Tabitha Colon

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Hi! My name is Tabitha Colón and I am a graduate student at Pace University. I graduated this year with my BA in Adolescent Education English ... well I walked; I am in the 5th year program where I am currently studying Literacy for my MSEd. I completed my student teaching in the Ossining School District where I had the privilege of teaching five 7th grade English classes, two 9th grade classes in my last year and three 10th grade classes. I am a substitute for the Ossining School District, but I enjoy subbing within the middle school. Middle school was the last place I thought I'd ever teach but I've actually fallen in love with the age group. I always thought I'd teach high school, but learned I was wrong. Very happy I found my passion and I am excited to learn as much as I can to deepen my understanding to become a better teacher for my students. 

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      Tabitha Colon published a blog post Lesson Plan
        I have shared with you the google slides for this lesson. 
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          Tabitha Colon published a blog post Independent Research Project
            • Gerald Ardito
              Gerald Ardito

              Tabitha,

              I was very intrigued by reading your project right from the first paragraph. You said:

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              The American Dream is not just for those who have come from another country, but it is for everyone who lives in America and wants to accomplish a goal that America guarantees them to accomplish. I wanted to research the effect of students in school while under the pressure of stress with the goal to succeed.

              I have certainly read and thought a great deal about the impacts of stress on learning. I don't think I have ever heard someone make the connections you did between the presence of stress and a failure to achieve the American dream. There is something very powerful about this.

              I very much look forward to seeing how you develop your ideas about this over time.

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                Tabitha Colon published a blog post Lesson Plan
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                    • Gerald Ardito
                      Gerald Ardito

                      Tabitha,

                      As I mentioned in class last night, your lesson was very well designed. I especially liked that it has the students delve deeply into the lives described in the stories in a way that builds their empathy (as well as their ability to infer).

                      My only criticism is that the reflection components of the lesson are missing. They are required.

                       

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                      Tabitha Colon published a blog post Reading Response 3
                      I thought the readings were eye opening in the sense of moving away from the traditional way of teaching, and inviting teachers to actually allow their students to infer and actually be active in their learning journey. “By inviting students...
                        • Gerald Ardito
                          Gerald Ardito

                          Tabitha,

                          Once again, you have done an excellent job in your response. What most strikes me is that I feel like I can "see" your engagement with the students you will have in the fall. They seem already real to you, as your commitment to them is already real through your writing.

                          This line stuck out for me:

                          While teaching the lesson, you want students to think critically, but also allow them to expand their minds to the world they are living in on a daily basis.

                          The question for you is how you plan on maintaining this type of critical thinking day in and day out for you and your students?

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                          Tabitha Colon published a blog post Reading Response 2
                          Something that stuck with me from Brown and Knowles, was the discussion of exploring concepts and other connections from other people, compared to, “a White, male, Eurocentric point of view. Textbooks are also designed by the same companies...
                            • Gerald Ardito
                              Gerald Ardito

                              Tabitha,

                              I really enjoyed reading your response. Your raw, heartfelt reactions are very powerful.

                              I loved this one in particular:

                              it really stabs the teacher in the chest to really catch a breath. Never did I ever think about how textbooks are made from the same companies and are told from the white male’s perspective

                              Your students are lucky to have you.