Mélanie Bennett - Introduction
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15 January 2013
My name is Mélanie and I am introducing myself from Canada. I am a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and have taught intermediate and secondary levels in Canada and in Japan. More recently, I was a teaching assistant at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a teacher at the School of the Public Service of Canada.
I am concurrently working on two graduate degrees, from which I am on leave at the moment: Master of Arts, French Literature (UBC), and Master of Education, Distance Education (Athabasca University). I hold a Master of Public Administration, Peace Studies as well as a Bachelor of Arts (French Studies, dance) and a Bachelor of Education.
I have known almost from the very beginning of my career that I did not enjoy the classroom and I have consequently fled the profession several times for graduate studies and other activites. That said, I quite enjoy studying theories of learning and conceiving learning units or courses. I love teaching for social change and I want to learn more about radical pedagogy and learning technologies. I would like to transition to distance education. Most of my research has been conducted from a feminist perspective.
My alternate profession is that of modern dancer. Training in Graham technique and performing on stage are subliminal experiences. I also love theatre for social change… and art for art’s sake, quite simply.