Monthly Archives: February 2015

Substitute Teaching

Typically graduate students have a full schedule filled with homework, classes, internships, and student teaching. Like most college students, most of our wallets are empty and we looking for experience within our field. Thankfully, there are many elementary, middle, and high schools in the Potsdam area. Each of the schools in the neighboring district are always looking for substitute teachers. This opportunity is great for graduate students because they have the opportunity to gain more teaching experience while making extra money. The pay ranges by district from about $85-$100 per day. There are also so many long-term sub opportunities since it is common for teachers to take a medical leave of absence. It is also possible to sub for only half the day. Substitute teaching is beneficial for graduate students because it is not a consistent job. This means that if you are overwhelmed with homework or other obligations, it is not mandatory to work. Each day in the classroom also counts for days towards a professional teaching certificate.

I am glad that I took the opportunity to substitute teach in two different school districts because I have the opportunity to experience different grade levels each day. Even though I am only certified to teach grades Birth-6, I still was able to experience upper grades. Being a substitute teacher makes it easy for me to leave Potsdam on breaks or to visit friends because I can work whenever I am available. I also had the chance to experience the differences between school districts and grade levels. Substitute teaching looks great on a resume and it gives you the opportunity to be a part an active participant of a school district.

As I mentioned, substitute teaching will give you the opportunity to gain experience, rack up teaching days towards professional certification, and extra cash. If you are interested in applying to sub in a school district, most applications are posted on the school district websites.


Teacher Education Student Association (TESA)

There are many different clubs and organizations on the SUNY Potsdam campus; one of which is the Teacher Education Student Association (TESA).

This organization is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about teaching, and would like to receive professional development for their time, as well as interact with other education majors.  Meetings are held bi-weekly and last for about one hour, starting at 7:30pm.  The meetings consist of doing different activities to give back to the community, or having a speaker come in to discuss different topics related to teaching/schools where you receive professional development for the time.

In addition to the bi-weekly meetings, TESA also hosts a professional development conference right here at SUNY Potsdam.  This conference consists of two days where alumni from all over come, some of which are retired teachers or administration, others who are currently teaching or in administration, provide valuable information for when you go into the real world of education.

Their next meeting is held Monday, February 9th at 7:30pm.  This meeting is an ice cream social where everyone will be making Valentine’s Day cards for the local Meals on Wheels, while enjoying some yummy ice cream!

Below is the link for TESA’s Facebook page for TESA where you can find more information about what has been done at past meetings, as well as notifying you of upcoming events.

This organization is a great opportunity for all, and I encourage you to attend the meetings to see everything that they have to offer!

Opera-tunities in Opera Club

Opera-tunities in Opera Club
By: Jennifer Adams

It’s okay to admit that the image you think of when you hear the word “opera” is a large woman with Viking horns a top her head belting out a high note that shatters glass.  Though many of us have this initial image of opera, the truth is, opera is about so much more. Opera is a form of dramatic art through composition.

I’ve been a member of Opera Club at SUNY Potsdam since September 2014.  The club is open to anyone (NOT just Crane students)! Whether you’re a lover of opera, new to opera, or hoping to learn more about opera, Opera Club is the place for you! Not only will you meet great people who are enthusiastic about Opera, you will also learn a great deal about Opera itself.

The Metropolitan Opera HD Live is presented by SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and the Roxy Theater.  The Roxy presents both the Live Met Opera and its encore performance for numerous operas throughout the Met season.  Opera Club attends these showings as a group, and members also get discounted tickets!

Currently, Opera Club is working on Opera scenes. Members are choosing scenes, singing, staging, directing, and coaching. Even if you’re not so sure about singing, there are plenty of jobs and ways to get involved in helping!

Meetings are Thursday evenings at 6pm. Location is determined on a weekly basis. For more information, please visit our Facebook page!

We really hope to meet you at our next meeting!

Beating the Winter Blues

“April showers bring May flowers,” or at least that’s how the saying goes.  But what if it’s still snowing in April, and even at times in May?  That’s the kind of weather we get here in Potsdam, New York.  Unpredictable to say the least.  One thing that is for sure is the cold, bitter weather that winter brings along with it.  From the first light snow fall of the season to the ice storms that come to follow, knowing how to face the ever changing weather is always important here at SUNY Potsdam.

With temperatures as low as -23°F (-30°C) in the early morning and a potential high of 46°F (7°C) during the sun’s highest point, Potsdam is a place where you need to be prepared for any kind of weather.  It may be odd to see someone wondering around in shorts and a light sweatshirt in early March, but once the weather gets above freezing, everyone comes out from hibernation.  This is when spring may seem to be right around the corner, even if Punxsutawney Phil says we have six more weeks of winter, but that’s not the case.  You never know when “Jack Frost [will come back] nipping on your nose,” for the tenth time around.  But this time, be prepared.

5 Steps to Beating the Winter Blues:

1. Get an Indoor Hobby- Don’t waste those cold, bitter days all bundled up in bed.  Find a hobby that keeps you going, and uses your time wisely.  This would be a great time to put that DIY Pinterest board to use!

2. Be Social- Don’t spend your time alone.  Winter can be depressing enough for some, but it doesn’t have to be when you’re willing to get together with friends. Maybe this is the weekend that you try to break your high score in bowling, or have that Harry Potter movie marathon with friends that you’ve secretly been wanting for weeks.  No matter what it is, I’m sure your left-hand-man is right beside you!

3. Make Someone Smile- With the many opportunities to make someone smile, all around the world, why not have today be the day that you put that smile on someone’s face.  Paying it forward is a great way to do so, and it doesn’t always involve money.  A simple gesture like leaving a positive note on someone’s car window can change anyone’s day!

4. Dress Up- Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should only wear heavy layers of dark, drab wool.  Don’t be afraid to wear some color, and even dress up in something other than your pajamas.  You may not have anywhere to go, but why not dress up and have a dinner party with some of your closest friends!

5. Treat Yourself- Whether you have a spa day, get those new pair of heels you’ve been eyeing in the window, or go to the gym so you look great in that bathing suit this summer, take the time to make yourself feel special!

The winter blues can’t keep you down forever, and won’t stop you at all if you just remember that as each week goes by you are one week closer to spring, and soon enough summer!