Stepping in For the Day

This post will explore the different resources that I found that have helped me develop my current tub of “tricks” for being a substitute teacher.

Substitute Teacher Tub (SubTub)

One Extra Degree

Sub Hub Online

Corkboard Connections

Teachers Pay Teacher $6.00 resource – 124 pages of a Substitute teacher activities and tricks. This was a strong tool that I used while I was creating my Sub Tub

 

Resources: Pinterest Boards By Seusstastic

Bucket Fillers

General Classroom Crafts

Teaching Blogs

List of Books to Read

Free Lessons

Lesson Plans

Number Talks

For Educators

Best of Arts Ed – All Grades

Free K-3 Literacy Sources

 

Future Substitute Teacher Binder

One day, I plan to have a binder that lays out anything that a teacher may need to know when stepping in for the day as the full time teacher. I found  cute title pages for this binder on Teacher Pay Teacher. It was a free resource and a wonderful outline of important sections to have in a binder so any substitute teacher who needs to, can come and run your classroom efficiently.

Template For Sub Binder

Template For Sub Binder – Beach Theme

 

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ESST 310 Community Supports Unit Plan

We were asked to create a Unit plan for our ESST class based on a topic of choice. I chose to create a unit on Grade Three Community Supports. Feel free to take a look at this unit. I plan to continue to develop this unit as time continues, but for now, here is my Unit Plan.

Community Supports Unit Plan – Grade Three

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Resources From Classmates

In the Fall 2015 semester, section 30 of the Elementary Education program at the U of R as worked hard to create multiple resources and unit plans for different disciplines and grades. I wanted to collect them on a post for my blog, so that I can look back at them and use them in my future teaching. Thank you to all classmates who created these resources!  I plan to continue to add resources to this list as I continue in the semester and year.

EMTH 310 Themed Tasks

Grade 1

Grouping, Patterns and Sorting Dinosaurs

Snowflakes Theme Task 1    Snowflakes Theme Task 2   Snow Flakes Theme Task 3

Buttons Themed Task 1    Buttons Themed Task 2    Buttons Themed Task 3

Seasons Themed Task 1    Seasons Themed Task 2    Seasons Themed Task 3

 

Grade 2

2D & 3D Shapes Version 1:    Themed Task 1    Themed Task 2

2D & 3D Shapes Version 2:    Themed Task 1    Themed Task 2   Themed Task 3 

Grade 3
Number Outcomes: Themed Task 1    Themed Task 2   Themed Task 3 

Grade 4

Mirrors and Reflection Themed Tasks 1-3

Grocery Games Theme:   Task 1    Task 2

Grade 5

Perimeter and Area Themed Tasks 1-3

Building a Town Theme


			
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Lesson as Planned: Teaching Physical Education

In our EPE class, we were asked to take all of the knowledge that we have acquired over the semester and use it to create a lesson plan for a physical education class. I really enjoyed making this lesson plan because I gained a large quantity of new knowledge about teaching physical education over the semester and I was excited to demonstrate my learning. The lesson that I created was for a grade four physical education class. I hope that you find it interesting and very different from a standard physical education class.

Skipping and Rhythmic Movements

Please feel free to comment with different ideas and  modifications! Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

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Technology in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

In my EMTH 310 class we were asked to write a research essay on a trend or issue in regard to teaching and learning mathematics. I chose to write my essay about technology’s role and impact on how mathematics is being taught and learned. I think that technology is a huge part of our everyday learning and it especially has a great impact on learning and teaching mathematics. I am glad that I was able do some research on this topic because it allowed me to think about what impacts the teaching and learning of mathematics. I also appreciate this research because it has opened my eyes to what I can do in a mathematics classroom to ensure that my students are engaged as well as they  understand the content that we are learning. Feel free to check out my essay as it is posted below.

Technology in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

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Fall 2015: Pre-Internship Experience Overall Reflection

For pre-internship, I have been placed in a Catholic school in Northern Regina. For the first portion of the placement, we had 7 full day experience in the classroom. These periods were spread across 8 weeks. This opportunity provided me with many valuable experiences that have helped shape how I view myself as the teacher, the students and the classroom structure. In this blog post, I am going to go through the different placement days and highlight some of the things that I learned during this time.


