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Discover what our students experience at the Faculty of Education at Queen's University. Read about their own stories, adventures and opportunities during their studies. Want to have your story featured? Email justine.mayhew@queensu.ca for more information on how to be featured.

Student Experiences: My PhD at Queen's Education shaped who I am today

February 26, 2018
By: Suparna Roy

An advantage was that I had done my undergraduate, B.Ed., and MEd degrees all at Queen’s so when I entered the world of acronyms (i.e., EGSS, ESMHI, RBJSE), they were familiar and I was eager to get involved. My past role as a middle and high school teacher had me hooked on activities that were service-oriented and therefore I gravitated towards those types of experiences during my PhD Of course, other acronyms like TA’ing, GTF’ing, and RA’ing have also livened things up. To me, these acronyms represent networks of people (staff, students, and faculty) with whom I could build friendships and a sense of community.

Student Experiences: Studying and Teaching Abroad at the BISC!

February 6, 2018
By: Maysam Abu Khreibeh

Hi there! My name is Maysam Abu Khreibeh and I am currently a second-year B.Ed. Teacher Candidate in the Intermediate/Senior Divisions studying Global Development Studies with a concentration in History and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Studies. I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience learning and teaching at the Bader International Study Center (BISC), in the UK for my very first year of university. From weekly practicum experiences in many different classrooms to experiential learning opportunities and traveling adventures, the BISC taught me the true meaning of self-directed, immersive and meaningful learning which every aspiring teacher should strive to have!

Student Experiences: Exchange Student

January 4, 2018
By: Alexandra Rohrer

The education system in Switzerland is different than your system. In Switzerland, we have four main subjects every Primary School teacher must teach and an additional choice of elective subjects (we choose 3). The main subjects are: German, Mathematics, English, and Human & Environment. The six additional subjects are: Arts, Textile handicraft, Mechanical handicraft, French, Gym, and Music.

Alexandra with friends on Student Street

Student Experiences: Miss Lee the Science Queen

November 20, 2017
By: Kerri Lee

Hello! My name is Kerri Lee and I am a B.Ed. Teacher Candidate in the Primary/Junior Divisions with a concentration in ACE (Artist in Community Education). I recently completed my practicum in a grade 3 classroom where I had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects, including introductory lessons for their science unit on forces. As an educator who is passionate about the arts, I was eager to find a way to incorporate an aspect of drama or theatre into my lessons.

the Science Queen

Student Experiences: Outdoor & Experiential Education Field Camp

October 24, 2017
By: Stuart David

Hello!  My name is Stuart David and I am a B.Ed. Teacher Candidate in the Primary/Junior Divisions with a concentration in Outdoor and Experiential Education. 

The Outdoor and Experiential Education (OEE) program has a unique start in September called Field Camp.  At Field Camp all 27 Teacher Candidates in the OEE program get together at Frontenac Park Scout Camp on Otter Lake and spend 5 days completing activities, sleeping in tents, cooking some amazing food and getting to know each other.

Student Experiences: Guide Dog Training

October 19, 2017
By: Yannick Wong

You may have seen furry-faced Leo around the halls of Duncan McArthur Hall alongside his “Puppy Raiser” Teacher Candidate Yannick Wong (Con.Ed. ’18).

Yannick originally wanted to adopt his own dog but understood that getting a dog was a huge and lasting commitment, particularly when there is no guarantee of where he could be teaching in a year. A friend recommend Kingston 4 Paws as a possible way to have a meaningful relationship with a dog short term – and help out a child in the process.

furry-faced Leo with Yannick Wong

Student Experiences: Graduate Research

July 17, 2017
By: Cindy Deyu Xing

Cindy Deyu Xing, who recently graduated from the Faculty of Education, was an international student who completed her Master of Education. Her research looked at how Chinese students with limited spoken English experienced Canadian universities. Using narrative inquiry, she interviewed Chinese students at mid-sized universities to listen to their study stories. Her thesis involves not only the traditional narrative writing but she also used music to re-tell the students stories - meaning her thesis includes a musical representation of the students' experiences. Find out more about her research by listening to the Grad Chat episode she was featured on in May!

Student Experience: A PhD's experience as a TA 

June 27, 2017
By: Michael Pitblado

One of the most rewarding opportunities graduate students are offered in the Faculty of Education is the chance to work directly with our TCs as teaching assistants. Last year I had the pleasure of assisting with two Professional Studies courses in the summer, followed by Ted Christou’s Introduction to Teaching History (CURR 335) in the fall and Rosa Bruno-Jofre’s Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education
 (FOUN 102) in the winter. Interacting and supporting TCs as they navigate the Bachelor of Education program allowed me to play a small part in their growth as teachers.

Student Experiences: Taking kindergartners outside for class

June 15, 2017
By: Zoe Arnold

During my most recent practicum, I was placed in a kindergarten classroom here in Kingston. Before I started, I emailed my associate teacher to introduce myself, and asked about whether I could take the class outdoors a few times during my lessons. I was surprised by the enthusiasm of her response. She asked if I would take it further and incorporate daily outdoor learning activities for the students, using the school grounds, and the local community. I was so excited (and a little nervous to be honest) to get started.

Zoe Arnold with kindergarten student outdoors

Student Experiences: Global Learning in Hong Kong

June 7, 2017
By: Maggie Chan

My name is Maggie Chan and I am a consecutive B.Ed. candidate in the Intermediate-Senior division with a specialization in International Education. In being a part of the Queen’s Faculty of Education, I have been given the opportunity to meet amazing people as well as participate in incredible experiences. One experience in particular took place in the form of my alternative practicum this past March, where I was able to complete a placement with Intercultural Education (ICE) Hong Kong, a social enterprise based in the unique region of Hong Kong that focuses on shaping globally-minded individuals and their proficiency in intercultural communication.

Global Learning in Hong Kong