Meet Our Students
Students in SED 235 share highlights of their time studying Science Education at Hofstra.
Having class with the other secondary science students has been a ton of fun. My favorite part of class is that all of the different branches of science are represented. When we do projects and presentations, it is fun to see what everyone knows and how everyone is thinking about different science ideas. We have a lot of fun teaching each other and learning from each other. Seeing all of the different ideas and hands on projects that everyone brings to the table will help me to be a better science teacher.
So far, during my time in Hofstra's M.S.Ed. program, I have learned to change my way of thinking about education and classrooms. The classrooms of the future will be more energetic, engaging, and organic than they have ever been, thanks in large part to the program's focus on hands-on, inquiry-based educational strategies. I look forward to aligning my personal passion with the very best and up-to-date techniques that I'm learning here.
The best part of being at Hofstra so far has been the opportunity to teach and work with students since my first semester. We are learning how to help students to understand and apply science concepts to their own lives.
My name is Christina Pallante and I am in the Master of Arts program. I started with Hofstra University immediately following my undergraduate graduation in May 2012. I chose Hofstra University for many reasons. One of the main reasons I chose Hofstra was for its location. Having been a Long Island resident my entire life, it was nice to return back to my roots after 4 years of being away during my undergraduate education. Hofstra is also very well known on the island for their strong education program and it's nice to go on an interview and not have to explain where I went to school. In addition to being a student, I am also a science teacher at Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 in Queens, NY. Every time I go to class at Hofstra I learn new, innovative lesson ideas that can easily be applied to my science classroom. Every professor and student at Hofstra has a unique view on science and how to make science an applicable subject to younger generations. I value all that I have learned thus far, and look forward to continuing my education with Hofstra University in the future.
There are some who might believe that the job of a teacher is simple. It only requires that you stand in front of a room of students, tell them what you already know, and expect them to slowly come to the same understanding of the material that you have. The reality however could not be further from the truth. The job of a teacher has many responsibilities, only one of which is the act of teaching the content material, and even that role requires numerous factors to be juggled in order to be truly effective. I chose Hofstra University and their M.S.Ed. program to help me learn not only how to create interesting and engaging lessons and activities for my students, but also how to instill in my students a love of learning and develop the critical thinking skills that will help them long after they leave my classroom.
My classes at Hofstra have taught me to expand my thinking and teaching methodologies. I have really enjoyed getting to experience science in a whole new light. I never thought I would be doing so many meaningful hands on activities at the graduate level but being able to experience science in new ways will make me a better science teacher.
I've found that my time in the Science Education, M.S.Ed. program has really helped me to understand how to help students learn to love and appreciate the sciences. Teaching allows me to help students utilize scientific skills and to guide students in understanding how the natural world functions around them by encouraging exploration.
I came to Hofstra because I know many successful and effective teachers who graduated from here. Hofstra has taught me a deeper level of teaching science to students than what I imagined it being. To increase students’ interest in science, I have learned how to think outside the box when creating effective lessons. I enjoy all aspects of science and hope to pass on my enthusiasm for science to my students.
Returning to Hofstra for the M.S. in Education program was a rather easy decision, due to the high esteem that the department is held in (and with good reason). Under the direction of Dr. Grennon Brooks, my fellow classmates and I have embarked on a pedagogical journey that has left an everlasting impact on the way that I view educational practices. The potential to provide depth to our perceptions is the aspect of science that has always appealed to me most. I hope to inspire my future students to see familiar things through new eyes, each and every day!
I've learned a lot about the different styles of learning and how to cater to each of them in the classroom. Hofstra's STEM Studio is a great place for utilizing the different teaching styles to inform students' learning. I really enjoy that such an emphasis is placed on hands-on activities. I think it creates meaningful and relevant experiences for our students.
This program has been a great experience for me. Not only am I learning about the practical aspects of teaching, such as standards and lesson plans, but I'm learning how to make every lesson a successful and interesting one. As important as the curriculum is, I've learned not to spoon-feed material to students to regurgitate on tests, but to actually help students learn to think critically through application and activities.