 

Week 1: My first week at the school was filled with a lot of learning moments. First off, I had to try and start to remember each students name. By the end of the first day, I knew 10 out of 25 names by memory. The morning of the first day was eye opening as my partner and I were asked to look for different procedures and routines in the classroom. In our co-operating teachers classroom, she has a routine to start everyday with bell work. This concept was new to me as I had never seen a routine such as a booklet that students worked on every moment. This is a routine that I would like to add and adapt to be a part of my future classroom as it provides students with expectation of what their role is at the beginning of each class. On this first day, my partner and  I did a “getting to know you” activity with the students where they were given an opportunity to create a self-portrait that was later put into a class binder. Something that I learned from our lesson was that we needed to spread out our materials for the lesson to avoid a huge pile up at the back of the room or craft table. For our first lesson, this activity was easy and the students loved it. Our lesson can be found in the blog post called “Introduction Self-Portrait Lesson

Week 2: In my second week at the school, I was asked to do a lesson on the Properties of Rocks and Minerals. This was an interesting experience as I had forgotten what the properties of rocks and minerals were. I went to my ESCI professor and asked her if I could borrow some real minerals for students to touch and hold. This was a great idea because the students absolutely loved having real rocks and minerals to use. One moment of this lesson that I was particularly proud of was when we discussed what the streak of a rock was. I had a feeling that none of the students would know what it was, so I brought up a minerals and rubbed it on a piece of paper to show its streak. This was excellent because my cooperating teacher thought that this was very well throughout in advance. I felt very proud that I anticipated this before my lesson and it was a needed demonstration.

Week 3: In week three, I was asked to continue discussing rocks and minerals, but shift my focus onto fossils and the different types. I used this as an opportunity to provide students with a hands on experience to discuss and create the different types of fossils. My grade four students loved this!! They were so engaged in the learning experience that I felt that they didn’t want the learning to stop. The students had the chance to get some salt dough and a plastic dinosaur and used their dinosaur to make the different mold, cast, true form and trace fossils. I am very proud of this lesson. Please feel free to check it out.

During this third week at the school, we were asked to find a student and interview them to figure out their learning style. I interviewed a young girl who told me a lot about how she likes to learn. I only asked her one simple question, “What would you do or teach if you were the teacher for a day.” This allowed for the student to tell me how she likes to activities where she sits in her desk and writes because it helps her focus. I found that this experience was very powerful for me because it allowed me to give this students an opportunity to tell me about themselves in a very reflective and positive manner. I learned a lot from this experience. I plan to continue to ask my future students this question to get to know them and their learning skills in a different way.

Week 4: My fourth week in the classroom, I created another lesson on fossils that was based around paleontologists and fossils that are found here in Saskatchewan. This lesson was great because I had the chance to give the student a hands on feeling of what it would be like to remove fossils from the groups. The students discussed different fossil found in Saskatchewan and then each student received a chocolate chip cookie and some excavation tools (a paintbrush, plastic knife and tooth pick) to try and remove as many whole chocolate chips from their cookie as they could. The grade fours were very engaged in this activity. If you are interested in this lesson, please take a look at my Paleontologists and Fossils lesson. The video below was my set to this lesson.

Week 5: This fall, we were unable to have 8 field days, due to Remembrance Day falling on a Wednesday this year. I used this day to catch up on homework and try to relax during this busy and stressful semester.

Week 6: In week six, I was actually very sick for a couple of days and therefore was unable to attend pre-internship. My cooperating teacher was so kind and understanding and when I asked to come another day to make up for this, she told me that I needed to use my day to relax and focus on school work. This was a very admirable thing for her to say, in my books, and I greatly appreciated it.

Week 7: When I came back to the classroom in week 7, the students all asked me if I was feeling better as they had found out that I was sick the week before. I felt very loved and respected as these grade four students wanted to make sure that I was okay. In this week, my topic was about fossil dating and the geological time scale.  I decided because this was a content heavy lesson, that I would help my students learn it through an interactive game. I decided to develop a modified jeopardy game for the students to play, which involved new information that they would be learning that day, as well as information from previous lessons about fossils. The students were broken into groups and they were extremely engaged in an activity where we were not even keeping score. I enjoyed that all of the students actively participated and were excited about the new information that they were learning about. This lesson, along with my fossil types lesson, were probably my favorite from my one-visit-per-week pre-internship. I would love to do this activity again with one of my future classrooms.

