Tag: engagement

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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My first observation

My short practicum observation took place on Thursday morning during a lesson I’d been planning for almost a month. There’d been quite a few hiccups in the planning of that lesson, the first of which was feedback from my SA saying she didn’t quite think the focus of the lesson—symbolism as literary device—hit the mark.…
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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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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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