Not a Girl Scouts’ Camp

This post is probably the most difficult to write because it discusses how teaching in the UK for the past three and a half months has been the opposite of a picnic. Although by the time this post is published, I’ll have survived the first term. And I really do mean survived.

Teaching is Learning Spelled Differently

One lunch-period, the vice-principal at our practicum school sat down with us (meaning my practicum cohorts and I, not the royal we) and asked us to come up with a motto that described part of our teaching philosophy. That’s mine, that title right there. Teaching is learning spelled differently. It could totally go on the back…

An Updated Teaching Philosophy

Since my account is apparently ineligible for a Scroll of Resurrection (oh the disappointment!) I have decided to do another productive thing and hopefully enter all you dear readers out there. My teaching philosophy’s changed since I’ve started, and really it’s the result of a bigger picture I hadn’t realized until now.

Fatty Special K

Did that sound right in a sentence? The words “fat” and “Special K” together? It didn’t to me, simply because Special K has been touted for years as the go-to cereal healthy people should eat to stay slim and fabulous. So what exactly is Special K trying to say in this ad?

International Money

When I first applied for university I was a little shocked to see how much more I’d have to pay in tuition if I were an international student. Then I thanked my parents for having me in Canada. Then during a classroom discussion I found that international secondary students also have to pay insanely high…

The Great Divide

The weird thing about being really excited to finally be in an education program is that I’m beginning to perceive everything in education terms. Everything. I’m listening to my friends teach each other and thinking that they’re doing a good job of scaffolding, but that they could use a little more wait-time in between their…

Parent Teacher Conference

Before I left my SAs at the end of the short practicum, one of them suggested that I attend the upcoming PTC: Parent-Teacher Conference. It’ll be a good experience for you. Said my SA oh-so-wisely. And he was right (for the umpteenth time in a row). Seriously, he’s on a roll in his role as…

One More Thing…

If you recognized that quote then you’re a pretty cool person. But yeah. I realized I was missing one more post from my field observation journal… and I wanted to tell you all the third truth I confirmed during my time in practicum. So here you go. There’s just one more thing: