Teachers Pay Teachers is a go to when planning a lesson. I have used it many times for ideas when creating lesson plans for my class or students. I have wanted to purchase some of the great lesson plans that I have found. I am sure I will use Teachers pay Teachers lots when I am out in the field. It is a great place for teachers to share Ideas and learn from each other. It is nice to know that these lesson plans come directly from other teachers who have used them in their own classrooms and found them to be successful. It gives other teachers confidence in knowing that the lesson plan does work in a classroom and that they are not trying it for the first time. I find many of the lesson plans on this site to be creative, fun and functional.
Google is a must have for me it is my go to web page for anything I need. I would not have gotten through school without google. I have used google for quick clarifications and for whole understandings that I could not receive from my teachers or profs. Google taught me how to write and essay and continues to guide me through school. I use google maps for traveling and it is very beneficial in the classroom when studying a certain part of the world or the whole earth. If google will always direct you to where you need to go whether it be on a road or to the correct web page. I doubt I will ever stop using google as it has been a staple in my school career and probably every other students as well.
I have found many great ideas on pintrest in the past some being way to complex for me to achieve. I enjoy pintrest for quick ideas even thought I may not use what I find on pintrest it helps me come up with my own ideas. Sometimes I find that I get side tracked easily on Pintrest and cant be on it for too long. Pintrest is beneficial for its ideas and the projects I have used some from it time to time. I have had many successes using pintrest and find it easy to take and Idea and make it work for me. Most of my art project ideas come from pintrest and I will defiantly use it for more in the future.
Youtube has helped me in many ways. Whether it being a how to video or just some music to help me get through my work. There is very seldom a day I go without using Youtube. I have used it many times in preparing a lesson for art, and social studies to make sure I present it right to my students. I have also used it in the past for my students for research purposes, lunch time videos, or learning culture or art. I have learned recently that there is now a school sight that will have these types of videos available, but find Youtube to still have the most selection.
Horses are my passion and what keeps me sane. I currently have 3 appaloosa horses. I have have a total of 6 horses and got my first horse when I was 13. I have been apart of the Saskatchewan Appaloosa Horse Club for six years now, and try to go to their 3 weekend shows every year. I have recently been voted as Secretary for the Manitoba Appaloosa Horse Club and hope to rebuild a club that has been inactive for many years. It would be great to start having some shows closer to home. I have trained all my horses with help from my riding coach, while i learn how to start them from the ground up. It is not an easy task but I love every minuet of it. It has taught me to be patient, precise and consistent in what I am asking. I would not be where I am today without my horses they keep me striving for my dreams and remind me to keep working hard for what I want.
Pax is the good behavior game that is played during class times to help improve the classroom culture. I was first introduced to pax during my time at the Rapid City Elementary School. They were just beginning pax while I was there and were very positive that it would have benefits for both students and the staff. After a couple months things didn't seem to be changing much and when the school year ended I was not so sure about pax being the answer. This year I was sent to the Rolling River School Divisions Professional Development on Pax training. I was not excited to go to two days of training for something I didn't believe in. I saw many teachers there who had been using pax for a few years now and realized that maybe it actually did work. The key is consistency and that is what the Rolling River School Division is working towards in getting every school to be on board with Pax. I am starting to see the benefits and might use it in my classroom but also believe it to be another tool and that it should not be overused. Many of the ideas presented in Pax I found have been done before. I personally believe Pax outlines what students and teachers should be doing on a day to day basis whether it is in use or not.
I was first introduced to GoNoodle during my placement at Betty Gibson School. I was in a grade 1/2 class and the students were working on leveling up their Mcpufferson champ. I found go noodle is great for movement breaks when the students start to get restless. It was also good for when we needed to complete a task quickly, because if we can save time doing our work we can have more time for go noodle. I enjoyed many of the go noodle activities myself and found I joined in with the students on many occasions. GoNoodle is also helpful for creating the energy you need in the classroom before starting a lesson. I used it many times after recess for calming the students and bringing their outdoor energy down. There are many different activities to choose from with a wide range from silly to calming and thinking. I will defiantly be using GoNoodle in my class.
Before I was accepted in the education program at Brandon University. I got a job at Rapid City Elementary School as a part time Educational Assistant. I learned more than I thought I ever would and knew that being a teacher was the right career for me. The work I did at Rapid city made me realize no matter how hard a school day was that I would love my job, and be rewarded every day for the work I did. I want to make a difference for the students I will work with in the future and hopefully will have an impacts on the students I've worked with in the past. I am very grateful for my time at Rapid City and hope to go back one day.
In the spring I got to student teach at Betty Gibson school. I was nervous as I had never been to a school in the city of Brandon. I am pleased to report that I had a wonderful experience at Betty Gibson and enjoyed learning from my cooperating teacher along with many resource teacher. All the staff were very welcoming and I enjoyed the culture they have created there. During My time at Betty Gibson I was able to be apart of their family night, swap, and health talks. I really enjoyed how involved everyone was at this fantastic school and all the special events that happened while I was there. A couple of my favorite events would have to be the talent shows put on by the students showcasing their work and talents as well as the Robert Munch presentation they had for the students and staff. I would love to go back to Betty Gibson some day.
Rivers Elementary School is where it all began. I attended RES from kindergarten to grade six. I knew I wanted to be a teacher by grade 2. I loved school and could not wait to teach younger students. I got a desk and chalkboard at home to play with and I was hooked. I have had the opportunity to go back to "my" school and work as an Educational assistant, sub student teacher and two placements. I enjoy working with the staff and alongside some of my former teachers. I am excited to be graduating from my student career this year and cannot wait to start my teaching career.