Online resources to support student academic success

Contents

Resources related to different types of BEd assignments and assessments
Lesson and unit plans

Templates
Sample lesson plans

Collaborative work
Group presentations
Critical analysis
Reflective writing
Tests/Exams

Top Online Writing and Language Websites

Creating an APA Reference List for Education
Further information about how to cite in APA style

Resources related to different types of BEd assignments and assessments

Your first point of contact in clarifying assignment and assessment expectations for your courses should always be your instructors. Additionally, some of the following resources from various websites may be useful.
You will be asked to produce lesson and unit plans in your courses and practicum placements.  In addition to the resources recommended by the School Experiences Office, the following websites may be helpful.

You will be asked to produce lesson and unit plans in your courses and practicum placements.  The BEd  program practicum guide specifies requirements for lesson plans for practicum and includes lesson-planning resources. In addition to the resources in the practicum guide, the websites listed below may be helpful. No matter which lesson planning resources you use, be sure that all lesson plans created for practicum meet the minimum requirements indicated in the guide.
 
Templates
https://www.brandonu.ca/education/files/Lesson-Planning-Template5.pdf
http://www.nbta.ca/Early_Career_Teachers/templates/Lesson_Plan_Templates/unit_plan_template.pdf

Sample lesson plans

These links from the National Council of Teachers of English provides a number of lesson related strategies and plans for various levels of students.

Sample lesson plans, including lesson plans with Indigenous-content, may be found here and here.

Facilitating collaborative group work with students

https://www.cte.cornell.edu/teaching-ideas/engaging-students/collaborative-learning.html

https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/teaching-resources/teaching-tips/alternatives-lecturing/group-work/implementing-group-work-classroom

http://www.belb.org.uk/Downloads/i_epd_promoting_and_managing_collaborative_group_work_may14.pdf

You will be working collaboratively with peers during your BEd courses. Some useful information can be found at the links below.

This article from the Harvard Graduate School of Education offers insights about what makes teacher teams effective.  Insights here will inform your collaborative work in the context of your B.Ed. coursework and in schools.

Here is a brief report on successfully implementing teacher teams, with links to examples of project-based learning.  The insights here were informed by the work of The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

In the event you are required to do group presentations, you may find some of this advice useful.

If you are asked to complete a critical analysis of a written or visual text in one or more of your courses, the following sites offer some helpful advice.
 
Critical analysis template from Thompson Rivers University
How to write a critical analysis by University of Washington Tacoma
Tips for critical reading from the University of Toronto 
How to read critically and write an analysis from Southeastern Louisiana University
A slideshow providing an outline of the basics of critical analysis

If you are asked to complete reflective writing activities the following sites offer some helpful information and advice.

The following links are about what reflective teaching is and brief guidelines for educators on how to write reflectively.

Information provided at links below discusses the value of reflective practice.
https://medium.com/changemaker-education/3-amazing-benefits-of-reflective-practice-for-teachers-4cc7bc1a7c50
http://tlcommunityunitec.ning.com/profiles/blogs/reflective-practice-as-part-of

The links below include samples of personal narrative writing by teachers.
https://www.uleth.ca/dspace/bitstream/handle/10133/895/Godfrey_Tracy.pdf?sequence=1
http://people.ucalgary.ca/~egallery/sallomy.html

If you are required to complete a test or exam in your courses, the following websites provide advice about preparing for and taking exams.
These sites offer some general tips and guidelines for exam preparation:
https://blog.suny.edu/2013/12/scientifically-the-best-ways-to-prepare-for-final-exams/
http://www.campusaccess.com/student-life/academics-exam-preparation.html
https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/articles/memory-tricks-exam-success.html

This site offers some guidance on how to do well on exams:
https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/articles/how-to-do-well-in-exams.html

Top Online Writing and Language Websites

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University is one of the most comprehensive and current online resources for all issues pertaining to academic work and language.  This resource is not just for APA!  The site has hundreds of useful resources to inform your own academic and professional work and to enhance your language awareness as a classroom teacher. 

By visiting the site map, you will get a sense of the substantial range of topics addressed.

The Revising and Editing Checklist at Beaufort County Community College can help you pinpoint areas of concern in your academic writing.

Creating an APA Reference List for Education

How to cite a teacher resource book

Last name, First Initial. (year) Title. Publication location: Publisher.
Barclay, K. (2014). The everything guide to informational texts, K-2 : Best texts, best
    practices
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

How to cite a curriculum guide

Organization or author’s name if there is any. (Year). Title. Retrieved from URL
Newfoundland Labrador. (2016). English Language Arts 7: Curriculum Guide.
      [Program of Studies] Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/curriculum/guides/english/grade7_9
     /ELA7_curr_guide_2016.pdf
Note: If not online and you are referencing a print copy, include the publication location and publisher.

 

How to cite a website

 

Last name, First Initial. (year, month day). Title. Retrieved from URL 

Simmons, B. (2015, January 9). The tale of two Flaccos. Retrieved from
     http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-tale-of-two-flaccos/

When there is no author
Article title. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Retrieved from URL

How to cite a video

Last name, First Initial. Second Initial. OR Author screen name. (Year, Month Day {of
    video post}). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from URL of specific video

Duke, J. B. (2013). (2017, January 13). How to cite Youtube videos in APA format
    [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydJ7k1ix-p8

How to cite a film

Last name, First Initial (Producer), & Last name, First Initial. (Director). (Release year).
    Title of motion picture [Motion picture]. Country of origin: Studio.
 
Zanuck, R. D., Brown, D. (Producers), & Spielberg, S. (Director). (1975). Jaws [Motion
    picture]. United States: Universal Pictures.

How to cite a journal article

Journal article with DOI assigned:
Last name, First Intial. (Year of publication). Title of the article. Name of the Journal,
    volume number (issue if available), page range. doi

Kumaravadivelu, B. (2016). The decolonial option in English teaching: Can the
    subaltern act? TESOL Quarterly, 50 (1), 66–85. doi:10.1002/tesq.202

Journal article with no DOI assigned
Last name, First Intial. (Year of publication). Title of the article. Name of the Journal,
    volume number (issue if available), page range.

Kumaravadivelu, B. (2016). The decolonial option in English teaching: Can the
    subaltern act? TESOL Quarterly, 50 (1), 66–85.

How to cite an article from a professional magazine
Last name, First Initial. (Date of publication). Title of the article. Name of the magazine.
    Retrieved from URL

Phillipson, R. (2012, March 13). Linguistic imperialism alive and kicking. Guardian
Weekly
. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/education/2012/mar/13/linguistic-imperialism-english-language-teaching

How to cite a book

Books with one author:
Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle.
    Location: Publisher.

Kachru, B. (1986). The alchemy of English: The spread, functions and models of non-
    native Englishes
. Oxford, England: Pergamon.

Books with two authors:
Author, A. A., & Second author, C. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter
    also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

Chapter of a book:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B.
    B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.

O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: A metaphor for healing,
     transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York, NY: Springer.

Further information about how to cite in APA style can be found at the following links:
http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/cite-write/citation-style-guides/apa
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/08/

Creating an APA Reference List for Education

How to cite a teacher resource book
Last name, First Initial (Producer), & Last name, First Initial. (Director). (Release year).

When there is an author
Last name, First Initial. (year) Title. Publication location: Publisher.

Barclay, K. (2014). The everything guide to informational texts, K-2: Best texts, best
            practices. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

How to cite a curriculum guide

Organization or author’s name if there is any. (Year). Title. Retrieved from URL

Newfoundland & Labrador Education and Early Childhood Development. (2016). English language arts 7: Curriculum guide 2016 [Program of Studies]. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/curriculum/guides/english/grade7_9/ELA7_curr_guide_2016.pdf

Note: If not online and you are referencing a print copy, include the publication location and publisher.

