Paths to MCNY: Kayo Kudo

by on July 16, 2015 in Paths To MCNY with No Comments »


Biography of Myself: Kayo Kudo

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Until recently, I worked for the Japanese Consulate full time for 5 years. I have also been teaching at the Japanese community school, Brooklyn Nihongo Gakuen (BNG), on Saturday for three years. Teaching at the BNG has been very challenging because we only meet once a week, but I find so much joy and passion in helping my students learn. It is my wish to do this amazingly rewarding job as my full time career.

Today, there is a movement to meet the needs of bilingual education into the public school system.  I am very fortunate to have been introduced to a group of amazing individuals who are creating the first Japanese-English Dual Language Program in New York City. Through my current community work at BNG, I have been offered a position to work as a bilingual teacher after obtaining a teaching license.

After this opportunity came into my life, I was searching for several graduate programs around the city. When I came into the graduate open house for MCNY, I was very impressed with their educational method, a purpose-centered education. I also found many staff including admission specialists and professors from the Education department were very kind and helpful.

Since I joined MCNY’s the Master of Science in Education, I have been having amazing and intensive learning experiences from my classes, professors, and fieldwork. At the beginning of the first semester, I was having hard time completing my assignments on time since this program is required to take 6 classes per semester. During this time, my writing specialist from the learning enhancement center, Polly, patiently listened to my concerns and obstacles. Polly helped me not only for improving my writing but also developing essential skills including time management and graphic organizers to become an efficient learner. She always gives me positive encouragements and insightful feedback to motivate me to be a better writer. Through her assistance, I have been able to improve my writing skill to express my thoughts and opinions in better manners.

The whole MCNY family including my professors and learning enhancement center staff helps me to become a true educator who can inspire and guide students to realize their potential while providing nurturing learning environment. The MCNY supports me to pursue my dream job to work with children with both Japanese and American heritage in the near future.


What Have We Learned From 50 Years of Research on Writing?

by on May 29, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »

This video, from the University of California, brings together three leaders in the field of writing research and instruction, to talk about teaching and reading and writing at all levels of education.


How to Boost Self-Confidence in Mathematics

by on October 16, 2012 in Reflections with No Comments »


Many recent high school graduates are experiencing certain difficulties in dealing with college undergraduate mathematics. A lot of researchers on students in college performance reveal that many first-year students are coming underprepared for college life and are frequently frustrated by sequential failure in remedial math sequence and drop out of college. “For some, it may be that their confidence has been severely dented by someone who taught them maths [sic] in a forceful or unsympathetic manner, so that they came to believe that they were ‘no good at maths [sic]’” (Fewings, 2011).



Can Writing Be Taught?

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The title of this post poses what seems to be an impossible question. Yet it results in some very objective answers.



Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

by on January 20, 2012 in Reflections with No Comments »

A considerable amount of the students at MCNY are “adult learners”. While 18-25 year olds are adults, this term specifically refers to adults ages 35+. REAL adults. Adults with much more life experience then the average college student.
Adult Learners come here for our accelerated degree programs. The promise of a degree in a shortened time period is very attractive to the AL who feels that they have already lost some time.




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