My name is Andrea Hoffman and I am a Bachelor of Education After Degree (BEAD) Student at the University of Regina. I convocated in 2011 from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies. I love to travel and have lived in and visited many countries around the world. I love working with children and youth of all ages and I feel that becoming a teacher is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I believe learning should be fun, full of excitement, discovery and an adventure. I believe that the learning environment should be safe and inclusive. I believe that the classroom is an amazing place for incredible connections to form and develop.
I believe learning should be fun and engaging. It should be exciting and viewed as an adventure. The Saskatchewan Curriculum equips students to be their best selves. It is a holistic approach to developing student’s minds, learning through First Nations knowledge and ways of knowing and developing students to be kind, caring people who are able to practice self-regulation and cooperation. The Saskatchewan Curriculum is an amazing guide, however, as a teacher it is imperative to me to take the curriculum and practice differentiated instructional strategies to appeal to all learners. Students should have say in their learning and that is why it is so important to incorporate student inquiry.
I believe in a learning environment that is a safe and an inclusive space in which students can express themselves, exercise their creativity, grow and develop. I believe in a space that is equitable, where every students feels welcomed and that they belong. I believe in a learning environment that is free from judgement and full of support for one another, a place where everyone’s voice is heard and respected.
I believe in forming relationships with students is key to their learning. It is essential to first make connections with students in order to be effective as an educator. Understanding the various backgrounds each student is coming from, their different needs, learning styles and appealing to their interests and passions is crucial to being a successful teacher. A positive relationship will enhance a student’s success.
I bring my enthusiasm for children, my passion for learning and my prior experiences to the field. I have worked with children and youth in varying capacities including, camp counsellor English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher in China, Au Pair in Ireland, a Residence Coordinator at Luther College High School, a Project Coordinator for a newcomer children’s program, a Youth Worker, a Settlement Support Worker for Saskatoon Open Door Society and a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters. I hope to foster a love for discovery, exploration and fun in learning. My varied and diverse experiences will help to foster a connection with all of my students. I am passionate about social justice and community development and I want to create this within the students and the classroom.
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”.-Nelson Mandella