Exit PIDP

I did it! I completed the Provincial Instructor Diploma at VCC!! What a fantastic learning and growth experience these past few years have been. I feel like I am ‘living the dream’ because I have a clinical position in an OMS practice, and I recently accepted a position as a substitute instructor in the Dental… Continue reading Exit PIDP

My Butterfly Effect🦋

3260 Professional Practice Blog (Week 8): Professional Development Plan Now that I am almost finished the PIDP, this week’s blog assignment is to reflect on, and share my future plans as a dental assistant, and aspiring educator. I plan on continuing to be a lifelong learner. I am not an over-achiever; I am just innately… Continue reading My Butterfly Effect🦋

🎬Me & My Survey Monkey® (Round Two)

Alas, YouTube© has blocked my video. But that’s okay because Vimeo™+© is now supporting my school project. I have the utmost respect for an artist’s work, and would never use content without attribution or for commercial use. I didn’t want to remove the Beatles’ song because it works well with my film (and I love… Continue reading 🎬Me & My Survey Monkey® (Round Two)

🎬Me & My Survey Monkey®

Making an instructional video is challenging and time consuming. It is also a lot of fun! However, the content of the film almost becomes secondary to its production. The video is part of a digital assignment in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program at Vancouver Community College. The criteria was to highlight a strategy used to… Continue reading 🎬Me & My Survey Monkey®

Semi Pro🎥

PIDP 3260 Assignment 5 is a digital project showcasing a feedback strategy designed to assess instruction. I can assure you from experience that the digital project will take longer to create than my feedback instrument, and my project will look amateur, unless I step up my game! In the Mid-Course Formative Questionnaire, I complained about… Continue reading Semi Pro🎥

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

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… 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