Garth Ni­chols

The Kids Post - - Private Education Guide 2014 -

DIREC­TOR, TEACH­ING + LEARN­ING, PREP & UP­PER SCHOOL

G arth Ni­chols is one of the new­est ad­di­tions to the teach­ing ranks at Bayview Glen. He brings with him 15 years of teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a love of ed­u­cat­ing that was en­cour­aged by those that taught him.

“I’ve known from an early age that I wanted to be an ed­u­ca­tor,” he says. “I think it be­gan with having great teach­ers through­out my ed­u­ca­tion. See­ing their joy and ex­cite­ment of sharing with oth­ers and help­ing oth­ers grow was in­spir­ing, and con­tin­ues to in­spire me.”

His daily in­ter­ac­tions with the stu­dents cover a broad range of ar­eas, with a strong un­der­stand­ing of pretty much ev­ery as­pect of teach­ing.

“My day en­tails build­ing con­nec­tions between, and best prac­tices for what we teach (cur­ricu­lum), how we teach (ped­a­gogy), and who we teach (get­ting to know our stu­dents as learn­ers and as the whole child), and infusing th­ese con­nec­tions with rel­e­vant ed­u­ca­tional tech­nolo­gies.”

Ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren, he says, is not only about pre­par­ing them for the future. Fo­cus also needs to be on mak­ing them ready to han­dle the chal­lenges of to­day. “Ed­u­ca­tion must be about build­ing re­silience, char­ac­ter and growth mindset to al­low our stu­dents to take on chal­lenges, take on safe risks and fos­ter cu­rios­ity within them­selves.”

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