HELLO! I’M DANIELLE GAUTHIER
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WHO I AM AND MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Originally born and raised in Edmonton. AB, I moved to Calgary to complete my first degree in a Bachelor of Arts with a dance major at the University of Calgary. I then pursued a career in Out of School care at Topp Kids beginning my journey as an educator. In 2020 Danielle started her Bachelor of Education with a specialization of Elementary Mathematics. I have a deep passion for nurturing and helping young minds grow.
I believe in creating a safe environment where all students can collaborate together, feel confident and achieve their goals. I treat all students with the same respect. I aspire to teach not only the curriculum but also foster a strong work ethic, respect, ambition, and goal orientation. My largest desire is to create and nurture a love of learning and to maintain an environment that allows and encourages questions and exploration. Being an important role model in a child’s life, I find the importance of demonstrating structure by being punctual, prepared, and well-spoken.
DESIGNING FOR LEARNING - FIELD III
SOCIAL STUDIES DEBATE
In this lesson, Grade 4 students had their first debate ever. Students were given different statement prompts about Barnum Brown and Black Foot people's perspectives. Students had to either agree, disagree or sit on the fence for each statement. I later did a second debate with the students about fossil fuels and used my reflection to improve the second debate.
SCIENCE - LIGHT AND SHADOWS
In the first lesson, students learned that the sun moves during the day which affects the size and length of shadows. In the second lesson, they learned the difference between opaque, translucent, and transparent objects and tested different objects in the classroom as an experiment.
DESIGNING FOR LEARNING - FIELD IV
SOCIAL STUDIES CHAPTER 6 UNIT PLAN
In this Unit Plan, students learned about settlers coming to Canada after The Fur Trade had ended. I used the Voices of Alberta textbook and the Under One Sun literacy resource alongside videos and digital activities. We ended this unit with a video project where students made a mock interview pretending to be John A Macdonald or Chief Crowfoot.
MINI DANCE UNIT PLAN
During my Field IV experience, I got to teach physical education 1 to 2 times a week. During the last three weeks, I decided to use that time to create and teach a mini dance unit. The students got to experience the fundamentals of locomotion, hip-hop grooving, ballet, swing dance, and a bit of improvisation.
WHAT DOES SELF-CARE MEAN TO ME?
To me, self-care is all about creating balance in regard to nutrition, between work life and home life, and between all of my priorities.
PERSONAL SELF-CARE PLAN
STRATEGIES I USE TO MAINTAIN MY PHYSICAL HEALTH
Getting eight hours of sleep nightly
Have a balanced diet
Take vitamin supplements
Stretch during meetings or long periods of sitting
Walk home after school
Get a massage
STRATEGIES I USE TO MAINTAIN MY MENTAL HEALTH
Do things that make me happy
Take vitamin supplements
Reflect on why I am grateful
Making time to talk to or spend time with family or friends
Practice deep breathing if feeling over whelmed
ACTIONS I CAN TAKE TO REACH MY SELF-CARE GOAL
Share goals with friend or colleague
Reflect daily about goals
Rate my physical health and mental health daily on a scale from 1 to 10
Try to have a mental health day on weekends
Have discussions with others about mental health
PRACTICUM SELF-CARE STREAK
March 15 - packed a healthy lunch and ate all fruits and vegetables
March 16 - went to bed early/got more than 9 hours of sleep
March 17 - walked home/got fresh air and sun
March 18 - reflected why I am grateful
March 19 - did some stretching during afternoon meetings
March 22 - had morning smoothie
March 23 - had a tea when I got home
March 24 - took deep breaths at lunchtime
March 25 - danced when I got home
March 26 - did some stretching during afternoon meetings and ate some chocolate
April 6 - had a smoothie when I got home
April 7 - walked home and got some fresh air/ chatted and played videogame with sister
April 8 - got a special sports-drink with coconut water for lunch, it gave me lots of energy
April 9 - got a special sports-drink with coconut water for lunch, it gave me lots of energy/did some stretching during afternoon meetings
April 12 - danced when I got home/partner cooked dinner
April 13 - chatted and played video games with sister
April 14 - got 8 hours of sleep
April 15 - walked home, got fresh air and sun
April 16 - celebrated being done/had a cold beverage/chatted with my mother
ASSESSMENTS AND EMPLOYMENT DOCUMENTS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
September 2013 - August 2017
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Dance.
September 2020 - May 2022
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Bachelor of Education two year after-degree with a specialization in Elementary Mathematics.
CANADIAN RED CROSS FIRST AID
Is Certified In Standard Child Care First Aid & CPR/AED Level B.
MY SKILL SET
According to my Clifton Strengths report, here are my strengths:
"People exceptionally talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of
each person. They have a gift for figuring out how different people can work together productively."
"People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a need to collect and archive. They may
accumulate information, ideas, artifacts or even relationships."
"People exceptionally talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find
connections between seemingly disparate phenomena."
"People exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be.
They energize others with their visions of the future."
"People exceptionally talented in the Achiever theme work hard and possess a great deal of stamina.
They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive."
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation"