Hey Everyone! My name is Nicki Bannerman. I am an aspiring Secondary English teacher, but for now will settle with the title of a Pre-Service Teacher. I am currently in my fourth year on a five year journey at the University of Regina to gaining my BEd of Secondary English with a major in English and a minor in Social Studies, as well as my BA of English. This blog will document my journey to becoming a teacher. Please feel welcome to comment on my posts!
Interested in me? Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I grew up on a farm outside a very small town in Saskatchewan. Ever since I was about four years old I could tell anyone who asked (or didn’t) that I was going to be a teacher when I grew up. I have a younger sister, and unfortunately playtime for me meant mock school time for her. I practiced my writing on our small play chalkboard, and made her imitate my letters. Most of the time she was a willing and agreeable participant, but I know that it was when she was unruly that I gained my first experience at Classroom Management.
I always knew that teaching was what I wanted to do. It is a part of who I am and inherent to my being. My only challenge was deciding what specifically I wanted to teach. Again, at a young age, around 12-13, I knew that I wanted to teach “the big kids.” High school seemed to call me. English was always an area where I excelled, and I thoroughly enjoy my English classes as I pursue my BA in English. I also expressed an interest in Social Studies. This soon became my minor as I began my studies at the University of Regina. I have always loved the Home Economics classes, especially Food Studies, clothing and designing but unfortunately this is not an area that I can pursue at the University of Regina. Perhaps some day I will be fortunate enough to teach some of these courses, and if I do I know that one of my mentors and former Home Ec teacher would be ecstatic to share her wisdom with me.
I have a passion for teaching, and more importantly I have a passion to become an ally for young people. I am enthusiastic to learn more about social justice and teaching about anti-oppression. I am eager to take on the challenges of combining my core curriculum outcomes and content with Treaty education and social justice issues. I am excited to gain experience in my upcoming Internship (Fall 2015) and begin my first teaching job the year following.
So follow me on this amazing and crazy journey as I fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher!