Hello! My name is Margot, and I began my graduate program here at the Warner School this summer. I am working towards my master’s degree in Reading and Literacies and I am part of the Urban Teaching and Leadership (UTL) program. I was so excited when I found that the Warner School had a graduate program that gave me the opportunity to combine my dedication to urban teaching with my career goal of becoming a literacy specialist.
Throughout the semester, I will be making weekly entries here in order to give any prospective students a Warner student perspective. I will be posting reflections and thoughts about my classes, student teaching and the Warner community. If you have any questions, feel free to email them to me at StudentPerspective@warner.rochester.edu. I’d be happy to help you out, and since I just went through the application process myself not too long ago, I know that an insider’s perspective can be very valuable. Feel free to ask me anything, and if I can’t answer your question, I should be able to put you in touch with someone who can.
I graduated with a B.S. in Childhood Education from SUNY Geneseo in May and I began my program here during the summer semester. I love the sense of community and support here. In my classes so far, I have met students who have just completed their undergraduate work, students who have decided to make a career change, veteran teachers and counselors. My classes also include students from a variety of degree programs. It is refreshing to participate in class discussions with a room full of unique perspectives, ideas and experiences.
In one of my classes, Language and Literacy in Education, we are discussing reading and writing instruction in terms of linguistic theories and perspectives. This particular class, there are students who have experience teaching in other countries, current teachers, former teachers, and doctoral students to name a few. With such a wide range of perspectives and experiences in the class, I have found that we can reflect on each other’s experiences and opinions in order to learn more about the topics at hand. I think the diversity in background knowledge, experience and interest is part of what makes classes at Warner so rewarding.
Keep checking back for weekly updates. Again, if you have any questions, or something you’d like me to write about here please let me know! StudentPerspective@warner.rochester.edu.