Week 13: Code.org

For this week’s blog post I have chosen the second option from Code.org. I was instantly intrigued with how fun these games looked. The site combines learning in a fun and structured way. This in turn enables students to want to come back to the site and learn instead of not wanting to come back and learn from it. The app includes 15 computer science fundamentals courses that can be implemented as one unit or over the course of a whole semester. This app enables student to learn how to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills and persist through difficult tasks. It also helps them with computational thinking and digital citizenship. It provides excellent resources to give out to fellow teachers or colleges by sharing this handout. It helps with elementary school curriculum which will help in areas such as English, math and science from grades 3 to grade 5. One of the great things about this website is that any teacher can use it free of charge. It gives an overview of the curriculum values and professional learning values both of which I found extremely important.

I found this app to be super fun and interactive! I felt like I was back in my child days playing this game! The game is an excellent way to keeps students engaged and making sure that they are learning something beneficial. One of the great things that the app offers is choice. Students or children are able to choose from a wide variety of code choices. They are able to choose things such as star wars theme, frozen theme, or various other ones. As Katia explained in class there is also on option for various types of languages. Students coming from different countries are able to access it in their own languages. I din’t think being a 21 year old that I would have as much fun as I actually did with playing it! Having to pass each level definitely was challenging as the levels got harder and harder each level that you passed. I felt very accomplished the more levels that I surpassed.

I learned that students can have fun while also learning in this super interactive website. One of the main things that I gained an understanding for was how important it is for students to learn about coding. Learning how to code will help students with their math and English skills.

The first thing that I will include in my post will be a screen cast of how to use the game and what it includes. I started the screen cast with an overview of the code game that I chose. The one that I did was Star Wars which is designated for grades 2 and up. The very first thing I recorded on the screen cast was the description of the game which included experience, technology, language, and length. I then went to the start button which brought me up to the next page of the game. I chose the “Blocks” try now game. The thing that I really enjoy about the game was how it provides an introduction video of the thought behind the game and how it is played. This gives a nice overview for students to know how the game is played. It then gives viewers a brief description in the left hand side next to the “run” button. I really enjoyed how interactive the game is. Students have to think in their mind about the moves they have to make in order to successfully complete each level. This helps not only their mental math but also their cognitive thinking. I demonstrated on my screen cast the different levels of the game. As you can see the levels do get more difficult each on that you do. However, what is nice about the game is that it does give a description of how to do each level in the top of the screen. It gives students a choice of how many points they want and which cartoons they want. Once students get to level 7 the game itself changes a little bit. Instead of choosing the direction of where to go they have to use arrows instead on the left hand side. Once students complete level 15 they are rewarded with a certificate.

Here is my screen cast of the code game:

 

Here is a step by step representation of my progress through the game: First level Second level

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Fifth level

Sixth level

Seventh level

Eighth level

Ninth level

 

Tenth level

 

 

Eleventh level

Twelfth level

Thirteenth level

Fourteenth level

 

Each person that completed the game receives this certificate of completion! 

Here is the certificate of me completing the code game! Felt super accomplished!

 

I am very excited to share that I completed all the required levels and that was able to show my progress!

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Denver Sandwiches- Learning Post

For my last learning post I decided to make Denver sandwiches! The recipe that I got offline was from all recipes.  

I wanted to learn how to cook this recipe so that I could make it in the mornings at school. They are both healthy and delicious! The recipe that I found was also very easy to follow and easy to use. I have always loved breakfast food and have eaten these sandwiches at Denny’s on multiple occasions. I thought that making videos of me cooking it for this week’s blog post was a good way to document my progress of this meal! I made this meal for my mom, dad and myself!

I took a photo of the ingredients that I needed. For this particular recipe there were not to many things that I needed which was easy to cook! The ingredients included:

  • 1/2 a cup of melted butter
  • 1 orange and 1 yellow pepper
  • 16 slices of cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 onion
  • 6 slices of whole wheat bread

Here is a little introduction to what I am going to be making for breakfast today!

