Monthly Archives: March 2015

End of the Semester & Goodbye

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by Wook
Master of Education student
Developmental Psychology and Education

7 months have passed since I started my journey at OISE. As I was accepting my offer of admission last year, I was not expecting the growth that I experienced here. Through course work and interaction with my colleagues at OISE, I found and solidified my passion.

Throughout my blog posts, I talked about the diversity, assistance, and flexibility that OISE has to offer. OISE is truly a great academic environment where students from different backgrounds can come together to follow their passion.  Together, we discuss what we can do to better the society and find solutions that could be applied to our society. Such discussions are possible because OISE has an amazing group of instructors AND students that make our classes inspiring.

What is my plan for this summer? Well, I’ve been in contact with a professor from a different faculty because I wanted to conduct an independent research project this summer. I am still in the process of working out some details, but I am happy to announce that I will be exploring the field of minority mental health over the summer!

For the past few months, I had such a great time interacting with you online and in-person. For our newly admitted students, CONGRATULATIONS and say HELLO when you see me on campus! For those of you who did not receive favorable results or still waiting for your results, best of luck with your future endeavors!

Although this is my last blog post, I will be monitoring OISE student ambassadors’ account frequently until the end of April. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me 🙂

Are you curious about OISE student experience? Contact me:

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca

Fall Practicum vs. Winter Practicum: Comparing Experiences

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by Caitlin
Master of Teaching student

Now that I am almost done my first year of the MT program, I thought I would reflect on my two practicum experiences. I learned a lot from the two practicums and I thought I would compare them for those of you thinking of which division is best suited for you. So lets get to my chart-of-experiences!

Fall Practicum

Winter Practicum

School Board: York Catholic District School Board

School Board: York Catholic District School Board

Grade: 3 – Primary Division  Grade: 6 – Junior Division
Class size: 18 Class size: 31
Subjects taught: Math, Oral Presentations, Religion Subjects taught (Unit Plans): Speeches, Math – Area, Religion
Best lesson: Math lesson on pictographs Best lesson: Speeches lesson on significant/insignificant information
School involvement: Compiling the iPad list for staff members School involvement: Helping with the skipping club and skipping raffle, teaching advice raffle
Students were…hyper, enthusiastic and incredibly forgiving. Students were...reflective, opinionated, complex and independent
My AT was…warm, comforting and supportive My AT was…knowledgable, enthusiastic and flexible
After this practicum, I have learned that… students may not remember everything you teach them but they will never forget how you made them feel. My class was small and felt like a small family. I was able to have conversations with most of my students everyday and develop a great rapport with them After this practicum, I have learned that… you must not be hard on yourself if you make a mistake in class. Address the problem and move on. Mulling over the mistake will only ruin your day. Also, it is important to be responsive and not reactive to student’s outbursts and conversations. Read more about this here!
Would I teach this grade again? In a heartbeat, YES! Would I teach this grade again? If I had a smaller class size, yes. The ratio of student to teacher was incredibly skewed due to the high number of students.

I hope this was helpful and informative! Check back next year for my final practicum reports!

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FAEQ: Frequently Asked Email Questions for the MT Program

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by Caitlin
Master of Teaching student

Have you ever looked closely at the blogs Wook and I post? There is something consistent in each and every one of our blogs we post…can you guess what it is?

No…I’m not talking about our beautiful pictures which greet you before every post. I’m talking about our little note at the end:

Are you curious about the OISE student experience? Contact me:

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca

Just a simple note at the end opens up another realm of communication. Since October, Wook and I have received questions from many of you. I decided to compile questions I get asked frequently and share my answers with everyone. Let’s make this learning circle even bigger!

Read on if you want to know my answers to these questions:

1. Is there anything that you know now that you wish you had known earlier?
2. When you are attending classes, what does a typical week look like for you?
3. How relevant is the coursework to your future career? Would you be able to describe some of the assignments you have to do?
4. How supportive are the student services at OISE? Particularly the career services, are they useful/helpful?
5. How is the student experience at OISE? Are there a lot of student groups to join/things to get involved in?
6. Do you think one could balance a regular part-time job (~20 a week) with courseload/demands of the MT program?
7. Did you have a lot of choice over your practicum placements?
8. What are my chances of getting a job after I complete the program?
9. Why should I pursue the MT program versus the B’Ed and/or M’Ed?

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MA in Child Study and Education Program: My Reflections — Kathrin Cornibert

Name: Kathrin Cornibert
Program: MA Child Study and Education
Year: 2

What drew you to OISE’s program?
What drew me to the Child Study in Education program is the balance of practical, theoretical and research embedded within the program, with focus placed on the Primary/Junior Division. I loved that through this program it would provide me with the opportunity learn about how to teach young children through the analysis of relevant research studies and application through hands-on experiences. This is what makes this program so unique. Furthermore, the Child Study in Education program creates an avenue for multiple opportunities post-graduation, which include recommendation for the Ontario College of Teachers as well as future research in education. I have also heard positive feedback and recommendations by graduates from this program, which includes commentary about its evident sense of community and knowledge building

What did you love about the program and/or your professors and peers?
There were a number of components to the Child Study in Education program that were valuable and authentic. The program very much resembles a community of learners, supporters and facilitators. The professors are very knowledgeable about various areas, many of which are supplemented with research studies they have been involved in. The staff/professors are also genuinely interested and supportive of the students’ interests through the tailoring of their lectures, advice and practicum placements. The professors truly care and set the students up for success.

Furthermore, the Child Study in Education program is very considerate and personalized according to student’s interests. A great quality to this program is that it is flexible in content according to students interests. Students have the option to complete a Qualified Research Paper if they wish to pursue research (and/or continuing education at the doctorate level), stream into special education and/or early childhood education (in which they will be acknowledged for after completing the additional qualitifications).

Another unique quality of the program derives from a prominent philosophy held about supporting students’ learning, which is through Inquiry-Based Learning. The Child Study in Education program has a laborarory school (Nursury to Grade 6) that is exemplary of theory to practice, providing students an opportunity to observe, learn, experience and apply their knowledge and ideas about this particular concept along with others. This truly serves as an authentic experience in a safe and comfortable place where the classroom teachers are also very supportive and resourceful.

What did you learn about yourself at OISE?
While attending the MA Child Study program at OISE I have learn a lot about myself. I have refined my practice and teaching philosophy while continued to master my existing skills while learning new ones. I have learned to be flexible in planning and implementing activities that are inclusive, culturally sensitive and engaging. Through the various practical experiences I have encountered, I realized my love for teaching in diverse communities. Some of the courses I have taken have reaffirmed my interest to get involved in prevention in the early years, supporting families locally and globally that are living in poverty or have a low socio-economic status. Although it has its challenges and obstacles, it has encouraged me to explore, test boundaries and apply my knowledge about child development and the influences that contribute to it (nature and nurture). I have grown as a professional in my appearance, philosophy of early childhood and primary/junior education as well as the language I use to communicate to students, parents, teachers and other professionals. Furthermore, through OISE, it has shaped me into a reflective practitioner in the field of education. I have learned and exercised reflection of my own practices while trying to understand the rationale behind other’s actions in theory and reality. This has made me appreciate and value feedback in hopes of improving what I love to do; teach. There is always room for growth, however improvement can only happen if you are open to constructive feedback and active reflection. I strive to be the best I can be and through the programs offered at OISE. OISE encourages, challenges as well as excites me by its exposure to valuable and insightful resources/courses facilitated by knowledgeable professors.

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Master of Teaching Program: My Reflections — Lara Munro

Name: Lara Munro
Program: Masters of Teaching- Primary/Junior
Year: 2

What drew you to OISE’s program?
I applied to the MT program at OISE and to the one-year consecutive B.Ed program at a few other schools in Ontario. But, what drew me to the MT program at OISE is the fact that it’s a “two-in-one” program in the sense that I can get my teaching certification AND a masters degree, all in only two years. Also, since the MT program is two years, I have the opportunity of having four 4-week teaching practicum experiences, compared to only two in the B.Ed program. OISE is unique in that I haven’t seen this type of program at any other university when I was looking into programs at different universities within Quebec and Ontario. It was clear that the MT program was the right choice for me!

What did you love about the program and/or your professors and peers?
The MT program is fairly big, especially being in the Primary/Junior option, with aproximately 100 first-year students. Despite there being so many students in the program, I love the fact that we are divided into cohorts and that we have all of our classes with the same people. When I started at OISE in September I wasn’t sure if I would like the fact that we were “stuck” with the same people for the whole 2 years of the MT program. However, after spending a lot of time with my classmates and getting to know them better, I’d say they are one of the main reasons why my experience at OISE has been so positive. I feel like we are a family, and it really exemplifies a sense of community and inclusion- values which are clearly important and central to the mission and vision of the programs within OISE. Another great aspect about having a tight-knit “family” within our cohort at OISE is the relationships we are able to build with our professors. In contrast to undergraduate studies, where most classes took place in a big lecture hall and there was minimal interaction with the professors, OISE’s professors make a conscious effort to get to know each and every one of their students. Their warm and supportive demeanor makes it clear that they really want their students to do well and go on to be amazing teachers. They make themselves available to their students outside of class hours, and go above and beyond what is expected of them to help their students succeed.

What did you learn about yourself at OISE?
I learned a lot about myself in the short time that I’ve been at OISE. I’ve learned that I am more adaptable and open to new experiences than I had previously thought. Moving to a new city and starting a program without knowing anyone wasn’t easy, but the friendly and supportive environment that one immediately feels at OISE has helped me with this transition and grow as a person because of it. Most importantly, I have learned that I love kids, and I treasure the relationships that I am able to build with them through teaching and the impact that I will hopefully have on them. I haven’t always known that I wanted to be a teacher, but my experience at OISE has confirmed that this is definitely the right choice for me. Not only can I not see myself doing anything else, but I’ve never felt so motivated and excited to do anything than I do with teaching. I know it’s not an easy job, but I’m not looking for easy. I just want to be a teacher.

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Master of Teaching Program: My Reflections — Samantha Brumer

Name: Samantha Brumer
Program: Masters of Teaching – Primary/Junior
Year: 2

What drew you to OISE’s program?
There were many things that drew me to OISE’s program. Its reputation is known worldwide, and being the top school in the country, it was an obvious choice for me. I’ve also visited Toronto numerous times, and I thought it would be a great place for me to build roots for my future career in education. Being an anglophone from Montreal, I saw a lack of opportunity for me in Montreal based on my language and skills. Toronto offers more to me based on its size and language of business. Although I am bilingual, the opportunity to teach in both French and English is greater in Toronto. OISE offers so much to its students based on professional learning and growth, but also on personal development.

What did you love about the program and/or your professors and peers?
Over the few short months that I’ve been here, I’ve learned so much about who I am professionally and personally. The fact that all of our courses are spent with the same group of people really has allowed us to connect as more than just peers; I’ve come to regard our cohort as a family of sorts. All of my professors have shown such passion and dedication to what they believe in and the future of education. They really get to know each of us individually and are there to support us through our learning. Never did I think assignments could be a way of self-exploration, and not something to just get through! They have shown us that the process is far more important than the product, and taking care of yourself through meditation and mindfulness is equally as important as creating a safe environment for your students.

What did you learn about yourself at OISE?
I’ve learned so much about myself already from my time at OISE. I’ve gained insight into different parts of myself that I didn’t know existed, and I’ve already begun to develop my philosophy of education. OISE has given me the confidence to think outside the box, and empowered me to pursue that ideal of what I believe education and the education system should look like. This program has forced me to look inward and challenge my beliefs and assumptions, further solidifying some while shedding others that aren’t reflective of who I am at this point in my life. I look forward to the next year and to the endless possibilities of growth and development within the program and within myself!

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Masters of Teaching Program: My Reflections — JiaJia Lou

Name: JiaJia Lou
Program: Masters of Teaching- Primary/Junior
Year: 2

What drew you to OISE’s program?
After being an English teacher for 6 years in China, I started to have strong curiosity in school environment, teaching methods and teachers’ values in developed countries. Apparently, OISE is one of the top educational institutions in the world and Master of Teaching program provides four practicums that can help me experience real classes in Canada. More importantly, MT program offers students teaching certificates after graduation.

