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La Hart House

 

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La Hart House

La Hart House es probablemente mi lugar favorito del Campus de la Universidad de Toronto. Tiene todo lo que necesitas. Desde una sala de música donde se puede tocar el piano, una biblioteca, una capilla, un centro de fitness. Todo. No hay razón para que un estudiante internacional no pase tiempo en este centro. Durante el otoño y el invierno, si eres estudiante de tiempo completo, tienes derecho a utilizar la Hart House sin tener que pagar ningún cargo adicional. Sin embargo, durante el verano, sí se deben de pagar algunos costos. Pero, en comparación con otros gimnasios o centros de arte de la ciudad de Toronto, las tarifas de la Hart  House son realmente asequibles para los estudiantes internacionales.IMG_1538 IMG_1532 IMG_1550

Deportes

Si eres una persona deportiva, pero no quieres entrenar como un atleta, en la Hart House se puede encontrar un muy agradable y de bajo perfil gimnasio en donde se pueden practicar diferentes deportes. Además, se pueden encontrar máquinas de cardio y salas para diferentes actividades. La piscina es increíble, allí puedes entrenar o tomar diferentes clases de natación. Y no te preocupes es que recién estás empezando a aprender a nadar, hay socorristas que te mantendrán a salvo.

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  • Danza y FitenessYoga, Nia, Latin Grooves, Pilates, Zumba son algunas de los diferentes cases de danza y de gimnasia que se pueden tomar. Estas clases son muy divertidas, te mantienen en forma y con un buen estado de ánimo para la semana.Si quieres tomar clases de baile avanzado, la Hart House también ofrece clases de ballet, hip hop, salsa, y otras por unos honorarios pequeños. ¡Ven y disfruta!IMG_1552 IMG_1524 IMG_1548 IMG_1554

    Arte y Música

    ¿Puedes creer que hay una galería de arte dentro de la Hart House? Y un teatro?  Puedes ver diferentes obras de teatro, conciertos, y una colección de arte en el mismo lugar! Y si quieres tocar un poco de música, hay diferentes posibilidades para practicar durante todo el año.

    Clubes y comités

    ¿Quieres involucrar socialmente con alguna organización en Toronto? La Hart House es un buen lugar para empezar. ¿Hay algún evento el cual te gustaría ser voluntario? Los clubes y comités de la Hart House tienen algo para todo el mundo, solo hace falta que encuentres al grupo que sea adecuado para ti.

    Restaurantes

    Comida buena y barata siempre disponible en la Hart House.

    En serio, solo ve y disfruta!


    In English: The Hart House

The Hart House

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The Hart House

The Hart House is probably my favorite place of the U of T Campus. It has everything you need. From a music room where you can play the piano, a library, a chapel, a fitness centre. Everything. There is no reason for an international student to not spent time at this hub. During the fall and the winter, if you are a full-time student, you are entitled to use the Hart House without paying any additional fees. However, during the summer, some fees are being charged. However, in comparison with other gyms or art centers at Toronto, the fees at the Hart House are really affordable for students.

 

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IMG_1553 IMG_1554If you are a sportive person but do not want to train as an athlete, at the Hart House you can find a really nice and low-key fitness centre in where you can practice different sports. Also, you can find cardio machines and rooms for different activities. The pool is amazing, and you can it use for training or for taking different swimming classes. And don’t worry if you are just starting learning to swim, there are lifeguards that would keep you safe.

 

 

Dance and Fitness

Yoga, Nia, Latin Grooves, Pilates, Zumba are some of the different dance and fitness class that you can take. These classes are really fun, they keep you in shape and with a good mood for the week.

If you want to take advanced dance classes, the Hart House also offers ballet, hip hop, salsa, and other classes for paying some little fees. Come and enjoy!IMG_1524 IMG_1526 IMG_1547 IMG_1548 IMG_1552

 

Art and Music

Can you believe that there is an Art Gallery inside the Hart House? And a Theater? You can watch different plays, concerts, and an art collection in the same place! And if you want to play some music, there are different opportunities for performing during the year at Hart House.

