Category: Journal

Initial Wonderings

Coming up with the name of this site pretty much sums up my inquiry wonderings. How do I find a name that encompasses ALL that I’m aiming for in my teaching practice? How do I reflect my values of inclusion, diversity, growth mindset, unlimited potential, and mental health? I brainstormed and came up with about…
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Last Year vs. This Year…

This is my second year in the Teacher Education Program. Last year I had some health issues that meant I had to do the program part time. It was a very difficult year for me, but somehow I made it through and passed all my classes. This year I’m feeling great! My health is much…
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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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Week #1 Reflection

Gah! I did it. It happened. I was finally in a classroom! Of course I’ve been in many classrooms before, both as a teacher and as a student, but never as a UBC B.Ed teacher candidate. This has been YEARS in the making. My day started off lumpy with a trip to the hospital. No…
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Week #2 Reflection

On my second visit to the class I felt much more comfortable and the kids seemed a little more comfortable around me as well. I got their early and no one had arrived yet, so I hung out in the teacher lounge. Pat arrived 15 minutes later with news she’d won a free office makeover…
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I raised my voice

It happened. I raised my voice during class. I promised I would never be the teacher who yelled, so I’m disappointed to say the least. I don’t feel good about it, but I also cannot beat myself up about it as I know that I am learning. I clearly lacked other skills/options in the moment,…
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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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Managing Expectations

One of the most important things I learned during my practicum is that I am prone to wishful thinking and unrealistically expectations. My expectations of what can be done in an hour are unrealistic. My expectations of students’ capacity are often unrealistic. This is part of learning to be a teacher—having realistic expectations and creating manageable…
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Goals for finishing 2020

As of today there are only a few Thursday practicum school visits left before winter break. Three to be exact. This means I have three one-hour lesson blocks available to me for teaching, so I really want to make them count. Here are my goals: Get the students *thinking* about groupwork and collaboration in healthy ways.…
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Event Story unit complete!

Yesterday we rounded off the event story unit. I gave them back their writing, and offered the opportunity to do another draft if they were unhappy with their grade. One student who rarely does work, took up the opportunity—we’ll see how far she gets, but I found it encouraging that she expressed an interest in…
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When I prepare, the students respond

One of the biggest things I’ve learned in my practicum so far is that when I prepare my lessons and I come in armed with a plan, my students respond with their attention and effort. It seems so obvious, but it’s been key for me to see this because it motivates me to try harder…
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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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CFE Reflection #2: Making connections

Sad turn of events This week during my CFE, I had some upsetting news about the mental health website my class worked on since January. We were unfortunately told not to publish the website in order to ensure the safety of the entire classroom community. This was indirectly related to the mental health of some…
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Where to next? Reflections on my future and lessons from the past

Reflections One of the first things I read in the Teacher Education Program that spoke to me was a quote by Milton McClaren: “When we transform experiences and rework our records of events, we develop intellectual ownership of them.” This quote speaks to me because it puts in words something I have long known intuitively as…
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