Week 12: Inclusive Education

3 Things I Learned:

  1. I Learned that 56% of kids with disabilities spend there entire day segregated from others who do not have disabilities even though we know that is not the right environment for them and the others around them.
  2. Another thing I learned was that “typical” students had a 15 point increase on there grades when being in a inclusive classroom compared to students in a segregated classroom.
  3. Kids with disabilities who are in included in general education classrooms have been rerecorded to have better grades, improved social development as well as better behavior.

2 Connections I Made:

  1. When watching this video I made a connection with how much I have taken for granted when it comes to moving around my own house. Thinking about my house, if I was in a wheelchair I would not be able to move around it very well. There are many different levels of steps that would not allow me to go in or about my house.
  2. The second connection I made was when he asked the crowed about if the academic side of school shaped them into the person they are today or was it the social emotional aspect of school. I made this connection because I do not remember a lot of the lesson we did in class during my 12 years of school but I remember what happened during recces or lunch time as well as figuring out how to work as a team during a group project. During my schooling experience I can think back to times where I thought about how a certain topic can not be properly judged by a test rather then how having a open conversation about it would be more beneficial.

Question I Still Have

  1. How can we change the idea of a  “normal” classroom into a inclusion being the “normal” classroom?

Week 11: Secret Path

3 Things I Learned:

  1. The first thing I learned was how Canada robbed Charlie Wenjack of a long and happy life. Charlie died far to young and in a way no one should ever die, alone and away from his family and loved ones.
  2. Another thing I learned while watching this video was how many indigenous families lost their language due to residential schools. Many lost more than just there language as well, they lost traditional values and cultures.
  3. Something I found very surprising was that Pearl’s community has been under a boiled water advisory for a very long time as they don’t have any safe drinking water. Its time for the government to step in and help out these small communities in ways that they cant do themselves

2 Connections I Made:

  1. The first connection I made while watching this video was how it helped me put a visual to all the statistics I have heard about kids running away from residential schools. I have always heard and read facts about how many first nations kids never made it back there families but had a hard time picturing what these kids went through while trying to reconnect with there loved ones.
  2. Before this video I thought about railroads as a way to travel to another place when for the families that were involved in residential schools it was the main means of how kids were separated from there families and cultures.

1 Question I Have:

  1. How can we as a society make sure that 100% of the population knows and understands about residential schools?

Week 10: Gender and Sexual Diversity

3 Things I Learned:

  1. One thing I learned and that was extremely shocked by was the statistic that 90% of LGB adults were subjected to verbal and physical harassment. This really made me think to my own experiences with LGBTQ adults and how little exposure I have had to this topic.
  2. Before this reading I have never heard of a game being called “Smear the Queer”. The game itself is violet and inappropriate to play in a school setting let alone the name that goes along with it. These are the types of name calling we need to take out of young children’s minds rather then make it seem like a meaningless game. This game can single out children making them weak and not safe in a place meant for learning and growing.
  3. Another statistic that I learned and made me very upset was that 30% of teen suicides were people in the LGBTQ community. This makes me think of if some teachers or students withing school would of made a better effort in making everyone feel welcomed and not alone, they might still be with us today. Its apart of our jobs as teachers to make all students schooling experience fun and exciting as well as a place to be there self and not feel ashamed to express who they are.

2 Connections I Made:

  1. After reading “How Schools Play Smear the Queers” it made me think about how little I learned about LGBTQ in my high school experience. The reading suggests bringing LGBTQ into the curriculum in an attempt to normalize the topic with students who might not really understand the topic and its importance. University was my first exposure to talking about LGBTQ in a classroom setting as it can be a uncomfortable topic for high school students. I believe media will be the greatest resource for teachers in the future to bring into classrooms too discuss with students as that seems to be where you hear the LGBTQ communities voice.
  2. Another connection I made was with having a strong support system withing schools and how important that is for students in a confusing time of there life. I remember being new to high school as grade nine when I lost my grandpa which was a hard time for me. The schools guidance counselor didn’t know me yet but still asked me to come to her office and talk to her about it. At the time I never knew how important having someone to go to and have a open conversation with really is. During high school students go through a lot of changes mentally and physically, having someone who they knew will listen to them and do there very best to help them can make all the difference and impact they need.