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Next I will go through the various steps of the breakfast

1.The first step of the recipe required me to cut the onions and the peppers into tiny pieces. I then put them into a pan where I cooked them on the stove for 7 minutes until they softened. I have also included a photo below to demonstrate how the onions and peppers looked when boiled. Here is the video of me cutting the ingreidents!

2.  The second step of the recipe was cutting the cheese into 16 individual                               slices and placing them onto the bread so put on the pan. I then cooked them                        for twenty minutes. The cheese melted on the bread and were then ready to                       be eaten.

3. The third step was cracking the eggs into the pan on the stove and mixing them with the peppers and the onions. Once I mixed them I let it cook for 10-15 minutes until it harden. Once it was cooked I was able to place the eggs,onion and peppers on the bread between the two pieces of bread.

Here is a photo of my final product!

l was one of my favorites so far. It was so tasty and was something that I could easily make. I am always on a run to do things and because this meal was pretty easy to make it is a beneficial one for me!

Things I would do differently: I found that I didn’t cut the peppers into small enough pieces. They were fairly large pieces when I cut them which made it longer for them to cook. In the future cutting them down to smaller pieces is something that I would do differently. One other things I would do is cook the cheese on the bread for longer. I only cooked them for ten minutes which wasn’t quite enough time for them to fully melt.

Twitter in the classroom

This week Kelsey, Laura, and I collaborated together to present the pros and cons of using Twitter within the classroom. Throughout this post, we will have a conversation with a teacher, parent, and principal. The teacher strongly believes in the use of Twitter and technology within the classroom to further students learning and digital identity. While the parent is concerned about the use of Twitter and technology within the classroom for privacy and cyber bullying reasons. You can check out the conversation between the teacher, principal, and parent on this google document.

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We found many websites that helped argue as to why Twitter should be used in the classroom. There are many websites that you can give concerned parents, here are a few that we found:

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We have also found various websites that will help students, parents and teachers with ways to prevent Cyber bullying. We researched cyber bullying and found many resources that can be useful.

Cyberbullying is becoming a more prominent aspect within schools that can cause immense pain and stress on students. The advancement of technology and social media has led to a rise in online bullying.  Cyberbullying is important to understand because many teachers never know when their students are being bullied. The danger of cyberbullying lies in the underlying factor that many parents and teachers never know about it. One of the major bullying factors that we are familiar with in schools is Ask.fmAsk.fm took cyber bullying to a whole new level because it allowed people to bully each other without knowing who it was. It enabled students to bully their peers by anonymously posting disturbing and harmful things on their peer’s accounts. This type of cyberbullying is something that needs to be acknowledged by teachers and is something that needs to be better addressed. We have done some research in regards to cyberbullying and have found several online resources that will help students, parents, and teachers in being able to further prevent cyber bullying from happening in schools or in their personal lives.

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How Twitter is positively used in the classroom:

While certain aspects of Twitter are labelled as “bad” or “harmful” Twitter also provides a wide range of positive elements as well. Twitter offers a wide range of information in order to support multiple types of research in education. It is a useful tool to find information from multiple sources. There are hundreds of thousands of people on twitter and many of these individuals are from educational sectors. Twitter is diverse as it offers different perspectives on issues coming from people from diverse occupations and backgrounds. Twitter is worldwide, therefore these perspectives come from a very large audience. If someone is having an argument or rant on twitter they have to narrow their opinion down in under 280 characters. This means that Twitter gets right to the point due to the limited characters you are able to post. Furthermore, people on twitter are either linking articles to read or posting their opinion. You don’t have to read through a lengthy opinion of someone before getting to the point of their post so it is therefore labelled, instant. Twitter is also considered to be easy access for many individuals who are seeking educational resources, advice, or ideas for their classrooms. There are many different types of educational articles that can be found by following different educational profiles. These profiles can be current or upcoming teachers, professors, supervisors, principles or others. Individuals are able to gain a wide range of information and guidance off of Twitter that can be used in their lives or in their classrooms.

