September 6, 2012
You have now reached an important milestone on your journey to becoming a teacher. This is the year when you begin the develop the skills educators must have to ensure their students are learning what is expected of them. You will also delve heavily into the mandated provincial curriculum as you learn not only how to teach, but also what you must teach, and how to assess student learning. Your previous courses were intended to laid the groundwork for you to develop a sense of the tremendous responsibility you have as a teacher, especially if you care about students and their lives, our communities, and about a socially just and ecologically sustainable world. At times this semester you may feel overwhelmed with the enormity of it all, but take heart. You have a wonderful support system here with your peers and instructors as well as your cooperating teachers. Encourage each other, look after yourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and have a wonderful pre-internship. We look forward to walking alongside you on this journey of becoming all that you aspire to be.
October 18, 2011
As you write your reflections of your school experiences, we suggest you make jot notes of the lessons you teach as well as notes of anything that had an emotional or intellectual impact on you during the day: it might have been an incident on the playground, an interesting way to teach a lesson, something that made your angry/happy/laugh/surprised/, etc. After you look over your jot notes, write your reflective piece that is to be handed in. We are providing some guidelines to help you think about what make a good reflection paper. Please click on the link below. We look forward to reading your reflections.
January 21, 2008
I got some help with setting up this blog so it’s not quite so much of a mess. You’ll notice there are some categories for submitting your comments. Just click on one of the categories to comment on one the areas. Let me know if there are other categories you need. If what you have to say doesn’t seem to fit into those, you can just keep posting to the main page which is like a running dialogue.
Using this forum for discussion is a bit of a learning curve for me, as I’m sure it is for you. I appreciate your taking the time to add your comments when you can. Hopefully this will be come a useful tool for all of us. I love our face to face meetings and hope we can get together again in the near future. Maybe a trip to MJ is in order when you have some time.
October 16, 2007
To get us started on this project, let’s post 3 items each:
- A description of your teaching assignment (class(es) grades, subjects, demographics of the school and community, and anything else that seems relevant
- An story about what has happened so far – try to pick something that evoked a lot of emotion in you.
- An issue that has you frustrated and that you want to work on improving. What are some steps you are going to take to make that happen?
Other posts can be about anything you want. I’d like to create a section for great ideas or tips and tricks that you can share with each other.
October 12, 2007
Welcome everyone to our discussion forum. This is your opportunity to rant and rave about your teaching or reveal what you are learning.
We had an interesting lunch meeting on Saturday and I was intrigued by what the three people who attended had to say. It also seemed as if you enjoyed the opportunity to talk with each other and share your frustrations, accomplishments and good ideas.
I hope you will use this blog to continue those discussions and share ideas as well as provide moral support for each other.