November 2- Welcome Bennett

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Well today was the most amazing day of my life. I welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world, Bennett. He was perfectly healthy and I couldn’t be more in love.

So as I am sure you can guess I once again didn’t make it to class. I had a new job now as mommy.  But there is a funny story that lays behind today…

A week ago I taught a lesson to my grade 2/3 split class about communities and I found this song on the internet. The only thing was I wasn’t feeling this song and it didn’t have a very nice flow to it. So I have an amazing friend that is and aspiring musician and she was nice enough to recreate the song for me. Her name is Kalsey Kulyk  and she is amazing. You should definitely check out some of her music. She has some amazing songs (written by her) and music videos.  But if you want to check out Kalsey Kulyk’s recreation of the song Urban Suburban and Rural leave a comment and I would be more than happy to send it to you.

I was so excited to come to class and present this as my engaging set for our second assignment Exploring Teaching Strategies in ESST 310. But when I woke up in the morning on November 2nd at 4:30am I knew that this just weren’t Braxton Hicks it was happening. This baby was coming. So off to the hospital we went, and at 2:44pm Bennet was born.

So there was no way I could make it to present. But luckily enough my amazing friend Trina took it into her hands to present our assignment alone. She braved it out and sang the song with the class. I wish I could have been there to see how it went and all the other presentations but I was right where I was supposed to be.  With my family<3

October 26th-Guest Speakers

Being pregnant is one of the greatest things in the world but it also puts a lot of stress on your feet and back. Never mind the constant fatigue, well for me anyways. I have to say I did pretty well being in the last months of my pregnancy and going to university. But as the days got closer  I could feel myself wearing down. Between spend my days doing my internships Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays and university classes Tuesdays and Thursdays gone from 7 in the morning until 4 I just needed a break sometimes. Mondays were especially the hardest. I mean I left for school at 7am and got back around 4:30pm and then need to leave the house at 5:30pm to make it to my ESST 310 class. Sometimes it just seemed nearly impossible and especially since I was a week away from my expected due date.

Unfortunately today was just one of those days I was completely run down and exhausted and needed a break. So needless to say I missed out on  some amazing guest speakers. Don’t worry I heard all about what I missed from my my friends.

The one thing I really wish I would have been there for were the making of the tobacco bags. This is something i’ve always wanted to learn more about and never mind the fun part of sewing your bag together. I don’t know if you noticed from previous blogs of mine but I started a journey into the world of a amateur seamstress.

But not being able to be there and experience this first hand I find it hard for me too reflect on what I took from this class.

October 10th: Outcome Understanding

This week in class we were all brought together to present our first assignment on Understanding Outcomes. We were all asked to get into pairs and a choose an outcome to help the class understand what it exactly meant. We were asked to provide resources that would help our students understand what we were trying to teach them. To provide our class with a fun activity that helped them get across the idea of what our outcomes meant exactly.

I unfortunately was not able to make it to this class but I had some great friends fill me in on what I missed. I am going to write about one thing in particular I seen on our class blog. It was the building of tipis with pretzels and tortilla wraps. This took my by surprise because there is such a significance behind the building of tipis. I’ve learnt this in many of my classes and workshops. If I do recall there is a significance behind each pole and that a meaningful ceremony happens during the building of a tipi.

I do believe that integrating Treaty Ed into your lessons can be frustrating because you do not want to disrespect anyone or make a mistake. But the truth is you are going to make mistakes and that ok. It’s a learning process.

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Well I may just finally be getting the hang of this whole lesson planning thing as I have had to plan quite a few so far into this semester. For me I always want to have an engaging set; something that will grab my students attention and pull them into the particular topic we will be learning about. Sometimes I find myself struggling to do this particularly. But thankful I was paired with a Miss. Stauch to collaborate with. So we got together to try and figure out how we were going to go about creating an understanding for this.

We first got together and talked about what we knew about leaders and how we could make connections between our learners and our content. We decided that it would be best for us to come up with a mini lesson discussing our particular outcome.

