Looking back upon reflection of my journey in the Provincial Instructors Diploma Program offered by Vancouver Career College, I would have to say that as a result of participating in each of the courses I have grown not only as an instructor, but also as a person. In 2013 when I took my first course in the… Continue reading PIDP Reflections…
Although I would not go as far as to say that I was a strong student in grade school but since being an adult learner ( starting from my early 20’s), I realized that I was good at something – learning! Since taking my first course in the program I soon realized that I had a passion for learning and now I enjoy… Continue reading Self-Proclaimed, Life long learner
Since the majority of my experience as an adult learner has been in the field of human and social development – I would have to say that most of my Instructors have based their curriculum on the concept Brookfield refers as “…discussion-based teaching…” ( 2015, p.82). Since a large part of our work in the field is… Continue reading Lecture vs. Discussion in the Classroom
” We want to spend our life helping others experience the pleasure we experienced as students as we became more knowledgeable and skilled in the discipline we find so fascinating”( Brookfield, 2015) What seems like a lifetime ago now – when I was still a young adult and still trying to decide on a career path, I remember… Continue reading Teaching for the Love of it!
One of the competencies that are measured within my work environment is how committed employees are to continuous learning? When recently asked what I have you done to further my own professional development in the last 3 years – fortunately, I was quickly able to respond with a full list of both ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ opportunities that I have… Continue reading Where I Am Professionally and Where I Would Like to Be in Five Years….
I have often asked myself what are attributes of a good teacher? What kind of a teacher do I want to be seen and remembered as? What are some of my strongest attributes that shine through when teaching? When I think back to my early years in grade school the teachers that seem to stand out… Continue reading What makes a Good Teacher?
Brookfield states in is book entitled “The Skillful Teacher” ( 2015) …. “You need to recognize the fact that in the contexts in which you work, you are often the expert.” The above statement is a good reminder to all teachers – that although you may not always know everything about your particular lesson and/topic, learners will begin to look… Continue reading Comments on Brookfield Chapter 1: “Experiencing Teaching”