Teaching virtually through Level UP with early childhood education student, Bibi Bacchus
With the first round of students having completed their Level UP projects recently, we are excited to continue highlighting student experiences with the program. Level UP offers a wide range of paid opportunities for students across multiple disciplines, with more projects being added every week. This week, we spoke with Bibi Bacchus, an Early Childhood Education (ECE) student at Mohawk College. Bibi found working on a teaching project with Abacus Uxbridge Inc. gave her valuable experience learning how to interact with children in a virtual setting.
Could you introduce yourself and the school you attend?
My name is Bibi Bacchus. I'm currently attending Mohawk college, as a student in the Early Childhood Education program.
Could you tell me a little more about the scope of the project you worked on?
I was doing a project with Abacus Uxbridge, a virtual math class provider for children aged 4 to 12, demonstrating how to do math to make it more interactive for children. I worked with groups ranging from six to eight children.
What soft and hard skills did you get out of working on your Level UP project?
Working on this project really helped make me understand how to actually implement math more in a way that is easier for children to understand, and how to make it more fun. Math was a skill that I was looking forward to learning how to implement, because I found that really hard to do. This project really helped me understand how I can still properly engage with students in the virtual world, with COVID happening.
How was your experience working and communicating with the employer?
It was amazing, my company contact was so lovely. We exchanged phone numbers to be better in contact. Communicating through Riipen was something we were still getting used to so we used WhatsApp frequently. She was very responsive and we had video calls when necessary.
What would you be doing instead if you hadn’t done a Level UP project?
Pretty much what I do every day, which is taking care of my daughter. I am in school, so I would still be working on assignments. I definitely wouldn't be working, that's for sure.
Did you receive any notable feedback from the employer?
Yes, because the employer was so responsive. We connected often and she gave great feedback. I also received feedback from her through the Riipen platform.
What would you do differently if you were to participate in another Level UP project?
I would have made more time! There are other projects I really wanted to work on but because I’m in my last semester of ECE, I won’t be able to continue doing Level UP projects. It would have been great if I could have registered for another project.
Are there any resources you wish you had before or during the project?
Something for keeping track of hours to ensure we were not going over our 80 hours would have been useful.
Would you recommend Level UP to other students, and if so, who do you think could benefit from Level UP?
Yes, I would 100% recommend Level UP to other students. I was doing a professional development presentation for one of my courses and Level UP was something I mentioned during it. I think it's great for any student out there to learn new skills and even get paid for the work too.
Thank you to Bibi for sharing her experience with the Level UP program. To learn more about how you can be a part of Level UP as an employer or as a student, check out the Level UP page. If you work in higher education and want to learn how to implement Level UP at your school, you can also sign-up for Next LVL to receive bi-weekly Level UP updates, including more stories like Bibi’s.
Riipen Level UP program is funded by the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning (I-WIL) Initiatives program. The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.
About the author
Aaron Chang is a Marketing Intern at Riipen, as well as a fourth-year Business student at Simon Fraser University. He is passionate about spreading positivity and creating connections with others. When he has the time, he loves writing short stories, binging anime, and having a little too much chocolate.