward-thinking curriculum ideas you can use right away

New Extended Deadlines!
FALL 2012 APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sept. 5, 2012
FALL 2012 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sept. 7, 2012

Classes Start Sept. 4, 2012, so call a Recruitment Counselor today at 855-628-6279 or email info@marygrove.edu.

 

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Top three reasons why accreditation is key when choosing an online degree program!

Posted by Colleen Cadieux on Jul 19, 2012 4:33:00 PM

Do your research when applying for an accredited online program.As you begin shopping around for an online master’s degree program, it is very important to carefully research all of your options to ensure that your decision is a sound one. A great way to begin your research is to investigate online programs that are accredited.

The process of obtaining accreditation is an outward sign of a program's quality. Choosing an accredited program can boost your future earning potential and lower your chance of unemployment or underemployment.  A resume that boasts reputable programs and employers goes a long way in establishing credibility and competence in this ultra-competitive job market.

Colleges and Universities are accredited by regional accreditation agencies, depending on location:  Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  These are all part of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Click here for a link to CHEA’s home page. 

Accredited online programs afford students the following top three benefits:

  1. Approved curriculum and educational programs. Accreditation is an outward acknowledgement of quality. Undergoing the accreditation process requires universities to provide detailed evidence of the curriculum's quality and effectiveness. Each program, course, and learning outcome is analyzed for its comprehensive and correlated attributes. When a school gains accreditation, it is then tasked with vigorously upholding these standards of quality. Graduating from an accredited online education program is an assurance to future employers that the education you've received is one of high quality. 
  2. Meet US Department of Education standards. Although the US Department of Education is not a central authority exercising national control over college(s) and universities, it does maintain a set of standards that accredited online education programs strive to meet.  Accredited programs consistently strive to meet the high standards outlined by the Federal government.  Credits earned from accredited online education programs have a greater potential to transfer to other institutions.  
  3. Financial assistance options. Accredited online education programs offer a wide range of tuition assistance. Students of accredited online colleges and universities are typically eligible for the same grant and loan programs including Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work Study, and Academic Competitiveness Grants, as well as participating in assistance for military tuition and government reimbursement.

Marygrove College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA) and is approved by the Michigan State Department of Education. For a full list of accreditation requirements and standards please visit the United States Department of Education website.  You can also find a full list of accredited online universities and colleges via the Department's searchable database.

Already made up your mind? Great! Enroll for fall classes now, and become the master teacher you always wanted to be.

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Top Ten Ergonomics Tips for Online Students: Marygrove MAT Helps you Align Yourself for Success!

Posted by Colleen Cadieux on Apr 3, 2012 1:17:00 PM

Marygrove MAT discusses the Top Ten ergonomic tips for the online student.Completing an online degree requires students to spend a lot of time at the computer screen; studying online, reading, researching, writing, and participating in online forums and discussion groups. Although the flexibility of pursuing an online degree is very attractive to many, the time spent at the computer can be stressful on a student's body.

It’s important to pay attention to the ergonomics of your workspace in order to maximize your physical performance while working on your Marygrove Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT) online program. Ergonomics is defined as, "…the study of the relationship between people, their work and their physical work environment." (United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration, OSHA).

Specifically for students studying online, ergonomics relates to the connection between the physical environment (computer, desk or table, chair, workspace, etc.) and the user. There are many things that online students can do to make the time spent on the computer better for their bodies. Here’s our top ten:

  1. Properly position the computer. Position the computer monitor so it is close enough to see without straining and perpendicular to any glare causing objects.  The keyboard should be at elbow height and the mouse should be positioned near the keyboard.
  2. Invest in a quality computer chair. Any old chair won't do when studying online!  Spend time researching chairs that are specifically designed for computer work and invest in the perfect chair for your body.  Ideally, your chair should have armrests, a supportive back, and adjustable height.
  3. Adjust the height of your desk and chair. The combination of the computer, desk or table, and computer you're working at is very important. Pay particular attention to the heights of each and how varying these may create a better ergonomic workspace. 
  4. Perfect your posture. Sitting up straight and maintaining a 90 degree bend in your elbows may seem unnatural at first, but adjusting your posture to this position is important to long term physical health. Repeated or chronic slumping at the computer screen will cause strain in your lower back, neck, and shoulders.
  5. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor. When you are adjusting the height of your chair, position it so your feet are able to remain flat on the floor.  While working, make sure you are limiting the time spent crossing your legs since this can cause strain on your lower back and hips.
  6. Stay at your desk. For students working online it is tempting to take your laptop and retreat to another location. Try to avoid moving away from your desk unless you can recreate another ergonomically similar environment.  Working while laying down, relaxing on a bed or couch, or sitting on the floor can be hard on your body.
  7. Take breaks. Your body (and mind) will benefit from short breaks in your online studies.  Remaining in a sedentary position for too long can reduce blood flow to your extremities and may cause sleepiness.
  8. Organize your space. More than just the computer, chair, and desk your workspace also includes shelving, bookcases, and file drawers.  Take inventory of your space and consider rearranging it so that necessary items are within arm’s reach.
  9. Investigate workspace tools. Many students studying online have found various workspace tools to be beneficial to their studies.  Consider investing in a wrist pad, document holder, wireless keyboard or mouse, or glare reduction monitor screen.  All of these may boost your productivity and comfort while studying online.
  10. Relax! Your online degree is important, but so is your health.  Focus on your physical health and relax while you are at the computer.  Make a point of taking breaks from your studies to rest, play, and re-energize!

Now is a great time to register for summer classes! Start your Marygrove MAT program this summer, and realign your career with your long-term goals! Registration is going on now. Classes begin May 7!

 

 

 

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Engage Parents Throughout the Year For Homework Success.

Posted by Colleen Cadieux on Sep 29, 2011 11:00:00 AM

engaged parent assisting with homeworkAt Back-to-School nights all across the country, many K-12 teachers take the opportunity to communicate their classroom and district homework policies to parents. Here are two perplexing issues for your consideration:

Homework

Despite our best efforts at clear communication, many teachers receive homework questions from parents in the days and weeks following Back-to-School night.  Prepare yourself well this year, to get maximum cooperation from parents and optimal results from your students.  

The US Department of Education hosts a site with helpful homework hints for parents:This site explains what teachers already know: homework, when used properly, offers students the chance to

  • review and practice what they've covered in class
  • get ready for the next day's class
  • learn to use resources, such as libraries, reference materials and websites to find information about a subject
  • explore subjects more fully than classroom time permits
  • extend learning by applying skills they already have to new situations
  • integrate their learning by applying many different skills to a single task, such as book reports or science projects.

Homework also can help students develop good study habits and positive attitudes. It can

  • teach them to work independently
  • encourage self-discipline and responsibility

In addition, homework can help create greater understanding between families and teachers and provide opportunities for increased communication.

Communication Creates Engagement

We encourage you to communicate regularly with parents. Some schools schedule several informational parent events throughout the year, in an effort to narrow the teacher-parent gap. Establishing a good rapport with parents by using routine, clear communication will make all the difference to you, if and when a problem arises.

To help get things off on the right foot, offer a variety of ways for parents to get involved. Not every parent can volunteer on-site during the school day, and not every parent can afford to buy items for the classroom.Think about off-site tasks or projects parents can do to help the class, and offer ways to volunteer that ask for nothing except the value of a parent’s time.

Send notes home and make phone calls on a regular schedule. Elementary teachers who write two notes or make two phone calls each school day will contact every child's parents at least once a month. Secondary teachers with larger class loads can follow the same schedule and stay in contact at least once a quarter. Remember to contact the parents when students are successful - don't call only to report a problem. Positive communication creates an environment of trust which pays dividends when there is a challenge.

Engaging parents plus assigning meaningful homework is a powerful combination that will add up to successful results for your students! We offer a Guide for Teachers with creative ways to extend your classroom for optimal success. We guarantee you’ll find new, time-saving ways to attack old problems!

 

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How long, and How much?

Posted by Dreu Adams on Jul 26, 2011 10:48:00 AM

Marygrove MAT education costsTwo little questions that we’ve come to expect when our students are weighing their options for a MAT program.

Each Marygrove MAT program requires five terms, or less than two consecutive years to complete. In fact, 88 percent of our students achieve graduation just under the two-year mark. That’s pretty remarkable. We also require you to complete the program within six years…or within 2,189 days, if that is more motivating to you.

Every course in the program is seven weeks long, with a week break in between. Students will take two courses per semester, completing one course at a time. Our MAT courses are offered in lock-step format, that is, all students are in the same core courses in the same order. Before students begin work on a given course, they must have completed the previous one in the sequence. The lock-step approach fosters greater collegiality and networking with peers, since everyone is on the same page in the process.

What it will cost you.
We believe that the Marygrove MAT program is a smart investment in your career– and your future– which is hard to put a price tag on these days. However, you can expect to pay roughly $12,600 in tuition for our 30-credit program. That’s $420 per credit hour, which, by comparison is very reasonable for an advanced degree. We’ll even give you a five percent group discount for applying with at least four other students!

We also have a Tuition Management Systems plan that makes fitting payments into your budget much easier. Call our help line toll-free at 855-MATMARYGROVE or sign up for the plan at www.afford.com.

A student services administrative fee of $90 will be assessed per semester, but it costs you absolutely nothing to fill out an application. Learn more about the three-step application process.

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