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Student Experiences

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 mariana.varela@queensu.ca for more information on how to be featured.

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

Student Experiences: Alt Prac at Banff National Park

May 25, 2017
By: Brooke Jones

Hello/Bonjour! My name is Brooke and I am a Summer 2 outdoor & experiential education student of the consecutive Bachelors of Education (B.Ed) program at Queen’s. This past February, I travelled to Banff National Park to complete my alternative practicum with the Parks Canada Agency. The experience was incredibly eye-opening as it helped me recognize the versatility of a B.Ed degree and the presence of educational experiences outside of the traditional classroom context.

Alt Prac at Banff National Park

Student Experiences: A Mature Student's Reflection on Choosing Queen's B.Ed.

May 23, 2017
By: Chris Suppa

As a Mature Student, considering a return back to academia was quite challenging. I took an incredible amount of time to research and reflect before I made my decision. There were several things I had heard about Queen's that assisted me in this process. The first was the availability of international opportunities both through TORF (Teachers Oversea's Recruitment Fair), and the Alternative Practicum experience. Additionally, I had also heard about a great community at the Faculty of Education.

A Mature Student's Reflection on Choosing Queen's B.Ed.

Student Experiences: Innovative Solution to New Age Problem

As an aspiring educator enrolled in the Queen’s B.Ed. program I have been inside a wide variety of high school classrooms, teaching and observing almost every stream of mathematics education from grade 9 applied to grade 12 academic. Though the students in each classroom come from extraordinarily different backgrounds with unique learning goals and needs, I found that one issue they face remains consistent across the board. The prevalence of cell phone use in schools all over Ontario could be seen as a growing concern that needs addressing and as a member of the Tech Ed concentration at Queen's this issue has been at the forefront of my studies.