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Ellen Belinsky

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Program: Elementary and Bilingual Education

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

Favorite aspect of SED: The close-knit student population and close student-professor relationships

Favorite place to hang out in Boston (other than BU of course!): Boston Common

Favorite food: Japanese Bento Box with Teryaki Chicken

Favorite snack: Fruits and vegetables

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Be able to fly

Before I graduate BU, I want to… Start a Glee Club, called BU Glee Club

January 2010

Hello to all readers and welcome to the thoughts of Ellen Belinsky. I am very excited to be writing my first entry as an SED Blogger, and look forward to sharing with you my experiences in the School of Education. I’m currently a second semester sophomore majoring in both Elementary Education and English as a Second Language (ESL)—check out SED’s dual licensure and BUCOP programs!

Classes are going well so far this semester. I’m taking math and science courses that are geared at preparing pre-service elementary education teachers to understand and feel comfortable teaching math and science concepts. These classes have about 20 students each and are led by professors who are both experts in their field and seasoned teachers, so the classroom becomes a mini-community.

My favorite class is Urban Education, a class designed specifically to educate pre-service elementary teachers about teaching in urban environments. Twice a week, a group of 10 of us takes a bus with two of our SED professors to the Trotter Elementary in Dorchester, MA. I tutor a kindergarten student on literacy skills, namely reading and writing. She always keeps me on my toes— so stay tuned for her progress and some anecdotes. We also have lectures at the Trotter led by BU Sociology Professor David Swartz. The lectures focus on the issues associated with urban education and how we, as up-and-coming teachers, can be best prepared to address those issues and provide the best education possible for our students.

Go Terriers. Hope we win the 2010 Beanpot.

Peace

Ellen

February 2010

Hi, Everyone. Hard to believe we’re halfway through February already. Things have been very busy here. I must begin by sharing that I have been watching the Olympics from 8 p.m. to midnight every night. The talent in each event amazes me and I cannot get enough of the Olympic spirit. The Olympics are only on every two years, so you have to watch them while they’re here.

There are only two more full weeks of classes until spring break and many midterms and papers in between. That being said, classes are well underway. As I am halfway through my sophomore year, I feel as though my classes are having more and more direct relations to my future career as an educator. Professors (especially in my math, special education, and urban education classes) are constantly relating concepts and ideas from our lectures to situations in a real classroom. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. This is real and I love it!

I will be getting away from the snow for spring break. I decided to go on a trip sponsored by the Boston University Community Service Center. They have a program called Alternative Spring Breaks (ASB) where BU students can choose to go to places all over the country and volunteer in various issue areas (working with children, building houses, etc). With about 12 other BU students, I will be driving 21 hours to Hobe Sound, Florida to work on environmental cleanup. Moreover, we’ll be camping for the entire time! I am looking forward to meeting new people and doing some good work on my spring break. Road trip!

Peace and Go Team USA!

Ellen B

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