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After signing up for Feedly I was slightly overwhelmed with how many choices there were to follow within the site. I started by searching “classroom” to see what I could find. I found one blog page called Clutter-Free Classroom’ that caught my eye. Since I currently work at a before and after school program, I wanted to find some blogs that I would find useful in my work setting. It is not a classroom, but I do work directly with up to 75 kids a day, so I decided to find blogs that caught my eye for my future as a teacher, but also ones that could be of use to me right now. Another blog I chose to follow is called ‘iLearn Technology.’ I chose to follow this blog because after I finished exploring some of the recent posts I decided that it had a lot of cool app suggestions for within the classroom and to use when teaching lessons. Another blog that I decided to follow was ‘Cool Cat Teacher Blog Cool Cat Teacher Blog’ because the name caught my eye and the most recent article intrigued me enough to read. The article was called “5 Ideas to Include Every Child.” I liked this article because it was relevant to my job right now but also to my future as a teacher.

Once I found a couple of education blogs to follow, I decided to type in quilting into the search bar and see what I could find. I was able to find two blogs under that category that interested me and that I felt could be used as a resource in my learning project. I also decided to follow a dog shaming blog and a kitten blog because who wouldn’t want some animal love and humour in their feed!2018-01-28

 

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Blog 11- Kaitlyn


3 Things I Learned:


–          I learned that 56% of kids with a disability will spend their entire day being segregated, either in an inclusive education classroom or in an inclusive education school. I did not realize that there was so much segregation in schools.

–          I learned that there are academic benefits to students who are learning in an inclusive setting. In one study, there was a 15 point grade average increase in students academic achievement who worked in an classroom along side their peers with inclusive needs, rather than segregating them.

–          I learned that some people with disabilities face challenges every day that I take for granted. For example, Wheelchair accessibility has never crossed my mind before, but after watching the video and reading the blog, I find myself thinking about all the places I visit daily, and wondering how accessible they are.


2 Connections I Made:


–          After hearing about the study where all students did better when working in a classroom who had students with inclusive needs because when you work collaboratively with a student who might require more assistance you are engaged more with the curriculum, I was able to put it into perspective. I made the connection about how I do better at things when they are not just affecting me.

–          After reading Kelsey’s blog post about having a conversation with a person who has a disability, I realized how unsure society is on how to communicate with, socialize with, and live amongst a person with a disability. I realize how unfamiliar some of society is with disabilities and I realized how unfamiliar I am with certain disabilities. I have never had a classmate with a physical disability, and I only have one child in my daycare now with a physical disability.


1 Question I Still Have:


–          Will schools become more integrated, or will they continue to segregate students with disabilities and students without disabilities.

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Blog 10- Kaitlyn

3 Things I Learned:


          I learned how First Nations children were not only pulled from their homes, but also from the street. This would mean that their families would not have had a clue where their child went when they did not return home. The children who were sent to residential schools were sent all over the place. I was always under the impression that they were sent to schools near their homes, so this was an unknown fact to me.

          After watching this video, I was better able to understand how First Nations were stripped of their culture and of their identity. This shows how hard it has been for them to reconnect with their culture, because many of them became disconnected with it due to residential schools.

          I did not know that residential schools went on for so long and that they lasted up until 1996. This makes them a lot more recent than I ever knew about.


2 Connections I Made:


          I knew that children died in residential schools, however I did not realize that children ran away with no idea where to go. I did not understand the severe impact that these schools had on First Nations children, which caused them to run away, unable to survive the journey but unable to stay in the schools any longer. It puts into perspective about how unhappy these children were and how awful they were treated, as well as how awful their families were treated.

          After watching ‘The Secret Path’, I was able to see how little I was taught about residential schools in my education. I knew that residential schools existed, but I did not know that they went on for over 150 years and that they were still around after I was born. In elementary school I was taught that this happened a long time ago and that First Nations were taken away from their families and put into schools to be taught. I did not learn about the abuse, neglect, and starvation that a lot of these children faced when being forced into residential schools.


1 Question I Still Have:


          How can we teach students about residential schools in a way that will make a difference?

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Blog 9- Kaitlyn

 

3 Things I Learned:

– Until reading the article for this week’s lesson, I had never heard of the game “Smear the Queer.” I was disturbed to learn about this game and disappointed to read the lack of attention this game received by trusted adults to discard the game and to teach about its hurtful actions.

– “Youths with same sex orientation are more than two times as likely to commit suicide as their same sex peers.” (Russell and Joyner, 2001) While I knew that suicide was more common with same sex orientation individuals, I did not realize why. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual students often feel disconnected from not only their peers at school, but many also suffer at home with their families.

– I learned that at the time of “Smear the Queer,” 30% of people with HIV/AIDS contracted it while they were in high school. It is sad that schools were not doing more to prevent such high numbers by teaching a more diverse health education to their students.

2 Connections I Made:

– One connection I made was in the “Smear the Queer” article, when the author mentioned the lack of guidance that gay men, lesbians, and bisexual students received. It stated that “the only representations that gay and heterosexual students alike have are the extremes that the media often chooses to portray. These extremes display all gay men as drag queens, every lesbian as looking like a man, and that gays, lesbians, and bisexuals are only white.” (Loutzenheiser, 1996). This allowed me to look at the media that I see representing gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals. In shows such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Scandal’, and ‘Modern Family’, I see some stereotypes being followed, but I also see some diverse characters playing non-stereotypical roles.

-I am taking Health Education as my major, which can mean teaching sexual education classes. These articles show the lack of support that schools had at the time that they were written, and allowed me to see the importance of teaching health and safety to all students.

1 Question I Still Have:

-Have schools gotten better at supporting their bisexual, gay, and lesbian students? Have students become more aware and accepting towards their classmates, or does intense bullying still happen?

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Blog Entry 8- CBSL- Kaitlyn

My initial thoughts of the CBSL placement that I am in were fairly accurate to what I have experienced so far. I had a good understanding of what to expect in this volunteer placement, but I still found out some surprises and have taken away a lot already from it. I was initially concerned with trying to meet everybody’s needs in the program but I have found that they are all very flexible and generally just happy to be there. This takes some stress off me because it allows me to just be there in the moment with them.

I knew that this volunteer experience was going to require some outside planning time, however I did not realize how quickly some of the activities planned would go. It surprised me to experience this because it really put into perspective the idea of going with the flow. I have started to find extra activities, games, and crafts in my spare time as backups so that the activities we do can go as quickly or take as long as the girls want them to. I did not realize that I would end up spending so much extra time just looking for fun things to do at Ygirls, and was surprised to find that I do not even mind doing so. I am on pinterest constantly without even thinking about it, and have already spent a fair amount of outside time preparing crafts for our weekly meetings. 

My greatest area of growth with this placement has been not to overthink, over plan, and over analyze the things we do. This is because I like to make things work perfectly and I like to know why something didn’t work when it doesn’t. I have slowly began to let this go and just work with it, because in the classroom students will not always share the teachers interests, and sometimes what a teacher plans will not go accordingly. I have realized that I should not feel discouraged when something does not go as planned because we always end up having fun and the girls always enjoy themselves.  

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Blog Entry 7- Kaitlyn

 


3 Things I Learned:


– I learned that more women than men complete advanced degrees in educational administration. I did not realize this because, as the article states, more men than women hold ‘chief positions.’ I always assumed that more men went back to school for a higher degree.

– The article talks about ‘induction’ which I had not heard of prior to this weeks reading. I did not even know that school divisions oriented new teachers. The article talks about the concerns that were present about the way first-year teachers are treated. This is something I have thought about on occasion after hearing stories from friends and family.

– We talked about dismissal and tenure in class last week which ties into the article. I did not realize that teachers who are new can be dismissed by a school board for up to two years. It makes sense that there is a probationary period for them, but I did not realize it lasted as long as it does.


