3 things I learned:
The first thing I learned from this week’s learning are the ways in which schools operate differently and how they are different from each other. Each school has specific goals and different views about various topics.
The second thing I learned is how teaching is mainly a woman’s profession. We see this more often in the Elementary schools where the teaching staff is comprised of mostly all women. This is mainly because teaching was one of the more open jobs for women.
The third thing I learned was the two-track model for assessing teachers. I thought it was very interesting to know how we as teachers will be evaluated. This helps us focus on what we need to work on and supports are areas of development.
2 Connections I made:
The first connection I made was how important school environments and staff have on the influence of new teachers. My mom who is a principle in Calgary has spoken many times to me about how important it is to have good teachers in the classrooms. Have a good staff not only helps in the classroom but also helps with staff interactions. It will make a much better teaching environment if we have determined and motivated staff members around us. Having these types of teachers makes it a lot easier for the students to converse with them as well. Students will tend to be more open to asking questions if they feel like they can talk to their teachers. I had the chance to speak to some of the teachers at my mom’s school. One of them was the Pyhs Ed teacher Mr. Carter. He allowed me the opportunity to teach in on one of his classes where I was able to interact with the kids. He also told me he would be a great reference to us for my future years as a teacher.
The second connection I made was where the texts described the low demand for teachers right now. There are many people in this province who are without a job and who are stuck substituting for many years before getting a permanent position. One of the main ways to get a job now is by knowing people within the Education community. I have a personal connection with my mother and two of the teachers at her school who will be willing to help me after I graduate. However, this means leaving Saskatchewan and moving back to Alberta. This is a choice that I will have to make in order to get a teaching position.
1 question I still have:
What types of outside help will be available to me? As a teacher in a specific school am I only dependent on help from my school and my fellow teachers or are there other resources or other people that can help me with certain struggles I may be facing?
Idealism, Realism, and Existentialism: I learned about what these two definitions meant and how they all contribute to each other. Idealism is what individuals envision and how things are seen in an ideal manner. Realism is defined as seeing the actual view of a specific situation. Existentialism is taking responsibility for one’s actions. They build off of each other to create a new idea.
The second thing I learned was what the readings said about everyone having their own view and philosophy of Education. Every individual is going to have their own view on how education should be taught, and how it should be interpreted. This is one of the reasons why so many teachers have different ideas. Having a wide range of ideas enables more growth and change for the education field in general. Many teachers have questions specifically for themselves such as “what should my goals for my students be.” Another big question is asking ourselves what way we should teach
The third thing I learned was how the word “kindergarten” came to be and how the word evolved. I never knew that there was a reason for why the word developed. I found it interesting how the word was actually formed from the word “garden” in reference to the child’s blossoming potential.
One of the questions I have is how if it is possible to change my Educational Philosophies over the years? Or if I am supposed to have one philosophy and keep it for my years as a teacher.
I am working with a boy named Dylan at the Campus for All placement at the University of Regina. I am working with him twice a week on Monday’s and Friday’s. I had the opportunity of working and meeting Dylan for the first time on Monday. Dylan is 21 years old and is highly involved with his community. He trains with excel athletics where he trains once per week with them. My initial impression on Dylan was that he is very talkative and chatty person which makes him very approachable and friendly. However, this also makes him very unfocused with his school work at times. As a learner, he has a very short attention span and is easily distracted. He lacks focus and has a low retention span in terms of school work. He has relatively low note-taking skills as well. Dylan is taking one online course at the University of Regina where he is learning how to accommodate with the daily regimes of school. He is taking a KIN 105 Indigenous Health and Sport in Historical Perspective course. One of my roles is to help him with his assignments and to help him with any other questions that he has with his school work. I make sure he remains focused on his homework. My volunteer coordination has provided me with his course outline and course syllabus of his Indigenous studies course. During my first meeting with him on Monday, I worked on one of his assignments with him where he had to research about one of the Indigenous teepee risings. When I met with him I help him write his outline for some of his assignments that we work on together. My only initial concern was his lack of focus and how easily he gets off task.
The second time I met with Dylan he was able to better concentrate and he focused much better. He and I were able to work on one of his assignments and focus for the whole hour we were together. I was able to think of a few strategies that helped him get back on track in a short amount of time. In doing this, we were able to get his assignment finished in a well and concise manner.
I believe that I will be able to gain lots of experience that will help me with my future goals of obtaining my inclusive education certificate. It will allow me to work alongside a person with a disability and give me insight in this area which will help me in the future. I may be working with students with disabilities in every class that I have as a future teacher and gaining the background and understanding of something that will be extremely valuable to me. I am very excited to begin my volunteer work and learn many new things. One of the main course connections I hope to gain is in relation to working with persons with disabilities in the classroom.