Clubs and Committees

Do you want to get socially involve in Toronto? Hart House is a good place to start. Is there an event that you would like to volunteer? Hart House clubs and committees have something for everyone, find the group that’s right for you. If you find an organization that you would like to be a part of, contact them directly for membership information.

Restaurants

Cheap and good meals always available at Hart House.

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En Español: La Hart House

 

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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)

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)

Postular bien informados

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¡Hola, bienvenidos!

En este segundo post conversaremos sobre algunos asuntos muy importantes al momento de postular a OISE. Al ser estudiantes internacionales, es trascendental que hayamos comprendido correctamente información relacionada a los programas y  los costos. Como Vicepresidenta de la asociación de estudiantes internacionales de OISE, he escuchado muchas historias, algunas de las cuales he vivido, sobre lo difícil que pueden ser las primeras semanas si es que no hemos revisado y solicitado toda la información que necesitamos. Por ello, nunca está de más preguntar y repreguntar a los encargados de tu departamento o a la Oficina de Registro sobre cualquier detalle que no te haya quedado claro.

Los Programas

OISE ofrece distintos tipos de programas entre maestrías y doctorados. Dentro de las maestrías se encuentran los distintos Masters of Arts (M.A) y Masters of Education (M.Ed). Además, OISE cuenta con Teaching Certification Degrees (programas que te certifican para ser profesores en Ontario, Canadá), dentro de los que se encuentran el Master of Teaching (M.T) y el Master of Arts Child Studies (MA-CSE). En el nivel doctoral, tenemos a los PhD y a los EdD. Para saber más de lo que ofrece OISE consulta las siguientes páginas en español y en inglés: Prospective International Students y Admissions.

Al momento de postular, debes de tener en cuenta que los M.A y los PhD tiempo completo (full-time) vienen con financiamiento de la Universidad. Los M.Ed., los PhD tiempo parcial y los EdD no, a pesar de que se llevan los mismos cursos durante toda la carrera. Ante ello, debes tomar tus precauciones cuando elijas los programas que quieras estudiar. Además, una diferencia muy MUY IMPORTANTE es que los M.A duran solo un año académico, mientras que los M.Ed. pueden duran un año y medio. Eso quiere decir, que mientras el costo del M.A es de dos semestres académicos, el costo del M.Ed. puede ser hasta de TRES semestres académicos. Más información sobre el M.Ed. aquí: Master of Education.

Los costos

Este tema es muy muy importante. Al ser estudiantes internacionales, los costos que tenemos que pagar por la pensión son tres veces más caros que los estudiantes canadienses. Además, estos costos cambian todos los años, lo cual hace un poco complicado planificar con tiempo nuestros presupuestos.

Hay que tener muchísimo cuidado al entender cuánto duran los semestres académicos en Canadá. En este país, existen 4 semestres: Fall (setiembre a diciembre), Winter (enero a abril), Spring (mayo a junio), y Summer (julio agosto). La buena noticia es que si eres un estudiante de tiempo completo, y quieres llevar cursos en el verano, ya no  tienes que pagarlos. Están incluidos en la pensión del primer año. Yo estoy en el M.Ed en Social Justice Education. Mi programa dura 1.5 años, lo cual implica que llevaré cursos de la siguiente manera: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring y Summer 2016 (esto es opcional), y finalmente Fall 2016. Yo he elegido llevar cursos en el verano para reducir la cantidad de cursos en los semestres del Fall y del Winter. Lo bueno, como ya lo mencioné, es que no tengo que pagar por esos cursos. Lo malo, es que a pesar de que yo termino mis cursos en agosto, aún así tengo que pagar la pensión del siguiente Fall. Esas son las reglas de la universidad, si tu programa es de 1.5 años, y lo acabaste en 1 año, tienes que pagar el medio año que te falta.