2 Connections I Made:


– “Teaching still remains largely an isolated job.” I can see how teachers are isolated and lack adult interactions because their jobs are revolved around their students. When teachers are not in the classroom teaching, they are often grading or completing prep work. This leaves very little time to socialize with other teachers throughout the day. I believe that getting to know your coworkers and being close with other teachers would allow you to have a large support team behind you as you teach.  I have been in schools where teachers all know each other well and seem to spend time throughout the day visiting or joking around. I personally felt as though these environments felt more welcoming not only to me, but to the students as well. This ties in with the supervision part of the article because while teachers feel isolated, they do not all appreciate added ‘supervision’ in their classrooms.

– This article talks about teaching being uncertain. It is right to say that teachers are often concerned with students beyond their classroom environment and likely strive to succeed beyond grades and content. Grades still remain important for students so it is a juggling act to know whether you are succeeding as a teacher in and outside of a learning environment.


1 Question I Still Have:


-Why are teachers feeling isolated but also feeling uncomfortable with outside ‘supervision? Is it the approach that is taken?

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Blog 6- Kaitlyn


3 Things I Learned:


          I learned that teachers did not have the control over the entry into teaching and that only the minister of education could issue teaching certificates and take them away. I had always assumed that teachers had a say over these matters and that the minister of education was there as a support system and as someone who over saw the teachers decisions

          While I knew and understood that teachers were expected to remain a respectable and professional figure outside of their work environment, I did not realize how strict and serious the consequences could be for teachers. On page 288, ‘the private lives of teachers,’ states that teachers used to be dismissed for entering a social setting such as a pool hall or bar. Another thing that took me by surprise was the fact that teachers have been dismissed from catholic schools for being divorced, as it goes against the beliefs of the Catholic Church.

          I learned what teacher’s associations were, as this was a term I have heard before but not something that I knew or understood. This reading allowed me to gain some insight to what the associations consist of and how they very from province to province.

 


2 Connections I Made:


          In Krista Yerkes ‘Teacher Identity’ article, she talked about how to grow as a teacher, she had to learn about herself and who she is as a person. It can not be easy to be responsible for many students and not being aware of where you stand as a teacher figure and not connecting with yourself about who you are will only make it more challenging.

          In ‘Teacher Identity’ there are many topics that discuss Krista Yerkes struggles as an intern and teacher. She talks about the importance of relationships and the problems that can arise out of nowhere with collogues and with students. There are always going to be people that you may not particularly agree with or get along with, but this is part of life. In school, jobs, friend groups, there may always be people who just do not like one another but it is very important to learn how to be mature in handling situations. Learning to talk to a trusted mentor or friend is something that Krista had to do as she continued to bottle up her issues with her substitute intern and then eventually broke down as a result.


1 Question I Still Have:


          Who all is involved in a teacher association and who qualifies as a worker for any given teacher association?

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Blog 5- Kaitlyn


3 Things I Learned:


  • This week I learned about ‘progressivism’ which is a child-centred philosophy which emphasizes problem solving while capitalizing on student’s curiosity and creative selfexpression. This idea comes from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who believed that children’s natural goodness was corrupted by adults and institutions, such as school. His beliefs caused society to take a new view on children and shifted the ideas of many who believed that ‘children should be seen not heard.”

 

  • According to ‘Historical Dimensions of Canadian Education,’ Education was not linked to technological advancement until after World War 2. This surprised me because I did not realize that education was used for technological advancements so long ago. It makes sense that it has been linked to technological advancements for so long because we have been growing our industries and technologies for such a long time but I did not realize it went back so far.

 

  • I learned that idealists believe that classics in literature, art, and music should be the core of a curriculum. This surprised me because we are always trying to find new ways to approach teaching in the education system so the idea that there are people out there who want to keep teaching education based off of these credentials surprised me.

2 Connections I Made:


  • While reading the stories of two First Nation’s who had attended residential schools, I was shocked at how very little choices these children had to make. Everything was controlled by the nuns who ran the schools and there was very little time for the children to do anything other than chores, praying, or school. Reading about how controlled their lives were made me wonder how much non-residential schools controlled their students, and how much we control students in schools now.

