FC: Teaching Portfolio | Erin Villeneuve
1: “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!” ~- Dr Seuss
2: Philosophy of Education | I am passionate about cultural awareness. I believe that children exposed to diverse cultures benefit from a multicultural and well-balanced school experience. Learning from and about other cultures creates an environment where everyone feels safe and respected. I place importance on authentic learning experience. I believe that second language acquisition is best achieved when children are engaged with hands on authentic experience. I will encourage conversation in a classroom environment that is safe and nurturing and which encourages children to demonstrate their knowledge using classroom technologies as well as their unique skill sets. My teaching practices are student-centered. I believe that capturing interest stems from genuine enthusiasm, which in turn stimulates motivation. I believe that as an educator and a facilitator, I have a duty to foster a love of learning so that students become active participants in their apprenticeship because they want to be.
3: Integrated Technologies | I encourage the use of technologies in my classroom. I believe that children need to manipulate in order to create knowledge. I feel that hands on technologies, student created technologies, as well as computers and SMARTboards should be incorporated into every lesson. | I practice effective assessment. I believe that assessment allows children many opportunities to showcase their knowledge and skills while providing educators with valuable tools for redirection of teaching.
4: Professional Knowledge | LITERACY | ASSESSMENT | MOTIVATION
5: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT | - use of room, working space, learning stations, storage - beginning and ending of class, attendance, collecting work, agendas, hallway expectations - whole class and small group work, interaction, noise levels | - transitions, time between subjects and rotary classes, students who finish tasks early - student work, due dates and times, giving feedback, independant problem solving - school-wide procedures, fire drills, emergency situations, school grounds and playground,
6: As an educator I would like to empower students tor each their full potential. Balanced literacy and numeracy, multiple intelligence theories and 21st century skills will enable my students to actively engage in their work | TEACHING THEORIES | 21st century skills - creativity and innovation -problem solving -critical thinking - communication -collaboration -information, communication and technology literacy | Multiple Intelligences - linguistic - visual - kinesthetic - musical - interpersonal - intrapersonal - logical & mathematical | Literacy & Numeracy *read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading *scaffolding, modeling, instructional language, guided practice
7: ASSESSMENT | RUBRICS | ASSESSMENT TARGETS | ANECDOTAL NOTES | SELF-ASSESSMENT | Diagnostic Formative Sommative
8: Professional Practice
9: I have included this lesson plan as an example of my integrated planning and differentiated instruction. | During our Eric Carle author study, my students brought the characters to life, literally by acting out the animals and their noises during physical education. The flashcards helped all learners, especially the English language learners to make connections between their new vocabulary and our physical movements.
10: I have included this early literacy lesson as an example of my differentiated lesson planning for second language classes. During this French as a Second Language lesson, the concepts of colors; primary and secondary were presented through stories, songs, visuals and were later reinforced through art projects and hands on science experiments.
11: Teaching a Senior Kindergarten Class about SmartBoard | Sample page of SmartBoard lesson | I have included a lesson that I prepared for a Senior Kindergarten class using SmartBoard technology. I believe that technology integration is an important factor when engaging my students as well as when preparing them for the 21st century. | Alloting time for free exploration
12: I have included this introductory lesson as an example of my unit planning. Beginning with a book study based on Ed Emberley’s book "Go Away Big Green Monster", this unit is tied to the theme of Halloween. Using already establish familiar vocabulary of colors, we move through Halloween and onto body parts, as we create our own monsters following Ed Emberley’s style. I also integrate this unit with mathematics to reinforce number sense, as our monsters have several eyes, ears and noses! This unit allows children to learn concepts creatively and provides choice to stimulate motivation and meaningful work.
13: I have included a physical education plan that I have taught to ESL and FSL students both in France and in Canada. I have seen great success with this lesson as it is very engaging and motivating for children to connect vocabulary, physical movements and music. | a)Warm-up Follow the leader Have students cross the gym 2 times, then find a color and call a body part, they must then find something in the gym that is that color and touch it with that part of their body. (Ex : black – toe, red – knee, blue – hand). b)Activity - Cha cha slide. Review actions in the song with class and practice as a group. Then listen to music and follow the commands. c) (For Primary grades) Cool down – To the tune of the wheels on the bus I can make my hands/ my arms / my legs/ my trunk, my nose etc Go up and down, Up and down, Up and down, I can make my Go up and down, My body belongs to me (hug oneself).
14: The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, oh! The places you'll go! -Dr Seuss | I have included a section on literacy because success in school and throughout life is in large part dependent upon the ability to read. As an educator, it is my responsibility to stimulate interest and a love of reading as an integral part of daily life. This section also highlights my ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in the school community. | Community Involvement
15: I feel that this virtual portfolio showcases my strengths and experience as a motivated and passionate educator. I would like to leave you with a snapshot of one of my greatest teaching successes to date. This picture represents the work of a boy in CM1, who represented on his white board what Canada meant to him. As an educator who promotes cultural awareness, acceptance and meaningful work, I was extremely pleased with his representation. He felt safe enough in my class to take a risk in spelling his second language and was quite proud of his work.
16: A balanced literacy program is an essential element in academic success. Here is one example of how I explore this topic while motivating my students. Ralph Cosentino’s FunBoy is a comic strip that does not contain any words. Using these images, my student and I can predict, hypothesize and make inferences. I chose Raplh Cosentino’s work because it is colorful, engaging, simple and surprising. Writing our own narrative, creating alternate endings and drawing our own comic strips is just one way I like to engage and motivate my students.
19: Balanced Literacy | A child’s success in school and throughout life depends on large part on the ability to read. Educators in Ontario have the prfound challenge of making reading a reality for all children. Education for all, pg 91. | Three basic components: oral language, reading and writing. -Gradual release of responsibility from teacher directed learning to learner independence -Literacy skills provide the foundation for academic success across all subject areas. -Instruction must be varied and balanced to ensure all students are active and engaged.
21: Attente: -Demonstrate an understanding that the world is made up of countries, continents, and regions and that people’s lifestyles may differ from country to country; Contenus d’apprentissage: -Identify similarities and differences (e.g., in food, clothing, homes, recreation, land use, transportation, language) between their community and a community in another part of the world | Diapositives sur le tableau tactile | Évaluation finale: Diagramme de Venn | Évaluations formatives
28: Kailey James | Josh Hammon | Sara Patterson | CJ Jones | Anna Garcia | Elarie Sutton | Christopher Smalls | Amy Fong | RJ Shaw | Tyler Johnson | Joseph Styles | Tanner Hardy | Rebecca White | Kailey Peterson | Joy Paris | Hannah Neilsen | Jacob Miller | Carrie Smith | Jane Miller | Amy Fong
29: Mrs. Lars | Ms. Harington | You all did an amazing job this year! You will allways hold a special place in our hearts! Enjoy your summer and good luck next year! Warmest Wishes, Ms. Harington & Mrs. Lars