Mentoring Corner

Hello NITEPers! 

Welcome to the Mentoring Corner. I am your new Digital Peer Mentor, Daniel. I am a math teacher at heart and have been working with curriculum devzelopment for the last 7 years. In this corner, I will be able to support you with virtual community-based learning opportunities and ways to enhance your digital learning experiences. 

Looking for that digital resource tip you saw in the bulletin a few weeks ago? Here you will find it! Every week we will feature digital resource tips from the student bulletins, as well as additional links and tools you may find useful.

Unfortunately, I am not an I.T. tech or an academic tutor, but UBC has amazing resources that can further help you!

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October 21, 2019: The Museum of Anthropology Teacher Resources

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) offers incredibly useful teacher resources on their website. One of the most amazing digital resources you will find is the Musqueam Teaching Kit: “xʷməθkʷəy̓əm: qʷi:l̕qʷəl̕ ʔə kʷθə snəw̓eyəɬ ct – Musqueam: giving information about our teachings” The teacher resources offer educators a unique opportunity to learn from Musqueam culture about their rich history, contemporary lives and the efforts they continue to make to safeguard our future. Read this week’s full tip here.

March 12, 2019: Scarfe Digital Sandbox

  • Learn about what the Scarfe Digital Sandbox can offer you as a teacher candidate. Yvonne Dawydiak highlights some of the ways you can save time, learn new digital skills, enhance classroom pedagogy, connect to BC curriculum, and find tools tailored for education professionals.
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February 12, 2019: Digital health resources

  • Learn about digital health resources that will provide you with both physical and mental health support.

February 5, 2019: Working online…offline

  • This week’s video series is about working online, offline. Learn how to build your skills as a student in online forums and classes, as well as building community and staying connected if you aren’t gathering in a physical classroom.

January 29, 2019: Introducing the NITEP video series!

  • Check out Amber’s introduction to the NITEP video series. Send us ideas for videos you want to see next!

January 22, 2019: Development tools

  • The digital resource for this week is about developing yourself as a student (and professional) holistically. There are also tons of resources that are free and easily accessible online. I recommend checking out the Calm app (iTunes store or Google), which can guide you through meditation practice, read you bedtime stories, or just play beautiful nature sounds in the background while you work. They’re even on Instagram if you don’t want to download another app; try a 15-second deep-breathing exercise and see how you feel! I also recommend checking out the Indigenous wellness initiative, Well For Culture on Instagram or their website for great ideas on how to bring culture, traditional foods, and healthy activity into your self-care routine.

November 27, 2018: Working in groups with online documents

  • Working in groups can be challenging, but using online spaces to collaborate can help relieve some of the stress. As a UBC student, the online learning platform Canvas offers opportunities to work together, and share documents or assignments with other students, professors, or even the class. Check out Canvas help page if you want more info.
  • Google Docs is a common place for groups to work together and it offers many benefits: free access, automatically saves changes, and multiple people can work at once. Google Hangouts is an instant messaging platform, that’s taken off in the past little way, but you can also just chat in Google Docs while working. For more assistance with Google Docs, visit this link.

November 20, 2018: Top tech tools

  • Developing your skills as a teacher (and current student!) is an ongoing process where you are always learning. It’s important to make sure you are utilizing tools in your classroom that make learning fun, engaging, and meaningful for students, but this can also be an opportunity to make things easier on yourself! Check out this list of tech tools for teachers to help you create presentations, evaluate more efficiently, and even access museums from around the world.

November 13, 2018: Teacher conduct

  • We live in an increasingly digital age, and social media is a large part of our communication process with friends, families, and colleagues. As educators, we need to be extra diligent about our conduct online because we occupy a place of trust with our students and are held to higher standards. Most provinces regulate teacher conduct and the Teacher Regulation Board of BC Standard #2 specifies: Educators understand that their individual conduct contributes to the perception of the profession as a whole. Educators are accountable for their conduct while on duty, as well as off duty, where that conduct has an effect on the education system. Brush up on teacher regulations often to ensure you continue to demonstrate the values of the education profession in all the aspects of your life. Don’t forget, privacy settings don’t hide everything! Err on the side of caution in your conduct online.

November 6, 2018: Posts online

  • Wondering about how to write your discussion posts online? Are you trying to move conversation forward in online discussion forums in a meaningful and respectful way? Here is a great resource to help guide your thinking around written contributions in online forums. Save yourself from struggling through online classes and check out these tips.


For questions or additional support, contact Daniel.