ATENCIÓN A ESTA INFORMACIÓN

Este sistema puede ser un poco confuso al momento de realizar los pagos, pues cuando revises la información correspondiente, aparecerán solo por año académico. CUIDADO CON ESTO. Yo, por ejemplo, pagué la totalidad del año académico 2015-2016, y voy a pagar la mitad del año académico 2016-2017. Para tener una noción de los precios y características de los programas, revisa el OISE VIEWBOOK

Para mayor información, contacta a la Oficina de Registro


In English: For a better application process

 

For a better application process

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Hello and welcome!

In this second post, we will explain some important issues to be taken into consideration before applying to OISE. As international students, it is crucial that we understand correctly all the information regarding what programs OISE offers and all the costs involved. As Vice President of the International Students Association (ISA) of OISE, I have heard many stories, some of which I lived, about how difficult it can be to find information in the webpage for specific details, like for example, tuition fees. Therefore, it never hurts to ask in your department of choice or the Office of the Registrar for a better explanation about important information before applying.

 The programs

OISE offers different types of programs between masters and doctoral degrees. There are different types of masters, like the Masters of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Education (M.Ed). In addition, OISE has a Teaching Certification Degree (certification to become teachers in Ontario, Canada), within which are the Master of Teaching (M. T) and Child Studies Master of Arts (MA-CSE). At the doctoral level, OISE has the PhD program and the EdD program. To learn more about OISE’s programs see the following pages in Spanish and English: Prospective International Students and Admissions

While working on your application, you must keep in mind that the full time M.A. and PhD programs come with funding from the University. The M.Ed., Flextime PhD and EdD do not, although courses are the same to all programs. Thus, you should take precautions when you choose the programs you want to study. In addition, a very important difference is that the M.A lasts only one academic year, while some M.Ed. last a year and a half. That means tuition fees cost for the M.A program is two academic semesters, while tuition fees for t some M.Ed.  programs can be for three academic semesters. More information about the M.Ed. here: Master of Education.

Tuition Fees

This issue is very important. As international students, tuition fees are three times more than Canadian students. Moreover, prices change every year, which makes it difficult to plan ahead and budget.

We must be very careful to understand the length of the semesters in Canada. In this country, there are 4 semesters: fall (September to December), winter (January to April), spring (May-June), and summer (July-August). Good news, if you are a full-time student, you do not have to pay tuition in order to take courses in the spring and summer sessions.

I am in the M.Ed. in Social Justice Education. My program length is 1.5 years, which means that I took courses as follows: fall 2015, winter 2016, spring and summer 2016 (optional), and finally, fall 2016. Even though the courses I am taking in the spring and summer will reduce the number of courses that I need to take in fall 2016, I will still have to pay the full fee for that semester. There is a minimum fee for the M.Ed. in Social Justice Education that I am taking program, and is at least 1.5 years. Even if you finish your degree in 1 year!

ATTENTION TO THIS INFORMATION

This system can be a bit confusing when making payments. This is because payments are presented for academic year, not for the totality of the program. CAREFUL WITH THIS. For example, since I’m a M.Ed. student, I paid tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year, and half of the tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year. For better information about prices and program’s features, check the OISE VIEWBOOK.

If you have any questions, please contact OISE’s Office of the Registrar and Student Services


En Español: Postular bien informados

Fall Practicum Report 2: Literacy is Everywhere!

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by Caitlin
Master of Teaching student

 

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I introduced each colour by reading a book and engaged in a critical discussion about the themes or the colour representation. I wanted to give you my book list and some guiding questions that I used.

Colour Inquiry

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Red Red is Best  Kathy Stinson This story follows a little girl’s love for red. A good book to talk about feelings and how colours can make us feel good. I used a clip of “Anger” from Inside Out, to demonstrate that colours can make us feel different emotions.

  1.  How does red make the little girl feel?
  2. What items were red?
Orange Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins  Dianne Ochiltree We used this book on “Orange and Black” spirit day. A simple book that can be used to emphasize counting and one-to-one correspondence.

  1. Can you find more orange items in the book?
  2. Is there any orange items in the classroom?
Yellow Girl on the yellow giraffe  Ronald Himler This book can be used to enter into a discussion about poverty and living conditions. It is very simple, so you may need to read it a couple of times in order for students to pick up on it.

  1. Why did the girl love her yellow giraffe?
  2. Was the giraffe real? How do you know?
Green Little yellow and little blue  Leo Lionni  An awesome book to introduce mixing colours. Also, has an underlying message about friendship and families.

  1. What happened when little yellow and little blue played together?
  2. How did they turn back to their original colour.
Blue Red: a crayon’s story  Michael Hall This is a great book to have students make predictions with. The main character is a red crayon who is actually a blue crayon! Write your students predictions before reading, and come back to it after!

  1. What do you think this book is about? Why do you think that..?
  2. Why was everyone confused with the Red crayon?
  3. What happened in the end?
Purple Mix it up!  Herve Tullet  This is the book that helped my students learn about mixing colours. I did the colour volcanos after reading the book so I could reinforce the ideas.

  1. What happens when you mix…
    Red and Blue?
    Red and Yellow?
    Yellow and Blue?
  2. If I wanted a lighter colour, what colour do i add to it?
  3. If I wanted a darker colour, what colour do I add to it?
White and Brown White rabbits color book  Alan Baker Another great book to reinforce mixing colours. Also it helps children learn that white helps keep colours vibrant. I created a bunch of white bunnies on chart paper prior to the lesson and invited students to come up and colour as we wen
t along. (Spoiler alert, the white rabbit turns brown in the end!)

  1.  If the bunny was dipped in yellow and red paint, what colour would it be in the end?
  2. If the bunny was dipped in yellow and blue paint, what colour would it be in the end?
  3. If the bunny was dipped in blue and red paint, what colour would it be in the end?
  4. What colour was the bunny in the end?
Black and Grey The black book of Colours  Menena Cottin This wonderful book gives you an idea how a person without sight sees colour. All the pages are black, and the pictures are raised off of the page just like braille. This story helps children understand what colours look like if you were blind.

  1. What did the story say yellow felt like?
  2. What did the story say red felt like?
  3. What did the story say blue was like?
How colour make us feel My Many Coloured Days  Dr. Seuss This is one of Dr. Seuss’ hidden gems! This book helps give examples of how colours can make you feel. This was a great lesson near the end of the inquiry, to wrap up the concepts we spoke about in the Red lesson

  1. What colours make you feel good?
  2. What colours make you feel mad?
  3. What colours make you feel sad?
Skin colour Skin again

The Colors of Us

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These two books are great at introducing different skin colours and addressing some stereotypes that people may have about skin colours. I was unable to get the Colors of Us on loan from the library, so I found a youtube video that reads it outloud! Find it here!

  1. Look at your friends on the left and right, do you guys have the same skin colour?
  2. Some people may use the “peach” colour to colour themselves. Do you use the peach colour too? Why or why not?

 

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

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca

Fall Practicum Report 1: Inquiry Without Borders

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by Caitlin
Master of Teaching student

Hey guys. I know its been a while! I finished my 4 week practicum block on November 20th, and then I started my last 3 weeks of the fall semester on November 23rd! If you have read my other blog post, you will know that I was sick the last couple of days of practicum. So I was not a happy camper going back to school exhausted and sick 🙁

But enough of my sick self, and lets talk about my practicum. I was in a Full Day Kindergarten class in York Region. My AT was amazing! This was the first time I saw and was apart of an inquiry and play based model She really let the students’ inquires guide the discussions, activities and interactions in the class.

During my first experience day, my AT asked if I could teach a colour unit with the class. She let me create my own unit, and lent me some resources to use. I was excited as it was my first inquiry unit! But then again, it was my first inquiry unit! I had no idea how to implement anything…so I turned to a teacher’s best friend, Pinterest!

After sifting through an overwhelming amount of “pins,” I realized that there had to be some structure to the inquiry unit. So I decided to to have a  general discussion about colours on the first day and then focus on a colour a day until the end of the inquiry. Before we began our colour inquiry of the day, I read a book to set create a focus for the day. I have a detailed book list in this blog post here.

I didn’t want to just read the book and have the students be on there way. I wanted to incorporate a variety of activities to accompany the colour of the day too.  I had to think of flexible and differentiated ways to engage my young learners. In doing this I was able to engage in cross-curricular subjects or create lessons for subjects I was not familiar with! I wanted to share some of my activities that are simple, meaningful and exciting to my students.

Math

  • Students were able to sort various classroom materials by colour. We sorted legos, coloured letters, jewels, and much more
  • Students made colour patterns. I cut up strips of chart grid paper and had students create their own pattern using colours. I clipped the strips onto clipboards so the strips did not slip around when they coloured. If you decide to do this, try and have students vocalize the colours as they colour the squares. It will help them remain focused and on task.
  • Created different patterns using link cubes.

I have done math in my previous practicums but I was so excited to engage students in doing coloured math lessons! They were having so much fun and didn’t know they were learning math.

Science

  • We experimented and made colour volcanos from this page. The kids loved it, especially with the overflow of liquids! We co-created the chart paper together. We identified the materials, our predictions and wrote down what the two colours made. I had two students come up and help me pour the coloured vinegars together. They loved that part and seeing the overflow!!  If you decide to do this experiment, make the coloured vinegar as concentrated as possible. Like put a lot of food colouring in there! I only used 8 drops per colour and the colour pay off wasn’t that great.
  • We tried to make snow slime.…and it was only great to play with for one day. The students had a lot of fun to make it, especially sprinkling the glitter in! This recipe was alright, but I don’t think I put enough borax in there. I will try and experiment with another recipe next time

I have never been interested in science, and I really didn’t like how it was taught when I was in school. Even though these two activities did not pan out the way I expected it to, I think they were a great start to my future years of teaching science.

Literacy

  • I cut up construction paper and wrote out the letters, in upper case and lower case. I had students help me construct the word on

    the board after I read the book. I also had additional letter cut outs on the literacy table.
  • Students used white boards to try and practiced writing the colour of the day.
  • I left the coloured books out on a table
    in the classroom. I didn’t tell the students I left them there. I wanted them to “discover” and read the book independently.

I had to create different activities as my students had a range of needs and strengths. For those who couldn’t write their letters, I had the letter cut outs so they could at least arrange the letters to form the word. For those who were interested in reading, I had the books out for them to look at without any judgment.

Social Studies and Socio-Emotional Development

  • We engaged in discussions about different skin colours and how each person’s skin colour tells us a story about our history and family. I started this discussion by using two books, “The Colours of Us” by Karen Katz and “Skin again” by Bell Hooks
  • We talked about how colours make us feel. The students often said that their favourite colour made them feel happy. So when the students drew themselves, using one colour, they often said their favourite colour makes them feel good or happy.

Students have a profound way of communicating themselves, and these lessons were no exception to that fact. Never underestimate a child’s power to connect and express their feelings about themselves or their global community.

Fine-motor Development

  • My AT found these long foamies at the dollar store. She thought these would be great for students to cut out and exercise their fine motor abilities. They surprisingly had so much fun doing it! After we cut them up, we put them in our sensory bin and had students sort them amongst the other colours. For even more fine motor development, students could use tongs and have them pick them up!

This is a crucial area that needs developing, especially in the early years. For some of my students, they couldn’t even hold a pencil correctly. This task helped them gain control in their muscles and move their fingers accordingly.

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End of the Semester & Goodbye

Wook
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 🙂

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