Focus on the Field
An in-depth look at the Teacher Practicum in faculties of education across the province of Alberta. Join teacher educators, researchers, preservice teachers and their mentors as we explore current issues, challenges and opportunities surrounding this core component of learning to teach.

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We’ve heard throughout this series about the importance of communication. Jeff Turner is a Sessional Instructor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. He also acts as a university advisor for student teachers and mentors in the…

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In this episode, we look at what makes that unique relationship between a mentor and a teacher candidate tick.

Dr. Dawn Burleigh is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Like her colleagues at the University of…

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In this episode, we take a look at Alberta’s Teaching Quality Standard (TQS) from the perspective of someone who has worked on its development, a brand new teacher, and the current president of the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA).

We talk about…

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We know that true learning always involves some sort of struggle. Learning to teach is no exception.

In this episode, we look at some of the common ways in which teacher candidates struggle during their practicum experiences, what is at the heart…

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In this episode, we look at the importance of wellness in the teacher practicum, some of the causes of stress that could impact a teacher candidates sense of well-being, and the conditions for a practicum experience where both candidates and mentors…

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In this first episode of Focus from the Field, we speak with teacher educators from across the province of Alberta. Each of our guests have responsibility of coordinating and supporting the practicum experiences for preservice teacher candidates in…

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