What did you love about the program and/or your professors and peers?
This program teaches me not only theories, but also practical teaching strategies! Professors are knowledgeable, encouraging, and caring. They try their best to fulfill our potential! Peers are excellent, kind and helpful! I learned from them and gained help from them! As an ELL student, I feel our community is very inclusive!

What did you learn about yourself at OISE?
Before I came to OISE, I knew I was passionate about being a good teacher! Now, after I learned how to write research papers and how to search the resources, there is a whole new world in front of me! I can hear the voices of great minds in education area! Nothing can make me happier when I read different opinions from expertises arguing the topics that I am interested in!

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Masters of Teaching Program: My Reflections — Misbah Nawaz Din

Name: Misbah Nawaz Din
Program: Masters of Teaching- Primary/Junior
Year: 2

What drew you to OISE’s program?
There were many reasons why I was drawn towards this program at OISE. First off, I was definitely intrigued by the fact that I could obtain my OCT certificate, in addition to my Masters of Teaching. Furthermore, OISE is a world renowned institute and being taught by some of the most prestigious faculty members, in their respected fields, was an opportunity I did not want to miss.

What did you love about the program and/or your professors and peers?
My favourite part about the program definitely has to be the community building that takes place within each cohort. Knowing that we are all going through the same journey, over the next two years, helps ease the stress. My cohort has become part of my family and I am so thankful for having them there as my support system; I know that I have made some life-long friends.

The professors at OISE are absolutely wonderful. Every single one that I have had, so far, has been extremely supportive in helping us transition into the program. I have gained so much knowledge in this first year and am so thankful that whenever I needed guidance, my professors were always there for me. They have a lot of resources and are more than happy to share them, so definitely ask if you need anything!

The program goes by super fast! Even though I have learned so much in the last year, I truly feel that two years are essential for every teacher candidate. There is so much left to learn and I believe that the second year will make us feel more prepared when we go out into the field of education.

What did you learn about yourself at OISE?
There is a lot of reflection that is done in the program and it allows you to think deeply about yourself as a teacher and upon your experiences. Through this process, I have come to understand that I am much more creative than I thought and am able to come up with unique ideas to incorporate in my lesson designs. I also learned that I enjoy taking on a leadership role and am quite good at organizing and facilitating groups.

 

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Masters of Teaching Program: My Reflections — Anza Humayun

Name: Anza Humayun
Program: Masters of Teaching- Primary/Junior
Year: 2

What drew you to OISE’s program?
The Master of Teaching program not only combines a Masters degree with teacher certification, but also provides students the opportunity to learn from some of the best educators in Canada. In addition to the renowned faculty, the department has an extensive network of practicum schools across nine different school boards in the GTA.

What did you love about the program and/or your professors and peers?
I love all aspects of the program. More importantly, the connections you build with your professors and with your peers are truly irreplaceable. The community-like feel of the program and the extensive support you receive from everyone around you is what makes this program so valuable.

What did you learn about yourself at OISE?
I learned how to challenge myself and take risks during practice teaching. I also learned that making mistakes is not only acceptable, but in fact necessary to my growth and development as a teacher.

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Masters of Teaching Program: My Reflections — Madia Farid

Name: Madia Farid
Program: Masters of Teaching- Primary/Junior
Year: 2

What drew you to OISE’s program?
The hands on experience accompanied by theoretical framework and learning practical knowledge to implement in the real world after graduation pending a job offer made this program so appealing! I knew the Master of Teaching program was the one for me at OISE because I could not picture myself attending any other graduate school but the best one in Canada.

What did you love about the program and/or your professors and peers?
We have a great, supportive, loving and nurturing family that encourages growth, to take risks and be vulnerable to diversity. The professors inspire us to be critical thinkers and continue to be life long learners. My peers have become my giant extended family, from providing supportive advice to laughs during class to becoming an awesome resource always!

What did you learn about yourself at OISE?
I learned how to enjoy university while balancing a social life at OISE. I feel that OISE is a different institude as it provides a euphoric environment for professional and personal development.

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