Many of my classes this year have placed emphasis on creating informative and inspiring lesson plans. I have included some samples of my work below.
Physical & Health Education: Olivia Winther and I created this eight lesson unit plan on nutrition aimed at the middle school age range, specifically grade eight. Our unit plan strives to equip students with a foundational understanding of nutrition. Over the course of eight lessons, we address topics such as macronutrients, micronutrients, food advertising, food preparation, eating disorders, and community meals. This unit includes several assessment tools and inclusive episodes.
Sydney Reisig, Erin Fletcher, and I created this four lesson mini unit on basketball for grades three and four. This unit plan aims to give students the tools to develop fundamental basketball skills while learning how be a good teammate.
English Language Arts: The purpose of this lesson is to give students the opportunity to be content creators. Students will express themselves through art (making clay sculptures and painting), oral language, play, and the written word. By taking a multimodal approach, this project allows children to enrich their skills in different types of literacy (art literacy, oral literacy, written literacy, outdoor literacy, physical literacy) collaboratively and individually. By engaging in outdoor literacy, the students will begin to understand the important impact that the environment makes on their lives. By having a foundation of respect for the environment, students will be more open to learning about indigenous studies, geography, ecology, and biology. Before starting this lesson, students should have a basic understanding of the components of a story.
Drama: Maeve Poulin created the story drama, “Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type” in order to promote the development of verbal skills as well as to promote social responsibility. “Click Clack Moo Cows that Type” includes several repeated phrases throughout the book which allows students to practice saying them out loud. This also helps students gain confidence speaking in front of their peers.
I am fortunate to have had the chance to work with children in a variety of settings. It has been my privilege to have worked as a summer camp leader at the University of Victoria’s Track and Field Camp for the past six summers, the first two years as a junior leader and the following four years as a senior leader. My experience as a summer camp leader/track coach has equipped me with many skills that are transferrable to teaching including communication, collaboration, patience, organization, and confidence. I have also been the head coach of three youth sports teams at two schools: a grade 8 girls basketball team, a grade 8 boys basketball team, and a grade 6 boys volleyball team. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my passion for sports and active living with so many children.
ENGL 135: Academic Reading & Writing
EOS 110: Oceans and Atmosphere
MATH 161: Math for Elementary School Teachers 1
POLI 101: Canadian Politics
PSYCH 100A: Introductory Psychology
ENGL 146: Literature of Our Era
EOS 120: The Dynamic Earth
MATH 162: Math for Elementary School Teachers 2
POLI 201: Canadian Institutions of Government
THEA 150: Public Speaking
EDCI 250: Elementary Field Experience Seminar
EDCI 302: Literacy and Language
EDCI 303: History and Philosophical Foundations of Education
EDCI 305A: Drama Education
EDCI 307A: Art Education
EPHE 310A: Physical Education for General Classroom Teachers A
ED-D 301: Learners and Learning Environments
EDCI 300: Mathematical Processes
EDCI 306A: Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers
EDCI 336: Technology Innovation in Education
EPHE 311: Physical Education for General Classroom Teachers B
My teaching philosophy is constantly evolving. I have been exposed to many new ideas during my first year of this program and all of them have given me insight on how I would like to teach. This new information, combined with my experience working with children, has created my current teaching philosophy. One important thing that I have learned is that not all children are the same. As an educator, one must adapt the activity to fit the child, rather than expecting the child to fit into a predetermined mold. This allows the child to learn through exploration and develop their own ideas. Allowing children to learn through exploration not only encourages critical thinking, but also nurtures their sense of confidence and a positive self-image. My goal is to invite my students to be empowered by their own ideas as much as possible. Specifically, during my practicum, I also hope to explore a holistic teaching approach by experimenting with different cross curricular activities in the classroom. By combining multiple subjects into a single lesson, I hope to break down the rigid idea that school is made up of strictly segmented subjects which do not relate to one another. I believe that a more holistic approach to learning is essential in order to equip students with the necessary skills to solve problems in the “real world”.