This is a photo of an art project I did with my grade 4 class at O'Kelly School in Shilo, MB. I believe it is important to teach art because through art we can teach stories. Stories (fiction and non-fiction) help children learn about their world in a meaningful way. I think it is important to teach children not only about their own community, but also about other countries and cultures. This art project was integrated into my social studies unit about Mexico and taught my students about sugar skulls and the stories surrounding that kind of art.
Being a teacher can get pretty stressful. When I'm teaching, I always find I need some time to de-stress and process everything that happens in the classroom. I find I am a better teacher after I can spend some time in the outdoors with family and friends. This usually involved camping and fishing! We caught a lot of fish this summer at many different lakes around Manitoba and it is one of my favorite things to do.
I have had the joy of tutoring many different students this past year in math. I tutored a group of EAL students at New Era, as well as a few students from other schools surrounding Brandon. Tutoring kids one on one has taught me so much about teaching. It has taught me about the multiple intelligences, about how quickly you can accomplish your goals when you taylor a lesson specifically to one, or a few students needs and how much fun it is to teach kids.
Teaching is tough mid week. I like to browse through Pinterest mid week for some inspiration. Either getting that inspiration from quotes found on there, or through browsing through the thousands of lesson ideas. "Grow through what you go through" hit a chord with me recently. I think it applies to students as well as teachers because learning always involves a little bit of failure and a little bit of triumph. Never one without the other.
I love to travel and I try my best to teach my students about the places I visit when I am teaching. Most recently I taught social studies and art at O'Kelly school in Shilo. I went to Mexico for a week before teaching, and came back with ceramic sugar skulls and photographs of Day of the Dead murals to teach about Mexican culture and their traditions. In my social studies unit I taught about the Ancient Mayans. My last day teaching there was ironically the same day as Cinqo de Mayo, so we celebrated with a pinyata, Mexican food, a ball and cup craft (a common toy for kids in Mexico) and some great Mexican music. It was a great day!
Vancouver is one of my absolute favorite cities. My sister lives there so I go to visit her quite often, usually a couple times a year. I love how the ocean is only a short bus ride/sky train ride away from most places in the city. I also love the vibrant and diverse culture that exists in Vancouver. When I step off the plane there, it feels like home.
Music always gives me much needed energy at the beginning of the day (and at the end when I'm probably still working or doing homework!). This photo is an artists rendition of the album Lemonade by Beyonce because who doesn't love Queen B?
I believe that everyone benefits from being around animals, especially children. Animals teach children how to be compassionate, how to listen and be in tune to subtle signals that animals give to communicate with humans, and they can also educate children about traditional subjects like science, of course. I have many animals around my house and I love to teach about animals to my students. We recently found out that my partner is allergic to cats and when he asked me what I was going to do about that, I handed him some allergy pills. So I think that describes quite well my love for animals, haha.
I recently taught Grade 3/4 class in O'Kelly School in Shilo, MB. It was very different from my experience teaching Grade 1 in Alexander, MB because the students in Shilo come from a very different lifestyle than most of the kids in Alexander. The students on base move a lot, due to their parent's careers. Therefore the majority of them were extremely curious in other cultures and countries, as well as very curious about politics (especially American politics!) which made for a very interesting and exciting social studies unit! I enjoyed teaching in Shilo.
I absolutely loved teaching Grade 1 in Alexander. The students there were so much fun and always made me laugh. It is a very positive space to learn in and there is lots of art and visiting artists who come to the school to teach the students about creative ways to express themselves.