PEDAGOGICAL AND ENGAGEMENT APPROACH

All hands on deck!

When it comes to child and youth development, pedagogy and engagement, I have a hands-on philosophy paired with a flexible approach. I invite learners of all ages to provide their own inputs as we jointly construct project-based learning environments that engage, increase satisfaction, and promote persistent and innovative learners. My focus is on constructing successful activities that are part of developmental pathways.

  • Like when I facilitated a group of pre-teens in the making of their very own original movie complete with original script writing, music compositions, costume sewing, acting, video editing... and of course the red-carpet premier!

  • Or a short stop-motion film where students converted a story, collaborated with a professional pianist, and produced all the visuals (watch the video to see!).

  • Or that time that the students and I created a "classroom to call our own" in a gym.

I favor learning that is embedded in explorations of the physical world and meaningful activities. I focus on creating spaces of inclusion in which children and youth experience a sense of belonging and community through which they can fully experience self-realization to build their own self-confidence and -esteem. All while soaking up important knowledge, social- and life-skills and new creative abilities.

As much as possible, these same philosophies, albeit transformed, follow me into teaching college courses and developing workshops for teachers and public audiences.

Outside-the-box classroom
Outside-the-box classroom

The students and I proactively shaped their own learning environment in the middle of a gym

Increased clean-up = increased engagement
Increased clean-up = increased engagement

Colleague and I after a day of color exploration projects

Restaurant Day Students cooked, wrote recipes, invitations, created place settings and parents joi
Restaurant Day Students cooked, wrote recipes, invitations, created place settings and parents joi

Students cooked, wrote recipes, invitations, created place settings for their restaurant and asked their parents to join

Outside-the-box classroom
Outside-the-box classroom

The students and I proactively shaped their own learning environment in the middle of a gym

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