Rose Bastien

The Kids Post - - Private Education Guide 2014 -

CUR­RICU­LUM CO­OR­DI­NA­TOR/GRADE 6 TEACHER

C ur­ricu­lum co-or­di­na­tor and grade six teacher at Hud­son Col­lege, Rose Bastien, en­tered the pro­fes­sion in a some­what un­ortho­dox way.

Her love of teach­ing be­came ap­par­ent only af­ter vol­un­teer­ing at her son’s school. She says that be­ing around chil­dren has always been a source of en­joy­ment for her.

“They have an in­cred­i­ble in­sight into the world around them. Their hon­esty, their cu­rios­ity and their end­less nar­ra­tives are won­der­ful to be around on a daily ba­sis.”

Her own teach­ing phi­los­o­phy is cen­tered around the idea that all chil­dren are gifted.

“All chil­dren should be taught with high ex­pec­ta­tions — teach chil­dren as if they are ‘gifted’ and they take on the char­ac­ter­is­tics of ‘gifted’ chil­dren.” She de­scribes her class­room as a “demo­cratic teach­ing en­vi­ron­ment” that in­volves a more fluid dis­cus­sion between teacher and stu­dents. “While the On­tario cur­ricu­lum is fol­lowed, it guides my lessons but does not con­strain them,” she says. “My stu­dents are in­volved in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process of what they learn and how they are as­sessed. This way they par­tic­i­pate in the re­spon­si­bil­ity for their learn­ing – an es­sen­tial skill for high school and post sec­ondary where

in­de­pen­dence is es­sen­tial.”

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