 

1 Question I Have

  1. How does a teacher bring up topics such as same sex marriage when it goes against students religious beliefs in a classroom setting.

Week 9: Special Olympics 2

After completing more hours with the amazing people at Special Olympics Regina my perspective has really changed. I never knew how much I could learn from just talking and making new friends with the great players and organizers. After reading over my first experience some of my initial thoughts on what my role would be with them was wrong. I initially thought I was going to be working with the same team but found out that I will be able to work with new teams every week as well as working with a wider range of skill levels. I’ve learnt new strategies in how to help a group of people where there is a wide range of skills present. I opened myself up to thinking outside the normative way on how skills should be performed to better understand how to help people in the best way for them. How friendly everyone has been to me while I have been there has been a major factor in how I am starting to create stronger and stronger bonds with the bowlers. The last couple times I have been there some of the bowlers come up to me to ask me how I am doing and if I will be working with them for that day. These connections that I have made will and has been the biggest take away from this experience so far as I will always have them to look back. They have changed my outlook on how physical education can be presented in a way that best suits the way for your students.

Week 8: Constructions of School Administrators

 

3 Things I Learned:

  1. Many like to think that teachers are kinda there own boss which can be true as they have free rom to do what they want with their class to a certain degree. On the other hand though teachers have little to zero say when it comes to what grade they will be teaching or how many students they will have in there class. Teachers are told when there day starts and when there day ends and have pre-set time off from work which is all controlled by their school divisions administrators.
  2. I have always been interested in how the hiring process worked, I always thought it was the school board who looked over the applications as well as decide who will come in for interviews. It makes sense how the principal picks the candidates for their own school as they know best what their school needs.
  3. The demand for teachers in urban settings is getting less and less with no sign of that changing anytime soon. With the school divisions having to cut jobs due to funding only makes the search for a job that much more of an impossible task for many young teachers.

2 Connections I Made

  1. One I connection I made was with young teachers having to move away from home to find a teacher job when fresh out of university. My sister couldn’t find a teaching job near Regina but was able to find a year long mat leave job in the small town of Montmatre where she had to move too. Since then she has been in four other small rural towns teaching as she finds that is where you can always find a job. These towns are always searching for young and excited teachers to come in and be a powerful new role model for the community. My sister is a major factor in my thinking of moving after university to find a job in these small rural towns as I’ve seen how welcoming and rewarding these small towns are to young teachers.
  2. Another connection I made was with schools hiring the “right” teacher for the job. When I think back to the teachers who made the biggest impact during my high school years weren’t the teachers who knew everything about a certain class topic. They were the teachers who I could go talk to about a question I had weather it was school related or not. They would listen and try to work through the problem with me rather than just giving me the answer. When hiring a teacher to best fit an open position I do not think there’s a right way to go about it as every teacher brings their own set of qualities to the table. Hiring a teacher who knows a topic inside and out but lacks the ability to connect with students with non educational topics are teachers who turn students like myself away from the class. Some students need to be able to make connections with their teachers to better their learning experience.

1 Question I have

A question I still have for myself is how far am I willing to move to find a job?

 

Week 7:Constructing Teacher Professionalism

3 Things I Learned:

  1. The first thing I learned while reading “Understanding Canadian Schools” they talked about how there isn’t a clear knowledge base someone must need to be a teacher. Every teacher will have a different bucket of knowledge compared to another teacher which doesn’t make one more prepared or better then the other. Having teachers with different backgrounds and different specialties could help students reach there highest potential.
  2. Our students need to feel that us as teacher’s care about the students own learning needs rather than just thinking about them as another student to teach. The more a teacher makes a connection with each of there students the better the learning environment will be making students feel that the teacher cares about there success.
  3. Lastly I learned how important knowing who is watching you at any certain moment is. If you think about how you learned many of your personal traits it was through watching people you looked up to. Many students look up to their teachers making being aware simply of how your body language is when around your students could change how a student reacts to problems faced there way.

 

2 Connections I Made:

  1. The first connection I made was with how a lesson plan you make will never go 100% to what you planned. When trying to plan what you will do with your students you always have to plan for something going wrong. This could mean half of your class is missing or maybe planning an activity that may be over the cognitive ability of your students. I connected with this to the time I was coaching 12/13 year old boys in flag football. I planned to do a drill at practice that my players had troubles wrapping there heads around. This meant I would have to come up with another drill on my feet.
  2. Another thing I made a connection with when Yerks talked about recognizing and controlling your anxiety while being a teacher. This spring was my first experience being a head coach of a team and I quickly recognized how things can pile up on you while working with kids. On top of that you add in different factors of your life which can start to make you feel some anxiety throughout your day. I found spreading out my workload with my assistant coach helped make my anxiety be less prevalent in my life.

 

1 Question I Have

  1. When do we change our thinking from being a student to being a teacher?

Week 6:Constructing School Systems

3 Things I learned:

  1. First thing I learned was how formal education is introduced to us at a very young age and how quickly it can influence how you in start to think about your future. When you think about how you came to picking what you want to do for the rest of your life, formal education had a major impact on helping you decide.
  2.  Another thing I learned was about the different types of ‘isms’ as I didn’t know there was so many. Perennialism, essentialism, progressivism and reconstructionism stood out for me as they are the four primary philosophies of education.
  3. Lastly I learned about was how children need different environments to help them explore there curiosity. As future teachers we need to know how students may need new environments to help better there education.

 

2 Connections I Made:

  1. One connection I made was with residential schools as I remember going over this topic in high school as well as hearing stories from elders who experienced this first hand.
  2. Social reconstructionism is another thing I made an connection with as it is when the teacher becomes a facilitator rather then being an ‘expert’. For as long as I can remember having teachers like that, who facilitated my learning is what made the difference in my learning experience. This type of teaching is what has driven me into this profession. When I was a student the teachers who were facilitators made me far more interested in the lesson. They also made me excited to come to class and learn as they were willing to be wrong and help me in whatever way works for me.

1 Question I have:

  1. How can we make sure our students stay on task when trying to implement new strategies such as inquiry-based learning?

Week 4: Special Olympics

I have been lucky enough to be placed to help out with the Special Olympics of Regina. I have been asked to help be an assistant coach with there bowling program that runs every Saturday throughout the afternoon. Once I got to the bowling alley I quickly learned my role and my team I was going to be working with. My role as an assistant coach is to keep track of the order of bowlers making sure someone doesn’t miss there turn as well as keeping track of points. Another thing I learned was the wide range of skill levels that I have an opportunity to work with. Where some need more of a physical help while others need more verbal feedback instead. Talking to a couple of the players there I learned that two of them are on the team Canada floor hockey team and went to Austria where they made there country very proud. Within the first ten minutes of being there I made some strong connections with some of the bowlers as they saw my football hoodie I was wearing and started introducing themselves while telling me they were the biggest fans of the rams. This really helped me feel comfortable and welcomed into a new environment as they were just as excited to see me as I was to see them. Another connection I made was with watching some of the bowlers and seeing how they all have there own form that works for them. I made this connection because whenever you watch sports on television or someone doing there everyday things, everyone has there own way of using there body in the best way for them. We all adopt to have our bodies and how they work best for us. The question I have is how does Special Olympics help individuals who have disabilities develop socially and cognitively? Do the ranges of activities increase their mental capacity.

Week 4: Socio-Emotional Development and Motivation

3 Things I Learned:

  1. Something I learned was the meaning of the word “complex” as its not talking about the level of difficulty rather then the design of how a task is completed. Thinking about a complex skill now makes me think of a skill that takes many different moving parts to work rather then a skill that is hard to perform.
  2. Another thing I learned was how self-efficacy helps improve students motivation. When you are confident in a certain skill you are going to want to do better while doing that task.
  3. One thing I learned is that there is two types of motivation. One being extrinsic and the other being intrinsic. Extrinsic relies on the idea in which something must get completed, intrinsic relies on the need to want to conquer a challenge.

2 Connections I made

  1. I made a connection with how well observing helps the learning process. For myself seeing a skill be done can be all I need to be able to perform it as it helps me understand the process more clearly.
  2. Another connection I made was about  how using self talk and self-instruction can change your view and actions. When I cant seem to do a certain skill and I began to get frustrating I use self talk and self instruction to help myself focus again. It can also be an important skill for being able to calm yourself down if something doesn’t go your way as it helps you control your emotions.

1 Question I Have

  1. If our students are showing low intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, how can we as teachers help them move towards having more motivation?