Student, Teacher, and Writer in Canada
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
Welcome! My name is Farah and I am currently studying at Queen's University to become a teacher in the Primary and Junior Division in Ontario (with a concentration in Exceptional Learners).
During my undergrad, I studied Psychology and Music at York University with a keen interest in Music Therapy - "to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health" (CAMT, AMC).
I am passionate about fostering and nurturing children in and through the arts, as I believe the arts stimulate abstract thinking and promote exploration in a friendly and playful manner. I support the art educationalist researchers Winner & Hetland's (2007) claim that the arts provide an array of mental habits/specific set of thinking skills that can promote artistic creators and innovative leaders who can improve the world. I believe the arts teach modes of seeing, imagining, inventing, and thinking and should be promoted in all school subjects to restore balance.
Alongside my beliefs about the arts, I also believe as an educator, students of all calibers should feel included and a part of the classroom community. Creating a mindful space for all learners to achieve their aspirations, through the promotion of differentiated instruction and Universal Design for Learning, can lead to a holistic educational experience beyond the classroom.
I have worked at the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto, Ontario, fielding examination related inquires. As well, I have volunteered with Music Teachers in a Primary/Junior and Intermediate setting working alongside students with behavioural and developmental difficulties, focusing on tone, intonation, and musical passages. I have also taught private piano lessons to beginners aged 5-12.
Aside from education, I am passionate about children's literature, poetry, spirituality, piano, flute, and visual arts. I am always learning and forever a student.