My name is David Bartlett, and I write this with the intention of presenting my qualifications for a position within the field of education. I hope, through this brief overview of my skills, experiences and efforts, you may recognize my desire to ultimately obtain a position as a professional educator.
Most recently, I am a graduate of Nipissing University's Schulich School of Education: iTeach Laptop Learning Program. During my Bachelor of Education, I completed courses that addressed, and prepared me for, an extensive variety of educational practice at the Junior/Intermediate level, including: educational methods, law, curriculum study, special education, education management and technology. As well, Nipissing’s iTeach Laptop Program gave me the opportunity to integrate a wide range of educational technology into all aspects of my preparation, organization and application of class material and lessons. The technology-based program is unlike any of its kind in Canada, and has provided me with countless opportunities and resources as an educator going forward.
In the future, I hope to obtain my ABQ qualifications for the Intermediate/Senior division, so that I may extend my professional development to include the high school level, and make myself available to teach my area of specialty, “English”, if the opportunity presents itself. As well, I am currently enrolled in the Special Education-Level 1 AQ course with Nipissing University, through which I hope to work towards developing a working understanding of assisting students with special needs. Further, my future plans include completing my Masters in Cultural Studies, through McMaster University, when and if my professional schedule permits.
My experiences in teaching, both recent and past, have contributed greatly to my philosophy and ability as an instructor. My first six-week placement was with a grade 7/8 class in Brantford, where I learned a great deal about the need to differentiate my instruction to meet the needs of all students, and how to be creative in my planning, when resources may be minimal. My second placement, also in Brantford, gave me the opportunity to instruct a grade 4 and 6 class. Here, I took on a full time teaching role, created and implemented a balanced literacy program, and realized the benefit of shaping the curricula to the interests of students. Previous to my B.Ed, I spent a year teaching ESL to students in South Korea, focusing on reading, writing, listening and conversation skills. Here, I learned the value of flexibility and creativity in the classroom, and the importance of implementing language arts cross-curricularly.
My personal philosophy of teaching will consider the classroom a democratic environment, born out of consensus and mutual respect. My classes will recognize and celebrate one another culturally, academically and emotionally as individuals, who reach conclusions through regular collaboration. I plan to always differentiate my instruction based on my student’s abilities, funds of knowledge and emotional identities. Finally, I intend to create as many opportunities as possible for learning to take place kinesthetically, to give students control, and help them become active participants in their own learning.
Based on my education, teaching experiences, relative skills and professional development, I believe I would be a strong candidate for a role as a qualified educator. Moreover, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to prove myself.
Thank you in advance for your consideration,