Juliana Middel, B.Ed. Secondary ‘22
The Education Program at King's does not only teach you how to teach students; the professors address overarching questions of worldview and what it means to be human. These questions are crucial for connecting with and engaging students, to make the content relevant and exciting so my future students can learn more than just the curriculum. As part of my interest in teaching social studies, a central element of my focus is on Indigenous rights; as I completed my undergrad at King’s, I developed a passion for re-educating our society on past and current injustices. My teachable minor is in Kinesiology and because of my love for sports, I also want to get students excited about staying active and healthy. After completing only a couple months in the Ed program, I already know that the opportunities it provides will equip me to teach and further learn these subjects alongside students.
"King’s has encouraged me to do something with my privilege and to exercise my rights and responsibilities; learning here has further expanded my views, and pushed me to go out of my comfort zone and delve deep into issues."
I am taking the "Religion in the Classroom" course with Dr. Margie Patrick, and it is making me realize how important it is to create dialogue between people about religion. We are exploring questions such as how to engage with different religions in the classroom, and how important it is for society. I'm excited to implement this in my future classroom and initiate discussion with students so that we can better understand and build community with each other.
Through experiences like the Honduras Water project and Quest Mexico, as well as discussions in my history and politics courses, I have learned the extent of my privilege. I am so privileged to be able to go to King’s, to receive an education, and to live in a country where I can vote. King’s has encouraged me to do something with my privilege and to exercise my rights and responsibilities; learning here has further expanded my views, and pushed me to go out of my comfort zone and delve deep into issues.