Once again I have been very unfaithfull to my blog! I have been working away at peeling wall paper, and painting the interior in our house! In short, it’s a large amount of work! However, I have learned a very interesting trick in peeling wall paper – add fleecy softener to warm water and the paper peels off like a dream!
It feels like this summer has flown by and all of the sudden it’s September; and I’m still visiting the post office in Elgin, everyday, to see if my Manitoba Teacher’s Certificate has arrived! I am currently searching for an Educational Assistant job or any other job in the school that doesn’t require a teacher’s certificate. Hopefully something comes up!!! I have really missed working in a school and I’m looking forward to getting back into it!
It has been awhile since I last posted on my blog. We have moved to Manitoba near a small town called Elgin. I have been applying for a number of teaching jobs around the area and now I am just waiting to see if I get a response! I am currently spending most of my time at my dad’s farm, working with the cows and calves. If you are interested in learning about my dad’s farm click here. I will try to keep updating on what is currently happening in my life.
Recently, in one of my last classes at university, I learned about a new website that I love! The website is for the International Children’s Digital Library which is a free organization that puts up children’s books in many different languages and from many different cultures. I feel that this website would be very useful in any classroom. Now-a-days there are diverse backgrounds and languages being represented in the classroom. This website would be great for children who are EAL learners because they could see the same book in their first language as well as the language that they are currently learning. This website also allows children to read and learn from books about their cultural backgrounds. I feel that this website is a great way to help all students feel welcome. As a teacher I think it would be cool to read books from the cultural backgrounds that are represented in the classroom so that all students can feel included and respected. I also believe that it is important to include a number of other cultures that may not be represented. If the students become more knowledge-able about other cultures they will become more open-minded towards them.
Alec once shared a website with us, about.me, in ECMP355 where you can create a profile that shows all of the different websites that you use. I decided to create my own about.me page. I had a few difficulties that I still haven’t quite figured out how to fix. The picture that I uploaded was to large. I managed to bring it down in size however, it is still larger than I would like. I think that about.me is a pretty cool website and I had fun playing around with it. If you would like to visit my about.me page click here.
A special thank you to Alec Couros, who has taught me so much about technology! I didn’t know a thing about technology until I took ECMP 355, thank you so much!
I’ve been so busy lately working away at my final project for ecmp355 that I’ve almost forgotton to keep this blog updated! My final project is finished; however, I will be adding more stories to my Stories for the Classroom blog. I plan to continue adding to my story-telling blog over the upcoming years. I have added a few more videos to my final project, but I will warn you that they are very poor quality. Unfortunately my laptop is getting quite ancient and makes a lot of noise when I try to record. All of my videos have been recorded by camera, and I did it by myself so the videos are quite shaky.
For our 10th and last tech task we had a few different topics that we could chose to blog about. I chose the topic about the changes in the 21st century and what it means to me as an educator. I chose to make a screen cast for the first time!!! Sorry about the high squealing sound that my laptop makes, and the poor quality of the audio.