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Empathy Map

This was a tough one to do as I am constantly getting feedback from my students and having recently completed their KPI’s, I think the students might be “all surveyed out.” I posted a three question survey to try to get their input but am not getting much in the way of response (understandably!). I created to following Empathy Map using some of the feedback I have gotten in the past as well as feedback from this year. https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/166-a5osyO8ynHki5xDYB_gUqdOxdZms310NCHd0MzAw/edit?usp=sharing

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Digital Literacies for Teaching

When doing these readings, I really liked the perspective from the All Aboard: Digital Skills In Higher Education article that speaks to digital literacy being about ” a broad range of knowledge, skills and capabilities, many of which will be essential to successfully navigating the digital world and others which may give us scope to pursue particular interests, hone our skills and perhaps also fuel our creativity. ” This reminds me of how important developing student’s digital literacy is and […]

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My Metaphor for Teaching and Learning

I went through some of the exercises for exploring your teaching philosophy and looked at some example metaphors and found that I was somewhat of a blend but the one that resonated most with me was this: “Gardeners – Their goal is to cultivate the mind by nourishing, enhancing the climate, removing the weeds and other impediments, and then standing back and allowing growth to occur.” (as cited on https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/teaching-resources/teaching-tips/professional-development/enhancing-your-teaching/exploring-your-teaching-philosophy) One of the things that stood out to me was enhancing […]

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Thought Vectors: Judging others

When I started this particular activity, I went through a few of the Patch readings and finally fell across this one that really resonated with me: PATCH TWENTY-TWO: DIBAABIIGINAN– MEASURE IT by Liz Stone, Fleming College  https://facultypatchbook.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/patch-twenty-two-dibaabiiginan-measure-it/ As were the instructions, I read it, re-read, went away and came back and read again. I had grandiose plans to create a visual screen capture with video to help capture what and how it landed for me, specific to myself as a […]

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Questions to get to know my learners…

I typically start my courses off with fun icebreaker activities that allow me to get to know the students a bit and set a positive tone for the class. It helps them to feel more comfortable. I might have them get into small groups and find one thing that they all have in common, then one thing that makes each of them unique. We then get back together as a larger group and each person introduces another from their group. […]

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Group Leadership is like Driving a Car

When asked to speak to a concept in my field that is “like driving a car,” leading therapeutic groups is one that specifically came to mind for me. In our line of work, we are constantly leading groups of children and youth. Before a CYC can master this skill, there are several other skills that they require a good understanding of first (counselling skills, time management, conflict management, organization, understanding group process and dynamics, etc.) Once you begin to understand […]

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Cornell Notes on “Educational Motivation for Students”

For the Extend activity: Cornell Notes, in Module 1 , I chose to watch a TEDx Talks video of a young student speaking about how she believes we can motivate young minds…very interesting! Notes:Tests– Kids feel over tested– Make tests into games (card, board, flashcards)– Let children chose the type of testUse quotes, videos and pep talks– Nelson Mandela, etc.– “When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts” Dalai Lama– Bring in motivational […]

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Concept Map

CYC: Introduction to the Profession Okay…so I decided to do a concept map using my Intro to the Profession course outline. This took me FOREVER it feels like but I loved that it forced me to look at my course and really think about it. I have definitely missed some pieces and would love to keep working on this when I get more time. The only thing I found frustrating was that as this was my first digital mind map, […]

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