Comics and the dreamy, anxious underworld of teacher education

The iconic image of a student staring out the classroom window daydreaming of anything but the lesson at hand might be a reality that teachers try to avoid. David Lewkowich, a professor of Secondary Education, doesn’t see these moments as a distraction but as an important part of what is happening in the classroom.

“Every student and every teacher, while we are all focusing on a lesson, a topic or a concept, there is still so much else happening in that classroom,” explains Lewkowich.

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Building towards a “less-frightful future”

Greta Thunberg is not the only one looking to foster hope and inspire change in the current political and ecological climates. A speaker series organized by a professor and student in the Department of Secondary Education hopes to spark conversation and foster community in a similar vein.

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Trip to Finland fuels student's passion for empowering Indigenous communities

A trip above the Arctic circle in Scandinavia showed a University of Alberta student that Indigenous people in distant countries have a lot in common and can support each other in preserving their culture and traditions. Kaitlyn Walcheske says she’s drawing on her first international travel experience to find ways to support Indigenous students at home and to help amplify their voices—with the help of a grant from the Peter Lougheed Leadership College (PLLC).

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The best at both worlds

If you want to know what it takes to balance athletic pursuits with academic excellence, Sara Haring would be a good person to ask. The University of Alberta Pandas rugby player and secondary education after-degree student was named an Academic All-Canadian—a designation conferred by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) to varsity athletes who maintain an academic standing of 80 per cent or better—for the fifth time in 2016.

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