Our names are Anya and Max and we teach a grade 6/7 split class at Frontenac Public School every Tuesday afternoon. So far, we’ve covered topics such as bullying, substance use and abuse, self-confidence and goal setting. Coming up, we have lessons planned to discuss puberty, sexual health and healthy relationships! Our students love videos and playing Jeopardy which we’ve played a couple times to review our lessons. We have found the best method of teaching in our classroom involves open ended questions that lead to discussion and role playing situations. The students bring a lot of their personal experiences into our discussions which helps us to plan future lessons based on their interests and existing knowledge on certain topics. We love teaching at Frontenac Public School every week and look forward to a fun Outreach Day at the end of the year where we will be able to hang out with these awesome students outside of the classroom! A big thank you goes out to Nicola Dillard, the class’ teacher, who has been very helpful with lesson planning and opening up discussion in the classroom! Thank you so much for having us in your wonderful classroom!
Our names are Anya and Carley and we are excited to tell you a little about our experience with the Queen Elizabeth Collegiate Vocational Institute’s (QECVI) Futures program! The Futures program consisted of QECVI female students along with around fifteen Grade 7 and 8 female students from Rideau Heights Public School. We had the pleasure of teaching in the classroom once a week, using YouTube videos and activities to enhance our lessons. The classroom was set up in a way that fostered a mentor-mentee relationship amongst the girls. We covered topics including social media use, cyber bullying, female empowerment and personal well-being. Diana Oke, the Future’s teacher, was a wonderful outlet for ideas and supported us as we picked topics that were relevant and beneficial to junior high and high school aged girls. Throughout the semester, we strived to create a safe environment where the girls felt comfortable expressing themselves and could take on leadership roles. We have really enjoyed teaching in this classroom and hope that QHO will have the opportunity to return in the future! We are very appreciative that Diana welcomed us into her class with open arms and for her constant support!