My second year practicum will begin April 29th, and will extend 3 weeks until May 17th. Last year, I was lucky enough to join two spectacular teachers in the Kingston community and gain experience in both P/J and I/S divisions. My grade 1 classroom was amazing, and really had me re-considering the possibility of pursuing P/J. However, I found my grade 8 I/S placement particularly challenging and more along the lines of where I want to be somewhere down the line. It was especially interesting to see different exceptionalities and how accommodations for said exceptionalities changed as a result of age.
This year, I will be doing my practicum with a Visual Arts teacher at one of Kingston’s local secondary schools. I am especially excited for this because, for the last year, I have been working really hard at developing my visual art skills and working toward my second teachable in visual art. I attended OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) briefly last May and acquired credits in Abstract Painting and Figurative drawing. This year at Queen’s I took the Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting as well as the Fundamentals of Drawing and Sculpture. Now that I have learned what sorts of processes to go through to develop my artistic ability, I’m really excited to try and develop the same abilities in my students.
This September I had the privilege of acting as a frosh leader for the Queen’s University 2012 Orientation week. This was a hired position that entailed a lot of responsibility. Put simply, I along with my two other co-teaches were responsible for introducing a variety of first year Concurrent Education students to the resources available around campus, as well as transitioning them into Concurrent Education and the Queen’s community as a whole. It was an extremely rewarding process that really helped to facilitate my skills as a leader, as well as a team-player.
I enjoyed it so much that I applied to be the Academics Executive to CESA, and fortunately, I was hired for the position. At the basic level (and I truly mean basic), this position required me to work with a team of other executives to coordinate the 2013 Concurrent Education Orientation week. My responsibilities included conducting interviews, hiring Orientation leaders, participating in training, facilitating training, coordinating a multitude of logistical components of Orientation week, participating as a member of the Academics Orientation Committee, constructing event forms, facilitating study groups for Orientation leaders, gathering academic resources for Orientation leaders, corresponding with many faculty staff in designing the Academics day of Orientation week, and many other duties.
This is an on-going position, of which I am not even half way through. The amount I have already learned, however, is amazingly extensive. In next year’s update, I will include a more comprehensive post about my experiences in the position and what I learned as a result.
Be captivated by Bella and her use of the iPad and Footsteps2Brilliance! Looking to meet the Common Core Standards- look no further- meets the Literature, Foundational Skills, Speaking and Listening, Writing and Language all in one place! No need to buy an app for each area of the Common Core Standards- here it is all in one place and documentation for the teacher to track and for parents to see how their child is progressing!!! This is a MUST HAVE!
I’m a huge advocate for technology in education. My brother uses a variety of assistive technological devices to help him with his exceptionality. We’re living in a different age, and we should continue to employ the amazing devices that we have at our disposal!
This summer, I was hired as the Rock Climbing and Tower Instructor for Camp Huronda. Camp Huronda is a camp north of Huntsville, ON specifically for children with Juvenile diabetes. I was really excited to be a part of Huronda for two reasons. Firstly, I myself am a diabetic. Secondly, my position had major relevance to education and thereby my development as an educator. Over the summer, I constructed dozens of lesson plans (around 36 in total), participated in training sessions, facilitated the learning of campers, ensured the safety of campers, developed evening programs, supervised, counselled, and most of all had fun. The experiences I had with both my fellow co-workers as well as the children there really solidified my decision to become an educator. Throughout the summer, I really grew as an individual and came to better understand and appreciate the relationship between leader and child. I think Huronda most informed my educational practice by forcing me to interact with children on a level I had never before. My job not only involved teaching, but also required me to go out of my comfort zone and find ways of facilitating engagement that I had never explored. For example, a lot of my lessons included hands-on demonstrations and methods for increasing involvement and making activities appealing to a variety of different age groups. I was forced to restructure different activities so as to pertain to different dynamics, which really helped me become a more flexible teacher.
I am happy to say that I’ll be returning again this summer as the Pottery instructor. I felt as though this position would be more beneficial for a number of reasons. Firstly, my second teachable is Visual Art, and it would be useful to gain as much experience as possible in that field prior to full-time teaching. Secondly, I wanted to explore a different vehicle instead of doing rock-climbing for another three months. I am very excited to return to Huronda and I anticipate a lot more development as a result.
It’s time to update again - this year has been a crazy one. I can confidently say that I have never gone through as much growth as I have in the past 12 months, especially in regards to academics. Through experiences in my practicum and as Academics Executive to the Concurrent Education Students Association, my perspectives on education have changed, in some respects, radical ways. I have updated a number of aspects of my portfolio, including my philosophy section and assignment section. I have also added a “special education segment”, as a lot of the development I’ve gone through this year has pertained to students with exceptionalities. I’ll also be making a few more blog posts to update you on other relatively new milestones in my life in regards to education.
Sentence Surgery…laminated unedited sentence strips, bandaid strips for ending punctuation, small round bandages for commas and quotations, tongue depressors to mark capitalization, and ‘Emergency Kit’ paper bags w/ red cross on them (to keep surgery supplies). Can be adjusted to use K-6…the kids loved it!
Nan Miller, often known as “The Luckiest Boy in the Galaxy”, or “Lucky Nan-Nan”, or “Nanner the Boy Who Often Receives Good Fortune in the Form of Fortuitous Luck”, looks over the rocky outcropping through his lucky space helmet and smiles relievedly as he whispers into a tin-can attached to a string— we were right.
In the other end of the tin-can, Nan can hear the boys back in the tree-house hootin’ and hollerin’ with glee… the mission was a success for all of childkind.
The planet of Neptune was NOT covered with a sea of swirling vaporous gasses and liquids, as most adult scientists believed, but was actually covered by dense roaming packs of wild ghosts… exactly what the leading child scientists of the day had long theorized but could never confirm until now.
Nan stares in awe at the majestic beauty of the wild ghost as they gracefully float across the valley floor… finally, proof that not only are ghosts real, but also an explanation for why the Earth isn’t over-populated with the billions of dead souls— ghosts simply end up here on Neptune, is all, except for the few that remain in your closet and under your bed. It seems so obvious now…!
Having luckily won the chance to go on this trip to Neptune by finding the winning game token in the bottom of a box of breakfast cereal, Nan wasn’t sure what he would discover on this dangerous voyage… but he knew that the answers to these questions were bigger than him, bigger than all of kid-kind even, and if he could help answer the mysteries of the solar system and life… why, he really was the luckiest boy of them all.
Nan’s shuttle exploded upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, killing him instantly, as the baseball card that was in the ship’s wheels to make it sound like a cool engine had become too bent and wobbly.
Since most of Earth’s population will perish in the subsequent nuclear holocaust of 2003, Nan’s death is still considered quite lucky.