My main job for the summer of 2015 was working at Extend-A-Family. Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR) was founded in 1980 by parents of children with developmental disabilities as a way to build friendship and nurture community in Waterloo Region. In the beginning, the “Extend-A-Family” program matched supported families with other volunteer families in Waterloo Region. Over the years, EAFWR has added additional services to continue to meet the needs of individuals and families in our community.
I am very grateful to had been hired as the Summer Program On-Site Director! The On-Site Director helps to lead the implementation of a summer program for individuals age 13 and up, with a physical or developmental disability. Some of my responsibilities included: hiring, training, supervision, community outreach, administration, booking, evaluation, etc. In my role as the On-Site Director, I was a positive role model and exemplified the values that EAFWR represents in the community, while overseeing the development and implementation of an inclusive, person-centered summer program.
AKA, it’ was an AWESOME summer, and I hope to return next year 🙂
1 of my 3 jobs this summer was working for JUMP at Laurier! JUMP (Junior University Multidisciplinary Program) is a three-day residential experience at Wilfrid Laurier University for grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 students during the months of May and June. JUMP is hands-on, educational, informative, and fun!
I had the role of the Psychology Course Coordinator! The Course Coordinator’s role is to develop course content, teach the courses, as well as perform administrative tasks. I’ve had a blast putting together different content to create an interesting, age-appropriate Psychology course for the incoming students. There’s everything from Dr. Phil, classical conditioning, ambiguous figures/optical illusions, mental health, and Positive Psychology!
It still doesn’t feel real… I’ve not only been accepted for a Bachelor of Education from multiple universities, but I’ve finally accepted an offer. After many conversations with my friends and family, I’m so excited to have accepted my offer to:
Ottawa will definitely be a brand new experience for me. Not only will it be my first time living on my own (it’s definitely time), but I will be moving almost 6 hours away from my family. It’s quite the commute, but ever since I first visited the city 7 years ago, I’ve loved it.
What were some other reason’s I chose uOttawa’s program? Well…
uOttawa’s Faculty of Education is the largest faculty in Ontario that offers two-year teacher education programs in French as well as English.
Teacher candidates have the opportunity to study with skilled professors who are receiving worldwide recognition as researchers.
Teacher candidates can participate in community service learning placements outside the classroom setting.
The Faculty of Education also organizes both an Anglophone and Francophone Career Fair in Education every year, where BEd students can meet over 50 potential employers from Ontario, other parts of Canada, and abroad.
The Faculty’s Educational Centre provides a spacious environment for teacher candidates to work individually and in groups. Services include educational resources, workshops and more.
Candidates enroll in one of four cohorts within their program: Comprehensive School Health; Developing Global Perspectives; Innovation, Imagination and Creativity; or Urban Education Community (my cohort).
The Faculty of Education also offers a strong professional development program, including a large selection of Additional Qualification courses.
After 4 long, hard years, I have completed my undergraduate degree! Being a Laurier Golden Hawk was definitely one of the best times of my life. I learned so much more than Psychology; I learned about myself and the person that I wanted to become.
This is just the beginning of my path to becoming a teacher… 2 more years of schooling and I’ll be on the job hunt!
I held off for a long time, but honestly, there’s just too many teaching resources on there for me not to sign up. Everything from classroom ideas, to lesson planners, to bulletin boards, to activities… It’s got it all.
And now you can join me in my new creative way of procrastinating:
Teachers preach it to their students. But more than that, teachers use it every single day of their life. Multitasking is a HUGE part of being an effective and efficient teacher! But just how much multitasking does a teacher use on a daily basis? Check out the facts below:
Internet safety is a growing concern in our technology-saturated society. We’ve all been told over and over again that our identity is never safe, that we are never anonymous, and that what you put on the internet is out there forever. But how much of this concern is actually absorbed by our students? And how can we teach them about the severity of internet safety?
Back in high school, we had a guest lecture come speak to us about internet safety, specifically about Facebook. Unbeknownst to us, the presenters created a fake Facebook profile and added everyone from our school in the weeks prior to their presentation. Over 100 students accepted their friend request… They make this profile as a social experiment, showing us just how easy it is for someone to make a fake account and gain access to hundreds of people’s information.
A key way of teaching internet safety to students is through the SMART Rules system.
I’m sure by now, most of you have heard about TEDxTalks. But I bet you didn’t know they’ve been around since 1984! For those of you that don’t know what TEDxTalks are, here’s a brief overview from their website:
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
These presentations are engaging and jam-packed with information, yet short enough to maintain the audiences attention. There are thousands upon thousands of TEDxTalks! On the topic of education alone, their website has 352 pages of videos! Theses talks are a great teaching tool and can be used with pretty much any lesson being given in any subject.
The following video is from a TEDx conference and features a number of big name presenters discussing the topics of education, teaching, and leadership:
Looking for a content-relevant way to fill up those last 10 minutes of class? Try a TEDxTalk!
Do you think a teacher can just open the curriculum and teach a lesson to their class? Does the work day starts when the first bell rings and ends when the last bell rings? Think again…
One of the many hats that a teacher wears is that of a planner. An expert planner. Believe it or not, teachers are constantly planning, for the current day, the next week, month, term, year… So much planning! Based on the information I’ve gathered from my Educational Psychology textbook (Santrock et al.), the following chart outlines the five time spans that teachers take into account during their planning:It looks exhausting, and maybe it is! But I could not be more excited to get planning for my own class!