How to cite a website

When there is an author

Last name, First Initial. (year, month day). Title. Retrieved from URL

Simmons, B. (2015, January 9). The tale of two Flaccos. Retrieved from
            http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-tale-of-two-flaccos/

When there is no author
Article title. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Retrieved from URL

How to cite a video

Last name, First Initial. Second Initial. OR Author screen name. (Year, Month Day {of
            video post}). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from URL of specific video

Duke, J. B. (2013). (2017, January 13). How to cite Youtube videos in APA format
            [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydJ7k1ix-p8 

How to cite a film

Last name, First Initial (Producer), & Last name, First Initial. (Director). (Release year).
            Title of motion picture [Motion picture]. Country of origin: Studio.

Zanuck, R. D., Brown, D. (Producers), & Spielberg, S. (Director). (1975). Jaws [Motion
            picture]. United States: Universal Pictures.

How to cite a journal article

Journal article with DOI assigned

Last name, First Intial. (Year of publication). Title of the article. Name of the Journal,
            volume number
(issue if available), page range. doi

Kumaravadivelu, B. (2016). The decolonial option in English teaching: Can the
            subaltern act? TESOL Quarterly, 50(1), 66–85. doi:10.1002/tesq.202

Journal article with no DOI assigned:

Last name, First Intial. (Year of publication). Title of the article. Name of the Journal,
            volume number
(issue if available), page range.

Kumaravadivelu, B. (2016). The decolonial option in English teaching: Can the
            subaltern act? TESOL Quarterly, 50(1), 66–85.

How to cite an article from a professional magazine

Last name, First Initial. (Date of publication). Title of the article. Name of the Magazine, volume number (issue if available). Retrieved from URL

McFee, J. (2017, September). Language rescue. The Manitoba Teacher, 96(1).
      Retrieved from http://www.mbteach.org/pdfs/mbt/2017/Sept_17_MBT.pdf

How to cite a book

Books with one author

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle.
            Location: Publisher.
Kachru, B. (1986). The alchemy of English: The spread, functions and models of non-
            native Englishes
. Oxford, England: Pergamon.
Note: for cities in the United States, use City, State (abbrev.): e.g., Seattle, WA.  For cities out of the United States use City, Country (spelled out): e.g., Toronto, Canada

Books with two authors
Author, A. A., & Second author, C. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter
            also for subtitle
. Location: Publisher.
Chapter of a book
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B.
            B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.
O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: A metaphor for healing, transition, and
            transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York, NY: Springer.
Additional APA advice for citing webpages:

  • Provide the specific date for content that is published more frequently (e.g., blog posts, online forum messages, social media updates); otherwise, provide the year only.
  • Do not italicize the titles of blog posts, online forum messages, comments, status updates, and so forth. Do italicize titles of reports and other documents that stand alone.
  • If the distinction is unclear for a particular document (as may sometimes be the case when the organization of a site is itself unclear), authors should use their own judgment to decide whether to italicize. Err on the side of not italicizing.
  • Provide a retrieval date for references when the content changes over time, such as for nonarchived social media pages.
  • When citing an entire website or page, and not any document in particular on that website, it is sufficient to give the address of the site in the text (no reference list entry is needed), as follows:

KidsPsych is a wonderful interactive website for children.

President Obama often used Twitter and Facebook to keep citizens up to speed on his initiatives.

The notes in this section are from p. 32 of American Psychological Association. (2012). APA style guide to electronic references (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Further information about how to cite in APA style can be found at the following links:

http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/cite-write/citation-style-guides/apa

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/08/

A great resource for APA citation issues is the APA style blog.  There APA editors post their answers to various difficult APA citation questions.  They can be contacted directly for questions and they typically have a very fast turnaround time.

French Resources

This is a list, by subject area,  of all French, français and immersion counsellors at the French Education Bureau, Ministry of Education

This is the contact for Service de perfectionnement linguistique testing. 

The Direction des ressources éducatives françaises is the French library and resource centre for all in-service and pre-service teachers of French.

USB Continuing Education course offerings for 2017-2018.