Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spring is here!

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Isn’t it funny how big of a role the weather can play on a person’s attitude and outlook on life? All this nice weather has me feeling optimistic and excited for the summer. 

I just moved into a new house this winter and I cannot wait to work in the yard this summer! There is a huge garden in the back, and I am planning to plant a few vegetables in it. I am also planning on filling the front and back yard with tons of flowers and plants. (I love flowers and plants!) Actually one of my dreams has always been to own my own green house. 

Since it’s my first time planting my very own garden I have been trying to read about different tips for a successful garden (what vegetables to plant, what they need) I also want to try planting a few different herbs. These are two helpful websites that I found: The California Garden Web and Gardening 101

I am also wanting to plant a tree in the front yard, does anyone have any good ideas for a tree that isn’t a lot of maintenance? And not a spruce tree!

Please feel free to share any tips you have on gardening- vegetables, herbs, plants, and flowers! I look forward to hearing from you all!

Online classes

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This week we were asked to look at a few different opportunities for online classes and learning online. I am taking an online class this spring/summer and I am actually a bit nervous for it- I like to talk to people in person and ask lots of questions and I am not sure if I have enough self- discipline to make sure I am getting my work done. So far, I can tell there are good and bad things about online classes, here are some of my ideas:
Negative things:
– lack of personal/ physical communication
– may be hard to do group work
– takes a lot of self- discipline to make sure reading is done
– The class I am taking has weekly quizzes that are taken on the phone- I am not to sure what this will be like.

Positive things:
– Work on your own time
– Can work from home. (this is especially a bonus for me- I am taking this online course so I don’t have to drive in to Regina from Moose Jaw every Tuesday and Thursday.
-It’s good to have some experience with online learning
– I also think it will help me become more sympathetic/ understanding if I am ever teaching online.

Health in grade 9?

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So, I was a little surprised to hear that the high school I am pre- interning at barely covers the grade 9 Health curriculum. I obviously feel very strongly about this because I am a Health major, and Health is one of my biggest passions. I don’t understand how there is a curriculum for Health, yet, it isn’t being taught? I think that some Health is covered, but not nearly enough (in my opinion). The curriculum states that there needs to be 80 weeks of Health Ed every week (for one semester), I didn’t think this was nearly enough, but now it seems like a lot better then nothing at all.

I think Health is an extremely important subject. Health is something that affects a person for their entire life, and it affects society as a whole. (think health care). I especially think that grade 9 students need to be taught health because they are entering a stage where the decisions they make can last with them forever.

What is your opinion on Health Education? Do you think it should be a mandatory class for students all the way up to grade 12? why or why not?

Week 1 is done!

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Hi everyone, so I just finished week 1 out of 3 of my pre-internship and I am already beat! I knew this was going to be a lot of work, but I didn’t realize that it would be so much. From the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed last week, I was either teaching, observing, or planning. Even when it was time to go to bed, I couldn’t get to sleep; I would just lay there thinking about what had happened that day, and then go through the next days lessons, making sure I remembered everything. It was horrible,I haven’t slept that poorly in so long! I am only going into my second week and I can already see how easy it would be to get teacher “burnout”. Don’t get me wrong, I am learning a lot, and I really do enjoy the kids, I just feel so worn out already, I am already catching myself thinking “Is this really what I want to do?” “Can I really handle all this work”? and “WHEN DOES IT GET BETTER”? We are always warned that the first year or two of teaching can be very stressful and time consuming,  but just how BAD is the first year or two? and does it really ever get better? 

Someone please enlighten me:) I would appreciate some tips on planning because I feel like it takes me way to long to do it!

Thanks everyone!

 

 

Tech Task #9

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This week our tech task was to watch Brett Gaylor’s documentary about copyright and remix culture. The question I responded to was: Do you think you can argue creativity when it’s based on other people’s work?

This is what I have to say about it:   

Personally I think that a person can argue their creativity when it’s based on someone else’s work. For example, I think it’s fair to say that Girl Talk is a pretty creative artist- his songs (although taken from other artists) become like no other- I mean seriously how can anyone say his work isn’t creative? Even the way he makes music is creative- mash ups are something relatively new and he seems to have mastered it pretty well. I also think that just by taking other peoples music and throwing it in his own, he is exposing people to who maybe wouldn’t have listened to that particular song in the first place to go out and look for it (and even like it). For example, when I first heard the Girl Talk song with Lisa Loeb’s song, “Stay” in it, I had never heard her song before but I really liked the way it sounded so I looked her up and started listening to the original song.  

On the other side of this argument, I can kind of see why some artists might be against other people taking their original work and making something else out of it. I think if I had created a song, and someone else took it and made something else out of it and then became famous for that, I might feel like it was unfair. I still think a person can be creative with another person’s work, but I defiantly see the controversy around the argument.

 

Google Docs- took me a while but now I love it!

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Responding to Madison Ferron’s blog on Google Docs.

When I was first introduced to Google Docs last year, I was a little iffy about it, I found it confusing and a little frustrating when there were 3 or more people working on it at the same time, however now that I have gotten  use to it I really enjoy it!

Google Docs would be great for students because it can be hard for them to meet up after school to work on assignments together- I know I would have loved using this when I was in school because I always had dancing so I either had to miss that or miss out on working with my group members. And yes it’s also great because you can track your students progress- check to make sure where students are on assignments, if everyone is contributing equally and so on! 

Even in University Google Docs has been great for me because I live in Moose Jaw, so it’s difficult for me to meet up with group members. It’s great because you can work on assignments together at the same time, just not in the same place! And like you mentioned before, the chat option is really cool, it is helpful because you can have conversations with your group members as you work on the assignment. 

What are your thoughts on Kony 2012?

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Hi everyone, I just finished watching this video on Joseph Kony and the invisible children in Uganda. My co-op teacher is showing this video to her students next week and following it up with a discussion, she has asked me to prepare and deliver a two day lesson on either the video/discussion or on anything that relates to the theme ” A Sense of Purpose” (It’s an ELA B30 class)

I found the video to be inspiring, it really shows how powerful people can be when they come together to fight for whatever they believe in, it also shows how the media can be a helpful and very powerful tool to deliver messages all over the world. Right after watching this video I logged on to Facebook because I remembered seeing some links and comments on my news feed about Kony 2012- to my surprise most of what people had to say about this whole video and movement was negative (that there are ulterior motives for the video going viral- the deal for oil production in Uganda?)

I am wondering if any of you have any more articles/videos about this topic? (both positive and negative) Also any suggestions in which direction I could take for this being a topic of a possible lesson?

Check out the Kony 2012 video  as well as this post, “Invisible Children: We’ve got trouble”, written by Grant Oyston.

I am interested in hearing what you all think of this,

Thank you!

Courtney