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Using Video for Teacher Professional Development

There are many ways that teachers are able to develop their instruction, video taping oneself and reviewing it is one example of an effective self-evaluation technique. Take a look at my info-grapic for more information.




Coming into the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP) with a Bachelor of Education degree, I had some experience with lesson planning and need for self-reflection in your practice; however, my focus through my degree had been pedagogy.  As I am now also working with adult students, teaching them how to support students with language based learning disabilities, I found the information on andragogy very beneficial.  Adults learn differently and have different expectations than children, and their instructor should be well versed in how to best support them.  One of the aspects I have found most useful when teaching adults is the importance of student feedback, formative and summative.  As many of our students have some prior knowledge when entering the classroom, the teacher must take this into account and draw on their expertise.  Throughout the course, it is imperative that the teacher continue to inquire how the students are doing, what they are understanding and what they need more support with.  Throughout the PIDP I have really appreciated being able to develop some resources that will enable me to query my students and continue to provide the best learning environment for my adult students.

Issues in Education Netvibe

Netvibes are a great way to quickly access and review RSS feed from news sites and blogs that you follow. Visit my netvibe at to keep informed about professional practice, classroom management, technology in the classroom, and curriculum content.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions of additional blogs that you follow.

Lifelong Learning

As time passes by, the world around us continues to  change; technology develops, new information is discovered regarding our teaching topics, society changes…  If we do not also change, our classes will become stale and outdated. Besides this, no one is perfect and can always learn something new, and valuable, whether it is about their teaching topic, their students, or even themselves.
Within the classes I teach, the population is often comprised mostly of educators, and some parents, who are hoping to enhance their ability to provide multisensory structured language instruction to their own students or children.  Many of these participants attend classes after school and on weekends, and must pay for the courses themselves.  Their dedication to continue to develop their skills to support their students best is inspiring.
As a lifelong learner myself, I know that there is so much for me to continue to learn and it is always so exciting to learn something new and be able to apply it effectively to your classes, or life.










Teaching Online

Having little experience with online learning previous to this class, I always thought that although there is more flexibility for studying and completing assignments within times that are convenient for the student, I was under the impression that students completing these classes would be feel isolated. Therefore, I chose to complete all of my PIDP courses in a class setting. Although this meant driving 45 minutes each way to classes, I enjoyed the social aspect of the face to face classes and thought that the interaction and discussions that evolved were essential to my learning. Having now experience online learning first hand, I realize that authentic interaction can be relevant within an online classroom/course and lead to augmentation of the student’s learning and understanding of the material.
As Brookfield recommends in his chapter “Teaching Online” in The Skillful Teacher, it is a valuable experience to attend at least one online course before presenting one yourself. It can be invaluable, allowing you to acknowledge what the online student feels and possibly eliminate some of the difficulties that might occur.

Brookfield, S., (2006). The Skillful Teacher: On Trust, Technique and Responsiveness in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Infographic: 5 Strategies for Success when Teaching Online with an Example of Each

Jacob Spradlin M.Ed. Assistant Director of Training and Development

Source: Infographic: 5 Strategies for Success when Teaching Online with an Example of Each


Accreditation can be defined as “to certify (a school, college, or the like) as meeting all formal official requirements of academic excellence, curriculum, facilities, etc.” (
Schools and organizations require accreditation in order to guarantee qualitative expectations are being met. As a certified teacher and Orton-Gillingham practitioner, I had to apply and obtain certification through two separate organizations. In each instance they required documentation to assert that I had completed fully accredited courses. This documentation informed both regulatory bodies, the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education and the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors (CATT), that I met their standards and would be a suitable educator within the schools within B.C. or to work with students who have language based learning disabilities. Courses and programs are accredited to ensure that the information presented meets expectations and is similar to others like it, provincially, within the same country, or world-wide. Without this accreditation students may not be able to transfer credits, become certified through governing bodies, or be eligible for positions within their field of work.
This has been a current issue with the Law program at Trinity Western University (TWU) in B.C. The Christian university has been denied accreditation, not due to the courses and program but because acceptance to the school requires students to sign a covenant that discriminates against same-sex relationships. TWU is still able to open a law school if they like; however, graduates would not be eligible to be called to bar.

Mark McGregor

PIDP 3250: Instructional Strategies

My Adventures in PIDP

This blog is to highlight my new adventures/challenges as I emabark on this journey of learning!

A Changing Mind

Learning how to teach.


Creative living after ABI / TBI and other disabilities.