ECMP355 Interview

16 Apr

Hey everyone! Here is the video for my ECMP355 interview. My mentor and I were unable to interview via Google Hangouts but still wanted to create a video. I sent her my questions and she used this app Tellegami to record her answers. I thought it was really cool and a neat app to use! Enjoy!!


Summary of Learning

10 Apr

Here is my summary of learning for my ECMP 355 class! I have had an incredible semester learning and growing alongside everyone in this class. Thanks for all the knowledge!!

The ending of an era and the turning of a page

3 Apr

As I am approaching my last week of my journey to becoming a teacher I am taking the time to reflect on what I have learned over the past four years. It in incredible the amount that I have learned over the past four years living in Regina and attending school. Not only have I learned a lot through the education program but also from becoming more independent and finding out who I really want to be in this world. To think of how much I have grown and matured since first moving here in September 2010 is amazing. For me, school has been a great experience and I am so thankful for the good times and the bad in the time I have spent here. 

I am starting to look for job opportunities and beginning an new chapter in my life. I would just like to thank my friends, family, and profs for all the support and knowledge over my time here! 

Congratulations to all my fellow Faculty of Education 2014 graduates! I am confident in knowing we all have what it takes to make a difference in our students’ lives!

Padlet and WeVideo

26 Mar

Recently in my ECMP 355 class we had the opportunity to take part in a session that discussed numerous online tools we could use in our classroom. Out of these we were asked to pull out our favourite and talk about it. Well I could not only pick one because I really liked two of them!

The first that was presented to us was Padlet. This is an awesome tool that can be used in various ways within your classroom. It is essentially an online program that is like having a bunch of post it notes that can be edited and moved wherever you want them to be on the page. It could be used for brainstorming, organizing ideas for a story or creating family trees. 

Specifically, I would use it for teaching students sequencing. You could type a piece of instructional text in this program putting each step in a seperate box then have the students sequence them into the order they belong in. I would enjoy this program to do it because you could first start off by demonstrating it on the Smart Board then have the students work independently on computers with another piece of text.

WeVideo was the second tool that was presented to us that I really enjoyed. As someone who is not good with programs that involve editing videos or creating videos and this tool makes that much, much easier. Creating multi-media projects is something that interests me if I were to teach in an older class and this tool would definitely be beneficial in doing so! In one of my classes I am thinking of creating a video and one of my biggest concerns was the program that I would use to edit and create this video. I think I just may have found my answer!!!

If you have the opportunity to look into these two tools I highly recommend it!  

Sensory Friendly Learning Environments

20 Mar

I am first going to discuss my experiences in a non-sensory friendly classroom and those in a sensory friendly classroom. During my pre-internship I was in a classroom that was very non-sensory friendly. There were bright colorful posters covering all the walls and just generally a lot going on in that room. I found that the students were often distracted and staring off at something on the wall that caught their attention and sometimes even when they were looking at me as I gave instruction they seemed to be looking past me at the items that were up on the board. Also, as I was teaching I found it hard to focus at times because there was so much going on all around me. At the time I just kind of thought that was how it was and that all classrooms were like that, until my internship.

In my internship this fall I had the opportunity to teach in a sensory friendly learning environment and I loved it. There were no posters hanging on the walls and any word walls, or criteria charts, or strategy walls were written in black and on white paper. Unless we were teaching a lesson and creating a chart there was never anything on the board behind us to distract the students as they were trying to listen. Not only was it sensory friendly visually by lessening posters and colors but there were also lots of options for students if they were having a hard time in class which I found to fit into the idea of a sensory friendly learning environment. In the classroom there were sit fits, rocky stools, rolley chairs, a walking lane, as well as alternate seating options if you could not focus while in your desk. A walking lane was something that I had never heard of before but I really liked the idea. Essentially what we did was at the back of the room we marked off a lane for walking in. In grade three we still had the students come to the front floor and sit for instructions because listening in their desk was still challenging. If they could not sit anymore and wanted to stand they could make the choice to go to the back of the classroom and stand back there to listen as long as they were not in the walking lane because if someone needed to walk back their they used the walking lane.

As I mentioned before there were times when I would feel overwhelmed or distracted in the non-sensory friendly learning environment. I did not have this issue at all in the sensory friendly learning environment. I also found that I was a lot more relaxed with my teaching and found it easier to know how to put together criteria charts or a strategy wall because it was very simple. I feel as if my teaching improved a lot when I was in this kind of an environment.

It may seem that this is almost a boring type of classroom to have. The one teacher in Davidson actually had an intern towards the end of the semester tell her she had just thought the teacher was lazy and did not want to take the time to decorate her classroom. Really, the teacher just had a sensory friendly learning environment so it did not have lots of stuff on the wall unless it was used academically. Even though it may sound like in a sensory friendly classroom there is not a lot for the students to reference the basics of everything they need is already there. There are the word walls, criteria charts, class room expectations etc. but they are just presented in a sensory friendly way.

After teaching in this kind of classroom and experiencing the difference hands on I am definitely going to be having a sensory friendly learning environment in my classroom. It truly does benefit you as a teacher and helps your students learning. It is an easy concept to understand and is something so simple yet so effective. I hope that at PD days there are workshops about this because it is a teaching strategy that can be useful from Kindergarten all the way to grade twelve.

My first ever virtual lesson!

19 Mar

I recently had the opportunity to teach a lesson via Skype. I was very nervous for this as it was something new for me and something that I was really unsure of how it would turn out!

And luckily I DID NOT fall flat on my face wooo! It actually went really well. After I got over my nerves it was fairly similar to other teaching that I have done. Yes, obviously it was challenging not actually being in the room and having that person to person interactions with my students but it was nothing that I could not work through.

My lesson was on inferencing. I did a read aloud using Small Saul by Ashley Spires to teach this lesson. It was exciting and educational doing a lesson in this way and I am significantly more comfortable with it now!

ps If you have the opportunity to use any Ashley Spires texts I recommend it. They are amazing!

Hour of Code

13 Mar

After watching the seminar that discussed coding as well as completing the tech task for that week I am amazed with how much can be done with coding!

I have very little exposure to the concept of coding and what it is. Truthfully, I did not even know what it was until I watched the seminar and took some time to take part in it. It is incredible how much is done with coding and how easy of a concept it is to understand. I was worried that this would be a really hard concept to wrap my head around but it was not! 

I completed the tech task that was the Hour of Code job. It was so interesting how easy it was! Also, I really enjoyed that you had the opportunity to view your code and see what it looked like. This hour of code is definitely something that I would use in my classroom. Students would have the chance to work through these puzzles while having fun, and learning about coding!

I obviously have never had the opportunity to use coding in my class but was wondering if anyone else has taught this concept to their students?

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