Week 8: Week 8 was my last week in the classroom until our three week block in March. My last lesson was an introduction to human hearing. This was an interesting lesson that I was also proud of. I had intended to use the smart board to go through the parts of the human ear in an interactive way. Thankfully I had a sheet for my students that also had all of the parts of the ear with definitions because our SmartBoard locked down just before I started my lesson. I am very proud of this because I was able to demonstrate that I was prepared for myself and able to adapt and think on my feet. I look forward to doing this lesson again with a future classroom and be able to use the interactive parts of the ear website.


As our one-visit-per-week section of pre-internship concludes, I am very excited to start my three week block. I found out that I will be doing a unit on healing in health. Keep and eye out on this blog for lessons as they develop in early 2016.

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

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Understanding Outcomes Presentations

Our first evaluation in ESST was focused around a presentation that helped us understand a certain outcome. I wanted to make sure that for future reference that I have all of my classmates presentation topics and ideas to help me when I am developing lessons. The purpose of the blog post is not to dive into the different topics that were explored but instead to have a reference for future to use these ideas. Please feel free to click on any of the links below and explore the different topics that my classmates created small activities on.

Grade Outcomes Link to Handouts
2 DR2.3 https://missrohdeblog.wordpress.com/understanding-outcomes-assignment/
3 DR3.1 Teaching the Outcome – Resource Package
3 DR3.1 Miss Kohuch’s Blog – Understanding Outcomes Presentation
3 DR3.1 Miss Duarte’s Guide to Learning – Understanding Outcomes Presentation
1 PA1.1 & PA2.2 Grade One Power and Authority
1 DR1.3 Grade One Dynamic Relationships
3 IN3.3 Grade Three: Interactions and Interdependence of Nations
K DRK.1, DRK.2, DRK.3 Kindergarten Dynamic Relationships Outcomes
2 PA2.1 Grade Two Power and Authority
K INK.1 Kindergarten Interaction and Interdependence Outcome
2 IN2.1 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jB3DIKQG37kWgc-eoUHFzSGAXw_oKEnRrZ0vKVwdaNY/edit

 

Our section evaluation piece was based on the creation of a creative set that would connect to the unit that you would be starting but also would present the information in such a way that would engage the students. These sets included:

  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Songs
  • Dances
  • Small Activities
  • Multimedia
  • Skits
  • Introduction to Unit Routine

Creative sets are a very important part of lesson planning because you need to grab your students interest in a topic before you start teaching the material. This will ensure that they are paying attention, actively engaging and ultimately creating meaning making. In my ECS 3o1 class, we were asked to come up with as many creative sets as we could. Some ideas that came up included:

Creative Sets could be about: Voice, Actions, Interest, Intrigue and Wonder. The set should relate to the end of the lesson. What is it that I want them to know at the end of this lesson.

 

Topic Set Ideas
Time
  • Make a sundial with class outside
  • Make a large clock on the floor for a phys. ed game.
  • World Clocks
  • Big Comfy Couch (Learn about Clocks with Molly)
  • Show clock segment from “Hook”
Habitat
  • Exploration box
  • Make your room into the habitat that you are learning about.
  • Building miniature habitats
  • class pet (fish – one time show)
  • nature walk
  • Animal planet interactive habitat CD (mid 2000’s)
Poetry
  • Poetry Scavenger Hunt
  • Drama-Read poem and then act it out
  • Children making slam poems rap
  • Music
Bullying
  • Role Playing
  • Tooth Paste Activity
    • Two students, raced to empty a toothpaste, try to put back in relate to our words
  • Puppet Show
  • Video
  • Feeling Circles

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Grade Five Weather Unit Plan

For our ESCI 310 class, we were asked to create a unit on a particular topic as per random selection. I had the opportunity to develop a Grade Five Science Unit on Weather. This was an interesting opportunity as this was the first time that I had ever made a unit before. I think that overall, I am impressed with my finished product and I know that the next unit that I have to make will be stronger and more put together. Until then, please check out the link below for my unit plan as well as my additional resource package for the included outcomes and indicators.

Weather Unit Presentation/Outline

Grade Five Weather Unit

Grade Five Weather Unit Resource Package

 

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

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UR Pride Presentation: Where Was I?

On November 23rd, our ESST class was cancelled as there was a LGBTQ community presentation happening. Many of my classmates attended this presentation; however, I did not. Thankfully I have a wonderful classmate who shared her wonderful experience, at the presentation, with me. I cannot directly comment on the presentation because I was not there, but a good reflection of the presentation can be found on Miss Waldbauer’s blog. I think that presentations such as this one, that focuses on inclusion and ensuring that teachers are aware of the important terms and concepts related to the LGBTQ community, is extremely important in order to have  a positive and safe classroom experience for all students. Below I wanted to share the presentation handout from the evening.

Photo Credit: Miss Waldbauer's Blog

Photo Credit: Miss Waldbauer’s Blog

LGBTQ 2

Photo Credit: Miss Waldbauer’s Blog

While this presentation was on, I was at home working on a large unit plan that was due the next day. This unit plan was for my ESCI 310 class. The unit that I developed was Grade Five: Weather. This was a fun unit to prepare and create. I enjoyed exploring for engaging and educational activities that would help my students understand weather better through hands on experiences.

My weather unit can be found below as well as it is included in my Unit and Lesson Planning section of my blog. A full breakdown of my Weather Unit can be found here! I hope that you have a chance to check it out.

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

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Exploring Contemporary Issues and Protocol

On October 26th, we had some very special guests come into our classroom and discuss with First Nations content, integration into classrooms and proper protocol. This was an excellent, engaging and intriguing presentation. To start off the evening, we had Allison Kimberly speak to us about stereotypes. This was an interesting experience for myself as I felt awkward to say stereotypes out loud, especially the ones that I do not believe. I thought that Allison’s information was very informative as it opened my eyes to the different stereotypes that are prevalent in many stories, toys and games especially for children. As terrible as the different items in the “poison box” were, I felt that it showed us how there are stereotypes in every aspect of our lives. I really enjoyed the poison box activity also because it sparked meaningful and interesting conversations between myself and my classmates.


 

After class, I was exploring our ESST class blog and I found a link to Allison’s Aboriginal perspective at uregina.caAboriginal Perspectives Website. This website is a resource focused on providing a well rounded idea of aboriginal perspectives for teachers and students. I really enjoy the different videos that are on this website, as it provides a multimedia way to learn about these perspectives. I think that this is important for educators as it can help develop an stronger understanding for teaching about aboriginal perspectives.


 

The next portion of our presentation was focused around the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and how this is a problem that is impacting our world today. Although the government does not seem to think that this is an important topic, I think that it is because it shows of Indigenous Women are viewed as less than other women in the world. For my future students sake, I want to ensure that this issue is talked about and that all of my students feel valued and represented in our classroom. I think that our society will never changed unless we as educators ensure that these issue are discussed and that students formulate their own understandings and opinions. We must educate our students to see the potential and equality in everyone no matter their gender, race, religion or cultural belief system. I found this portion of the presentation very significant for my future teaching.

When it comes to practicality, the last portion of the presentation provided me with extremely important information for my future classroom. Vic Starr presented on cultural protocol. When we tool Treaty Training, I always wondered about the process to create a tobacco pouch or gather tobacco to give to an elder upon their entrance to your classroom. This presentation helped me realize that there is not correct way to gather the tobacco, but the most important part is to present it to the elder in a kind and respectful way. In my future teaching, I want to make sure that I use professional development pieces such as this presentation to help myself understand other worldviews and traditions with an open mind. When we got to make tobacco pouches, I was very excited because I felt that I was gaining knowledge that I could directly see how it would benefit me in the future. As a university student, moments of clarity such as that one are extremely important.

From this presentation, I am taking away a stronger understanding of my role in incorporating First Nations and Metis content in my everyday lessons.

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

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New Knowledge and Inspirations – ESST 310

This semester of ESST 310 has provided me with a wealth of new knowledge about teaching social studies. Starting off the semester, I was not sure with what it would be like to teach social studies. I really enjoyed that this class was focused on the different areas of social studies. I found that it was particularly important that we talked about Power & Authority as I did not truly understand what this topic was about besides discussing government. We explored multiple resources throughout the semester that helped me develop a better understanding of power and authority as well as other social studies topics. This blog post will dive into a two of the resources that we explored in class and explain their importance for myself as a future teacher.

  1. Worldview Reading This is a resource from the Treaty Essential Learning Booklet created by the Office of the Treaty Commissionaire. This reading is important as it helps develop an understanding of First Nations TELS Cover:Layout 1.qxdWorldview. I appreciated this resource as it recognizes the different First Nations and it ensures that any discrepancies between the different groups are displayed. This shows readers that not all First Nations groups are the same. I think that this resource is extremely important as it provides teachers with an understanding of some of the beliefs and systems of First Nations people. One strong section that stood out to me in this reading revolves around the Tipi Teachings (Office of the Treaty Commissionaire, 2008, pg. 37). I appreciated this because I knew that each of the 15 poles in a tipi had a meaning, but I did not know what those meaning were. In a future classroom, I would love to chat with my students about the different meanings of the poles and then bring in an elder or professional to fully explain the placements of the poles as well as show my students how a tipi is assembled. I think that this would be a very worth wild and  knowledge building opportunity for my students.

Office of the Treaty Commissionaire. (2008). Treaty Essential Learnings: We Are All Treaty People. Library and Archives Canada Cataloging: Montreal.

  1. Story of the Bean This article is focused on incorporating indigenous knowledge into your everyday teaching. I appreciated this story because it focused on thinking beyond the textbook when you are teaching. I think that as a future teaching, it is extremely important to think about the messages, biases and purpose behind what we are teaching instead of just teaching knowledge from a textbook. I appreciate this new wave of teaching because it forces teachers to be more reflective as well as inclusive to all. In the end, this new wave of teaching will help redefine education and fostering the future citizens of tomorrow. I encourage all teachers to read this story as it will open your eye to thinking about what you do in the classroom through more lenses than just your own. In my future classroom, I want to use this story as a reminder that I should look at each piece of information that I teach to my students in a very multifaceted way by ensuring that any other worldview representation are connected.

Brayboy, B. & Maughan, E. (2009). Indigenous Knowledges and the Story of the Bean. Harvard Education Publishing Group: Cambridge, MA.

These two resources have helped me gain an understanding into the importance of incorporating indigenous ways of knowing in my everyday teaching. I feel that it is important not only to incorporate indigenous ways of knowing, but also to think about the other demographics that represent my students and insure that each child in my classroom feels represented in the classroom culture as well as in the classroom activities and literature. I know that creating a multicultural classroom will be difficult, but it is worth wild and meaningful for my students development.

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Made to Fit – Grade Four Mathematics Games

I was exploring some tasks for grade four students to do in a mathematics class, when I game across this wonderful resource made by the Horizon School Division in Saskatchewan. This resource is a collection of mathematics games and activities that are categorized under the different grade four mathematics outcomes for Saskatchewan. This is a wonderful resource as it allows teachers to find fun and engaging activities that fit into the curriculum. I plan to use this list of activities during my pre-internship as sponge activities in the classroom. I strongly encourage other teachers to explore and use this resource in Saskatchewan.

Grade 4 Websites Based on Saskatchewan Curriculum (2007)

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Evaluating Power and Authority Resources 

We were asked in class to evaluate a number of resources that had to do with Power and Authority. Below you will find a break down of each resource with what it is, good and bad features and if I would use it in the future!

