We are Meghan and Cadence, and we teach in the School to Community classroom at LCVI! This is a great group that is comprised of high-schooled aged students with a diverse range of learning abilities.
We really love teaching this group! It offers a lot of opportunity to interact with a wide range of teaching staff including teaching aids, interpreters, OTs, and other Queen’s students. Every week we are greeted with smiling faces of students who are eager to learn!
We tend to use a lot of visual aids for these lessons as we have learned that the students respond best to this type of a presentation. We try to blend lots of different media platforms such as PowerPoints, videos and pictures. We also break up our lessons with a lot of activities both verbal, written and interactive! We have found it best to plan a 3-4 activities to spread throughout the lesson to maintain the student’s attention and ensure they are retaining the information.
So far we have covered a lot of general topics including nutrition, bullying, social media, physical activity, healthy relationships, and personal hygiene. We are excited to continue on teaching about substance use and abuse, sexual education including puberty, reproduction, contraceptive use and STIs.
It is so exciting to see how what we are teaching is being retained based on the worksheets they hand in and their insightful question box questions! They are getting more active in our discussions every week and their curiosity continues to grow!
We are so happy to be a part of QHO and be able to give back to our community in this way. We hope we can continue to make an impact in student’s lives over the coming weeks!
A big big thank you to the classroom teacher, Sharon and all of her support staff! They have made our transition into the classroom a huge success and their feedback is always appreciated!