The third annual Faculty of Education ED 5000 Student Conference took place on July 22 in the G.A. Hickman (Education) Building.
The ED 5000 Student Conference is an important milestone for Bachelor of Education students in the intermediate/secondary program. The conference is the students’ chance to showcase an important research topic that they have been working on over the past three semesters.
The ED 5000 Teacher Development Seminar gives students the opportunity to frame, conceptualize and articulate educational issues; consider the purposes of education; reflect on teaching and learning and develop and display artefacts that document their learning, professional knowledge and practice, and their journey towards becoming a teacher.
This year’s conference featured 36 student presentations on a wide range of topics such as “Murder in the Classroom: A Cross-Curricular Investigation in English and Science,” “The Mr. Feeny Effect: How Pop Culture and the Media Affect Our Understanding of the Teacher’s Role,” “Physical Education: Now and Then” and “Safety in Schools: Vaccinations.”
The conference began with a keynote presentation titled “Take them Outdoors: Reaching New Heights in Education” by Dr. TA Loeffler, professor of outdoor recreation in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. The well-known outdoor adventurer inspired the students by explaining her teaching and learning philosophy, “Mountains are my Teachers.”
The day’s events concluded with a presentation by Faculty of Education alumnus, Mr. Shane Morgan discussing his experiences as a graduate of the program and where his degree has taken him. All participants then celebrated the conclusion of the conference with a social at The Breezway.
A special thank you goes out to instructors Ms. Jennifer Anderson, Mr. Rob Kelly and Mr. Edward Wade, as well as Mr. Hayward Blake and Ms. Sheri Roberts from Admissions and Field Services for organizing the event. Congratulations to all of our intermediate/secondary students on a job well done!