Years ago in m y role of consultant, I was privileged to be introduced to discovery-based pedagogy called The Reggio-Emelia Approach. This experiential learning method of teaching has become the foundation of my teaching philosophy and it is part of why I decided to get my teaching licence as an art specialist: it permits me … Continue reading Why complete a course in Maker Spaces in Education
Why complete a course on Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
First let me tell you that this was a huge revelation to me! While I have been using this method to lesser degrees for years, I never knew how deeply logical this could be to use when designing inclusive lessons for diversified classrooms. It gives us a clear and easy starting point (on almost any … Continue reading Why complete a course on Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
Why complete a course on Learning To Teach Online
Hand-in-hand with learning about Google Classroom, I am now accepting (mostly) the reality that all my future teaching/learning will be at the very least a blend of in-person & online courses. Teaching in elementary, high school, or adult learners won't change this fact; online is here to stay. I need to embrace it and learn … Continue reading Why complete a course on Learning To Teach Online
Why complete a course on Learning Google Classroom
The very quick answer that allows you to fill in your own reasons I: COVID! Over the last two years I have been subjected to a trial by fire approach to learning how to teach and learn online. My teachers, mentors, and me... all fumbling patiently (mostly) through a digital world we never really thought … Continue reading Why complete a course on Learning Google Classroom
Why complete a course in Gamification of Learning
I recently got news that I might have to teach online for this semester, because of Covid restrictions... I choose to look at this as an opportunity to learn new skills. As I was collecting classes to take on LinkedIn Learning, I came across Gamification. I've been hearing about it in seminars and lectures for … Continue reading Why complete a course in Gamification of Learning
Why complete a course in Developing a Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Program (Teaching)
Aside from the fact that I desire to teach to all my students' individual needs, there is the reality is that I need to become aware of those needs and seek tools that help me see past my own experiences (subjectivity) to actively & authentically listen to theirs (objectivity). In modern teacher training, there's a … Continue reading Why complete a course in Developing a Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Program (Teaching)
Why complete a course in Building Self-Confidence
Last Fall during my internship, I was sent an email about Professional Development courses offered to teachers who wish to improve their skills. As a student teacher, I did not have access to some really meaty ones I wanted. After the semester, I responded to one of the LinkedIn invitations to activate my Free trial … Continue reading Why complete a course in Building Self-Confidence
Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Three: Creating a classroom of self-motivated learners
In Part Two, I set a draft of my core values. I keep coming back to them in hopes that I can clarify what motivates my teaching philosophy. I'd like to break them down for you here and invite you feedback/questions... 1 - Building upon perspective & experience over right or wrong leads to open-mindedness. … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Three: Creating a classroom of self-motivated learners
Why complete a course in Teaching Techniques – Developing Curriculum?
Teacher training offers lots of great knowledge, but it doesn't always clearly explain the why's for the curricula we follow. Of course studying educational psychology, theory, and philosophy will give to a massive foundation, but what the heck am I supposed to build on it? When you start teaching in a classroom, with or without … Continue reading Why complete a course in Teaching Techniques – Developing Curriculum?
Why complete a course in Instructional Design for Adult Learners?
"There's a massive shortage of teachers all over the world." I keep hearing about this from fellow educators, mentors, business people, and... well, LinkedIn, frankly! What does this really mean? it means that Teachers are in demand, but I also hear that some teachers can't get a contract locally (POV from Montreal, Canada). I had … Continue reading Why complete a course in Instructional Design for Adult Learners?