Orientation Day for Bishop’s University Student-Teachers  

Lecture on the gradual release of responsibility

Building on a long-standing partnership with Bishop’s University, the Western Québec School Board is proud to be hosting 12 fourth year Bishop’s students for their final practicums. Beginning in January 2024, the students will be working with outstanding WQSB teachers, and their 12-week practicums will be supervised by the WQSB education consultants.  

Orientation day provides an opportunity for connection, reflection, and preparation. The atmosphere was warm and friendly in the library at Lord Aylmer Elementary Junior Campus, as the Bishop’s student-teachers and their WQSB associate teachers spent time discussing their classrooms, and planning for the upcoming practicums. WQSB consultants were there to provide an overview of the school board, shared instructional strategies, and emphasized the importance of professionalism, relationships, and growth to the culture of teaching and learning in all WQSB schools.   

Brainstorming at the

The schools that will be welcoming student-teachers in January are Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary, Lord Aylmer Elementary, Greater Gatineau Elementary, St. Michael’s High School, Symmes Jr/D’Arcy McGee High School, Pontiac High School and Hadley Jr/Philemon Wright High School.  

The WQSB also hosts third year students from Bishop’s for their six-week practicums, whom they will be welcoming later this year. The knowledge and experience gained from classroom placements is invaluable, and the Western Québec School Board is keen to support student-teachers in their learning.

Thank you to Amy Curry, the WQSB’s Coordinator of Induction and Professional Learning Programs, for providing the information for this article.   

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