The journey has just begun .....
My name is Shammy Begum and I started working as an Elementary Occasional Teacher recently. I am also pursuing Master of Education at OISE (UofT) in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development. This website is designed as a requirement for the course CTL5011 - Holistic Approaches to Information Technology led by Dr. Selia Karsten.
I am proud of being multilingual (speak 4 languages besides English, and learning French now), and have lived and worked in different countries. Learning a new language often helped me integrate into their culture and community.
As a substitute teacher, every day is a challenge but I am determined and passionate to be with the students I have never met before. I am a quick learner and I try to pick up on the dynamics of the classroom quickly, admitting every student, every classroom, every teacher and every school is unique. There were days when I was left with little or no day plans when I am called on short notices. In such instances, it is always important for me to have a plan B when I am unsure which class I will be teaching the next day. I know you have all been there.
This website exposes some of the enriching activities I have used as 'fillers' during my experience as an occasional teacher when there is no 'digital technology' available, and to enhance their experience with 'natural technology'. All schools respect diversity and welcome creativity and innovation that arise from bringing different cultural perspectives together and cultivating the unique contributions of all. I hope to encourage students to explore cultural diversity within their own community and around the world; and will enable them to:
Please check back often as I keep updating this website (e.g. Classroom management tips, cultural field trips etc.) throughout my teaching journey.
I would love to hear from you about your experiences as an occasional teacher and don't forget to leave ideas and/or feedback to help improve this website.
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.