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During last week’s class, we talked a lot about cyberbullying and the ways in which it harms students. With the rise in social media, there has subsequently also been an increase in cyberbullying. Online bullying is something that needs to be properly addressed and we must learn ways to help prevent it from happening. We were able to gain a lot of valuable information that we implemented into our discussion post for this week. One of the elements that we talked a lot about as a group was how we as teachers can help prevent cyberbullying from happening. We thought it was a good idea to incorporate the resources that we were able to find online. These resources are something that will help future and current educators. We believe that with the help of these resources it will help prevent cyberbullying from happening in classrooms. Being able to learn and become more knowledgeable about ways to prevent it from happening is one of the steps that will help both students and teachers. Kelsey, Laura, and I  were all interested in learning more about cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is something that is happening in schools and something that all of us need to be aware of. We hope you enjoyed our post!

 

My teaching philosophy

My teaching philosophy has changed drastically from my first couple years of university. I have learned a lot of valuable teaching techniques that have helped widen my philosophy. Education to me is all about the learning experience that students encounter throughout their schooling. Education is a gift that all students should have the pleasure of receiving. Children have young minds that should constantly be evolving.

My philosophy of education is that all children are unique and must have an educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. My main goal as an educator is for me to create an atmosphere where students can meet their full potential. I will create an environment where students are invited to share their ideas and take risks. In turn, this enables them to challenge their learning. I believe that all children are unique and have something special that they can each bring to their own education. I hope to assist my students to express themselves and accept themselves for who they are as a person as well as the differences of others. I believe that my role of as the teacher will be to assist each child in developing their own learning styles. I will present a curriculum that incorporates each different learning style. One of the ways I plan to do this is incorporating hands-on learning, projects and individual work that engage their learning. One of the main philosophers that I base my philosophy on is the works of Maria Montessori who said “the goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own desire to learn.” (Maria, Montessori)

I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day. I believe that I owe it to my students, as well as the community to bring constancy, diligence and warmth to my job. I believe that a classroom should be a safe and caring community and I will use strategies to ensure the classroom community will flourish. Teaching is a learning progress; learning from your students, colleagues, parents, and the community. It is a life long process where you learn new strategies, new ideas and new philosophies. I expect that my teaching philosophy will change meaning that I will continue to grow and learn new things.

 

 

 

Week 10- Digital Identity

More and more children now days have an online presence than in the past. The issue that children have is not being able to use the internet safety. Many children are having many issues with various forms of online bullying and the problem is persisting in many schools. Part of the role of teachers now days should be teaching children in how to properly and safely use social media. In an article I read from teach thought the author described that students now days have more control than ever over their own identity and unsurprisingly have lost control of that identity. In a manner of seconds they are able to dicatate when, how, where and by whom they are seen. A good piece of the article that I found interesting was when the author outlines “Connectivity has closed the walls of the world around them–or at least made them transparent–until they have zero room to wiggle and squirm.” In my own option that is shared with the article students are beginning to have an identity problem. One of the issues with young youths is the value that they place on their identity. Like stated in the article, “If you tweet something, and no one RTs or favorites, did you really say anything at all?” This is the difficulty with social media now days. Students define themselves through rejection and assimilation. When the internet first allowed social media and social media allowed a digital first and social identity, the presence of a student was primarily physical. The article states that because of this, students created a facsimile of themselves online and used human digital networks, which indirectly and directly etched out a kind of “identity” for themselves.

One of the most reliable pieces of information that I found most important in this article was how students send and receive versions of themselves. They do this through Facebook, Instagram, snap chat, twitter and other emerging social channels. The images and words that the social templates have had the power all along.

This is one of the photo used on the website that indicates the power of social media in classrooms starting from an early age. It outlines how young students are using these types of tools now days and how it is taking away from their traditional learning.

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One of the main things that teachers needs to understand is that how students see themselves is the starting point for learning. What you post, who you tag, your avatar, you emojis, spelling, syntax, all digital first expressions of self.

This website also included a link to an individual website where Susan Cox wrote on Salon. The websites title was “Facebook has totally reinvented human identity: Why it’s even worse than you think.” In the article the author describes that Facebook has redefined the standard of what information should be immediately known about you as a person. The author describes in the article that ” It was a slow process, where it (Facebook) gradually increased the “about” fields, but now when I meet someone, it is somehow appropriate for me to see their exact age, residential history and entire resume of work experience and education.” Facebook has turned out lives and our student’s lives inside out to the point where all of this very specific information now seems to be what constitutes a social identity.