  1. Roles in Ontario Parliament
    1. What: This resource provides lesson plans regarding parliament structures and helps students learn about it.
    2. Good Features: Great information
    3. Bad Features: Made more for high school due to the content level and  structure of the resource
    4. Would I use this?  If I was teaching high school students about the different levels of government I would use this resources. For elementary grades, I would use this resource as a support for my own learning.
  2. Games and Quizzes
    1. What: This resource is activities for students who are learning about the different levels of government
    2. Good Features: Games and Activities to help make learning about the government more engaging and entertaining
    3. Bad Features: Not made for elementary, more made for higher levels such as high middle years or high school
    4. Would I use this? I would use this with older students
  3. Saskatchewan Teacher’s Institute for Legislative Assembly
    1. What: This resource provides you with an opportunity to learn hand on about our parliamentary system so that you can more effectively teach students about our government and increase engagement with involvement in the government (such as voting)
    2. Good Features: Provides teachers with an opportunity to learn hands on about things that they need to teach their students about.  The website provides great information about electing members, voting  and how laws are made.
    3. Bad Features: Must apply for the hands on opportunity. Not all get to go on it.
    4. Would I use this? I think that I do not know very much about the parliamentary system; therefore I think that I would use this resource as one way to better understand information that I need to find a way for my students to also learn and understand.
  4. Municipal Information
    1. What: This resource is based for municipal power and authority. This resource goes over things like community regulations and other laws that are specific to towns and municipal area.
    2. Good Features: Easy to maneuver. Made for educating adults, but could be used with a group of older students. As an educator, you might have to help the students understand the information in the sections as some of the terminology may be too complex.
    3. Bad Features: Unengaging presentation of material.
    4. Would I use this? I would use this resource to help myself, as the teacher understand the concepts more in regards to power and authority.
  5. Grade Two – Integrating First Nations and Metis Perspectives (Social Studies)
    1. What: This resource is a document that is focuses on integrating First Nations and Metis Perspectives into Grade Two Social Studies.
    2. Good Features: Made by a classroom teacher. Easy to read, sectioned off.
    3. Bad Features: Wish their was diagrams to go along with medicine wheel references.
    4. Would I use this? Absolutely!
  6. Grade Six Power and Authority Unit
    1. What: This resource outlines what a grade six power and authority unit plan could look like.
    2. Good Features: Blooms Taxonomy Reference, Lesson plan included
    3. Bad Features: Missing a few elements (Rubric and Misconceptions), additional resources are not available as they are listed to have been saved on a private T-drive.
    4. Would I use this? Yes, but would need to spend time creating worksheets and customizing lesson plans to fit my context.
  7. 1-5 First Nations, Metis & Inuit Perspective Integration in Social Studies
    1. What: This resource provides further resources for different outcomes and indicators in the curriculum.
    2. Good Features: Content is great to help lead your own integration of different worldviews into your classroom.
    3. Bad Features: No Lesson Plans
    4. Would I use this? Yes I would use this resource to help me get an idea of how to integrate First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives into my teaching while I was planning.
  8. First Nations, Metis, Inuit Cultural Handbook
    1. What: This resource was created to help non-aboriginal teachers understand different cultural items and ceremonies so that teachers can discuss and present First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives in a positive and  non-offensive manner.
    2. Good Features: Terminology explains many things that non-aboriginal people do not understand
    3. Bad Features:
    4. Would I use this? Yes! I loved this resource because it will help me be respectful when it comes to different ceremonies and worldviews. Being culturally sensitive is something that I worry about and I always want to work towards improving in my teaching.
  9. Teacher’s Kit
    1. What: This resource was created in order to help teachers understand different terminology and concepts in regards to politics and government.
    2. Good Features: Presents information for further learning. Gives an idea for preparing lesson plans involving this topic.
    3. Bad Features:
    4. Would I use this? Yes, I find that I could use all the help that I can get in regards to parliamentary systems as I feel that my knowledge and comfort level with the topic is very low.
  10. Treaty Four Worldview
    1. What: This resource provides an insight for non-aboriginal people to help teachers understand the different indigenous world views that exist within Treaty Four.
    2. Good Features: Directly made for Treaty Four area which is the area around Regina and extended from there. This is specific to help teachers understand the different world view that they may encounter in their teachers or the different worldviews that they should present to their class.
    3. Bad Features:
    4. Would I use this? Yes, I really think that it is important to ask questions and learn about other cultures and other worldviews; therefore, I believe that this resource would be very beneficial for me as a future educator.

 

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Starting Your Own Blog: Resources, Tools and How To

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Right Off The Roll Duct Tape Creations

Blogging is something that has become a prominent part of my life within the past 5 years. When I was in high school, I had a personal blog that I was obsessed with updating. During my later years of school, I reduced the number of posted that I put up and eventually deleted all of the content and shut down the site. When I was in my first year of University, I created a blog website for you Duct Tape business where I put up photos and promotions. This website is currently under construction again as all of my content was deleted in a file transfer, but hopefully it will be up again soon. The website is called rightofftheroll.com. Feel free to check it out.

Back to blogging, I started blogging when I was a young teenager and therefore it was not difficult when I was asked to develop a professional blog in my ESCI 302 class in the Winter 2015 semester. This was an interesting experience for me as I had to think about the difference between a business blog, personal blog and a professional educator blog. I really enjoyed creating this blog and it came in handy when I was asked to have a blog in this fall 2015 semester for my ESST class. In the section below I have created a collection of useful tool and resources as well as how to’s on creating a blog. Enjoy!

  1. Blogbuilder.com provides an excellent run though of how to create your own blog from start to finish. This blog is focused on creating a blog that based on making profit. I used this blog to help me develop my duct tape website; however it includes many great ideas of how to set up your blog and make it professional. Great website!
  2. Buildyourownblog.com is another great website that provides step by step instructions on how to make a successful blog. I like this resource because it is set up with videos and online support after you have created your blog. I recommend this website for anyone who is starting up a blog of their own.
  3. Bloggingbasics101.com is a tool that is focused on developing the content on your blog once you have created it. This is an excellent resource to help you develop your content whether it is for a business purpose, educational purpose or personal expression purpose. Bloggingbasics101.com also has a section about creating your blog.
  4. Becomeablogger.com is a website that provides training and courses to help you develop your blog for whatever purpose you would like.

