Education Program

2022 Teacher Research Presentations and Graduation Celebration

MAT cohort 2021

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Presentations of Original Research by the Master of Arts in Teaching Candidates 

Presentations at Barbara Mandel Auditorium G03

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Kaitlyn Marie York
Incorporation of Student Choice and Its Effect on Engagement

Andrew J. Marshall
"How can I help?": Maximizing my use of language in brief one-on-one conversations

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Siobhan Erin O'Donnell
"Please raise your hand once in your life or I am going to LOSE IT": Preventing Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom

Tal Golan
Supporting English Learners and Promoting Community in an Integrated Classroom


Presentations at Mandel G10

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Dana Homer
Persevering through Challenges: An Exploration of Growth Mindset

Joshua R. Feld
Being Human in the Classroom

Jacob M. Mitchell
Distraction & Differentiation: Student Engagement in the Digital Era

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Geraldine Marie Alexandrine Bogard
Setting Clear Expectations for My Students: Effectively Communicating What I Need from Them

Dewey Jack Komishane
Analyzing Scaffolds for Student-Teacher Meetings


Presentations at Olin-Sang 101

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Jacqueline Lucia Mundis
"Shut Up So She'll Give us Stickers:" The Effects of Rewards on Classroom Communities

Elisabeth Ng
"That was so fun": How to Make Learning Engaging and Accessible

Gaia Chapasko-Daelli
"Mens Sana in Corpore Sano": Work-Life Balance in Education

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Jeffrey Bombardier
Data Driven Teaching: How Formative Assessment Informed My Practice

Ethan Thurlow Miller
How Gender Influences Vocal Participation in Class Discussions


Presentations at Olin-Sang 104

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Jenevieve Alyse McCauley
Choice of Independent Reading Book During an 8th Grade Holocaust Unit

Patrick Hurley
An Investigation of Student Responses to Varying Engagement Strategies in a 9th Grade Classroom

Tasmia Ejaz Hussain
Nobody Puts Student Teachers in a Corner!

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Sarah Elizabeth Riley
Building Community through Restorative Circles

Eric Arthur Rosenheim
Relevance through Diction: Adding Authenticity to the Classroom


Teacher research is systematic, intentional inquiry conducted in and for practice, on a matter of concern to the individual teacher-researcher and relevant to the profession more broadly. MAT students identify an interest or concern and begin to frame a question in December/January. Over the next several months, they refine the question, develop a plan for data collection, typically including an action component, and begin to collect data—all the while, carrying on their teaching responsibilities.

For several more months, they continue to collect data, begin the process of data analysis, revise their plans, collect more data…teaching all the while…reach the summer term, continue analysis…identify findings…frame conclusions and pose questions for further inquiry…until they arrive at this point: sharing their findings with others.

One MAT student summed up the essence of the work this way:

There are two important elements of teacher research as I see it. One is noticing, observing.  Secondly, there is wondering.

Today we are all privileged to listen in on and be called to thought and action by the dedicated noticing, observing, and wondering of these remarkable people.