The environment is one of the most critical aspects of my teaching. I have come to the conclusion years ago that one of the best ways I can engage my students is to create an environment that the students want to be in. This includes my behaviour, how I greet them when they come into the class and interact with them throughout the class. It includes how I greet that habitually late and/or absent student. Do I give them heat for being late yet again or do I go out of my way to make them feel welcome and that I’m happy to see them? I often think that the habitually late and/or absent student has enough going on in his or her life and that I might “get more bees with honey than vinegar” as it were.
My name is Niall MacLeod and this will be the beginning of my blog. And that is possibly the driest start there has been to a blog - I will get better. This is an excellent time in my career to begin this as I have taken the semester off from teaching to begin a Masters of Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. Here I will write about my lessons, my experiences in the classroom, and comment on any and all things education in the coming weeks and months. I'm hoping to make some good connections that will help me in my career and my Masters. Cheers :)