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Field Placement: Really?! On Halloween!

October 31, 2018

Today was the first day that we met our field supervisor. He was able to come to observe our lessons and set out a plan for our next few visits. He was a very interesting man and I appreciate the way that he gives feedback. During pre-conference, we discussed what was expected to come out of the lesson. We started off the morning with the students independently reading for the first 30 minutes. After that, Brendan taught ELA for the next hour. He had a really good lesson planned that combined scary stories (for Halloween) to their adventurer unit that they had been working on for the last few weeks. Overall, I thought it went well. There were a few students that would not participate, but that was expected, he encouraged them as best he could. After recess, it was my turn to teach. I had an hour to cover an introductory lesson on culture. There were so many ways that I could take it, I was a little hesitant. I decided to complete a KWLS chart with the kids to assess what they already knew about culture.

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 4.47.44 PMWe then read the introduction to the unit from the textbook as a class. I then split them into groups and assigned them a section from the textbook to read and discuss together. The discussions, for the most part, were really good. I had a few students who were able to really expand on what they were reading. I made sure to circulate throughout the classrooms to make sure that they were staying on topic while also asking them to relate what they had learned their groups by having them identify cultural similarities and differences between them. After their group discussions, I brought the classroom back together and had each group share what they had learned with the rest of the class. We then finished the KWLS chart together and I was very impressed with some of the answers they gave. I had the students copy down the chart on the back of the definition sheet that I gave them for the unit. They then had to give a brief summary of the sections that they didn’t read. When they finished they went for lunch. My field supervisor gave written feedback on my data collection sheet and advised that he would reflect on how the lesson went and then provide further feedback via phone, or at our next meeting. In the afternoon we had the Halloween parade and the students watched a movie.


Field Placement: Round 3!

October 24, 2018

Today at my placement Brenden and myself decided that we would co-teach a science lesson on water filtration for the first time. They started their morning as usual, with independent reading. They then moved into their adventurer lesson. This was a fun activity, they started by reading a portion of a play out of their Crossroads textbook. They were split into the groups and they were to turn it into a radio play. They were to go and practice reading it out loud and create the sound effects to make it believable. They were asked to record a rough draft and listen back to it to see how it sounded before the end of the class so they would know what to work on for the next class. It was interesting to see how the group dynamic was. It was a play with 2 male and 2 female characters but the group I was monitoring was 4 boys. They didn’t want to read for the girl characters. One of the boys who had been goofing around got frustrated and left the classroom at one point. The others were able to pick up the slack and really pull together a great performance.

After recess, it was time for our lesson. They had been covering a water unit and we decided to cover water filtration because we thought that having an experiment would engage the students. We had prepared all of the materials at recess and had all of the necessary papers on the back counter when the class came inside. Once they had settled down we had them read sections of their Science 8 textbook that covered the Indigenous people’s connection to water and water pollution which helped us transition into the idea of water filtration. We let the class pick their groups (4-5) and then had one group member grab the materials they would need, while another grabbed the data collection sheet and the instruction sheet.

expirimentAfter watching the video on how to build the filter they went to work. We had 2 variations of the experiment and each group was supposed to try both methods and compare the two. We circulated around the classroom giving support when needed. We also made sure to ask questions that would hopefully prompt deeper thinking. I think that this experiment was successful, I had a group of students who decided to come up and have a discussion during lunch. They asked how this crude filter could be used in real life. We then connected the idea to the book “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen. If by chance the students were stranded and needed to clean drinking water they could potentially use a variation of this filter. It was very interesting to hear how they would use materials around them to build the filter (ex. Shirt/sock instead of a coffee filter, sand from the banks of the water source etc.). It was reassuring to hear these connections being made by students that often are not engaged in class.

Field Placement: A Second Attempt

October 17, 2018

Today I shared a lesson on healthy relationships. They had recently been discussing the different types of relationships. This subject was a very sensitive topic for me to cover. However, I felt that it was important that I cover it for the benefit of my students and I let them know at the beginning of the class that the classroom was a safe space and anything they chose to share was not going to leave this classroom. They were also advised that this was to be taken seriously and that no disrespect would be tolerated. I had prepared a Kahoot! for the students to play to assess what they already knew about healthy relationships. They had never used it before so we took some time to familiarize them with the program. After each question, we took time to further discuss what the question was asking taking time to talk about (types of abuse, signs of abuse, where to find support etc.). At the end of the class, they were reminded that any information shared was not to be taken to the playground, I advised them that I would be staying in the classroom through the lunch hour and staying after school if anyone felt that they needed someone to talk to. I also let them know of different resources throughout the school and community that they could access if they felt they needed support. Overall it was a good lesson, the students really enjoyed the Kahoot! They asked if they could play it again. However, if I were to do this in the classroom again I would book the chrome books. Them using their personal devices became difficult to monitor at times, and a few got off track.

EIND 215- Lab 1

September 13, 2018

This week in lab we covered our reintroduction to lesson planning. We were given a small booklet that we were also given last semester to help inspire your lesson plan writing. We briefly went over the different parts of the lesson plans and how to go about writing them. This weeks topic was cooperative learning. So our lesson had to have a group work component.

I decided to create a lesson plan for Grade 8 Social Studies. I wrote a lesson on Family Structures which can be found here.

We, unfortunately, did not have the opportunity to micro-teach this week because we did not have any lessons prepared. Next lab we will be able to micro-teach this lesson and further reflect on what we have learned and how we will improve on future lessons.

EIND/ESST- Class 2 Reflection

September 13, 2018

This week in class we discussed a number of different things. We blended some ideas and reflective questions from our ESST 215 class. We split into groups and were asked to reflect on a number of questions that had previously been provided for us to answer following our reading for the week. We were split into groups of 4 to answer them. We were then asked to have 2 people stand. The two people sitting had to move into another group. We were then asked to further reflect on these questions. We then changed groups for the third time where we were given new questions to ponder (How would you explain outcomes and indicators to someone who didn’t understand what they were). This lesson was really enlightening when it comes to thinking about how to arrange groups within the classroom. There are a number of things to consider such as:

-the class size

-the age range

-the maturity level of the student

-the types of learners within the classroom

-the activity you are doing

Moving Forward… I would really like to use the method of grouping that we used in class today. I like that you get the students who wouldn’t otherwise volunteer get up and moving. I will now also be more mindful and aware when I am planning my group work and determine how they are grouped before we get into class.


EIND/ESST- Introductory Class Reflection

September 7, 2018- Reflection 1

Today we discussed a number of different things. We were first introduced to our instructor Kim Sadowsky (who I must say is excellent). We started off with a few technical difficulties, which is to be expected in a televised class. While we did lose a little time getting started it was quickly made up by the organization and management of the instructor.

Topics covered/ what I learned:

-The syllabus (obviously, it’s the first day)

-expectations of the class (leave your phone alone!)

-what we can expect as far as experiences this semester

-working smarter, not harder

-classroom management

-methods of how to get your students involved in the first week of classes (introductions, grouping)

-awareness in the classroom (racism, Indigenization)

How will I use this moving forward:

I found observing the instructor very useful today. The way that she carried herself and stayed organized, partnered with her classroom management skills gave me a number of ideas that I want to try out with my own classroom during my internship this semester.

The main takeaway from today’s class: Always leave them laughing so here’s a joke!

Why were the teacher’s eyes crossed?…….. She couldn’t control her pupils!


The End of an Era… well a Learning Project

Well, the time has just flown by. Eight weeks is next to nothing. I must say I have really enjoyed this class and the opportunities it has provided me over the last few weeks.

For my learning project, I decided to give scrapbooking a try. Not only was it something that I was extremely interested in trying I also found that it was the perfect personalized gift that I could give to my grandparents for their 50th anniversary this fall.

What I didn’t anticipate was just how difficult and time-consuming it was overall.

My first week I started by creating my baseline. I was extremely excited and was eagerly anticipating how fun it was going to be to try something new! Here is my baseline blog post for the first week of my learning project.

The next week I was able to finally dive in. I was limited on supplies here in Yorkton so I resorted to online shopping using Amazon. It was so exciting to sneakily convince my grandparents to let me snoop through their photo albums! I also started going through different tutorials on youtube. you can read that blog post here.

The following week it was time to dive into it! I started trying to figure out how I wanted the overall project to look. I started experimenting with watercolor painting and found a few amazing online tutorials to guide me through it. You can see that blog post here. Following this week I really began to struggle with the learning project. I wasn’t happy with my work and I found that I was struggling to piece together a project for a grade. I realized that I needed to make a change and start approaching this project differently.

I then made the executive decision to get rid of everything I had done up until that point and start fresh. I was still struggling with finding online resources that stimulated me creatively. Here is that blog post.

The next week I had a real setback. I had some personal issues and a family emergency that made it very difficult for me to work on my project. I continued to look at old photo albums and watch tutorials to help me out. Here is that blog post!

