For the past 3 years I have worked closely with the University of Waterloo Women’s Hockey team and the Varsity Football team as a student therapist. I assisted athletes in post-injury rehabilitation programs and designed personalized programs adapted to their unique and changing needs. Through the duration of their rehabilitation I would frequently re-evaluate them and make careful changes to their programs using a variety of techniques, keeping in mind that motivation and the pace at which one learns varies among individuals. I also worked at the Kingston Family YMCA as a Lifeguard and Aquatics Safety Instructor. I worked with children aged 4-12 and developed fun and engaging lesson plans adapted to their individual needs. Children do not all learn at the same pace so I often had to make adjustments during my lessons by employing various techniques that would stimulate each type of learner in my group. A few summers ago I had the honour of volunteering at the Special Olympics Provincial Spring Games in Kingston. I was an Olympic Marshal, and brought the athletes to their starting positions as well as ensured their safety over the course of the day. During my time at the University of Waterloo I worked with two UW alumni, acting as an assistant to the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Next Level Performance Training. I assisted in cooperative preparation of lesson plans derived from diagnostic base-line data as well as the execution, reflection and re-evaluating of these plans based on formative assessments. I had the pleasure of volunteering with the Kingston Family Literacy Program whereby I created and assembled reading packages for families. In elementary school, I volunteered with Epilepsy Kingston, and performed puppet shows with other volunteers to educate young children about epilepsy. In addition, I volunteered at the Ontario Early Years Education Center whereby I created and designed their art wall to showcase children’s artwork.
While I still have much to learn, I feel that my teaching style at this stage is that of a demonstrator or "personal model." I feel that my first practicum warranted an approach whereby I demonstrated to my students how to go about solving a problem, or performing a lab, and then I stood back, took on more of a coaching role, and assisted them in not only applying what I had taught them, but extrapolating their newfound knowledge to make higher connections. I liked to get the students involved in group work, with each member having a specific task so that everyone participated. I truly feel that at times it is necessary for teachers to be a "guide on the side" as opposed to the constant "sage on the stage".
Brian Farrance Award for Student Therapist of the Year, Dean Honour's List 2013-2014
I am currently enrolled in the Teacher Education Program at the University of Western Ontario. I have just recently completed my first practicum and found it to be a truly enriching experience. Prior to this 2014-15 school year, I attended the University of Waterloo whereby I completed a Bachelors Degree in Honours Kinesiology with a minor in History. I feel that a balance between the sciences and the humanities is incredibly important.
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