Friday, March 21, 2014
When I began my international school teaching in the early 1990s, I had little more than the slide show presented by the school director at the recruiting fair and a travel book on Ecuador as my ‘preparation’ for international school teaching. Times have definitely changed. The growth of international schools has spawned ever-greater demand for high quality international schoolteachers. In turn, more program options have begun to emerge.
Cropping up alongside a few longer-standing programs are new programs and specializations to prepare teacher candidates for teaching in international contexts. For example, some of my Canadian university counterparts are running specializations as ‘teaching abroad’ and ‘global education’ in their teacher education programs.
Monday, March 17, 2014
This year has been a whirlwind for Teacher Education’s Student Council President Mark Henshaw since being elected in September. He and his Council have worked hard to deliver the memorable, engaging experience they touted on Election Day, planning and hosting a number of popular events including socials and the EdTalk speaker series.
The six social events were wildly successful, attracting at least two hundred students each, according to Henshaw. Beyond being a great chance for bonding with classmates, the events allowed Council to raise donations for charitable organizations like United Way, which aligned with their goal of making a difference while having fun.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
On March 25, graduate students and faculty members from Arts and Humanities, Don Wright Faculty of Music, Information and Media Studies, and Education presented research posters at Western University’s Research Day. The annual event featured over one hundred presenters and attracted a large crowd of inquiring minds from the university, general public, and media.
Sarah Burm, a first-year PhD student from the Faculty of Education, presented her poster Between Two Worlds: Aboriginal Students as Border Workers, summarizing her Masters work to help non-indigenous secondary school teachers understand and incorporate Indigenous perspectives in their classrooms. Sarah interviewed college-level Indigenous students about their experiences in Ontario secondary schools, and found they had difficulty identifying with both their traditional culture and the white culture of their schools.