I believe that every student has the ability to challenge themselves academically. That being said, students will only be motivated to achieve at a high standard of performance if they are engaged in the material. It is therefore the role of the teacher to not only provide support in a variety of areas, but also to help students understand and enjoy the material they are learning.
This year I have been completing my Bachelor’s of Education at Queen’s University, which has been an enriching learning experience. The most beneficial aspect for me had been the teaching placements in which I have been able to integrate myself into the classroom and the inner workings of a secondary school institution as a teacher.
During my undergraduate degree, I participated in a Community Service Learning Placement in which I organized a reading circle in a public school for readers who were above or below their classmates in terms of reading skills. During my time in the Faculty of Education, I have had a wonderful opportunity to teach two classes in a high school, and observe in another, for a six week Practicum.