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Marshall HS Seeking Special Education Science Teacher

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George C. Marshall High School is currently looking for a special education science teacher. Marshall HS is located in Falls Church, Virginia, and serves students of all abilities. Marshall’s special education team is rooted in collaboration, approaching students through a holistic lens, and keeping students at the center of decisions. Candidates interested in applying as an inclusive and self-contained special education teacher should reach out to Kevin Wallace kewallace@fcps.edu.  

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Finals Prep Starts NOW!

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“If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”

Benjamin Franklin

It’s the week before Thanksgiving. Time to get into the holiday mood, but also the exact moment that your semester kicks into warp speed. Wait until the Monday after turkey day to think about your final exams, papers, and projects, and you’ll have more to worry about than whether that four-day-old oyster stuffing is still safe to eat.

Your fellow patriot, Ben Franklin, said, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.” Good point, Ben. Grabbing the first book you see and cramming for the test, or sitting in front of your laptop trying to cobble your thoughts into a brilliant paper isn’t going to get you to the finish line. So now, before all the pie and mashed potatoes, and before the panic sets in, MAKE A PLAN. Here’s how:

  1. Know where you stand in each class. It’s surprising how many students don’t take the time to log in and look over the grades they’ve received so far and what’s left on the syllabus. At this point in the semester, “I think I’m doing okay” is not enough. Look over your scores so far in each class. Anything missing? Any nasty surprises? If so, reach out to your professor for a chat. They may still be in the process of grading or they may have even made an error entering a grade, but it’s good to know and address it now.
  2. Once you know the grade you currently have, think about the grade you want. How many assignments are left? How will your final be weighted? That information should be found in your course syllabus. Do the math and then prioritize studying for the courses where you need to improve the most or where the final will have the largest impact on your overall grade.
  3. Understand your final. This is a simple step, but don’t skip it! You should know not only when your final exam is or when the final paper is due, but what format your final will take. That information is usually in your course syllabus. In some classes, you may not even have a final or could be exempt from taking it if you already have a certain grade going into finals, so it’s worth a look. If you do have an exam, will it include short essays? What, if any, materials, can you use while taking it? If your final is a writing assignment, think very carefully about the prompt. Do you really understand what your instructor is asking for? If the answer is no, the time to re-read the syllabus (can you tell we love a good syllabus?) and ask questions is now, not the night before it’s due. If you wait, not only might you be too late to receive a response, your lack of planning could still be in your professor’s mind when it’s time for grading.
  4. Make a schedule – and include Thanksgiving Break in it! Now that you know where you stand, it’s time for a battle plan. Write it down and be specific. Schedule time, class-by-class, to finish up any outstanding reading, review your notes, and outline those writing assignments. Instead of planning a marathon cram session during Reading Days, carve out exam prep time along with the turkey. Get in an hour of study while the pies are baking; when the uncles are napping in front of football, you could be making yourself a study guide. Take time to celebrate with friends and family, but don’t lose sight of your academic goals.

The good news is that this time next month finals will all be behind you, you’ll be on a real break from classes, and all you need to worry about is making sure you’re registered for your spring semester. Give yourself the gift of a strong finish this holiday season! You’ll be thankful you did.

Meg Yoder

Meg Yoder is living the dream as CEHD’s Student Communications Coordinator. If she’s not trying to entice you to read your Mason email, she’s probably crafting or gardening.

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CEHD Names Fall 2021 Scholarship Recipients

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One of the most enjoyable tasks the Office of Student and Academic Affairs performs each semester is facilitating a number of scholarship programs that are funded by, or in the memory of, alumni of the College of Education and Human Development and philanthropists committed to student success. While our outstanding student recipients receive funds to help defray the cost of attending Mason, the faculty who are charged with reviewing applications benefit as well.  They get a glimpse into the inspiring lives of our applicants and the potential future contributions they will make to their fields of study.  The College of Education and Human Development was thrilled to recognize the undergraduate and graduate students below during the fall 2021 semester. Congratulations to all of our scholarship and award recipients, and many thanks to our generous donors for making these awards possible! More information about all CEHD scholarships and awards is available here

Jeanne Marie Schierling
Jeanne Marie Schierling
Catherine “Cathy” Belter Scholarship 
Sarah Padilla
Sarah Pedilla
Catherine “Cathy” Belter Scholarship 
Nikita Thadani
Nikita Thadani
Annette Gorn Memorial Scholarship 
Simran Dhaliwal
Simran Dhaliwal
GeMStones Scholarship
Rifat Taher
Rifat Taher
Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz Endowed Scholarship
Hannah Johnson
Hannah Johnson
Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Stenstrom
Jessica Stenstrom
Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Miriam Alger
Miriam Alger
Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship
Andrea Martinez Gonzalez
Andrea Martinez Gonzales
Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship
Jamie Day
Jamie Day
Helen Kellar Scholarship
Danielle Gazes
Danielle Gazes
Wen Pei Wu Endowed Scholarship
Elizabeth Clark
Elizabeth Clark
Bridget Healy Memorial Scholarship
Morgan Barton
Morgan Barton
Bridget Healy Memorial Scholarship
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Survey: Physical Activity & Lifestyle Behaviors of College Students

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As part of the College of Education and Human Development’s continuing efforts to support student research here at George Mason University, we are sharing this research study participation request:

Good Afternoon,

My colleagues and I are conducting a survey-based study (IRBNet#: 1787907-1) to understand the factors that are influencing physical activity and mental health in college students. This project is led by Ms. Susannah Taylor and Dr. Joel Martin, a researcher at George Mason University. We are conducting a study titled “Physical Activity & Lifestyle Behaviors of College Students”.

We are reaching out to ask for your participation in the study by completing our survey. The survey will take approximately 20 to 25 minutes to complete. There are no costs to you or any other party. In order to complete the survey, you must be 18 years of age or older (or reached the age of consent in your country) in order to participate in this study. If you’d like to check for the age of consent in your country you can click on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_consent for more information.

Your participation will help us better understand physical activity levels and the factors that influence students in the United States. For participating in the study, you will be entered in a drawing for 1 of 5 $25 Amazon e-gift cards.  The drawing will occur at the end of the study and you will be asked to provide your email to be entered.

You can participate and complete the survey by clicking the link below:

https://salisbury.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5nhJ9jrQOUw2npY

For more information about the study, you can contact Dr. Joel Martin (jmarti38@gmu.edu).

Thank you very much for your help,

All the best,

Ms. Susannah Taylor

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Virtual Tutoring Opportunity

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As part of their collaboration with CEHD, EduTutorVa is looking to hire current Mason students and alumni as paid virtual tutors for K-12 students this semester. If you are interested in providing tutoring for children and can spare three hours a week, contact Ward Othman wothman@gmu.edu for more details. For full consideration, apply by September 27, 2021.

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