Teaching For The Future!
Alvina grew up living between Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Hong Kong. She spent the majority of her elementary years in Richmond, BC where she was always getting into trouble for taking the expression “question everything” a little too far. Noticing this, her parents realize that she needed a more inquiry-based mode of learning to be successful (as well as to stop getting letters from administrators!). So, Alvina moved to Hong Kong where she completed her International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and IB diplomas. Driven by her curiosity and her love for writing, Alvina completed her Bachelor of Arts at University of British Columbia with an emphasis on English Literature and Creative Writing.
During her years in university, Alvina discovered her love for teaching as she began tutoring and volunteering as a teachers’ assistant at her high school. Alvina is able to “click” intuitively with all of her students as due to her diverse educational experiences, she is able to relate to where her students are on their career path. In addition to the subject matter, Alvina’s students are taught to explore the crucial questions of how and why they learn. Alvina’s students come out of lessons energized with a sense of excitement and curiosity to learn more.
Alvina believes in the process and the product because one cannot do without the other. Through a problem-based approach, Alvina seeks an interesting and relatable way to engage students into finding a problem they are genuinely passionate about. With a clear goal in mind, Alvina guides students through the hands-on process of independent problem solving by emphasizing skills and the process of trial-and-error; encouraging and helping them along the journey. At the end of the adventure, Alvina helps students reflect on their learning and extrapolate their new knowledge and skills into other areas of life.
Grades and Subject Areas:
– Social Studies/History: K-12
In Alvina's own words:"To me, the “Twist” is the unique and personal part that is essential to learning. Different people learn, teach, value, and are passionate about different things in different ways. The best way to learn is to find out about someone so that you can effectively reach them."