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.”