The outcome that our lesson fell under was  PA2.1-analyze how decisions are made within the local community. Miss. Stauch and myself found that this was a great opportunity to bring in members from an indigenous community. What a great way to learn about some leaders within their community along how they value and make decisions. We decided to begin by talking to our students about who leaders are and what makes a leader. It important to make sure that the students can relate to leaders such as using their teachers, sports coach, and parents as examples. Getting students to think about what community those particular leaders come from is a great way to relate the material to them.

We thought it would be important for our students to hear from an actual leader from that community so we discussed bringing in an elder to talk about how they make decisions within their community would be beneficial for the students. This gives the students an inside look into how they make decisions. But before we brought our elder in we thought reading a short story about unity within the indigenous community would be a great way to get them prepared for our visit from our elder.

This is a lesson that helps the learners to understand our particular outcome; analyze how decision are made within the local community. We have also provided additional resources that help support the three outcome for PA2.

Miss. Stauch and myself had a great experience creating this mini lesson along with  finding valuable resources that help understand our outcome.

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Not So Typical

This class was not like our typical university classes. Well I guess it never really is. This class provides many teaching strategies. ESST 310 always allows for student led classes. We are always given a guide on what were are supposed to do but the rest lays in our hands. We create our learning. We also have a lot of time for reflection. We are given questions that help provoke our thoughts; which results in a deeper thinking.

During this class I never feel as if just one person has the power. But rather someone who is there to guide us in the right direction. Its almost as if we led the classes ourselves and but have someone to keep us on the right tracks.

I enjoy that we are allowed the opportunity as a class to work within groups. This allows us to get other perspectives and hear comments and suggestions about our own thoughts and ideas. I found that in this class you can tell which groups of people will sit together. Majority usually sit with the same group of peers each class. I’ll admit I am guilty for this. It is not because I am not willing to sit with others, its that I have established a sense of safety within this particular group. I feel as if I can speak whats on my mind without the fear of being judged. If we were assigned to sit with different people It would take a lot for me to step out of my comfort zone and feel comfortable speaking about specific topics in class. The power and authority would shift in new groups because there is a clean slate and there isn’t that simple sense of who will be doing what. You have to establish new roles amongst the members. Like who will speak when we rejoin as a group, who will record the date we have etc.

I really enjoyed how with the role of power and authority was equal amongst everyone in the class when we created our rubric for our presentations. This allowed us to have a opinion of what we should be marked and allows for us to have a better understanding of what is expected of us. It made me feel more confident in preparing for my presentation because parts of the rubric we’re based on things that I found were important. Where a rubric that is traditionally just created by the teacher doesn’t always have the same views of students.

I overall think this is a great class that allows for a new kind of learning experience. With majority of the classes being students led and the opportunity to work in groups it my opens your mind to another way of teaching. It helps me understand the benefit or equal power and authority amongst the class. The students are given the power to lead themselves in new learnings but understand that the teacher still withholds the authority amongst the class.

I look forward to what next class has in store:)

Power and Authority in Teaching and Learning

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For my article I have chosen one that looks at the authority and power of a teacher in the classroom. It talks about how important it is for the teacher to initially establish a sense of authority at the beginning of the course; so the students know who is in charge and know better than to challenge the teachers authority. It challenges you to think if it is best for the teacher to have all the authority in the class, or if it could be beneficial for students to hold some of the power. It is all about finding a happy medium between to much authority and to little. Where does one simply draw the line?
I personally  think that a teacher shouldn’t feel threatened to make it known that he/she holds all the authority in the class on the first day of the course. I think if a teacher has this attitude he/she simply doesn’t have the faith and trust in her students and with children being great judges of emotion they will since that you have a fear of being overruled and take advantage of that. All the teacher needs is confidence and pride and students will read that and not gain the sense that they could overrule the teacher. Students do not necessarily need rules to follow but someone who is confident in what they are teaching and someone who holds the reins of the class with confidence and leadership.

I think the best way to understand power and authority is to understand that you may have the power to drive a car but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have the authority to do so.