Gordon Tanner

Educator, Artist, Learner

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Hi there!

Welcome to my website! I am currently completing my second year in the B.Ed After Degree program at Brandon Universityand will be graduating in May 2019. This site was created as one of the requirements for 03.361 Information and Communications Technology in Education (Early Years) and will continue to grow as my learning grows - which is to say: for the rest of my life! The incredible number of teacher resources to be found online is truly staggering, and there's no need to reinvent the wheel. I would like to think that over time this website may become a valuable collection of links to resources and observations on the great endeavour of education.

Why teach?

Being a teacher is one of the most important jobs in the world. I’m not exaggerating. Starting at age 4 and continuing until they become adults, virtually every child spends most of their waking hours in the company of teachers and fellow students. Teachers are responsible for creating the environment that will shape every child that comes through their doors into functioning members of society, and providing them with the knowledge and skills that they will need to thrive. It’s hard to imagine a more important job than that. Teachers are responsible not just for providing the knowledge mandated by the current curriculum, but for going far beyond that, teaching and instilling values by providing a living example to the best of their ability. And this isn’t just for the kids that are easy to like, or the ones that soak up knowledge like a sponge; it’s for every single one of them. Every child has an equal right to the best possible education we can provide for them. This means that teachers need to be prepared to teach vastly different students in the ways that are best suited to those students’ differentiated needs, and throughout their careers to be actively upgrading their skills through professional development. It’s an exciting, sometimes daunting prospect.

Philosophy of Education


Constructivist

Growth Mindset

Inclusion

Critical Thinking

Thoughts on Curriculum


Differentiation

Student directed

Inquiry based

Fun!

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