• 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…

  • Learning Project,  Week 4

    A String of Bad Luck

    Hello again, It has been one heck of a ride this week. I started and basically hit a wall. I started to recognize that I needed to be working longer on some of the previous skills. I feel like FenderPlay kind of fell short here. Although they do a really good job with the sequence of learning, this felt like I was completely unprepared. I am also impatient and need to pick up things quickly in order to survive.. uh, I mean continue with a skill. Although I am not giving up, I felt like I didn’t get as much quantity this week as the previous weeks, however, I did…

  • EDTC300

    LOWER THE ANCHOR!

    A SUMMARY Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s blog post. We were prompted to try an educational technology platform and to write a how-to video and how to use the platform in the classroom. I chose Anchor as my ed tech for the purpose of this blog. I decided on Anchor because it seemed the most user-friendly and device-friendly as it is available on both Apple and Android devices and on the computer. Here are some pros and cons to Anchor: PROS CONS Very user-friendly Need a Spotify account but may or may not need to pay for it Can be downloaded on Android, Apple, and the computer Student accessibility…

  • Learning Project,  Week 3

    Strumming Along

    Hello and welcome to another week’s worth of learning compiled into today’s blog! I feel like I learned WAY more this week because I did not have any previous knowledge on these topics. This week, I learned how to warm up my fingers, how to play a Batman theme song riff (small portion of the song), setting good habits, reading chord diagrams and tabs, and how to play a ‘Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe’ riff. So, yeah, I got a lot in this week! COURSE 3: WARM UP This course helped with starting “fretting” notes. I learned how to hold my fingers to aid in the spreading of…

  • EDTC300

    Oh, Twit.

    Hi and welcome (or welcome back) to my blog. This week we went venturing into the world of Twitter. I felt extremely confident in my social media and technological skills until I found Twitter again #help Twitter is another social media platform where hashtags actually began and are most useful, especially when attempting to social network with other professionals. Personally, I have never really enjoyed Twitter as a platform because I feel like Facebook does better at allowing me to update people on my life. I got so invested in Facebook, I actually removed Instagram for about a year – this was a good year. I also find that my…

  • EDTC300

    Adding to the Tech Adventure

    This week we got to play around with another way to interact with other educational resources – Feedly. It is a pretty interesting place for finding conversations or resources on specific topics. For me, I was able to follow numerous amounts of ‘Tech Ed’ blogs – I snuck some ‘Math Ed’ ones in there too. Educational Tech & Mobile Learning This is one of the educational tech blogs that I followed during this process. It gave Edulastic as a resource for full lesson plans, however, they are American so please use them accordingly – you will be able to find some connections to the SK curriculum with it. I was…