Emily Liscom is the owner of the website Education to the Core and she also runs a facebook page with the same name. I love when I find a great Early Years blog that I can use ideas and resources from! Emily is from Arizona, but her resources can be altered to fit Manitoba's curricula. The Education to the Core website is filled with excellent resources and a blog, while her facebook page has teacher quotes and memes. Sometimes we all need to laugh at teacher struggles! I appreciate Emily's website because she provides information about teaching to diversity, assessment, using technology, and much more in addition to the standard subjects. Education to the Core is a great resource that helps me to learn more about all areas of teaching.
I really enjoy reading about teaching strategies and educational research, but I don't always have the time or money to read a whole book on a given topic. I like Edutopia because if I have a few spare minutes I can browse recently posted articles and choose to read the ones that I am interested in. Often I retain much more information from reading a short article than a whole book. It is also great to have access to a variety of different topics in one place. Sometimes I find the best information when I am not even looking for it! Then after I have stumbled upon something interesting I make a note to try it.
I was introduced to GoNoodle during my first student teaching placement in Kindergarten. Something I am trying to work on in my teaching is the timing of instruction and I am still figuring out how long students can sit for before they begin to get fidgety, GoNoodle worked well to give my students their needed movement breaks during both of my previous placements. Sometimes a 5 minute GoNoodle is all students need to re-focus and be productive. Losing those 5 minutes to allow students to re-focus is more beneficial that having them unproductively work or sit for 10 or 15 minutes. Recently I have become more interested in social/emotional aspects in the classroom as well. I have found that GoNoodle is an easy way to introduce mindfulness because the students are already familiar with it and think it is fun to follow along in the videos. Telling my students that they would get to do a GoNoodle if they worked hard and did their best sometimes got them motivated, too!
My love for reading makes Literacy one of my teaching passions. Reading is so important for a large portion of what an individual learns, and I was recently told by a professor that in Grade 3 a shift occurs from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." Literacy was a major part of my K-12 education and all of my teachers read books aloud to the class. I think the read aloud's allowed the weak readers to enjoy reading and getting lost in a story, which they may not have experienced reading on their own. I enjoy reading to my students and hearing their predictions and thoughts about the books. Amazon is my "go to" for reading material. I read to learn new things or to escape reality and enjoy a story. I hope that I can inspire my students to be great readers and acknowledge the value in reading.
I love to travel. Exploring the "Travel" category on Pinterest, learning about different places and making lists of where I want to go is one of my hobbies. I have been fortunate to have seen Italy, Spain, the Bahamas and Cuba, and I will be going to Kuwait for my final student teaching placement. Travel excites me because every new place teaches me something new. I love being exposed to new cultures and perspectives, and I feel that I am a different and more knowledgeable person after every trip. Being exposed to different ways of life has helped me to view situations from other perspectives and better understand diversity. I hope that I am able to bring my knowledge into my classroom to create more global learning.
My goal is to find a job in Brandon School Division after I graduate. Both of my previous student teaching placements, as well as the upcoming one, have been in the Brandon School Division. I have been very impressed with the sense of community within the schools and all of the fun activities the staff put on for the students. The Principals have been very involved with the students at the schools I have taught in, and they make a point of popping in to different classrooms when they have the time. The Principal's involvement in school activities was not something I remember experiencing during my K-12 education, and I thought it would be awesome to teach in a school with such a great sense of community.
I completed my K-4 education and Kelsey Community School. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, and the great teachers I had at Kelsey influenced that decision. Most of my Early Years teachers were caring towards all the students and tried their best to make school fun. I also experienced a couple of teachers who were not so great, and I remember feeling that those teachers did not care about their students, and I would think to myself that I would never be like them. My experiences at Kelsey school began my love of learning and shaped who I wanted to be as a teacher.
I go through periods where I feel overwhelmed and unmotivated. Sometimes my students drive me crazy. Sometimes I feel like I will never finish all of my assignments, get out of the Ed building and get a job. Reading motivational quotes help me take a step back and look at situations in a different light. I have had bad days where I see a quote on Instagram or Pinterest that resonates with me and reminds me of why I teach. It can be too easy to focus on the negatives in our lives, and reading quotations helps me to see the positive again.
I am a 2nd year education student at Brandon University. Although I don't always learn what I feel I need from my courses, my professors and colleagues have taught me that I am on a never ending path of learning. To me, that fact is both the most exciting and most difficult part of my career. I have been exposed to multiple teaching styles, perspectives and resources since starting in the Education Faculty. A piece of advice I learned from Sandy Margetts is to "work smarter, not harder" by working together and sharing ideas. Sandy's advice will stick with me throughout my career.
I use Pinterest to inspire my personal and teaching life. I sometimes find it difficult to get creative and decide where I want to start when I am planning lessons, so I use Pinterest to gain new ideas. I love all of the engaging lessons and resources! It is convenient to be able to view so many different perspectives and see different classrooms with the click of a link.