• Learning Project,  Week 7

    I’m at a Payphone.

    I am clearly not at a payphone, however, I AM writing to you guys about playing the song Payphone by Maroon 5. This week I wanted to do something new and create a very fast, chipmunk-y version of myself learning to play. Check it out below. WATCH ME LEARN TO PLAY PAYPHONE BY MAROON 5 I hope you are beginning to understand the frustration behind learning an instrument. I played the clarinet and saxophone in my elementary and middle years and I DESPISED it. I didn’t care enough to learn the notes. I just used to copy where people’s fingers went and it got me through to grade 9 when…

  • EDTC300

    Teaching Digital Citizenship

    Hi, and welcome back or welcome newcomer(s). This week we were prompted to make curricular connections to Ribble’s Nine Elements To Digital Citizenship. Digital citizenship refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who consumes these devices to engage online. My background in teaching is that of high school Health, Wellness, Social, etc. All of these subjects can easily be introduced to digital citizenship and I will focus on health education 9 for the purpose of this post. Current Applications to Digital Citizenship In most curricula, they include a list of broad areas of learning, these include building: lifelong learners, a sense of self and community, and engaged citizens.…

  • Learning Project,  Week 6

    I Know How To Shred

    I may have misled you with the title of this blog post. I entirely DO NOT know how to shred… yet haha. I am truly not sorry because my heading got you here and I am certainly glad to have you here! I am holding onto hope that the goal of playing a Maroon 5 song is a possibility. In fact, I have a renewed sense of hope because I have found the app and website, Ultimate Guitar. If you watch my walkthrough, you will see exactly how the app works and how I intend to use it. Please note that I had a goal, I wasn’t feeling confident about…

  • EDTC300

    Calling all MSN users

    Hello everyone and welcome back! Circa 2005-2009 Yes, I was one of many individuals that grew up using MSN as the main way to connect with my friends and family online. This platform allowed me to update my status to my current boyfriend’s name with a heart beside it or share what I was listening to. Back then, it was considered “cool” to have the newest music and we did that by downloading songs illegally from Limewire. This platform completely ruined most people’s computers because of the extensive viruses included with the app. Although, I was not worried because I had the coolest and newest music on my MP3 player.…

  • EDTC300

    Q & A with Tina and Allysia

    Hi everyone, Tina and I sent out a Google Form last week to prompt emerging teachers to ask questions regarding teaching outside of university. We are among a few others in the EDTC 300 class that has experienced teaching outside of university. We wanted to do this to help promote the transition for the soon-to-be teachers in this class. Tina’s blog post has episode 1, and below is episode 2. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to either of us! Deepening the Discussion Document As we spoke of in our podcast, here is the document from the Ministry of Education. Use this document as a…

  • Learning Project,  Week 5

    Fender Bender

    Welcome back to my guitar journey! As always, I have used FenderPlay for the purpose of this week’s lessons. I am definitely in need of some adjustment to my goals. When I first started I said that I would spend 3 hours a week learning the guitar, however, after understanding the pain I would go through from playing so much (see GIF), I think we need to dial that back. As of today, I will practice a course until I memorize the sequence of the notes and play to the tempo. I am finding that by not spending the extra time on these courses, I am falling behind on skills…

  • Teaching Philosophy

    Teaching Philosophy

    Relationships To me, relationships mean everything. They make it easy to attend your job every day. They reduce your stress levels related to your work. They reduce the need for intervention when it comes to classroom management. They allow your students to learn and for you to learn from them. They also create an ideal classroom environment in which the teacher respects the students and vice versa. The easiest way for a student to learn is through the teacher-student relationship that exists. Without this, for example, students may feel deterred from asking questions, which could lead to misunderstanding of information in my class. Relationships also allow us to learn how…