Change judgement to curiousity - minds, hearts, and doors will open.

Teaching

My beliefs about teaching and learning are grounded in a sociocultural perspective - I consider the relationship between teacher and student primary in the learning process, value language as an important tool for interaction and thinking, and believe that all learning is situated in the context of culture.

It has been a challenge to apply these beliefs to teaching in a university setting.  The limited time with students and the discipline-specific programming makes it difficult to establish meaningful relationships and create student-centred curricula. However, I am open and responsive to encourage student expression and input.  I believe in teaching through experience, so frequently use field trips or guest presenters to make the learning more authentic.  My emphasis is on teaching strategies - I want my students to develop problem-solving skills, understand concepts, and be reflective and analytical of their own and other's practice - rather than simply memorizing information and facts.  I work at building a classroom community by ensuring that students have opportunities to work together, by being culturally sensitive and relevant, and by establishing open dialogue.  I frequently change my approach or my activities because I see teaching as an evolving process.

The following are some of my recent course outlines:

1.  EDUA 1800  Psychology of Learning and Instruction 1
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2.  EDUA 2800  Psychology of Learning and Instruction 2
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3.  EDUA 5620  Teaching Students through Alternative and Augmented Communication
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4.  EDUA 5640  Inclusive Special Education: Early and Middle Years
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5.  EDUA 7600  Seminar in Inclusive Special Education
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6.  EDUA 7840  Qualitative Research Methods in Education
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7.  EDUA 5730/5740  Educating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (Summer Institute)
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