I came across a ted talk video on facebook social identity. The video provided a lot of valuable insight to many things that we have talked about in class. Mario Rodriguez, a faculty member at Stetson University in the Communications and Media Studies department talks about Facebook privacy and identity. He also talks about exploring our digital selves which is important for students to discover.Identity is the learner insofar as they see themselves and are seen by others. It’s a fluid and ongoing transaction.

I have provided a link to the video below for everyone to check out!

What are the implications for our students when it comes to the permanence of digital identity? In your experience, how is digital identity dealt with in schools? What role should teachers/schools play in preparing students for a world that never forgets? How do we balance the need to protect students with the need to help them develop positive online footprints? What might it look like to teach about digital identity in your subject area? Be sure to reference at least one of the readings/viewings, as well as at least one video or article that you found independently

I am on social media and have had many thoughts about it throughout my high school and university experiences. As new technology is emerging we all want to explore these new types of ways of doing. We have so much access to everything online making it super easy for online assess. These types of online access are starting to create problems related to cyber bulling. Cyber bullying has been around for the vast majority of my life and was something that I saw in my elementary years. We used to use a MSN chat when I was in school and there were numerous types of bullying involved in it. Thankfully I was never involved but I did witness some of my friends that become frustrated and upset with it. In High school we also had a website called “ask.fm”  which was where people could anonymously ask or bully people by posting questions or comments without them knowing who posted them. This created a wide range of problems especially in our school. Now days it is far to easy to leave a comment on someones twitter or Instagram photo and say harmful things. The Ted talk from our class this week and the one I found were two prime examples of how online harassment can be devastating.

The ted talk from class was an excellent resource to show how harmful people are on social media. Monica was super powerful in how compassionate she was on the video. Many people now are attracted to drama  which generates some not good stuff.  We need to educate students on what could happen to them if they don’t participate on social media carefully. Also something to tell them would to make sure that they know that photos stay on the internet forever. Let them know that it is okay to not be online. It is not the end of the world if a student is not online and they should this before they start having an online presence. Our world is constantly changing and I think our world would be a better place if social media did not exist. As a future educator we need to teach our students how to properly navigate the online world and how to be safe online. Here is a look at the video of Monica Lewinsky. There are some very beneficial points and topics in here that are important for future educators to learn and listen to.

Progress made on my learning project!

 

Hey everyone! I just wanted to update everyone on my learning project and thought a video would be better to use to document some of my progress so far! One of the things I have learned through my first few weeks of my learning project I have found that patience is key to any skill that you are wanting to learn. There are a few different websites that I found to be more effective and easier to learn than others. I have included the ones that I liked compared to the ones I didn’t like in my recent blog post.

 

I found this website to contain a lot of step to step instructions. Their ingredients were very easy to understand and for me being more of a visual learner I found this website to be more effective in my learning style. An added benefit to this website was also the amount of recipes they have to offer. I have been focusing more on breakfast, lunch and dinner meals and this website included a ton of variations. It provides quick and easy recipes on days that I am busy and want something to be easy to make. Here is the recipe website . 

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The website allows you to watch a descriptive video on how to make the meal which helps aid visual learners! I also like how it includes how long the meal takes so that I can plan my day around how much time my meal will take me to cook. The other main thing I love about this website is how it contains a checklist on the ingredients tab so that I am able to check off certain ingredients I have. This allows me to keep myself focused on the ingredients I need to buy or already have available!

The next good website I have found is actually on my Feedly account! This account has given me a wide range of recipes that I can make based on people blogging their own experience of it! The recipes are based on people’s blog posts! They talk about how they make the dishes or meals and how the meals are made. The blog posts also include tons of visuals so that you can visually see what and how they are making. These meals are a big more complex however, if you are able to make them correctly they look like they could be amazing! I am super happy with the way these meals are displayed. The main difference with the meals on this website is that they are based on more individual blogging and individual experience rather than straight recipes and directions. Both of these websites have been huge positives for me and I am glad I spent the time researching some of the better ones for my learning!

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This is the main page of a recipe that appears on my Feedly account. It gives a brief description of the author and the cook.

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One of the websites I found to be less appealing is one that I found from taste of home

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 This website was not as structured and not as easy to navigate for myself. It had a bit different layout in terms of the main page.

The main page of this website was a bit harder for me as it looked a lot different than the other websites. One of the reasons I didn’t like this one as much was the steps that it included to make the meals. The website only includes 2 steps for each meal which does not give a lot of direction. I found it very difficult for me to understand how to do each step because it didn’t give me a lot of direction. Here is a photo of the directions tab.

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Overall, I am very happy with the progress I have made. I have made a lot of learning progress in the way I am able to follow recipes and how I cook my meals. I will continue to do further research on different online resources and will continue to update all of you on my learning progress! Stay tuned! The progress I have made is mainly due to the research I have done on different recipes and which ones work better for me as a learner! If anyone has some good websites to try let me know! 

 

Learning Post- Lasagna

Hey everybody! This week I switched my learning project up a little bit and decided to make videos of myself cooking Lasagna! I wanted to be able to show more of a visual presentation of cooking in order to show everyone my progress! I thought this would be a good chance to change it up!

The ingredients that I had included: I found all my ingredients off of this really good cooking website.

Step 1: This is the introduction to my recipe. I have made a video of myself beginning to cook the meal:

Step 2: The second step was making the middle layer of the lasagna where I mixed the cheese, spinach and powdered garlic as well. I mixed all of these into a medium sized mixing bowl. Here is a photo of the cheese I had to shred first and the second photo is how the lasagna looked after the middle layer was all ready to go.

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Step 3: The third step was making the Italian meat sauce.

Step 4: The fourth stage was cooking the mushrooms in the microwave and also cooking the meat in the oven. I included a visual representation on the video below.

Here is a photo of the mushrooms before I put them in the oven. I had to cut them into smaller pieces and put them all together in a bowl. 

Step 5: The last and final stage of the lasagna is in this video.

Here is the final completion of the meal. I also made some garlic buns with melted butter in the oven. The meal itself was amazing! My family really enjoyed it as well!IMG_0570

 

I really enjoyed making this meal. I found myself learning a lot about the different ingredients and how to use them in the kitchen. The meal took quite a long time to prepare (3 and a half hours) however, on days I have a lot of time I will be able to make it. The things I would do differently would be to add a little more meat on the bottom layer of the lasagna, it could of used a little but more. I would of probably added in a bit more garlic powder as well.

 

Overall, I believe I have made some excellent progress in my learning project. I love everything that I have made so far and hope to continue learning more and more awesome recipes!

Week 9- Digital Identity

I have decided to focus on the second option and have decided to focus on my own digital identity and Cybersleuth’d myself. 

When I Cybersleuth myself there are a few different things that show up.I have researched myself several times and the same things have showed up on a continuous basis. Sometimes I look myself up for fun to make sure that there aren’t any weird things showing up of myself on the internet. Some of the websites that show up are of myself including my roster page for the University Track team, my Facebook, my twitter account and various recruiting and track and field statistics articles. None of these are bad resources however, I have to be sure that both my Facebook and twitter are well maintenance. 

When I research my name this is what appears  on the google search engine:

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The first thing that shows up is my  University of Regina Track and Field page.  It shows my previous seasons profile page. Track and Field is one of the main ways that I view myself as a person and as an athlete. It is something that I consider my identity. Here is a snippet of the profile page that will appear when you click on that website. Within this site it includes a photo of my head shot as well as my sprinting photograph. If anyone were to question my athleticism they could reference this page. It gives my full name as well as the year of eligibility I am in, where I went to High School. If you go down further on the website it will include my stats from last year’s season.  2.PNG

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The next thing that shows up is my Facebook Profile. There are numerous Laura Huck’s on Facebook so those that are trying to find me would have to know what I look like or where I live. My own Facebook account shows up on the seventh one down. Therefore, people would have to be actively searching me to find me (hopefully.) However, the same thing that happened to Katia as she explained last night also has happened to me too. I have had numerous males try to add me from various parts of the world (example, India, Pakistan, Mexico ect.) I have never tried to research them however, now that I know how to google search an image I definitely will if I get another odd add by someone I do not know. 

