Welcome everyone!

My name is Alyshia Van Kannel. Students sometimes initially struggle to remember my name! However, whether they (or you!) remember my name or not is the least important thing to me. I hope that they remember what they’ve learned from me and how I made them feel, and that I remember what I’ve learned from them. I hope that this blog will create a similar environment and approach to learning.

I love reading, skating, skiing, camping, tobogganing, canoeing, traveling, and simply enjoying nature. I love the many worlds and learning opportunities that reading, activity, and nature open up for us.

After graduating from the University of Regina with my Bachelor of Education, I substitute taught for a few months and then took a temporary contract teaching Grade 1 in an amazing school with a wonderful group of kids. Now I am blessed to be able to say that I am a missionary, teaching Grade 1 at Nicaragua Christian Academy in Managua.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is still a work in progress, as I believe it is a continually evolving piece.

I believe in the abilities of each and every child. I believe each child struggles, and each child excels. Part of my responsibility as a teacher is to help discover those aspects- to nurture them, encourage them, and help them develop. A large part of this is assessment – student self-assessment, frequent assessments, a variety of types, feedback, and so much more to help students feel successful and also to grow.

I believe that the only way we can provide a better future is by working together, and that a huge part of this goal is education. I want to instill a sense of global community, responsibility, and unity in my students. I want my classroom to reflect this development and encouragement of hope, faith, love, and life.

I believe students learn not only about curriculum, but about life in the classroom, so I want my classroom to be a safe, encouraging, and open environment in which we confront bullying, poverty, and other social issues. I want to be a role model for my students, and to be considered someone that can assist them and their families in a range of concerns.

I believe that students learn much more effectively when they are interested and active in their learning, so I hope to work my hardest in making my lessons relevant and engaging, with as much hands-on, meaningful learning as possible.

I believe that my entire philosophy at this stage can entirely be summarized into one word: Love. A love for students on my behalf, and instilling a love for learning, a love for life and others and God, and a love for the world around us, in my students. All other elements of my philosophy can be encompassed under this very simple, and yet incredibly complex, category of love.


2 responses to “About

  1. pviher

    April 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Nice job on your blogfolio, Alyshia – I’m pretty impressed by all that you have to show (lessons, volunteer experience etc) for someone only finishing their second year! Hope you have a nice summer!

    • alyshiavankannel

      April 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much Paula! You have a lovely summer too!


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