I'm an experienced Intermediate teacher in Ontario. I came back to the classroom after earning my Masters and PhD, and teaching both undergraduate courses and running PPF programs. My heart truly belongs in 7/8. I've been teaching homeroom (all subjects) for a while now, and prefer a split class over a straight grade. I specialize in supporting a vast range of skill levels all in one room. Accommodating and Differentiating are my daily bread and butter. :) I really want to enjoy what I do in my room, so I work hard to make everything interesting and energizing -- for me and my kids.
Teens are amazing creatures. They want their independence, but they also want a safe place to crash when things get confusing. The curriculum in grades seven and eight is very challenging, and this can be really disheartening for some students who have found school easy until this point. Helping them show independence in their learning, even if it means a few poor marks, helps them realize that they do have control over their academic success. Showing them new ways to approach learning helps everyone in a class feel as if they are on a level playing field, and are true peers, even though some show more academic strengths than others. I provide all that I can to help each student feel capable, productive, and valued. I offer ensembles outside of class so that more kids can find a place to 'fit.' I expect my kids to self-advocate, and reward consistent effort with increased responsibility and higher expectations. Everyone can learn, but we all do it at different rates. I learn as much from them as they learn from me. We grow together.
- awarded the Pedro Goldman award, Spring 2003, for outstanding service to the students of the UWO Faculty of Music - awarded 2000-2001, 2002-2003, 2004-2005 University Studentâ€™s Council Honour Roll standing as a result of teaching evaluations averaging higher than 6.3 out of a possible 7. - nominated for TA Teaching Awards 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, and 2002-2003 - nominated for Bank of Nova Scotia, UWO Alumni & University Studentsâ€™ Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2001.
PhD (Music Education) - University of Western Ontario, 2006 Thesis Title: Composition and Creative Potential: Composition Pedagogy in the Music Classroom M.Mus. (Composition) - University of Western Ontario, 1999 Thesis Title: Requiem for Kubla Khan (Solo Baritone voice and Chamber Orchestra, 17 min.) B.Mus./B.Ed. - University of Manitoba, 1997 Education Focus: Secondary vocal/choral & classroom guitar specialist Second Teachable: English Music Focus: Composition
Publications Parry-Jamieson, M. (2010) But aren't you a music teacher? The Recorder.Vol LII(4). Ontario Music Educator's Association. Parry-Jamieson, M. (2002) A six-stage model of compositional development. Alla Breve. Journal of the Kodaly Society of Canada, 27(1). Parry, M. (1999) Requiem for Kubla Khan: For baritone and chamber orchestra; text by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. London, ON : Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Western Ontario, 1999. Parry, M. (1996). Gloria (SATB chorus and 2 violas). Winnipeg: Manitoba Composersâ€™ Association. Parry, M. (1996). Orchid (SATB a capella) Winnipeg: Manitoba Composersâ€™ Association. Conference Publications: Webpages as Virtual Classrooms - iCON, October 2011 - how to teach daily through your webpage instead of your S: drive, achieving total transparency in your classroom for parents and administration, making your whole 'room' available outside of class hours for your students. Teaching through your webpage - iCON - October, 2010 - how to make the most of digital tools to improve access and engagement Parenting your Gamer - May 3, 2010 - provided an information night on video game addiction, strategies for managing game systems with teens - debriefed current research on brain development and game theory - provided strategies for limiting use, teaching discernment, and participating 'with' gamers as a way of ensuring safety and balance High School Here I Come - December 7, 2009 - Co-presented a parent workshop dealing with choosing Academic/Applied/Locally Developed, which high school to choose, and what the actual options for grade 9s really are. Parent Communication Workshop - April 2009 - Co-Presented 2 sessions for parents, 'Effective communication with Teachers' & 'Homework: what it is, what it isn't. Inter-School PD sessions - Spring 2007 - Co-Presented the Session for K-8 music teachers in the Oakridge/Banting/Saunders family of schools. CSSHE (Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education) â€“ May 31, 2005, London: Co-Presented session entitled: Cross Cultural Communication in ITA Training. STLHE (Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) - June 17-19 2004, Ottawa: Co-presented session entitled: Diversity: A contradictory practice. CIRA (Canadian Intramural Recreation Association -- Student Leadership Conference) - January 24, 3004, London: Guest Speaker re: Inclusive recreation in a diverse university community. Fall Perspectives on Teaching Conference (UWO) - August 28, 2003. Co-presented a session entitled: Improving Communication between Faculty and Graduate TAs. UWO TA-Day - Sept. 3, 2003 - a conference for graduate teaching assistants. Facilitated a session detailing training opportunities on campus ITA-Day - Sept. 5, 2003 - a conference for international graduate teaching assistants at UWO. Coordinated guest speakers, presented sessions on UHIP requirements, diversity issues on campus, and ethics in the classroom. March 22, 2002 - Doctoral Colloquium Presentation titled: Sequencing Creative Behaviours in the Curriculum: A Model and Report on Research in Progress (UWO Don Wright Faculty of Music Colloquium Series) POD Conference (Professional Organizational Development) - October 10-13, 2002, Atlanta: Co-presented a round-table entitled: Bridging the gap between faculty and graduate teaching assistants: Supporting teaching excellence while preparing future faculty.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Grammar, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Science, Biology, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Other (Specialty), Canadian History, British History, Geography, Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, Study Skills, General Science, Problem Solving, Forensics, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Early Intervention