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.
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.