Category: Inquiry Project

I See You

In 2019, in our first week in the Teacher Education Program, the Middle Years / Self-Regulated Learning cohort had an opportunity to visit Royal Heights Elementary school in Surrey. This was an amazing experience because we met many teachers and students, and we visited a class in progress. As you can see in the visual…
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Hearing silent voices

Something that has become very apparent to me in my first two school visits is that some voices just don’t get heard in the class. There are 25 kids in my class, and of them about 7 don’t speak up. A few of those 7 children can actually go an entire day saying almost nothing…
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Class Profile

Leyton and Bel have been teaching us that creating a class profile is an essential part of planning for the upcoming year. And the best way to build a class profile, according to Leyton, is to get to know your students. Hence the “Getting to Know You” worksheet! The getting to know you sheet that…
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Preparing for group work

In preparation for my long practicum and in support of my Inquiry on inclusion and diversity, I am hoping to spend some lesson time between now and then working on teaching students in my class how to work in groups. From what I’ve observed, my SA does not do much groupwork. Whether this is because…
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Self assessment of my progress and inquiry plan

My progress so far: So far I have done quite a bit of research into inclusive education, UDL, and circle pedagogy. I have developed a few inquiry questions related to inclusive education, including: How can I build a community where diverse learners feel safe, included and welcome? I believe students need to feel safe and…
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Relevant readings for my inquiry into inclusion

The following are some of the people I’m interested in studying with, and the readings I’ve reviewed in preparation for deepening my inquiry. Teaching students with exceptionalities – Dr. Jennifer Katz I hope to study further with Dr. Jennifer Katz. I took EPSE 317 with her this past summer, and I absolutely loved it. I…
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My developing inquiry!

I am beginning to unpack my passions and wonderings to develop an inquiry question, and I’m currently most interested in the following topics: Growth mindset Inclusion Diversity Mental health Identity Circle pedagogy Community / social cohesion Lingering questions I have… How do I engage in and include all learners in my lessons? What classroom management…
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Success! (with engagement & collaboration)

I am on top of the world today after my practicum experience yesterday. I had two big moments of success: I initiated group work for the first time in class and it went really well The introduction to the new unit on friendship and mental health (SEL) was received with a lot of interest Success…
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Friendship Unit

Can you believe my luck? My SA has asked me to do a unit on friendship! Not only is this a great way to build the classroom community, but it also ties in very well with my inquiry project. There are two parts to the BC Physical Education Curriculum that fall under this unit: Social…
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Knife to the heart

Got a knife to the heart today, as the image shows. It was just one of those practicum days where a lot of things went wrong. First of all, I had trouble sleeping, which is probably what caused a lot of my grief. I arrived to school a little later than usual, and was a…
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Technology that aids inclusion and community

One of the advantages of having worked in communications for ten years is that I have a wealth of experience and knowledge of online technologies. I’ve been experimenting using some of them to build community and aid inclusion in the classroom. Some of my favourite classroom technologies I discovered during the teacher program: Menti, Padlet,…
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Practicum Reflection #2

During my weekly visits from January to March, I have continued to develop my skills in lesson planning and managing classroom behaviour, which are both intricately linked with engagement. I’ve also been able to implement some of the strategies I’ve developed in my own inquiry into my teaching practice for EDUC 451, which is on…
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