Jocelyn Howard - UC Teaching Award Winner 2014
School of Teacher Education
Nominated by Murray Fastier, College of Education Learning and Teaching Committee
Making connections is at the heart of my teaching practice. Unprecedented technological developments, wide-scale global mobility, and increased recognition of New Zealand’s dual heritage present exciting challenges for teacher educators. My teaching focuses on ensuring that teachers-in-training from whatever their background develop the understanding, skills and dispositions to make the New Zealand classroom a welcoming and supportive environment for every learner.
In addition to ensuring there are clear connections between learning outcomes, content, tasks and assessments in the courses and programmes I design, I also guide students to make their own wider connections - across other courses with literature and theory, in their everyday lives and in their roles as teachers or teachers-to-be. I aim to use a blend of learner-centred practices and e-learning tools to engage on-campus students and to make distance students feel equally valued. I am proactive in seeking feedback on my teaching from students, colleagues, principals and teachers. I seek to provide the best possible learning experiences for all our students, backed by preparation, passion and research-informed knowledge.
Jocelyn Howard's staff profile (School of Teacher Education website)
Jocelyn Howard's Research profile (UC SPARK website)