Master of Teaching Program: My Reflections — Nicholas Michelis

Name: Nicholas Daniel Michelis
Program: Masters of Teaching- Primary/Junior
Year: 2

What drew you to OISE’s program?
What drew me to OISE’s Masters of Teaching program was the institution’s emphasis on integrating professional practice and current research in order to further bolster each student’s understanding of the practice of teaching as it stands today. In my classes at OISE, I am exposed to a number of current strategies and pedagogies that help me better implement Ontario’s current standards in literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and research methodology when I am teaching in the classroom. It is very important for me to understand why certain procedures are more effective than others in the classroom and my professors keep me in touch with current and relevent research in their field of expertise daily. Also, in my contact with principals and teachers working in the field of education today, whenever I ask what university they would choose to go back to in order to further their development as a professional, the answer seems to always be OISE.

What did you love about the program and/or your professors and peers?
What I love about my Masters of Teaching program is that my professors are eager to see me succeed. From day one of my journey here at OISE, it became apparent to me that I am supported by a community of experienced educators who desire to see the next generation of teachers make a difference in the lives of Ontario students and across the world. My peers have also been well selected by OISE and each brings an original experience to the table for discussion. Whether it be a knowledge of how to creatively use information and communication technologies in the classroom, or a dedication to differentiating instruction for special needs students, each one of my contemporaries at OISE has an original story to share. As a whole, we are a diverse group of committed teacher candidates.

What did you learn about yourself at OISE?
At OISE, I learned that I have a lot to offer my students when I get a job as a teacher. I have learned that I have the capacity to be a caring and fair facilitator that is able to balance the requirements of an academic curriculum with the social and emotional needs of my students. I have learned how to find steadiness in my personal and professional relationships. But perhaps most importantly, I have learned that I am a unique teacher candidate with an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of students.


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