Ah, January. The month of fresh starts, and newly created (and often broken) New Year's Resolutions. This year, I am more determined than ever to achieve both my professional and personal goals (the former will be the focus of this post), and will use a number of different strategies to keep myself motivated over the … Continue reading My Goals for 2017 as a New Teacher
Since September of 2016, I have been volunteering regularly in a Grade 4 class within my former public school. I have also applied to the supply list for my local school board (and received a job interview in November), but this volunteer position has been wonderful so far, because it is providing me with valuable … Continue reading What I’ve Been Up To Lately
Happy New Year! I know that I have definitely not been writing on this blog as I should be lately, but that is all going to change in 2017. I'll be back to making regular posts, and today, I wanted to take some time to discuss my post-graduation experiences. I became an Ontario Certified Teacher, … Continue reading My First AQ/ABQ Experience: Summer 2016
The term "at-risk" is used to identify children who, without support or assistance, will likely experience a negative school outcome. In other words, "at-risk" children are "at-risk" for struggling at school and getting overlooked or neglected by the educational system. This is because "at-risk" children possess one or more risk factors, which fall into one … Continue reading What does “At-Risk” Mean? “At-Risk” for what?
Aside from the GRR model itself, there are a number of related techniques that you can use in the classroom, as you assume the role of the More Knowledeable Other. They include: Scaffolding: This is a crucial componet in helping students develop more responsibility for their learning. It involves starting off with simple tasks, modelling … Continue reading How else can I incoroporate the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model?
As I'm sure I've mentioned in other posts, it can be hard to picture a theory being used in the classroom simply by reading about it. One of the many aspects of my At-Risk concentration courses that I appreciated the most is the fact that we were equipped with a variety of strategies to apply … Continue reading Some Self-Determination Theory-Inspired Teaching Tactics
Although I would not describe myself as a Visual Arts expert by any means, this past practicum block allowed me to become more confident in my abilities to teach Art to a group of students. My Associate Teacher and I decided that it would be fun to integrate Visual Arts with the 4 elements poetry … Continue reading Awesome Art Ideas: What Worked Well during my Practicum
As I've mentioned in a previous post, Resiliency Theory and Carol Dweck's work on Mindset has really resonated with me as a future educator. I believe wholeheartedly that resiliency is one of the key ingredients in overcoming any risk factor, and teachers can play a significant role in helping children to develop this trait over … Continue reading Mindset and Resilience: Some Strategies to try with Students
In my opinion, one of the most helpful components of my At-Risk concentration courses were our discussions of theory-related teaching strategies. While I do find educational theory to be incredibly interesting (and I can see the merits in many of them), I personally find it more useful to not discuss a variety of theoretical perspectives, … Continue reading Using Self-Regulated Learning Theory in the Classroom
Out of everything I had an opportunity to teach over my Winter practicum block, some of my favourite (and most successful!) lessons were my Literacy lessons which incorporated aspects of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model. In the first half of my placement, my Associate Teacher asked if I could start a Poetry Writing unit … Continue reading Some Poetry Ideas: My Favourite Lessons from Practicum