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 Roxana Escobar  

 

by Roxana
Social Justice Education

En búsqueda de uno mismo: Campus Life II

El segundo edificio que visité para la serie Campus Life fue The Koefler House. Este es un lugar muy especial y animo a todos los estudiantes internacionales a visitarla. Allí se pueden encontrar dos espacios maravillosos en donde conocerás a mucha gente de distintas partes del mundo, podrás estar en IMG_1508contacto con tu espiritualidad, y si es que te anima, encontrarás un sitio en donde involucrarte con distintos programas comunitarios en la ciudad de Toronto. Como estudiantes internacionales, esta es una buena forma de conocer a la ciudad y a su gente.

 

Centre for Community Partnership

En este centro se pueden encontrar varios programas sociales en los cuales puedes participar. No es sólo voluntario, es un lugar al que se va a aprender mientras colaboramos con las comunidades o grupos en los cuales estamos trabajando. Hay diferentes maneras de participar. Para los estudiantes de la escuela de graduados como nosotros, sólo se necesita ir al segundo piso del edificio Koefler y ver en qué programa podrías estar incluido. La idea es hacer un compromiso con la organización que elijas, y juntos, hacer un cambio en el mundo.

Dado que es un proceso impulsado por la comunidad, se espera que la relación entre los estudiantes y sus centros elegidos sea siempre recíproca.

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Hay dos tipos de programas:

  1. Los programas a corto y largo plazo co-curriculares. Estos son realmente importantes. Si decides participar, es necesario tener en cuenta que te estás comprometiendo al menos de 4 a 8 meses de tu vida ayudando y aprendiendo. Y si te gradúas mientras estás inscrito en alguno de los programas no tienes que renunciar. En el centro buscan animar a los estudiantes después de la graduación a quedarse y contribuir con la organización que eligieron. La idea es hacer de esta oportunidad un compromiso de por vida. Quién sabe, quizás luego de tu participación en alguno de los programas encuentres tu vocación.
  2. Cursos para estudiantes de pregrado.

Para obtener más información sobre el centro, visita su sitio web: Centre for Community Partnership

 

El Multi Faith Centre

El Multi Faith Centre es un lugar muy importante para varios estudiantes de la Universidad de Toronto. Es un lugar al que se puede ir a disfrutar y vivir de nuestra espiritualidad libremente. Allí, se pueden encontrar diferentes programas, clases y personas dispuestas a hablar y discutir acerca de la religión y sus implicaciones en nuestra vida.

El Multi Faith Centre ofrece espacios de múltiples propósitos para la meditación, el yoga y la oración. Es un espacio seguro. Además, si tienes alguna duda acerca de cómo ciertas religiones se expresan y sus distintas manifestaciones (con respecto al género o a la edad, por ejemplo) encontrarás a alguien capaz de ayudarte.multi-f

Algo muy importante de este centro es que siempre están animando a los estudiantes a ir y hablar de sus diferentes posiciones respecto a la religión y a la espiritualidad. Por lo tanto, si es que lo necesitas, el centro te puede ayudar a financiar actividades vinculadas a alguno de estos temas. Si tienes una investigación en mente, un taller o cualquier otra cosa que quieras realizar, ve y averigua cómo El Multi Faith Centre te puede ayudar. No existen restricciones para la participación, puede ser una muestra de arte, una performance, poesía, una charla, una discusión, etc.

Si tienes alguna pregunta, puedes escribirle Sameena a: sameena.eidoo@utoronto.ca

Para obtener más información acerca de las próximas actividades de ir al sitio web del centro: Multi Faith Centre

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In EnglishFinding ourselves: Campus Life (II)

 Roxana Escobar  

 

by Roxana
Social Justice Education

Finding ourselves: Campus Life (II)

The second building that I visited for the Campus Life posts was the Koffler house. This is a really special place and I encourage all international students to visit it. In there you can find two wonderful spaces in where you can meet new people, get in touch wit your spIMG_1508irituality, and involve in great community programs around the GTA. As international students, this is a great way of getting to know the city and its people.

 

Centre for Community Partnership

In this centre, you can find several community programs to enrol. It is not just volunteering, it is a place in which you will learn and also give back to the groups you are getting involved with. There are different ways for participating. For graduate students like us, it only takes going into the second floor of the Koffler building and see which program you would fit. The idea is that you make a commitment to the organization that is going to take you, and together, make a change in the world.

