Walking the Talk

My previous post discusses the importance of lecturing creatively. Stephen Brookfield argues that lecturing can maximum student engagement. This can only happen if you know your subject well, and you are prepared. I just wrote a reflection based on a quote from Brookfield on instructors who ‘walk the talk’ (2015, p. 49). Brookfield suggests that… Continue reading Walking the Talk

Creative Lecturing

3260 Professional Practice Blog (Week 7): Brookfield, Chapter 6 In my line of work, lecturing is an important component of theory introduction. I can assign readings, have learners watch videos, enact demonstrations, and stimulate discussion, but ultimately I need to spend time describing content to my learners in the form of a lecture. This is… Continue reading Creative Lecturing

Recharge

No books were cracked this weekend; I went camping with my family. I brought my laptop and my textbooks, however, I simply chose to photograph my school supplies against a natural backdrop instead of doing coursework. I intended to write a brilliant reflection on being an authentic instructor, I needed to write an assigned blog… Continue reading Recharge

Program Accreditation ‘PART ONE’

3260 Professional Practice Blog (Week 6) I want to talk about program accreditation because it’s important to appreciate an institution’s commitment to their learners, their faculty and support staff, and the public.  I do not think most people know how much preparation and hard-work is involved in offering a program in which validity is the focus.… Continue reading Program Accreditation ‘PART ONE’

Program Accreditation ‘PART TWO’

3260 Professional Practice Blog (Week 6) A dental assisting program that is not accredited cannot grant a certification designation to dental assistants. What this means is that the dental assistant cannot perform any intra-oral duties (inside the oral cavity). For example, a non-certified dental assistant cannot take x-rays, or polish teeth. There are too many… Continue reading Program Accreditation ‘PART TWO’

Value and Expectancy

3260 Professional Practice Blog (Week 5): Understanding and Responding to Student’s Resistance to Learning “As teachers we see clearly the value of learning and we all too easily assume students can see this too. The reason that certain understandings or skills are important is so obvious to us that we may feel they need minimal… Continue reading Value and Expectancy

Power and Responsibility

3260 Professional Practice Blog (Week 4): Exercising Teacher Power Responsibly In, The Skillful Teacher (2015), the title of Dr. Stephen Brookfield’s Chapter 18 sounds like a Public Service Announcement: “Exercising Teacher Power Responsibly” (pp. 239-251). Teachers of adults aren’t meant to stand at a pulpit and preach, that is so pedagogical: I teach, you learn! They… Continue reading Power and Responsibility

Impostor Syndrome

3260 Professional Practice Blog (Week 3) In Chapter One of his book, The Skillful Teacher, Dr. Stephen Brookfield discusses “Growing into the Truth of Teaching” (pp. 8-11) from an experiential perspective. He explains truths as personal “understandings and insights” (p. 8) that stem from his 45 years as an educator. Brookfield goes on to list… Continue reading Impostor Syndrome

420 (plus 1)

I wanted to post this yesterday, but I was afraid. Afraid because while marijuana is in the process of being legalized in Canada, I feel that there remains a needless stigma surrounding the plant and its recreational use. I do not want to come off sounding condoning or judgemental, but in my opinion, there is… Continue reading 420 (plus 1)

Sticks Out

The heart-breaking loss of 16 individuals from the Humboldt Broncos hockey club reverberates far and wide. There are no adequate words to express the profound sadness associated with the accident. It is however, a good reminder for me not dwell on the day to day stuff that does not matter, and I’ve consciously spent the… Continue reading Sticks Out