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.
Lately I was looking up one of my favourite authors, Mem Fox, and came across her 10 read-aloud commandments. I thought I would share them because I liked them a lot and I want to try to do them myself! I’m not a parent; However, I do believe that as a teacher a lot of these commandments apply as we are being role models and we are helping other people’s children learn to read.
Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments
1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.
6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.
7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.
8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the child’s name and yours, remembering that it’s never work, it’s always a fabulous game.
9. Never ever teach reading, or get tense around books.
10. Please read aloud every day, mums and dads, because you just love being with your child, not because it’s the right thing to do.
I have been working away at my final project for my ECMP 355 class. I decided that I would create a blog that would be useful to me when I become a teacher. My blog, called Stories for the Classroom, is a digital story-telling blog which will include videos and podcasts for students to listen to. I mentioned in a previous post that in my internship the daily 5 was incorporated into the classroom and I figured out that digital story telling would work perfect for me as a new teacher to bring in listening to reading (a part of the daily 5). My new blog is really just getting started but I will keep you posted on the progress!
Lately in ECMP 355 we watched a video of a girl that attends the University of California. The girl had taken a video of herself talking about “Asians”. Her video was extremely racist. The UCLA Chancellor put a video out very soon in response to the racist video. I have looked through a number of different responses and a lot of them are about hate. However, I have come across one response that is more about love. The author made a song that was quite humerous and he ends it by saying that love has no boundaries. I was amazed that he could respond in love. Racism brings up so much hate but this person was willing to forgive. I feel that the world would be a lot better place if we could just learn to respond in love, no matter how much it hurts.
Here is the video that is really quite funny and sweet. To the author … You did an amazing job!