My most recent post was about my experience with learning calligraphy for my scrapbook. This was by far the most difficult thing I have tried for this project. While I did notice improvement throughout my work there is still a lot of work to be done. Here is that blog post.

Overall while I enjoyed most of the process for this learning project, I feel like it is not very easy to learn online. While I did have some success with certain videos and blogs, it ultimately is a self-taught project that is mostly trial and error. It is not something that has strict steps for you to follow to for you to do it correctly. There are so many different ways to do it. Because of this, it is easy to become lost online because you have to weed through so many different tutorials to find one thing that kind of looks like something you would do.

Unfortunately, I was unable to complete my scrapbook. It is going to be a collection of photos of my grandparent’s life together and gradually morph into more recent pictures showing the growth of their family. And unfortunately, I won’t be able to complete it until after their anniversary because I want to be able to include photos from that event. But I will be sure to post a finished product when it is done!

Thank you for coming along on this journey with me it was fun!




The Letters are Scrambling!

Last week for my learning project I decided it was time to start practicing for the scariest part of scrapbooking (in my opinion) the lettering.

I have ok penmanship, but I have often found myself jealous of my mother and grandmother’s writing. For my project, I decided that it was time to pick up my pen and start practicing my calligraphy. I knew that I would have to practice this for hours before I could even consider putting any writing on the pages for my project. Now you may be asking why don’t you just write normally? You could easily just do bubble/ block lettering, you could even use a stencil. Well, my answer to that is I don’t know I guess I like to torture myself.

In all reality, I like the overall look that calligraphy gives and I think it will really add to the overall project. I also have been left in charge of signing envelopes for the anniversary party and I thought this would be a good excuse to get some practice. Who doesn’t like to kill two birds with one stone!

I watched a million tutorials online but this one seemed to be the most helpful.

I purchased the Sheaffer Calligraphy pen from my local Staples. What I soon realized is that most people do not use actual calligraphy pens anymore and most of the tutorials on Youtube are “cheat” calligraphy.

I am in the process of breaking the habit of writing in cursive. They say the trick of Calligraphy is 9 different pen strokes and I have mastered none of them. Another thing I am still getting used to is the different nib sizes. I didn’t realize that was a thing.


Learning this online I think was easier than from a book in the sense that you could actually see what they were doing in order to achieve their end result. What was difficult was actually finding a video that actually used a pen that was similar to my own. Most “calligraphy” tutorials online don’t actually use calligraphy pens they use markers. That isn’t a bad thing but I found that I had a lot of troubleshooting that was just trial and error.

I have a lot of practice before this gets put in the final draft of my scrapbook!


What have I really learned?

Well, everyone… I did it. I will say that this project was not easy. You ever hear of Murphy’s law? that was this project for me! I decided I wanted to do a whiteboard video and I got a free trial of Videoscribe and got to work. Unfortunately, I realized a few hours later when I went to review the finished product, that the watermark went across the entire screen making everything I wrote a headache-inducing experience when you tried to read it.

So I decided to scrap that and go old-fashioned whiteboard and marker project. I dug out my whiteboard and it appeared that the kids I babysat last had written on it with a permanent marker. No problem! I’ve still got markers and a sketch pad so we kill a few trees…

So I go to grab my camera and tripod, my sketchbook and markers. I sit down and check the markers and sure enough, they are dry as sand in a desert. So I broke out my crayons and got ready to set up. It turns out I have no memory card for the camera and the tripod is broken.

So this is my final set up…

sum of learn

I knew those nursing textbooks would come in handy someday! I had to duct tape my phone to a meter stick which was propped up by textbooks and a speaker. I then had to record in 2-minute segments because my phone was overheating. I guess duct tape is a good insulator?

I guess you could say I was forced to be creative! Anyways here is my frantic and frankly probably a little irritated summary of learning project. Enjoy!

Cree 100-S90 Final Project

Tânsi! It has been a very fast 8 weeks! I feel like I have learned so much that my brain is going to explode but I know that I have barely scratched the surface. Cree is a language that is very beautiful but I find it so easy to become confused when a word is slightly mispronounced.

I have decided to do this final project on my family because I felt that it was important to include them on my journey to learning this language. Other than French many of us do not have a second language other than English. I got everyone involved in an attempt to help the words stick in my brain. It was interesting seeing them attempt to learn the language without any real context.

I created my Youtube video using Powerpoint and Screencastify. I hope you enjoy!