Children’s Education and Development (CO333) focuses on various theories and methods of learning and teaching, and provides students with an opportunity, through a field placement, to gain significant insights into the issues that arise in teaching and working with children and youth in a school or educational setting.
Students learn to write both a formal lesson plan and an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), and study and practice effective methods for presenting on current educational topics and practices. Guest speakers reflect on their experiences working with children on the Autism Spectrum, and the new Ministry guidelines on Aboriginal Studies. In addition, students learn how to create a positive learning environment, write their own philosophy of education, and how to become more effective and confident speakers. The most beneficial aspect of the course, according to student feedback, is learning how to teach students with learning disabilities and behavioral problems, which is included in lessons and activities entitled Classroom Management.
If you want to be a certified teacher, are not quite sure if you want to be one, think you want to work with children, or are just interested in finding out what teachers do and how they do it, this course will help you decide. Many careers today require planning, writing plans and reports, and giving presentations, so even if you are not interested in pursuing a teaching career, this course will assist you in developing leadership, planning and time management, and presentation skills.
My role in this course is similar to that of a bridge in which I invite the students to cross; once they have crossed, the bridge collapses, and they are then free to construct their own.