Rethinking My Own Identity: An Introduction

For those who have made it this far on my blog and are still not sure, welcome to my blog. I’m Jenna deBoth and I have decided to change up my mindset. Throughout University, I have started to realize that I was very sheltered growing up. By this, I am referring to lack of experiences I had to self-determine my identity. Being a child in a small town meant that I followed in the beliefs and values of my parents. Not until I came to Regina was I submerged with various different and unique ideologies and perspectives.

My parents have always followed a fairly conservative christian belief system. When I was young, we regularly went to church and took part in various fellowship activities. As I started to get involved in extracurricular activities, I started to choose friends and dance class over attending church on Sunday Afternoons. My parents were very accepting of this as they wanted me to figure out where I fit into the world. Due to this, I started to pull away from our local Lutheran Church. I always felt that something would take its place, but throughout high school, nothing ever did. To make matters more interesting, during this time, I started to go through coming of age and trying to figure out what my place in the world is. In the chaotic blur of adolescence, I did not worry about have a religious belief so for a long time I often forgot about thinking about my were.

In the beginning of University, I was overwhelmed by the amount of people at the University in comparison to my small town high school, this caused me to revert to staying in my room and away from others. By second semester, I forced myself to get out of my comfort zone and start to connect with people around me. I pursued a group on campus that got me involved in volunteer experiences. This opened my eyes to the number of different perspectives that existed in the world. Around the end of my 2nd year of University, I realized that I needed to figure out where I fit into our world. In theory, this realization was the true beginning of my search for my spot in the world.

Now, I want to clarify a few things. First, I have always been someone who has wanted to be a teacher and share my love of learning with the world. I realize that the explanation above could be interpreted as I had no motivation in life, but this is not the case. Basically, if you thought about my life as a puzzle, at the end of second year university, I was a 3/4 completed puzzle, but the rest of the puzzle pieces were missing from the box. The second point I wanted to clarify is that I know many people who know me would not believe it, but yes, at one point in my life (for about 6 months, but who’s counting…) I was an introvert and avoided people and interactions.

So, if you have stuck with me this far in this post, you might be wondering what values and beliefs of the past have to do with changing my mindset. Please, let me take a moment to explain.

Since the end of my second year of University, I have explicitly been exposed to information about Indigenous peoples in Canada. I had the opportunity to be a part of a Treaty Education workshop, along with my fellow classmates. On top of that, I took on a responsibility to not only learn about residential school experiences, but also I trained and eventually facilitated Witness Blanket experiences with various groups of school ages youth. Learning about Indigenous perspectives and worldview has become of great interest for me.

In the recent weeks, I have realized that I have a strong interest in these topics because I strongly relate to this worldview. I strongly believe that the world is interconnected and when something happens it causes a reaction. Growing up with a mother who works as a counselor, I have a strong respect for the four parts of health and I can always tell when one part of my self is lacking and how that affects me as a whole. I want to learn more about this perspective in hopes that it will be able to fill a part of that void in my understanding where my beliefs and values fit into the world.

For now, I leave you with this. I have realized that in order to make a change in your life or truly understand who you are, you must make a deliberate decision to try new things, expose yourself to new experiences to help yourself learn and grow. I look forward to learning more about my classmates, treaty education, indigenous perspectives and myself during this semester.

Until next time,



Expanding My Horizons Through Learning

Growing up I always watched my mom hem and alter all sorts of outfits and items. I always found it intriguing to watch her take something that was torn and ripped and mend it so it looks almost new again. The idea of sewing never truly crossed my mind until I was posed with  the choice to do a learning project as a final project, I was very excited. My first reaction was that I wanted to make duct tape suit. The reasoning behind this is that I create and sell my own duct tape creations. I soon realized that this option would not be plausible for two reasons. First, I already know how to create patterns and object in duct tape therefore it would take time, but I would not be attempting a new skills. Secondly, I realized that I needed to use outside sources to help guide my learning. I knew that I would not use outside sources to teach myself to make a duct tape suit because I have a policy that my designs come from my head.

So once I realized that duct tape was not an answer I knew that I had to think outside the box, what was something that I always wanted to learn, but I never had to chance to. I was brought to the thought of my mom mending hemming clothing. I decided that I was going to teach myself to sew. I was unsure about what I was going to sew, so I decided I needed to start with the basics first. This means, trying to understand a sewing machine.

Meet Jenna

Hello, my name is Jenna deBoth and welcome to my blog. I am a second year Elementary Education student at the University of Regina. I am very excited to be pursuing my dream of becoming an educator and I can’t wait to see what the world of education has to offer.

I am very interested in crafts, creations and anything that allows me to explore my creative side. I have an obsession with Duct Tape and I avidly design and produce original pieces. I really enjoy helping others, which is why I am an active volunteer for many groups and activities around the city. I think that by lending your time and energy to a great cause you are able to make a small impact on the world everyday.

When it comes to working with children and youth, I have always wanted to be involved. By grade two, I had my mind set on becoming a teacher! Since then, besides from a hidden dream of becoming a professional singer, I have stuck with the dream of becoming an educator. For this I am very thankful because during my grade twelve year of high school when it came time to apply to post-secondary, I knew which institution I wanted to attend and what program I wanted to get into. By acquiring my motivation to following education as a profession, I was able to place myself in situations where I benefited from the experiences with children and youth. Starting off with babysitting at early adolescence, followed through with summer jobs working at a daycare and youth program, I was able to solidify my career choice easily.

I would like to thank my mother for being one of the biggest influence in my dream of becoming an educator. As a counselor who worked her way up into administration, I have taken many life lessons and motivations from my mothers success. I believe that with hard work and dedication you can do anything you set your mind too and I hold that very close to my heart.

Now lets talk technology. I am a major fan of technology as a tool in the classroom, only if used correctly. I think the technology can be a great tool to help in the classroom as there are many possibilities to what technology can do. The resources that are available online for both teacher and student are remarkable! As a educator or someone on the path of becoming an educator professional development tools are abundant on the internet and through digital networking. In preparation to entering your first classroom, technology can be a very helpful tool in preparing you for this new experience. In the classroom, especially with differentiated instruction for students, technology is a great tool that helps teachers successfully complete this task.

I grew up with a brother who was very good with technology therefore I have always been around technology and therefore developed a like towards technology. With this past experience with technology, I know that I will take advantage of technology in my classroom someday as I think that it is very helpful!

For now, I hope you enjoy the wonders of this blog and the adventures that life takes me on, on this journey to become an elementary educator.