 

  • One connection I made was to Progressive Education and their beliefs that education should come from the interests of students and not just what their teacher wants to teach them. In my CBSL placement I look and listen to what the girls are interested in and then I base my activities off of these interests. This definitely helps keep them more engaged and feel like they have a say in what we are doing when we meet.

  • 1 Question I Still Have: 


  • We have started to look at progressive education as a way of teaching students based on their interests. We also still have a lot of predetermined rules in schools and make a lot of choices for the students. How will this look in the future? Will one method dominate or will they co-exist?
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Blog 4- CBSL- Kaitlyn

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My volunteer experience is at the Moose jaw YMCA doing a youth girls group. These girls are ages 8-13 and come from varying homes. Some of my first impressions of this experience is that I will need to be very prepared going into the group each week. I only have a couple of hours with the girls each week so being prepared will allow me to make the most out of our time together. I have also realized how unique and different each of the girls in my program are. They all come from varying money situations, go to different schools, and have varying likes and dislikes.

A concern I have regarding this volunteer experience is making sure I am meeting the needs of everyone that is in the program. Some of the girls are in this program because it provides a safe place for them to come in the evenings. Some are in the program because their parent’s want them to gain some confidence and socialization; and some girls are in the program for the activities, crafts, and games. I want to make sure that I am allowing the girls to have a space where they can feel welcome, be themselves, and have fun.

When starting my programming, I looked at activities that could appeal to everyone and give them all something to gain. I planned games that involve team work, group activities that will allow them to open up if they want to as well as that build self confidence, and crafts that give the girls a quiet way to visit while accomplishing something that they can feel proud of. All of the individuals in my program have various likes and dislikes and I have tried to incorporate these all into the short amount of time we have together.

I think that this experience will allow me to gain some understanding to what struggles girls in this age group may be facing, and how I can help them in overcoming these problems. I hope to gain the trust of the girls in this program so that they can come and be themselves without fear of judgment. I have already begun to see some connections from the course in my program, particularly parenting styles. These girls come from various home lifestyles and the course has allowed me to get an understanding of what their parents might be like and how their parenting styles may be affecting the girls.

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Blog Post 3- Kaitlyn

         3 Things I Learned:


  •  I learned that there can be dangers in self-efficiency when learning. I assumed that self-efficiency was a completely positive concept. I had never really stopped to think about how people who are too confident in themselves in a particular area may fail to stop and fix mistakes that they have made.
  • Learning the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation was interesting as I had not heard of them before. I had never really thought about why I chose to learn in school or why I learned about things that I did not need to. It is good to see that there is the option to be learning for your own purposes and because it is required, all at the same time.
  • I found it interesting to learn that student’s academic achievement differs depending on their self-control and emotions. Student’s with low self-esteem, anger, sadness, and even being shy, can all have a negative impact on student’s ability to learn.

2 Connections I Made:


  • Reading about ‘reciprocal influences’ allowed me to make connections to my own experiences. Understanding how social influences, achievement outcomes, and self-influences are all connected put different scenarios into perspective for me from my own time spent in school, along with different experiences during work or general activities. The example given in the textbook about the late student with tattoos is a good choice because it shows us the teachers side as well as the students side, making it obvious how easily our interactions with our students can be influences.
  • Reading about student’s learning being effected by negative emotions made me stop to think about how my classmates and I had acted and learned in school. It makes sense that being shy, angry, and sad can affect your learning because if you are not mentally in a good place then you will not feel the need or desire to learn. If you are shy then you might hold back any questions you have or you might avoid asking about a lesson that you did not understand. Student’s who have a high self-esteem with many friends in their class might not feel afraid to ask if they are confused or may get their friends to reexplain what they need.

1 Question I Still Have:


  •  How can we ensure that the student’s in our classrooms feel safe enough to as their questions or express themselves when confused, even student’s who might be shy?