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The next thing that comes up is an article from Cochrane Times. This article was published for my High School track and field City championships. 

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Lastly, the fourth photo was a picture of two of my teammates at the Canada Summer Games two years ago that I had posted on an Old Twitter account. I was a little shocked when I saw it because I had forgotten that photo even existed. I also forgot that I still had the twitter account as I thought I had deleted it. I do not use the account however, since I never formally delete it it still appears when I research my name.

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The next things about me that I research are the bottom two things which are both track and field stat pages. These are the main other track websites that appear on the search engine. 

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The first website of myself is labelled the IAAF website . It stands for International Athletics Association Federation. Any athlete that competes in Track and Field at a national level receives one of these profiles which tracks their personal best times. When you click on the website this is the first thing that shows up:6.PNG

As you can see in the image above the main site page include my birthday, athletics Canada IAAF code, home country as well as my Facebook, twitter and email links.

This website actually tracks all of my personal best times to this day. Each time that I run a personal best time the new time will appear on this website. It includes my season bests where it will show the best times I have run this year. It includes both indoor and outdoor personal best times that I have run. It also includes the cities that I have run those times in. 7.PNG

It also includes my progression rate. The progression rate will include each year that I run my events and what my times are. This allows people to see how I am constantly improving my times each year that I run. For example:

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You can see that I have improved each year in the 200m on a consistent basis.

The last website of myself was the NCSA website which stands for National Center for Super computing Applications. It is an online recruiting website for college athletics all throughout the United States. It includes a track and field photo of me when I ran in high school, my track and field club team names, my height, age, and the personal best times of all of my Track and Field main events (ones that I run in competitively.) They tracked my progress throughout my high school career and put in on their website where any future coaches contacted me. I was contacted in my grade 12 year by some schools where they initially looked at this page after entering my name and researching me. Here is a photo of the website:

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After I was finished researching the types of articles and images that I have online I then went to the video section where I found a video of myself at the very top of the page.

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This was the video that appeared. It is a video of my grade eleven 100m hurdles race in Medicine Hat, Alberta. It was being used as a video for my NCSA website which was for recruitment to the United States.

 

In terms of my own digital identity as a teacher, I believe that one of the main ways I will identify myself will be as an athlete and as an educator. I plan to continue my athleticism in different sports such as squash or trail running, something that keeps me motivated and in shape. Being an athlete is something that I have been blessed and privileged with that I never want to give up. To me and to many others around me including family., friends, and teammates I am considered to be a determined and motivated athlete and I don’t think that will ever change. I have put unlimited numbers of hours and focus on my athletic endeavor and think it will always be something part of me even when I am a teacher. I plan to teach middle school physical education so therefore, will always be in a sport part of mind. Part of my teaching identity will be sports and healthy living. I am very passionate for sports and wellness and would love to be able to pass this along to my future students. I believe that teaching them these skills will enable them to grow as students and as individuals. The article that I read on Split Image really hit home to me. As a University athlete being a student athlete can be hard and at times can feel unbarring. Having something like Track and Field can become so much of your identity that you can feel pressured to perform well. I have often had moments like this where I have a bad competition and feel as thought my entire athletic identity is over. This was also the case for the girl mentioned in the article. You can’t let your whole identity dictate who you are as a person. Even though I consider my identity as being an athlete I don’t only focus only being a track and field athlete. My identity as both a student and a teacher include: healthy wellness, determined, focused, helping, caring and many others aspects that make up my identity as a whole. When I’m a teacher I want to be able to enforce the fact that identity can be your whole life to my students. To many athletes such as the girl in the article thought that unless she was perfect with everything she had no purpose. Being perfect is not the most important part of being a student or an athlete because at the end of the day we are only human. Furthermore, my teaching identity will in part being able to transfer my passion and athletic determination into my students. One of my main goals is being able to help teach them the love for sports as much as I have.