GUEST SPEAKER - Joseph Ticar

Hello! My name's Joe. I graduated from OISE in 2015, and after working in the TDSB, I moved overseas to teach at the Canadian International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In 2019, I moved to Germany to teach at International School Ruhr, where I'm the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator at International School Ruhr. I also teach Business Management to students in grades 8, 11 and 12.

Outside of the classroom, I help my colleagues look for ways to integrate technology and computational thinking practices into the IBDP curriculum subjects that we offer at IS Ruhr. In addition to what I do as an educator, I try to actively model the concept of lifelong learning for my students, as I'm currently a student myself in the M.Ed (Tech) program at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Joe Ticar was a Teacher Candidate at the University of Toronto Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), with a focus on Business Studies and English at the Intermediate/Senior levels. He has a professional background in communications and public relations, specifically social media, graphic design, strategic planning, and event planning/coordination. Joe is also a freelance photographer, with work having appeared in print and online publications across Canada, including Mercedes-Benz Magazine, Mercedes-Benz Scene and Archenemy Magazine. As a side gig, he's copyeditor for Suitless Pursuits, a website that showcases people who follow their passions outside of their 9-5 jobs. Check it out at
Joe was located in Toronto, (raised in Brampton). Decent at speaking Tagalog, and trying to improve spoken Japanese

After graduating from OISE, Joe was Selia's mentor for many months as she learned how to present a collection of portraits she created as a printmaker.
Joe was the featured Guest for Holistic Approaches to InformationTechnology Summer 2015.

On teaching: Philosophy and practice

"For what are we born if not to aid one another?"
- Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

My philosophy of education involves the development of a safe space where students can trade ideas and learn in a welcoming community. With the understanding that every learner is different, I strive to ensure that each student has the opportunity to succeed by using differentiated instruction and culturally responsive teaching methods to develop a positive rapport and an environment of mutual respect. With this approach, I strive to help students develop a drive for academic excellence and to provide a foundation for growth into compassionate and informed global citizens. That said, my teaching style can best be described as proactive and caring I constantly seek to address any challenges that my students are having before they become serious issues that can become obstacles to learning.

Joseph Ticar
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