I’m a teacher of English and Social Studies and I’m also a Teacher-Librarian here at Prince of Wales Secondary in Vancouver.  I’ve been teaching since 1995 and for most of my 20+ years in the profession, I’ve been at PW (first as a student teacher in 1994-95 and then again from 1998-2002 and then again in 2005 to present day.   From 2002 to 2005, my husband and I taught in China and we traveled throughout China and SE Asia. These three years were memory making for us.   Today we are parents to two kids:  a son whose in grade 6 and a daughter in grade 3.  We live in Vancouver.

My teaching philosophy centres on lifelong learning and developing a growth mindset in the classroom.  Student-centred classrooms and inquiry based learning are also cornerstones in my teaching.  Finally, incorporating assessment for learning is essential. I’m interested in students being a part of their learning.  Feedback from me is essential with self and peer assessment playing a role in overall learning.  I ask that students keep track of their learning by keeping a folder in the classroom.  An assessment log is a part of the folder and this portion helps them see an overall picture emerging.  Areas of strength and areas of focus are key aspects of reflection on each assessment piece.

I teach in the mini school (Mini 5) on Day 2 and I can be found in the library on Day 1.

My email address is abrett@vsb.bc.ca.



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