Since it is a community driven process, it is expected that the relationship students established with their chosen centres be a reciprocal one.

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There are two categories in to choose your programs:

  1. Co-curricular short and long term programs. This is really important. If you decided to participate, you need to be aware that this is a commitment for at least 4 to 8 months. Don’t worry if you graduate and you still want to participate. The Centre for Community Partnership encourages students after graduation to stayed contributing wit the organization they choose. We can make this relationship a life commitment.
  2. Academic courses: mostly for undergraduates

For more information about the centre visit their website: Centre for Community Partnership

 

The Multi-Faith Centre

The Multi-Faith Centre is a very important place for several students at U of T. It is a place where you can go and live your spirituality freely. In there, you can find different programs, classes, and people willing to talk and discuss religion and its implications in our life.multi-f

The Multi-Faith Centre offers multi purposes spaces for meditation, yoga, and pray. It is a safe space. Also, if you have any questions about religion accommodations there is always someone able to help you.

Something really important about this centre is that there are always encouraging students to go and discuss their different position on religion and spirituality with them. Thus, they help and fund initiatives related to any of those subjects. If you have a research in mind, a workshop or any other activity go and find out how the Multi-Faith Center can help you. There are no restrictions for your participation, it can be an art show, a performance, poetry, a talk, a discussion, etc.

If you have any questions, write Sameena at sameena.eidoo@utoronto.ca

For more information about the upcoming activities go the centre website: Multi-Faith Centre

You can also submit into their Newsletter


In Spanish: En búsqueda de uno mismo: Campus Life (II)

Campus Life (I)

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Campus Life (I)

In the following weeks, I will post a series of anecdotes that I have been living in the past few weeks getting to know the U of T campus. I will present a selection of sites that you can sight and the things that you can do around campus and outside OISE. The various University buildings are scattered in downtown Toronto. OISE students are a bit removed from the rest of the campus, not by distance, but in relation to activities and facilities. Our building is very large and there are always things to do around here. Being in my last semester of the M.Ed. in Social Justice Education, I decided to leave OISE’S building and discovered whatever the university has to offer. As international students, part of our transition is to also feel part of the city. Don’t be like me during my first year, go out and meet the campus and the city. Toronto is awesome.

SpadinaFor this first post of Campus Life I visited three sites around campus that can help you make a better transition into being a new international student in Canada and its educational system. They are all are at 563 Spadina Av. 15 minutes walk from OISE.

 

 

 

 

The first is The Centre for Women and Trans People

women centreThis centre is close to Kensington Market on Spadina (if you want to go and eat after your visit). In there, you can find a safe space to discuss any concerns you have about sexual and gender identities, and how they are being addressed by the University. Moreover, you can find spaces available for work and a friendly, feminist, and inclusive environment to study or just to have a nice conversation.

women centre IIIn the centre you can find out all about the activities conducted by the university and the city for social and gender justice. I encourage you to participate in this center and its initiatives as a member or volunteer. For more information, visit their website.

 

 

 

The Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives

aboriginal centreThe next place I visited was the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Initiatives Aboriginals. In this centre you can find literature and research related Aboriginal peoples’ studies, primarily in North America. Activities have been suspended for the summer. But stay tuned for news during the academic year. For more information, check out their website.

 

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The last place I visited was the First Nations House. I must confess that this place has been my favorite until now. FNII FNIII In here, you can find a friendly environment and nice people to talk with. The first thing that struck me when I got there were the paintings with indigenous demonstrations across the floor.

In the centre you can find all kinds of help. The staff is ready to help with literature research, academic advice, help with grammar and spelling, among other things. You can also find free coffee and snacks, as well as computers and a cozy reading room.

If you need it, you can talk to some of the Elders found in residence. Being in the center feels like home. For more information, visit their website. If you are interested in helping and volunteering, contact Jackie at fnh.library@utoronto.ca

If for some reason you find it difficult to go, check the magazine of the residence so you can be aware of the activities around the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Spanish: Campus Life (I)

Campus Life (I)

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En la siguiente serie de posts, les presentaré una selección de sitios que puedes conocer y de actividades que puedes realizar en el Campus de la Universidad. Los edificios de la Universidad se encuentran dispersados dentro del centro de la ciudad de Toronto. Los estudiantes de OISE estamos un poco alejados del resto del campus, no geográficamente, pero sí en relación a actividades y facilidades. Nuestro edificio es muy grande y siempre hay cosas que hacer por aquí. Quedándome solo un semestre más para terminar el M.Ed. en Social Justice Education, decidí salir del edificio de OISE y conocer qué más tiene la universidad que ofrecerme. No dejes pasar la oportunidad de conocer la Universidad a través de la ciudad.

SpadinaPara este primer post de Campus Life visité tres sitios alrededor del campus que pueden ayudarte a tener una mejor transición al ser un estudiante internacional en Canadá, así como también a su sistema educativo. Todos se encuentran en 563 Spadina Av.

El primero es The Centre for Women and Trans People women centre

Este centro se encuentra cerca al Kensigton Market en Spadina (por si luego te animas a comer algo rico y regional). Aquí puedes encontrar un espacio seguro para conversar sobre cualquier inquietud que tengas al respecto de las identidades sexuales y de género y cómo están siendo atendidas por la Universidad. Además, hay espacios disponibles para trabajar y un ambiente amigable, feminista e inclusivo con todxs. Si estás en OISE, solo te toma 15 minutos caminando llegar al centro.

women centre IIAdemás, ahí te puedes enterar de todas las actividades que se realizan en la universidad y en la ciudad a favor de la justicia de género. Anímate a participar de este centro y sus iniciativas siendo miembro o voluntario. Para mayor información visita su página web.

 

 

 

aboriginal centreEl siguente destino fue el Centre for Aboriginals Initiatives and Aboriginal Studies. En este centro puedes encontrar literatura e investigaciones relacionadas a los estudios sobre poblaciones aborígenes, principalmente en Norte América. Por el verano las actividades están paralizadas, pero estate atento a las actividades que se realizarán durante el año académico. Para mayor información revisa su página web.

 

First Nation I FNIVFirst Nations House. Debo confesar que hasta el momento ha sido mi favorito. Aquí puedes encontrar un ambiente muy agradable y gente muy amable para conversar. Lo primero que me impresionó al llegar aquí fueron las pinturas con manifestaciones indígenas en todo el piso.

IMG_1500 FNV FNIII FNIIEn el centro puedes encontrar ayuda de todo tipo. El staff está preparado para ayudarte con búsquedas bibliográficas, asesoría académica, ayuda con la gramática y la ortografía, entre otras cosas. También podrás encontrar café y snacks gratis, así como también computadoras y una sala de lectura muy acogedora.

Si es que lo necesitas, puedes hablar con algunos de los Elder que se encuentran en la residencia. Estar en el centro se siente como estar en casa. Para mayor información visita su página web. Si estás interesado en ayudarlos y hacer voluntareados, comunícate con Jackie a fnh.library@utoronto.ca

Si por alguna razón se te hará difícil ir, revisa la revista de la residencia para que te enteres de sus actividades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In English: Campus Life (I)

Fall Practicum Report 6: Kids say the Darnest Things

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by Caitlin
Master of Teaching student

The other day I came across an article listing 24 notes kids have left. Little did they know, these notes brightened up my Tuesday morning. The messages they wrote were direct, blunt and down right hilarious. I will include the link for you to check out here: 24 kids who are wise beyond their years.

Reading the article prompted me to show you some of the hilarious, heartwarming, or inspiring messages from my students. I have written a caption of what they wrote underneath each picture. You also might notice some blurred areas of the pictures; I have blurred the names to respect the confidentiality of my students.

 

“Dear Mrs. Cheung. 
I hope you have fun in university. But you know we want you to be happy. But we will miss you. So good bye!”

If you are a female teacher, you are bound to run into this problem. Kids will always mistaken you as Miss or Mrs. Many times I had to tell my kids, that I am not married yet and I am Miss Cheung.

“Starbucks cafe”

 “We will miss you Ms. Cheung. Starbucks” 

Everyday, I arrived to school with Starbucks tumbler full of coffee or tea. Eventually my students found out that I looooove Starbucks. So most of my cards had Starbucks coffee cups! Mmmm!

“P.S Thanks for letting me teach you recorder!”

This card was from the student that taught me the recorder. If you haven’t read the story about that, here is my previous article on it.

“Dearest Ms. Cheung,
We will miss you so much. I like you because you are an awesome student teacher. But the rest I am speechless.”

When I read this out loud in class, I couldn’t stop laughing! How hilarious was this message?

 

“Dear Ms. Cheung.
We will miss you so much. I like you because you’re the best teacher. LOL best teacher make happy.”

As the previous student said… I am speechless! Haha!

“Dearest Ms. Cheung,
We will miss you so much. I like you because:
1) You are an awesome student teacher
2) You teach great math lessons
3) You’re always willing to help
4) You’re always nice
5) You taught us to become great public speakers”

I loved all of the cards my students made, but this specific one struck a cord with me. It just reassured me that I am in the right field. I loved getting to know each of my students on an individual level. I really connected with the class, unlike any class I have taught before. They were absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to see them again in a few weeks.

 

Are you  curious about OISE student life? Contact me:

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca

 

Fall Practicum Report 5: On The Last Day of Practicum…

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by Caitlin
Master of Teaching student

It finally came. I didn’t think my four weeks would come and go so fast. But as I stood in my empty classroom at the beginning of the day, I couldn’t help and think about all the memories made in those 4 walls.

But I instantly snapped out of it, as I still had one more school day to go before getting emotional! The morning was filled with two tests (math and spelling), and a bus safety workshop. As all three tasks didn’t require my attention, so I put the finishing touches on our class’ door decoration for the holiday door contest. If you are unfamiliar with huge phenomenon that goes on in elementary schools every winter, this girl will fill you in. Each classroom is responsible to decorate their door for the upcoming holidays. There is usually a prize for the winning classrooms, but the real underlying message is to have the students work collaboratively and get into the holiday spirit.

Our classroom decided to create a “minion tree” for our door. Each child created a minion, from the recently famous Despicable Me move, and dress them in holiday gear. They created a santa, an elf or a reindeer minion. Once they were all completed I lined them up in neat rows; creating the illusion of a string of lights. And with about a million wads of masking tape, I put our holiday door decoration up before the lunch bell rang.

The afternoon ran as per usual. A little science work, a couple language exercises and before you knew it, we only had 30 minutes left before the final bell of the day rang. The students filed in from recess, and so did my AT with a card and present in hand. My class created a huge card and within it each student created an individual card. See my next post where I highlight the most touching, heartwarming messages. My AT also presented me with the book Only One You. This is an amazing book about individuality and uniqueness of individuals. I had the privilege of reading the book in front of my students as my last read aloud.

Finally the last bell rang, I saw my students file out and scream out “BYE MS. CHEUNG!” for the final time and I was left with an empty room once again. A flood of images came to mind as I remembered all the lessons and memories I made with my students and AT.  It has been a crazy, bittersweet journey. But fortunately it does not end here! I will be returning back to my classroom once classes end to watch the primary Christmas concert. I can’t wait to go back and see the kids and my AT! But until then, its two more weeks of classes and hardwork!

 

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

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca

Diversity at OISE

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by Wook
Master of Education student
Developmental Psychology and Education

After spending almost 2 months at OISE, I finally feel like I fully adjusted to my new environment. Just like when I first moved to Montreal to pursue my Bachelor’s degree, I had no idea what my experience would be like in Toronto. I think the key factor that contributed to my smooth transition was the amazing group of people that I am surrounded by at OISE.

When I attended campus tours and open houses before I made the decision to pursue my Master’s degree at OISE, they all emphasized ‘DIVERSITY’ of their student body. After meeting so many students from different cultural and professional backgrounds, I realized that OISE actually meant it when they said they have a diverse (I mean REALLY diverse) student body. Since I decided to start the program right after my graduation, I only had some experiences in ‘real-world’ setting. Many students at OISE are current Teachers, Social Workers, Executives in public and private sectors, Early Childhood Educators, and the list goes on. This diverse group of students share their work, research and life experiences during class discussions. By having classes with people who have such a rich knowledge from various sectors of education, we get to discuss the most relevant, practical and pressing issues that the professionals are facing in the field of education. Every day I am learning from great professors at OISE as well as from my amazing peers.

 

Are you curious about OISE student experience? Contact me:

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca