• COVID-19: changing the future of elementary education

      Caixeiro, Samantha (2022-05)
      In this thesis, I will explore the new school system during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will change education forever, even post-pandemic. As a graduating future teacher, I am extremely interested in learning more about what worked and what did not work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and from whose perspective. I will discuss the technological aspect, and also the financial and personal components. I will also talk about the distractions at home, the lack of accessibility for students of different economic status, and the added stress and work from the teacher's perspective. Choices made during this time have created such a stir amongst teachers, students, and parents everywhere on what would have been the proper way to handle the recent significant changes in society. I have explored a variety of sources and arguments that have been published on this particular topic. In order to further develop my paper, I have also interviewed teachers, students, and parents that experienced the different types of schooling during the pandemic, ranging from fully virtual, hybrid, and in-person. Looking into my future career, it is important to discuss what is to be expected of elementary education post-pandemic. Will we learn from any poor choices that were made at the height of this crisis? And how should we approach the situation, should something similar happen again in the years to come?
    • Diversity in education: a dialogue or monologue?

      Kwan, Karina (2019-05)
      Classrooms grow increasingly diverse yearly and encouraging an inclusive environment may be difficult as time is rapidly changing. When mirroring the pedagogies teacher candidates are learning, it is important for them to continuously encourage diverse perspectives in their own classrooms. Learning should be done through many collective lenses of multicultural education to allow debate and differential opinions to enhance learning beyond the classroom. Addressing hard topics and stereotypes to learners in an appropriate way can be difficult. It is important for teacher candidates to lead by example when it comes to diverse thinking and promoting self-discovery. Comparing materials that teacher candidates have to read and looking at many educational leaders’ work like Wayne Au and Lisa Delpit, can help in understanding different aspects of multicultural education and raises the question of how can teacher candidates accurately and effectively address diversity in their classroom.