Tag: inclusion

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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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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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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My story of physical and health education

For the new class—EDCP 320: Physical and Health Education—we’ve been asked to write a reflective story on our experience with physical health. Here are the questions I’ve been asked to consider: What is your story about Physical and Health Ed teachers? What stories do we hear about PHE teachers? What stories do we hear about…
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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 #1: Resource Teaching & IEPs

The End is a New Beginning The last few weeks of my practicum were very challenging. There were serious issues with multiple students expressing mental health distress, and the principal, school counsellor and the youth worker had to get involved. Let’s just say I experienced things that I shouldn’t have had to experience during my…
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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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