Commencement Information

It’s not too early to begin making plans for graduation in May.  If you completed your coursework in August or December 2010 or you will complete it this May, and you submitted an application for graduation to the Registrar, you are eligible to participate in 2011 Commencement ceremonies.  There are two exercises.  Each is celebratory in its own way, and we encourage you to take part in both!

Our C&T department is included in the Teachers College Masters Degree Convocation 1 at 10:00 on Tuesday, May 17, in The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  With plenty of pomp and circumstance, this ceremony is serious and inspiring.  Just being in the Cathedral is a special occasion, plus your faculty and notable speakers add to the celebration.

Then on Wednesday, May 18, from 10:30-noon, Columbia University Commencement is held. This is a centuries-old tradition in which the President of the University gives the address and recognizes graduates from all eighteen schools.  The ceremony is outside (rain or shine!) on Low Plaza, which becomes a sea of light blue. It is fun and festive with witty presentations, jumbotrons, and an acknowledgement of TC’s part in the greater University.

Tickets are required for both.  Please continue checking the Commencement website for upcoming details:

and carefully read your TC emails for more information.

Commencement is a wonderful way to celebrate your accomplishment!  Invite your families and significant others, and please do plan to attend.

Happy Day, Valentine!

In honor of February 14th, I am reposting favorite Valentine’s Day books and adding some new ones.  Feel free to reply with your favorites.

cover art, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli and Paul Yalowitz.
This is such a wonderful story about the power of love and friendship!
(And a great picture book read aloud for all grades!)
The Valentine Bears
The Valentine Bears by two favorites, Eve Bunting and Jan Brett.
Since the bears are always hibernating, they don’t get to celebrate until Mrs. Bear plans a surprise.  It’s interesting to contrast this book’s illustrations to Brett’s later style.
The I LOVE YOU Book by Todd Parr
We can always count on Todd Parr for a smiley-faced message of tolerance and acceptance. This book lets children know they are loved unconditionally.
Love, Splat By Rob Scotton Illustrated by Rob Scotton
Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
Splat likes Kitten more than fish sticks and ice cream, but she calls him smelly.  What’s a cat with a valentine crush to do, especially when he has a rival suitor?
Just looking at Scotton’s illustrations makes me smile.
The Day it Rained Hearts is by Felicia Bond, illustrator of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and sequels.  It’s a sweet story about Cornelia Augusta, a little girl who is amazed when it begins to rain hearts and then decides to personalize them for her friends.  A nice inclusion for letter writing…
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat
There’s kid appeal with just the title, but also adorable illustrations and plenty to talk about: teasing, the challenge of being nice to everyone, and forgiveness.
Looking for an…
Informational text?
Valentine’s Day by Gail Gibbons

by Jack Prelutsky
Or maybe favorite characters?
Have fun!

Ralph Fletcher here on Wednesday, Feb. 9

Hi everyone,

Ralph Fletcher–author of a score of books: poetry anthologies, memoir, children’s novels, picture books, professional books–will work with Audra Robb and Mary Ehrenworth to lead a calendar day which will give you ideas for how to use the poetry writing workshop as a time to teach young writers about the elasticity, combinational power, and mulit-dimensions of language.

This day promises to be exciting and thought-provoking, and there are still a few seats available!  Please contact Lindsay or Ellen if interested.

9 am – Cowin Center


Fieldwork for Full-time Students

Thanks for your attendance at our brief meeting yesterday.  Just to review, we discussed:

  • Upscale casual attire conveying your professionalism
  • Attendance and punctuality – please let your CT and supervisor know when you absolutely must be absent or late
  • Jump right in and take initiative.  Plan to facilitate even more instruction this semester.
  • Make the most of your experience!

We will begin reflection logs this week.  Please send your first log to your supervisor by Friday late afternoon.  New time sheets were distributed.  Please stop by if you need one.

Have a great week, and stay safe and warm!