Healthy relationships between colleagues, to find (and keep!) Your way as a teacher

Nancie Bouchard teaches in 1st year at the CSDM. Convinced that she is a “very ordinary” teacher, she talks to us about what allows her to keep her passion for teaching day after day and to dare to embark on something new: her colleagues.

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Nancie Bouchard teaches in 1st year at the CSDM. Convinced that she is a “very ordinary” teacher, she talks to us about what allows her to keep her passion for teaching day after day and to dare to embark on something new: her colleagues.  

Interview: Stéphanie Dionne
Text: Audrey Miller

Nancie Bouchard teaches in 1st year at the Montreal CS. We met her last year at the AQUOPS conference. With 22 years of teaching experience, she firmly believes that there is more than one way to teach. She believes that everyone must be able to find their own way, the ways of doing things that resonate in him or her. Her way of doing this is by showing curiosity and nurturing the relationships developed with her colleagues. 

Last year, she integrated a pilot project at the CSDM which led her to program with her young students. Although she was already interested in programming, she was not sure where to approach it! This project allowed her to join the community of practice (CoP) of her school board, where she was able to develop her skills, exchange ideas with other members and find support from the RÉCIT advisor, Pascale- Dominique Chaurez.

And what was his trigger for agreeing to embark on this project? It was her colleague, ICT respondent from her school, who believed in her and encouraged her! She also specifies that these contacts with her colleagues are what feeds her the most on a daily basis and what helps her keep her passion for teaching.  

“Not to feel threatened by a colleague's successes, it's so important! ", she says. She also considers that it is essential to draw inspiration from the successes of her colleagues, while remaining faithful to her own educational values.

Three elements have marked her in the attitude of her students since the beginning of the programming activities: first, their motivation and their interest in the proposed activities; second, the quality of teamwork, which requires them to rely on each other's strengths in order to progress; and, finally, the de-dramatization of the error!

Listen to this interview with a passionate teacher who seems to be “on her X”!

Produced with the support of Carrefour Éducation
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About the Author

Stephanie Dionnehttp://ecolebranchee.com/famille
Stéphanie Dionne is director of development and partnerships, facilitator and speaker. It contributes to the influence of players in the education sector and its ecosystem. In addition, it supports parents, teachers and workers in a mentality of co-education in order to allow young people to become fulfilled citizens in the digital age.