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 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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Lisa Taylor is PhD Student and Sessional Instructor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. She is also Chair of the Alberta Teacher Educators of Physical and Health Education (ATEPHE) and Editor of The Runner: The Journal of the…

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Shannon Kell is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Mount Royal University,. Her many years of Specialization in the area of Health and Physical Education, as well as her involvement in a course on teacher wellness at MRU, allows her to…

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Jodi Harding-Kuriger is a Sessional Instructor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. She brings many years of passionate involvement with Alberta’s Health and Physical Education community to this conversation about wellness in the…

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Leslie Robertson in an Instructor in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University. Her many years of experience as an elementary educator, an administrator and someone who is passionate about the arts comes shining through in this…

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Chris Fenlon-MacDonald is a Specialist in the area of school improvement for the Calgary Board of Education. Part of that portfolio involves helping school administration and staff build cultures of wellness. His insights are very valuable in this…

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Shirley Cardinal is Land Language Relationships and Culture Consultant for theMeadow Lake Tribal Council in Saskatchewan. Shirley speaks from the heart in this conversation about wellness in the teacher practicum.

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Megan Wilson is a Preservice Teacher at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. She is also VP, Wellness for the Education Students Association at the University. She brings both of those perspectives to this conversation on wellness…

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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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In this series of conversations, we discuss the work teacher education, the dynamics of mentorship and some of the challenges and opportunities for greater connections between theory and practice.

In this episode, Roberta Baril, Field Experience…

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In this series of conversations, we discuss the work teacher education, the dynamics of mentorship and some of the challenges and opportunities for greater connections between theory and practice.

In this episode, Laurie Hill, Associate Professor,…

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In this series of conversations, we discuss the work teacher education, the dynamics of mentorship and some of the challenges and opportunities for greater connections between theory and practice.

In this episode, Stephanie Radomski, Field…

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In this series of conversations, we discuss the work teacher education, the dynamics of mentorship and some of the challenges and opportunities for greater connections between theory and practice.

In this episode, it’s Sharon Pelech, Interim…

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In this series of conversations, we discuss the work teacher education, the dynamics of mentorship and some of the challenges and opportunities for greater connections between theory and practice.

In this episode, Lorelei Boschman, Education…

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In this series of conversations, we discuss the work teacher education, the dynamics of mentorship and some of the challenges and opportunities for greater connections between theory and practice.

In this episode: Heather Provencher, Field…

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