Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College
My philosophy is intensified because of the tenets of Molloy's Mission Statement as well as Conceptual Framework of the Professional Education Unit since both align with my beliefs and values. I recognize my role and responsibility to provide effective teaching and sufficient hope, imagination and determination to make a difference in my classroom, so that my teacher-candidates reflect and create opportunities for their students in the field.
Teacher candidates have an opportunity to transform lives. The study of education, both content and pedagogical knowledge encourages them to be lifelong learners so that they will never underestimate the motivation, skills and ability needed to be a successful learner.
My research agenda has race and disability intersecting in order to present strategies and ideas for the improvement of teaching and learning. Inclusive teaching practices support all students in today's schools. I believe that the resiliency of the teachers and students in today's education settings deserve to be recognized as relevant and important to the field of education.
I have introduced my graduate students to diverse classroom settings by inviting them to journey with me using both electronic and hands- on projects. Recently published articles highlighted that with appropriate instruction materials students with emotional difficulties are able to manage their challenging behaviors while making academic progress as well as learning to work cooperatively.
What I am working on
I am currently examining how art -based activities engage students with special needs across the curriculum. I also continue to explore how to empower students to develop and broaden their skills with enriching summer activities in order to lessen the summer brain drain.
Professional books that shaped by personal beliefs about my teaching are:
- Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children by Gloria Ladson Billings
- Teacher With a Heart: Reflections on Leonard Covello and Community (Between Teacher & Text) by Vito Perrone
- Other People's Children Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit
- Inequalities: Children in America's Schools by Jonathan Kozol
Books that I enjoyed reading recently are:
- The Woman Behind the New Deal-The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience By Kirstin Downey Savage
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I came to Molloy College with a doctorate in Educational Administration and a Masters in Special Education. My years in the classroom and administration of special education programs continually challenge me to investigate the commonalties of factors that interfered with successful learning in schools for students with special needs.
- Mason, P. (2010). Using Pen Pal Writing to Improve Writing Skills and Classroom Behavior. The Practical Teacher. National Association of special Education Teachers. Online Journal.
- Mason, P. (2010). Pen Pal Letters Lead to Purposeful Gains - Skill & Confidence. IDIOM, 40 (3), 3, 14.
- Mason, P. (2010) One Child at a Time. The Torch. Division of Education, 3, 16.
- Mason, P. (2010). Candidates' Assignments Become Service Learning Projects. The Torch, Division of Education, 3, 32.
- Mason, P. (2010) Reflections that transformed my understanding of teaching andlearning. MLT online Special Issue. Manuscript submitted for publication.
- Connolly, E. & Mason, P. (2009). Art Matters: Opening the Door to Creativity and Intuition. Long Island Education Review.