A.J. Juliani is someone who I really learn and take ideas from into my own teaching. I believe his methods are great at reaching today's student. His Genius Hour method provides great opportunity for kids to control their own learning while having fun doing it! His blog provides many great stories and ideas that are applicable to the classroom. I bought his course and there is constantly new material being uploaded.
I mean who doesn't love Bill Nye. I really think his videos are perfect for introducing units or using them for more information on a topic. His videos are fun and its an educational video that kids actually enjoy watching. Between the wacky noises and instant replays, Bill Nye's videos are super fun, but jam packed with accurate knowledge that kids can learn and understand.
While I was only at BU for my after degree, being apart of the Education program really shaped who I have become as a teacher. It has provided me with a strong base of skills that I can continue to build off of and grow as an educator and person. The time I have spent and will spend at Brandon University is time that I can look back upon and cherish the time and memories I made.
Golfing is the activity that I use to get away from all the other stresses in my life and just relax while I am on the course. I believe that as a teacher it is important to try and leave school work/problems at the school and not worry about them all the time. It is in a teacher's nature to try and do more and help more, but I think the time away from it all often gets overlooked and is a reason so many teachers burn out of the profession. I use golf among other sports as an avenue to escape from the other demands of my life.
TSN is apart of my morning routine. Being a huge sports fan I always want to catch up on what I missed from the night before. My day hasn't really started until I have watched a little bit of TSN. I even will set my alarm at an earlier time, just so I can fit in my morning highlights.
Joannie was the professor I single handedly learned the most from in my undergraduate degree. She taught me so much on the holistic approach to learning. She taught me so much about being inclusive to all races of people and respecting their culture and heritage within the teaching practice. Joannie is definitely a role model of mine. Joannie completed her PhD at the University of Alberta in 1999 where she studied interpretive inquiry, postmodern representation, as well as advanced methods in multiple regression. She has a Masters
Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling was the book series that really hooked me onto reading. I use this book series as a reminder to kids that I teach that they can all find a passion in reading, they just need to find books that peak their interest. I truly believe that reading is an essential aspect in the development of kids and it is something that teachers need to help kids find a love of. I believe there is a book out that everyone can find enjoyment in, some just need a little help finding it.
TED Talks are something that I really enjoy listening too when trying to gain some new knowledge on a topic. It seems like there is a TED Talk for almost anything and they are very educational. They can change the way you think about something and they are very classroom friendly. Probably my favourite TED Talk is one by Josh Kaufman on the how to learn to do anything in the first 20 hours. It debunks the 10,000 hour rule of deliberate practice needed to master a skill. TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages. Ideas free to stream and download.
One of the passions I have for teaching is because it will provide me with an opportunity to coach. I truly believe that high school sports provides kids with an unique opportunity to develop as individuals outside the classroom and teach them values that will stay with them forever.
I am a huge Blue Jays fan. Most of my summers are spent watching games on TV or following the box scores on my phone - The official website of the Toronto Blue Jays with the most up-to-date information on scores, schedule, stats, tickets, and team news.