PIDP Course Reflection

So far, the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma Program has been one of the best things I have done for myself. I haven’t just learned about better instruction- I have learned how to be a better person as well. Because the courses always have a large portion of reflective writing and self-assessments, as well as insight into …

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That Party Life: The culture of post-secondary partying.

Partying in college. I am not sure if I believe in parallel universes, but if they exist, I hope my parallel self went to college after high school and had a REALLY good time. As someone who didn't think about post-secondary education seriously until my late twenties, I didn't experience the college/university life that so …

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Commenting on: ‘The Skillful Teacher’ Chapter 16 Understanding Student’s Resistance to Learning

‘The Skillful Teacher’ is written by Stephen Brookfield, and is the text used for PIDP 3260. I am becoming more and more fascinated by culture and tradition and how it relates to the classroom. This has always been intriguing for me, but the more I learn from other instructor’s perspectives, the more I realize my …

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‘I Stand With Girls’

This is not a brand new article, but it may be new to you. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/malala-yousafzai-canadian-citizenship/article34679040/ Malala Yousafzai is a 19 year old woman who became a prominent human rights and education activist after she survived a Taliban assassination attempt in October, 2012. Why did the Taliban attempt assassination of a then 15 year old girl? Malala had …

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‘The Core Assumptions of Skillful Teaching’- Chapter 2

This is a comment on the PIDP 3260 textbook, 'The Skillful Teacher' by Stephen D. Brookfield. In chapter 2, Brookfield outlines 4 core assumptions of skillful teaching, and supports them with experiences and his own classroom research. The 4 assumptions are: Assumption # 1: Skillful Teaching Is Whatever Helps Students Learn Assumption # 2: Skillful …

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