Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lesson Planning for Beginners

I have completed the Lesson Planning Component of PIDP 3100; it is posted on my PIDP 3100 page. There are links to assist in lesson planning for adult learners on my Links page. I am learning that lesson planning, specifically discovering who your students are, and what their expectations are, in relation to learning outcomes is the key to success (for the student and the teacher). Mostly, the teacher needs to be enthusiastic and genuinely interested in the lesson in order for it to be relatable to the adult learner. I’ve included a video that my daughter Rachel did for a required assignment during the first weeks of her BEd program at the University of Victoria. Her teacher asked the students to reflect on “Who am I?” I may be biased because I am her mother, but Rachel’s video is truly relatable and inspiring.


Terrace Beach

Featured Image: An unbelievably beautiful blue cove surrounded by tall pine trees

I’ve embarked on a journey to complete the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP) at Vancouver Community College! My first completed assignment, the Learning Theory essay on the Behaviourist’s Theory is posted on my PIDP 3100 page. My Instructor gave me great feedback, by asking me to think about how I would reinforce and reward learning. While doing research for this assignment, I stumbled upon journalist George Sylvester Viereck’s Albert Einstein interview in the Saturday Evening Post (1929). The article is rich with Einstein’s philosophies on teaching and learning. He states that,

“the ordinary human being does not live long enough to draw any substantial benefit from his own experience.”

I’m not sure if Einstein was being literal, or in which context his statement originates. I guess I’ll have to try to be extraordinary if I want to learn and to change. Thanks for the pep talk Professor Einstein 🙂

Check out Viereck’s article:

Screen Shot 2018-02-18 at 5.10.45 PM The photograph was taken at Terrace Beach in Ucluelet, British Columbia on my cellphone; it seemed like a great pic to include with my first post 🙂