Jazz Saxophonist, Teacher, History Aficionado, Presenter and Writer
This website is designed to serve as an online portfolio. My portfolio was originally created to represent the merging of both my teaching practices and ongoing professional development. However, my website has grown to become a space that not only showcases my ongoing work in the classroom, but benefits others who visit by providing resources and helpful information. At the top of the screen, you will find a bar with links to every page. Please have a look around. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
Video coming soon.....
I am a life long learner who loves to inspire others to join me on the journey of discovery. I approach most things in life with curiosity, creativity, and personal meaning. I am a teacher with a background in music, Integrating Aboriginal Perspectives, and Canadian, world, public, and music history.
Every human being comes with his or her own biography. Each individuals' experiences, challenges, choices and circumstances are what shape his or her character and dramatically impact the way he or she sees the world. My own life experiences are what have shaped my own philosophies. What is it to teach? What is the purpose of education? What are my views on classroom management?
To find out more about my philosophies please click on the button below.
The showcase section is updated regularly to feature a wide range of work from individual and collaborative projects to presentations and performances.
Presenting at the Palliser District Teachers' Conference (upcoming be sure to pre-register)
Posted: August 2019
I will be presenting a half-day presentation and workshop at the Palliser District Teachers' Conference in Calgary, AB on February 21, 2020. Pre-registration is required to attend my session. This will be the first expanded format to include exploring the theoretical and practical framework regarding the Identity Project: But do I belong? Fostering a Sense of Community through the Wonder of Names.
Presenting at the Ideas Conference
Posted: April 2019
I will be presenting at the IDEAS conference at the University of Calgary in July.
Education Canada Article Release March 11, 2019
Posted: March 2019
My article entitled "What's in a Name? Fostering a sense of belonging through the wonder of names." To read my article online please click here.
Presenting at University of Calgary on February 21 at 11 am
Posted: February 2018
I will be presenting my upcoming article and some of the work I have been doing in my classroom during a 60-minute workshop.
Article Release in Education Canada Magazine March 2019
Posted: February 2018
I am so excited to announce that I have an article coming out through the EdCad Network in March of 2019. This article has been in the works since July and I am thrilled to announce that it will be available both in print and digitally. I made the original announcement through my mini vblogs on instagram.
Teaching Aboriginal Perspectives Through the Making of the Star Quilt
Posted: Dec 15, 2018
In September of 2017, I joined three of my fellow teacher candidates from Brandon University to work in collaboration to create The Star Quilt Project. The Star Quilt Project started as a simple project for a Teaching Aboriginal Studies course, but evolved into something extraordinary! In February 2018 my group members and I will be presenting our work at Western Canada Association For Student Teachers (WestCAST) in Winnipeg, MB.
Each group member had a specific role to play in the creation of the Star Quilt Project. My role was to build a unit and course plan surrounding the experiences of building the star quilt. Although it started as a simple unit what emerged was a full course plan and one complete unit. From discovering the history of the star quilt to the relational aspects of building a community, the themes that emerged sparked my interest in building a cross curricular unit based on experiential learning and inquiry.
Below is a video introducing and showcasing the project in it completion. To find out more about The Star Quilt Project please click the find out more button and enter the password TAS2017
My pieces of the Star Quilt Project can be found by either visiting the project website (clicking on A Unit Plan tab) or by visiting my Samples of Work page.
Linked Site: https://elenigal33.wixsite.com/thestarquiltproject