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14 BEds around the world

14 BEds around the world

14 Queen's BEd grads teaching internationally are sharing their experiences on a collaborative blog, 14beds.com.

[Laura Skellet]Laura Skellet, Artsci’13, Ed’14, currently teaches visual art to students in Sweden.

She also runs 14BEds, a collaborative blog with 13 other 2014 Queen’s BEd grads in their first year of teaching abroad.

Through 14BEds, these teachers document and share their personal and professional experiences for friends and family as well as other new educators interested in teaching internationally.

Writing from China, England, Ecuador, Trinidad, Mexico, Taiwan, the Bahamas, Egypt, Sweden and Malaysia, the contributors discuss everything from local cuisine and cultural experiences to their classroom experiences and what they miss from home.

In their “spotlight posts,” they each write on the same subject, from technology in the classroom to great teaching moments to overcoming a struggle. “Our spotlight posts,” says Laura, “allow us to connect on topics that we discussed as students. Our hope is that by writing these posts, we continue to be critical and reflective educators, as we were inspired to be at the Faculty of Education.”

And their students have benefitted, too. “Two of our contributors, in Mexico and Sweden, have developed a pen pal program for their students so that they can develop their English writing skills.”

While they post on the blog anonymously, using classroom-inspired blog names like “Apple,” “Calculator” and “Flash Drive,” Laura’s fellow contributors include Chantel Van Ryswyck, Hannah Southwood, Maddy Crawford, Alex Mundy, Renée Faubert, Kyra Springer, Ania Ochocinski, Courtney Brazeau, Shannon Walsh and Cedar Lockwood. You can see their work at 14beds.com.

[cover of Queen's Review 2015-1]