These are four resources that are out there that can help you start a successful blog. I know that is also a great tool for live tutorials on blog creations. If you or someone you know is interested in starting a blog, I recommend that you use or share the above resources to help get the best head start with blogging!

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

 

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Creating my Teaching Toolbox

Throughout our ESST 310 class at the University of Regina, we have been looking at how technology can be used to teach social studies in the elementary year. Technology has become a part of our every day lives and without it we would not have many of the luxuries that we currently do. As teachers, we must adapt and change towards the way society is evolving. It is out primary job to foster student learning of essential information and skills that they will require in the workforce someday.  As an educator, technology should not be our foe, but instead a great tool to use to bring learning to life for students and provide them with multiple learning experiences. Robot

I strongly agree with this photo above. Teachers who are embracing technology in this current age will likely replace those teachers who do not incorporate technology into their teaching. I appreciated this ESST 310 class for the reasons that we were shown various tools that we can use to help enhance and differentiate our teaching for future students. Below, you will find various tools that we were introduced to in the Fall 2015 semester and how they can be used in a classroom or as a support.

Kahoot

Kahoot is a interactive website that allows teachers and students to create a multiple choice question game. kahootTo play the game, students can use personal technology and access the game with a code through kahoot.it. This game has not limit on the number of players, which provides teachers with the freedom to use this tool with any size of classroom. The easy to use shapes and colors for recognition of answers allows for this tool to be used with multiple grade and learning levels. In a classroom, this tool could be used as a formative assessment, a fun recap of information or to help make a decision in the classroom. With Kahoot, students are actively engaged in their learning which ultimately helps increase what they are learning and what they will remember. I plan to use this tool as a way to get my students excited about a topic as well as using it to make classroom decisions. If you have not tried kahoot yet, I would strongly recommend it as it is a great tool that teachers and teachers love using. 


Remind Meremind

Remind Me is an application that send out reminders to a select group of people. This tool can be used in a classroom as a way to have classroom reminders sent out to parts or in high school the students themselves. With Remind Me, teachers are able to be more transparent with parents and let them know when things are happening in the class or when their child is required to bring soremindmething to class or finish some homework. To sign up, teacher go to remind.com and sign up. When a teacher creates a “class” on remind me, they can then send out a number and a code to parents and guardians of their students. For parents and guardians to sign up for the reminders, they simply just have to send a text message to a classroom number with the body text of a certain classroom code. This information is produced when the teacher creates and signs up a class. After parents and guardians have subscribed to this messaging system, all the teacher has to do is select a class and type in a message. This message will be sent to all of the “students” in the classroom.

I love this tool because it provides teachers with the opportunity to let their student’s parents know what is happening in the classroom as well as if there is anything particular that the students need to bring to class or complete at home. I intend to use this tool someday in my classroom as it will allow me to have the opportunity to keep my students parents and guardians up to date with our classroom experience. I strongly recommend that all teachers try this app out. This is a great example of how technology has advanced out world and has provided us with a great support and amenities.

Google Docs

Google Docs is not a new piece of technology for myself, but it is a great tool especially in the classroom. Google Docs is an online word document program that mimics Microsoft Word. This allows you to create documents that are all saved online on your Google Drive. Google Docs makes collaboration seamless as multiple people can edit
the same documGoogle Docsent at the same time and see the changes live as they occur. This allows for great teamwork and presentation building. One of the best things about Google Docs is that the doc saves automatically every time you make a change to your document. With having the document saved online, you can access your work anywhere that you have a device and internet access. Google Docs also has a function to change the privacy settings so that you can allow anyone with your link to either view, edit or comment on your document. 

I have had a great amount of experience with Google Docs as I own a Chromebook. This device is a Google laptop that does not save any information locally or on your computer. All documents, pictures and data are saved to your Google Drive, which is an online database of documents and information of documents that you create using the google-driveGoogle Application.

These three tools are excellent for incorporating technology into your classroom in a meaningful way. I intend to use/ continue to use these tools in my future classroom. Please comment below your thoughts on any of the resources posted above. I love hearing about how different classrooms are using tools to increase their classroom experience!

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

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