This page is dedicated to the professional development sessions I have attended. All of which play a role in how I teach today.
During my first semester of classes I was given the opportunity to attend three different sessions discussing bullying in schools. The best part of this was that I got to hear about different types of bullying not just student to student relationship but also in the work force.
There were a few strategies I learnt within this workshop that I plan to implement in the classroom. First, is as the teacher I can insure that the victim of bullying can feel safe in schools and no longer feel isolated. A simple act is when forming groups projects. I would determine who is in the group, allowing no student to feel alone.
A second strategy is knowing how to react to bullying that occurs outside of the classroom. I would approach the victim when they are not in proximity with the bully. I would then talk to them about the situation, based on what they told me I would implement certain actions. For instance, if the victim told me that an incident happens in a certain area at a certain time, I would insure that the next day there is more supervision at that spot at that time.
Finally, as a teacher, I will ensure that my classroom door is always open to my students. My hope is that this will provide students with a safe place to visit during lunch hours and provide them with a sense of belonging. Based on the workshops I now more than ever believe that it is my job as a teacher to insure that students never have to feel alone or afraid to come to school.
Education Undergraduate Society Professional Development
The University of Lethbridge holds professional development sessions, optional for education students to attend. The document below is a list of the sessions I attended.