Reflective Blog Post: Inquiry Mindset

I’m feeling so inspired after visiting with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt yesterday in her kindergarten classroom at George Jay Elementary School. Unlike other in-school visits, class wasn’t in session so my peers and I were fortunate enough to have Rebecca’s full attention. Her slides and narration not only emphasized the importance of honouring learners’ questions, but how one can do this in the classroom. Most of us in the BEd degree program didn’t grow up with inquiry-based learning in our classrooms, so we’re still in the process of familiarizing ourselves with this new concept. For me, it was extremely refreshing to learn from an elementary school teacher who proves that it’s possible and practical to put these ideas into action.

I look up to Rebecca and greatly appreciate all the knowledge she shared with us. Her ongoing dedication to support student learning beyond her own classroom is truly astounding. It was also reassuring to hear her say that it’s okay if it takes us a little while to fully adopt inquiry into our own practice as new teachers. I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders when she made that clear. Rebecca encouraged us to ease into this process by building strong relationships with our students and asking them questions like “what do you see/know/wonder?” during our lessons. These expectations are much less intimidating and totally doable during our upcoming 3-week practicum.

Thank you for your invaluable time and resources Rebecca. I wish you all the best and look forward to staying in touch.

Reflective Blog Post: Edcamp

I just experienced my first ever Edcamp in EDCI 336. As a class, we had the opportunity to throw potential discussion topics on the board at the front of the room. Next, we were all given three stickers to up-vote topics. The top four discussion topics were then assigned rooms, and we could choose where to go. I chose the topic, “Special ED” because I wanted to learn more. Six of my peers and I were off to brainstorm and dig deeper into special education in the classroom. I really enjoyed the small group discussion because everybody got a chance to share their thoughts without pressure or interruptions. I think Edcamps are a fantastic way for lifelong learners to approach a wide-range of topics in a relatively short amount of time. Before taking part in Edcamp, I was under the impression that each group discussion would be lead by a single individual. However, I was surprised to find out that it’s a way more collaborative and interactive meeting. It was really fun to pose questions and explore potential answers together as a group. I think that in a larger Edcamp, more specialised individuals (ie. Education Assistants) would have taken part in our conversation. Having those more knowledgeable persons to answer our unanswered questions would have been nice. Nonetheless, our Edcamp happened on the fly and it went really well. I’m looking forward to attending more Edcamps in the near future!


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