Learning Beyond the Standard Classroom Setting
Teachers are encouraged to not only reach their fullest potential within the classroom, but also encouraged to expand their horizon through interconnecting alternative teaching methods into their everyday lessons. Incorporating these non-traditional practices of learning helps foster growth for a variety of different learning styles and helps spike student motivation.
Yan Fu is a wife, a mother, and a teacher working in the DDSB, Ajax H.S. as Department Head of Mathematics. “Many people have told me that I am a natural leader, I must disagree. It is true throughout my life I have been forced to take control of a situation and assume a leadership role out of necessity. I have come to the realization that it is only through fostering my own leadership skills that I will reach my personal and professional life goals. I have tried to summarize my life experiences below. It is through my life experiences and accomplishments that my strengths can be seen.” Yan Fu completed her Civil Engineering Degree from South East University in China and first began teaching there. She came to Canada as a visa student and studied at McGill University where she completed her Masters in Science. In 2006, Yan Fu completed her B. Ed with Trent University (scholarship recipient) and won the Excellent Teaching award. She is now a Director of Children’s Aid Society Durham Ontario in 2013, and opened her own weekend Math School, training for math competitions in 2016. She has been a guest speaker at several conferences including the World Gifted and Talented Student Conference in Vancouver in 2009. She also has an online podcast promoting Education in Ontario Canada currently 15,000 + listeners weekly in 2018. In her free time, she enjoys playing women’s ice hockey. She is really looking forward to meeting everyone and learning from all the delegates.
Workshop: Newspaper Bridge Building - Hands-on, multi-sensory design to accommodate individual learning styles
This classroom activity focuses on the application of the mathematical principals behind the construction of a newspaper bridge. We will specifically link the implementation of trigonometry and quadratics (dome bridge) parabolas.
This is a performance task, where innovation and hands on is a deciding factor not just pencil and paper. Participants will experience all aspects of the construction from planning to building to testing and evaluating results. This activity can be successfully implemented in all Math classrooms, to engage student’s critical thinking from the gifted student to the students who struggle with mathematical concepts, for enriched math class to Applied class.
Shelley Mulrooney has been an elementary teacher with the Limestone District School Board for the past 24 years. She has been a classroom teacher for Grades 3-8, taught Health and Physical Education to students in K-8 and has coached all elementary sports throughout her career. She is currently on secondment to the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University where she teaches two primary/junior curriculum courses – Health & Physical Education and Dance. This allows her to share her passion for helping all students lead healthy, active lives with pre-service teachers as they begin their journey into teaching. As a certified DANCEPL3Y ED instructor, Shelley helps students and teachers explore FMS through a playful approach to dance that promotes physical literacy for all.
Workshop title: Physical Literacy – Competence + Confidence + Motivation = Active for Life!
By the end of this workshop, participants will have an understanding of what physical literacy is and where it fits in our elementary schools. This is an active workshop, requiring participants to come dressed for activity (running shoes and comfortable clothing) that will be engaging, inclusive to all and will leave everyone feeling positive about physical activity. The links between physical activity, mental health and academic achievement will also be looked at in this interactive workshop. Future educators will leave with some ‘tried and true’ ideas for getting students (and adults) moving while practicing fundamental movement skills that are key to staying active for life.
Dr. Jane Chin completed her Queen’s Concurrent Education degree certified to teach I/S English and Drama. Jane completed an alternative practicum (before it was an official part of the program!) in Barcelona, Spain and went on to teach internationally in Mexico and Colombia. Jane also recruited teachers to teach in the UK through a hiring agency while completing her Master’s thesis on the impact of culture on teaching and learning in international schools. Jane served many years on the planning and organizing committee of TORF and has served as a consultant to various international schools around the world. Dr. Chin has also been involved in education projects in Jamaica and, most recently, as part of the 1Million Teachers project throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Jane currently teaches the Educators Abroad focus course, I/S English methods, and Consecutive Prof 110 at the Faculty of Education.
Workshop: Exploring the Wide World of Teaching
This session is designed to be informational but it is also designed to inspire you to think globally about the ways a person can use their teaching degree. Jane will spend time explaining and outlining various options for teaching internationally. She will share stories and photos but will also answer questions and guide you through the myriad of international career options. In addition to international schools, Jane will outline teaching opportunities in the UK and other English speaking locations. Finally, we will talk about potential ways to engage in international projects like 1Million Teachers currently rolling out across countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The session will be a mix of small group-type activities, large group discussion, photos, stories, questions, and ways to think about international teaching within current thinking about equity and cultural difference.
Solange completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in Honours Geography, with a major in History. She then moved on to complete here Intermediate/Senior Teaching Qualifications through Nipissing University. After finishing her Bachelor of Education Solange worked for the not-for-profit Skills Ontario delivering the message of the importance of the apprenticeship and college pathway and careers in the Skilled Trades and Technology sectors. She held various roles with Skills Ontario including: Summer Camp Coordinator, Competitions Manager, and Liaison Officer. Currently Solange is working with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board in the Experiential Learning Department, specifically with the Specialist High Skills Major Program.
Workshop: Learn About Experiential Learning Programs
In this workshop learn more about the following experiential learning programs: Specialist High Skills Major, Dual Credit, CCEP, UCEP, and OYAP. Solange will share examples of how experiential learning is being integrated in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board through programs through Skills Ontario (Cardboard Boat Races), Apps4learning, and other innovative programming like Virtual Reality Tours for Grade 8 students. Come prepared to get your hands dirty, as there will be a short activity to participate in!
Te howis kwûnt (Allen Doxtator)
Te howis kwûnt (Allen Doxtator) sees his role as focused on education, and bridging the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.
“There has to be a lot more opportunities for Indigenous Peoples to teach at schools so that people are more aware of the truth of what has happened to Indigenous Peoples in Canada,” he says. “We are not trying to make people be oppressed by what we’re saying – we are trying to make people understand why we are oppressed. We need to be able to pull ourselves together – both Indigenous Peoples and settlers – and stand up for each other, and support each other.”
To that end, Mr. Doxtator is encouraging Indigenous Peoples on campus to share their stories and ensure their stories are presented in their own words. He also encourages non-Indigenous People to speak up and take action to support Indigenous Peoples, rather than dwell in the past or take pity.
“I am a strong believer in change and being able to make ourselves change, especially as Indigenous People,” he says. “We can make ourselves not feel that oppression of colonization, and it can make us grow into a better and stronger people and find our way back to our way of life.”
Mr. Doxtator originates from Oneida First Nation of the Thames near London, Ontario, and is a member of the Bear Clan. He brings more than 45 years of experience as a social worker and in related fields to his role at Queen’s.
Workshop: Indigenous Education
Education from an Indigenous Perspective.