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Courtney Langton

Courtney is an aspiring high school teacher. Her teachables are History and English, but she's happy to teach anything that doesn't involve numbers or formulas. Her particular interest is in promoting gender equity and anti-oppression both in and outside the classroom. She writes a detailed To-Do list every morning, and enjoys nothing more than a good book and a plate of bacon on a rainy Saturday.

Jonathan Wong

Jonathan's primary interest is moral education. His teachable subjects are English and Music. He encourages critical thinking and hopes to teach his students to recognize, and strive for, what is truly important to them without forgetting to be compassionate, tolerant, and open-minded along the way. He likes making analogies and his favourite is one that compares life to jumping on a trampoline.

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Keeners
Monday, July 6, 2009

Here are three things we can say for certain:

1. We are both keeners. As illustrated by this blog's very existence, we often go above and beyond in any endeavour that will make us better educators.

2. Despite this, we haven't been extraordinarily involved with ConEd at Queen's. We are friendly with most of our classmates, attend several of our program's events every year, and enjoy all of our classes immensely. That being said, for various reasons, we haven't made ConEd activities the main focus of of our university experience.

3. Our keenness, though it's not specifically directed towards our program, still causes us to freak out more than is typical for pre-B.Ed students. We panic because we care.


What these three things mean for us is hard to pinpoint. It may mean that we get a teaching job right away. It may also mean that we overthink ourselves sick before Christmas. I don't know what will happen to us in the next year or so, but I do know that being keeners is the only way we know how to function. So if it's somehow damaging to worry about placements, to get up at ungodly hours for class registration, to agonize over every detail of a lesson plan-- we're just going to have to find a way to cope. Because when it comes to doing something with less than every ounce of our energy, passion, and creativity, I don't think either of us know how.

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