Professional Philosophy of Education

When I think of an ideal classroom three words come to my mind.
Inclusive, respect and protection. That is why I see my classroom as a place that should have all of the followings

I believe in establishing and maintaining a safe, welcoming, and inclusive envisionment. I will do this by modeling for students what respect and acceptance look’s like for all students.

I believe in an interactive classroom. It is important that I engage students to have a dialogue with not only their peers but also myself. I will welcome diverse opinions throughout my teaching methods.

I believe that it is important to teach by example. I want my students to follow routines; therefore as their teacher, I will stick to the classroom routine that was co-created between students and myself. This will help students establish familiar habits. I will always be well prepared because I believe in organization.

As a new teacher, I am very open to any suggestions and advice. I believe that I should always be growing and learning with my students. I believe that when students open their hearts this is when true learning begins.

I believe that all students deserve a teacher who believes in their potential. Therefore I will be adapting my teachings to help each of my students succeed. I will encourage each of my students and help them see their potential of learning.

I believe in bring creativity into the curriculum. When creativity is brought into the classroom it makes the learning so much more engaging and inspiring.

I strive to make an environment that all families and students from different cultural background feel welcomed and accepted. It is important that my classroom is anti-oppressive.

I believe in incorporating the interests of students into their learning. It is important that students are interested in the learning. I believe that when students are interested in what they are learning they have the ability to engage in higher learning.

I believe in the use of technology in the classroom. I think it is important for students to understand how to use the technology safely and see all the possibilities it has it offer.

I believe that it is important to have a close relationship with each of the students and their families. I believe it is important for students families to be engaged in their learning.

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Assessments

I believe…

I believe that assessment is an essential part of effective teaching and the learning process. In order for the assessment to be effective, it needs to be aligned with the outcomes and indicators for specific unit/lessons. There should be a variety of assessment so that diverse learning opportunities are available to students that have different learning styles.

I believe it is important for all students to be involved in their assessments. When students know what is expected of them it allows them the opportunity to succeed.

I believe that assessments should allow for students to develop creative, critical thinking and decision-making skills.

I believe students should be provided with opportunities to engage and excel in critical reflection so they have a chance to understand, reflect and monitor their own learning.

I believe that when assessments are given to the students they should always be returned with effective feedback. Effective feedback allows for the students to understand how they are doing and what they could improve on.

P-E-T-A

Social Activist is described as “Activism, in a general sense, can be described as intentional action to bring about social, political, economic, or environmental change. This action is in support of, or opposition to, one side of an often controversial argument” as the Urban Dictionary describes it.

So as I found myself wondering what I could do to become a social activist about something I care about I came across a group that I have always loved. PETA (Peoples for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)!

PETA is a team that helps animals. Here is their mission statement:

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PETA is a groups that focuses on helping four different groups where a large variety of animals suffer the most horrid conditions for the longest amount of time. Such as animals in the “factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry” –PETA. But PETA still helps all animals in need. Weather it be from neglected dog/cats to rodents. They have a variety of ways that they look into these situations.

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The have been successful in helping save the lives of many innocent animals. If you would like to look at all the amazing milestones this group has check it out here.

If you would like to become an activist for PETA online its pretty simple to get started.

Just Simply follow these steps:

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Click Here to go and Join PETA’s Action Team!

Coding One Zero One

Well that time has come once again in my ECMP class where were talked about coding.

Yeah yeah I know coding can be really fun. But I am sure we can all recall my Scratch video in 2014! Now if you went and watched that I am sure you understand just how terrible I am at coding haha. It was awful. I have to admit for as bad as I was at coding in 2104 things are looking up for me in 2016.

Last class we we got a bit more in depth about coding and all the cool ways you can learn how to code. By playing little games like an  Hour Of Code. Let me just say that coding started to look a bit fun for me. It’s a lot of fun that in that moment you don’t even realize you’re coding. Not only did we learn about some neat ways to introduce kids to coding but we also learnt that you can buy toys (robots) that you control with coding.  I mean how cool is that. A few super cool ones are Bee-Bot, littlebits and the Droid. My favourite on would have to be the droid. I mean how cool/cute is this little guy? You can even find videos on the internet on how some teachers have used these robots in their lessons.

But the time finally came for me to dip my toes back into the world of coding. So I took some time to try out some of the games on an Hour Of Code. Here is a short screencast of my first attempt at an hour of code. I choose the Flappy Bird option.

I then decided to take another go at coding and see if I improved at all. Here is a video of my second experience with Hour of Code.

So all in all I would say this experience went way better than last time. Considering the fact that I was actually able to complete a real game. If you’d like to try out my game click here:)

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Seeing Things Clearly Through Sinclair

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What can I do to make a difference?

This is a question I found myself asking quite frequently during my first two years of university and still to this day. Since before university I never knew much about residential schools and the tragedies that happen within them. It became clear to me throughout the years what exactly happen behind these closed doors and what is trying to be done to reconcile.

Justice Murray Sinclair had a lecture on February 24th at the University of Regina; I was unable to make it in person but thanks to the amazing world of technology I was able to tune in from the comfort of my couch and cuddles from a teething baby.

Sinclair presented an amazing speech on the Truth and Reconciliation and due to my experience facilitating tours of the Witness Blanket  I felt I was able to connect with what Sinclair was talking about.

When I first started my journey facilitating tours at the Witness Blanket I found myself unaware of what reconciliation was; so I did my researching found that reconciliation means the restoration of friendly relations. To reunite or mend a relation that was once broken. Before I carry one now you have a better understanding of what Sinclair was speaking about.

Sinclair spoke about how he wants to lead the path that forms a relationship between everyone and that their are no sides taken. That we will all learn to forgive; not forget but forgive. Forgiveness is a necessity when trying to form a healthy functional relationship. He spoke to the fact that not all of us may be able to form a relationship but the least we could do is learn forgiveness.

Sinclair went on to talk about the harsh reality of residential school that very little of us are educated on. He spoke to the matter that in these residential schools you were forbidden to speak your language or express and part of who you really were. These school brainwashed the victims into believing the would go to hell if they dare to speak their language. It didn’t stop their because once the residential schools were closed the effects still laid in the children of the victims. So we need to ask ourselves what are we going to do to help repair that damages that happened and the side effect that continue due to these circumstances?

Throughout this presentation I recall myself continuously asking  “what can I do”! How can I help repair the damages that have happened and how can I help others do the same? By the end of the presentation I realized that all I can do is accept what has happened and make it known to other.

So ask yourself what are you going to do that will lead you down the path of reconciliation?