“Feedly” my Knowledge!

I knew right away that I wanted to find blogs or resources that will help build my knowledge around students with disabilities or adaptations in the classroom. I am also searching for other educational tips/or tricks that will help me as a first year teacher. With my previous experience of being an Educational Assistant, I know that it is vital to have my classroom as inclusive as possible!

I was not having much luck with my “keywords” on feedly, but thankfully, @Trista Kennett was able to help me. She suggested that I google search first then enter the ones I found and liked onto feedly. That seemed to do the trick! I also have many teacher friends from my previous experience who share on facebook or who I can asked what blogs/books/articles they have found helpful and add to my feedly account as I go.

Having a community of like-minded people sure is a wonderful thing!

One blog that I really enjoyed viewing and reading is called “The Inclusive Classroom.” It starts off by giving 10 strategies for teaching different ability levels in the classroom. Nicole Erdicts, creator of the blog says: “begin with the right mind-set. All the students in your class are YOUR students.” I really love that statement. Each student is unique and different and we need to celebrate all our students’ success no matter how big or how small they are. The Inclusive Classroom has FREE resources, keynote speaker session you can arrange and many strategies to help guide you in the right direction.

An overview of all videos developed for Inclusive Learning: Everyone’s In, highlighting the indicators of success in eight schools across Edmonton Public Schools.

Another area I was interested in learning more about is why play has such an important role for our students and how we should view play in our classrooms. I think as educators we think that academics are EVERYTHING, and we forgot to let kids be kids and learn from one another! The blog Classcraft shows us 10 ways students learn through play. I will list them here and if you want to see the descriptions just click the link to go their page.

  • Communication
  • Listening skills
  • Social skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Physical skills
  • Motivation
  • Spatial ability
  • Predictably
  • Reflection
  • Connecting experiences

I hope that the resources I shared help you in your educational journey. I am always looking for new suggestions! Please send them my way.


Miss Blenkin

For the Love of Baking!

Actually, I would say I am more of a “I like to eat the baking, but not so much do the baking.” Mmmm icing (inset drool). That is why for my EDTC300 class I plan to learn how to become the next great at home baker! Now, I would say I am a decent cook… not to toot my own horn or anything, but the difference between the two for me is following directions AKA recipes. Turns out ingredients are important in baking and that is why they are listed! Haha, who would of thought!

I know I will have to start small and build my skills up. I would like to start with something easy –banana bread, no bake cheesecake etc. I reached out to the Twitter world and have had some great suggestions (and some suggestions that absolutely scare me… LIKE CROISSANTS! AHH, don’t those sound hard and delicate to make?) My goal is to potentially be able to make my own wedding cake from scratch (I have marble in mind) and be able to decorate it!

Photo Credit: <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/142369589@N07/49597205187/”>backhomebakerytx</a> Flickr via <a href=”http://compfight.com”>Compfight</a> <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/help/general/#147″>cc</a>


Drip drip dripppppp. Watch us do our ganache and salted caramel drips on some of our most popular signature cakes! #jennaraecakes

♬ Gravity – John Mayer

I did receive the Jenna Rae Cake Cookbook this year for Christmas as I talked to a previous student from EDTC300 who said that this was one of the projects. If you aren’t following these two twins, that have a passion for baking, I highly recommend you start! Although, hate to disappoint you! They are based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. So unfortunately, we Sasky’s don’t have immediate access to their amazing looking treats unless we try do them ourselves. I will also use online recipes to explore this world of baking! I really enjoy watching TikTok baking videos and recipes from Tasty!

I recently hosted a #pamperedchefparty for a friend and was able to load up on a whole bunch of baking goodies! They should be here soon! So, now that I have the equipment you can find me in the kitchen… when I’m not doing homework of course!


Thanks for following!



Shana Blenkin

Baking tip #1– If you ever get eggshell in your bowl, all you need to do is wet your finger and place it next to the shell. The shell will gravitate to your finger for you to remove it easily.

Photo Credit: <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/188714604@N02/50013732168/”>tanwarsavi</a> Flickr via <a href=”http://compfight.com”>Compfight</a> <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/help/general/#147″>cc</a>
Thanks to @WebsTheFox, I will be trying to make some bagels from scratch during my process.

Introduction post

HEY… I’m new here!

I am Shana Blenkin and I am in my 2nd year of Early Elementary Education. Not only am I feeling like a “newbie” in University, but blogging is definitely a new avenue I will be venturing down this semester with you all!

My family

A little bit about me… I was previously an Educational Assistant at a little town along highway 1 called McLean. I worked there for 8 years and absolutely adored my time with the students. I was fairly connected to them and leaving that comfort was beyond hard! I live in Regina with my fiancé Spencer and our pup Walter! We are trying to plan a wedding during Covid and are very, very hopeful we can say “I do” this July!

Here are some of the people that have had a major impact on my life and the reason I am taking this new journey into Education.

I do not have much experience with educational technology… I would say that building my Edusites blog in year one and having one class last semester where we learned what “categories” are and we were able to have class discussion posts is all I have used thus far.

I personally, think blogs can be GREAT! I also LOVE<3 the idea of an educational blog for when I am a classroom teacher to further my knowledge and to connect with others to learn from them. Building connections and relationships are something I strive for and something I truly believe will help me in my educational journey.

Who doesn’t like to have tried and true resources available? or some teaching hacks to use?

Please follow along with my journey in #EDTC300 and also add me on twitter…which is also a work in progress! tweet at ya later 😉