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I am Jennifer Barker, the UBC CITE Cohort Coordinator for the 2015 -2016 year. I am also a Faculty Advisor and Instructor in the B. Ed. program. I teach both Inquiry and Mathematics Curriculum and Pedagogy courses. Additionally I work in the Surrey School District as the Changing Results for Mathematicians Advocate. Click here to visit to my Math Site.
I began my career as an Educational Assistant in 1997 after completing a Bachelor of Arts at UBC in Canadian Studies. After six months working as an educational assistant in a primary classroom, I confirmed what I knew since I was little, that I wanted to be a teacher.
I returned to UBC to complete the one year Bachelor of Education Program. I had the benefit of being enrolled in the Richmond Project, which was a cohort of 22 students that took all of our classes together. It was a wonderful experience and two of my dearest friendships were formed within this cohort.
Over the 17 years of my career, I have taught Kindergarten through Grade Five and even spent one year teaching a combined K/1/2! Whether teaching children or young adults, teaching is something that brings me immense joy.
I would define myself as a life-long learner. I completed my Masters in Education in the area of technology in 2013 and have completed several Master's level Mathematics courses. I focused my Masters on discovering the powerful learning and understanding that could be acquired through Inquiry based approaches in Mathematics, used in combination with iPads.
I am excited by the opportunities provided through the Internet for teachers to connect with each other in ways never experienced before. Through professional and classroom blogs, Twitter, YouTube, social bookmarking sites such as Pinterest, educators have the ability to learn and share with others, creating personalized learning networks that unite us in our passions.
I also attend and give numerous professional development workshops throughout the year. I think educators can learn so much from each other and through sharing we all benefit. Committed to supporting educators, I am the Vice-President of the British Columbia Primary Teacher's Association and am an Executive member of the British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers.
When I am not teaching I can be found spending time in the kitchen baking and enjoying time with my family. My husband Scott, nine year old daughter Megan and eleven year old son Matthew (my m&m's) keep me focused, present and mindful of what really matters in life.
I am always happy to connect with others who share my passions, so feel free to drop me a line...
My Classroom Blogs
Classroom sites/wikis/blogs to follow are:
Schwakida School of Thought
Ms. Lirenman's Room
Mrs. Morrison's Room
Ms. Baldry's Class
First Grade Wiki
Mrs. Cassidy's Class
Ms. Fraser's Wonders
A love for teaching
Mrs. Zvi's Class
Team Up for Success 4/5
Welcome to Year5V
Mr. Rhodus's Grade 6 Room
Ms. Tolley & Division 2
Other great sites, wikis and blogs: