Planning

If there is anything I have learned throughout my years in the University of Regina Middle Years Education program, it is that planning is key to an educators success. When planning a lesson, a unit, or a year, I believe that using the backwards planning method is the most beneficial to the students. The backwards model starts with setting the goals/outcomes that need to be achieved within the school year. This helps to set the stage for the school year and will help me, as a teacher, always remember the purpose of my lessons.

The next stage is to plan the assessments that are going to be used to judge where the students are at in terms of achieving the outcomes that were prioritized in the first stage of planning. This is where it is important to decide the most effective way of gauging the students understanding of the outcomes.

The next stage is to plan the learning sequence and then the specific learning tasks. This is where it is important to decide when to teach which outcomes and indicators and how we are going to teach them. This is one of the more difficult stages in my mind, but also one of the most crucial. This is where I will do my lesson planing.

The final stage is reflection. This is the time where I will look back on my lessons, planning, and assessment and reflect on how they went. I will ask myself, what do I need to change, what can I do better, what went well? This is where I will do my growing as a teacher and improve upon my practices.

Overall, in my opinion, a very effective planning process that I am excited to employ in my teaching career!

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Assessment

A lot of my assessment will come from the Saskatchewan curriculum. Within the curriculum there are many assessment strategies provided for each subject and grade level and I intend to use these. Along with these, I plan on using the repatoire of assessment techniques I have acquired throughout my education classes and already completed lesson plans.

I personally believe that assessment needs to accurately measure a students understanding of the various topics educators are teaching. Therefore when I assess my students it will not be based solely on getting correct answers or being able to repeat facts. My assessments will be done in a way that gives every student an equal opportunity to show me what they have learned and to what extent they really understand the outcomes we are trying to achieve. This way, every student has the opportunity to thrive and learn to the best of their ability within my classroom.

ECS 100 Placement

It is safe to say that my time spent with the grade 3,4,5’s at St. Catherine Community School was most enjoyable part of my school year. Being able to sit in on these classes was an eye opener and made me realize that though there are challenges, I am going to enjoy my time being a teacher in the future. Along with this, I also became aware of the different teaching methods that exist and what methods work best in certain situations because I sat in on two different classrooms.

Weeks 1 & 2:

My first day in the field was a very memorable experience. This is when I became aware that teaching is not as easy as a person may think. I met many children and realized that it can be challenging to try and teach in a way that would reach all the students. There were students who who listened and paid attention and there were some who were the complete opposite. The teachers would usually stop their lesson briefly if a child was being disruptive, address them, and then move on with the lesson. This was very effective and you could tell that the students really look up to their teachers and when they are told to be quiet, they listen. If the students did not listen, the teacher would send them into the hall way and deal with them after they were done talking so that one child would not disrupt the learning of all the others. These are some of the things that stood out to me after the first couple weeks of my placement.

Weeks 3&4:

After the first couple weeks at my school I got more comfortable. I was able to take time to notice how the teachers dealt with the students and because of this, I started to understand the children and their individual needs and got to know them better. For this reason, I could better help the children with their assignments because I knew what learning methods would be most effective. I started to not only notice which children required more attention, but also figured out ways I could deal with these children and help them to the best of my ability. It was within this time span that I got to sit down individually with a student. I enjoyed this because I felt as though I actually got to help the child and it also surprised me because I underestimated how smart these young children were!

Weeks 5&6:

My last weeks at St. Catherine’s were ones of pure enjoyment. The children constantly gave me hugs and told me how much they enjoyed us coming into their classroom. I got to interact with them all in a more personal way. We did yoga with the grade 4 & 5’s and had songs sang to us by the grade 3 & 4’s. We also got a card will all the children’s signatures saying thank you. On my last day at St. Catherine’s I got the chance to sit in on a grade 8 class because middle years education is my area of study. This was set up by my placement teacher and I was very thankful for this. Overall, I feel extremely blessed to have spent the last 8 weeks at this school and have been reassured that I truly want to be a teacher.

Meta-Reflection

ESCI 302 Meta – Reflection Script

Hello, today I am going to take you through my eco literacy journey.

Coming into this course I had a few expectations. My roommate had taken it before me and after she had completed it, I noticed she had started doing thing such as recycling more. For this reason, I expected that this class would be teach us how to save the environment. This was wrong. In reality, this course provided me with a new lens to look at the environment through and shifted my perspective of the environment completely. I now feel as though I am better prepared to teach environmental science, and for that matter, all school subjects now that I am aware of the use and benefits of inquiry pedagogies.

Looking back upon by blogs at the beginning of the class has made me realize just how far I have come in terms of ecoliteracy. These blog posts were so embedded in normative narratives and limited in perspective and this can be seen when I said things such as, “I will do things such as shop locally, reduce my use of plastic, eat mindfully, walk or bike, promote reciprocity, and many more”.  This is all I had been taught up to this point. But, I am now aware that there is so much more to the environment and that we need to take a leap as a population if we want to make a difference.

As I moved forward with the class, I now notice how much more in depth my posts got. It is clear that I was able to recognize the normative narratives that I was reproducing and could consciously correct them and try to make people more aware of the fact that they exist. This began when I was able to recognize the western worldview that had been taught to us throughout school. Up to this point, I had never considered or was taught about treaties and I recognized this in my blog post that said, “This concept of taking this “unclaimed” land and creating this fort on (which is a large part of Canadian identity) further ingrained the normative narrative of “land belonging to nobody””.  The class opened eyes to who really owns the land and that we are permanent guests, we do not own it. This idea was furthered when we did the blanket exercise because I had never been taught the other side of the story before. It was disturbing to see the effects colonization had on the indigenous communities and how the land we know today really came to be.

The embodying eco literacy project opened eyes to how big the environmental issues at hand are and made me realize, again, how we have to take a leap as a population if we want to make a difference in the environment. I was shocked and disrupted when thinking of how small the changes we make are in the grand scheme of things. Such as the fact that there is little impact of me using 1 reusable cup compared to someone ordering 1000 roll up the rim cups to win the Jeep. Also, that the products we recycle are sold and shipped over seas. It was all very frustrating to learn about.

My understanding of wilderness was disrupted by this course. In my initial blogs I expressed that I grew up seeing the wilderness as raw, natural, and unclaimed land like when I said, “There is no service on this lake and the lack of technology really allowed me to take in all the beauty that surrounded me”. This just shows that we are not taught to recognize the treaties that exist and the western world view is being reproduced through our education. This was challenged and, with the knowledge I have, I know there is so much more to “wilderness” and my past thoughts were based on a lack of knowledge of the land we inhabit.

This led me to really question my education up to this point. The inquiry pedagogy made me realise that We need to change the European ways that are so embedded in education today so that students in the future are not faced with the extreme shock that I was. It is not fair to withhold this information for the sake of not only the Indigenous peoples but also the students, knowledge is power and this knowledge will change the way we view and treat the environment. We should educate our students about the treaties that exist and disrupt the normative narratives to stand a chance at making a change. This can be done by employing the inquiry cycle to our teachings. We can guide the students, allow creativity to flow, and have them make discoveries for themselves throughout the process.  As the STF says, “The Future is in Today’s Classroom”. The change starts with us.

Quotes:
https://www.audible.ca/pd/Braiding-Sweetgrass-Audiobook/B072LKBXPV?source_code=GDGGBSH0822170007&gclid=Cj0KCQjws5HlBRDIARIsAOomqA0Yup690PiWfYkgaaswzfX3UzhsxuFiNFSKg4rRqbzkMYdiKmC2PNwaAn8REALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

https://cjee.lakeheadu.ca/article/view/624/507

https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/education-for-life/803

https://cjee.lakeheadu.ca/article/view/1112/653

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Creative Journal #5

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In terms of homemade ceremonies, my family does not have many. I grew up in a roman catholic household so some of the “ceremonies” we performed were things such as praying before meals, going to church on Sundays, and celebrating Easter and Christmas with my extended family. This was more or less all we did in terms of ceremonies. I do not think this is wrong at all, but after visiting the RIIS and speaking about spirituality, I am able to recognize that there are other ways of knowing/other ceremonies that exist and I feel as though this allows me to better appreciate views other than my own.

My family is full of cattle ranchers and farmers and, without the land, I would not have the opportunities I have today.  My family, and in the past myself, can sometimes take the land for granted and get caught up in our profits and efficiency over anything else. We need to, somehow, give back to the land that we take so much from and overall truly appreciate it, because I now realize that we have without a doubt, failed to maintain a healthy relationship. The quote from Kimmerer’s The Offering that resonated with me was when the mother said, “Leave this place better than you found it”.  This is something my family can definitely employ. A way that this can be done is by making sure that we are not over grazing the land we have our cattle on, rotating the fields we use when harvesting, employing the most environmentally friendly practices we can, and really taking a moment out of our day to give thanks to the land.

A small thing that me and my dad do that feels to me as a type of offering or more so appreciation for the land is taking walks through our pastures. When the water is running and the sun is shining, every year, without fail, we will put on our rubber boots and walk through the land. As  stated in the Kimmerer   text, this something that I feel is “a ceremony that makes it home”. We take time from our busy days and completely soak in our surroundings. My dad has always had an appreciation for the land we use and I can see this in him when we go on these walks together. So, though he does get caught up in the western side of his job frequently, doing these small things reminds him how grateful he should be for all the land has given to us. For this reason, I think that as a family we can take more steps towards physically and mentally giving back to the land on a regular basis or maybe go on these walks more often because it really allows us to take a step back from all the numbers and increases our appreciation.

My visual seeks to represent the fact that I am nothing without the land. My body is made up the land and for this reason, I need to give back and practice offering more frequently. This representation was created at White Butte where we went on our class trip. I decided to create it here because the environment we were in was a very similar landscape to that of the land me and my dad take our walks on. The small river, the evidence of cattle, and the sun brought me back to the numerous times we gave our offerings and appreciation to the land. I really felt a connection to this area for that reason. This brought to my mind that I need to, in some way, reciprocate all that it has given to so that I do not take and take until there is nothing left. I also hope to inspire my family to practice this reciprocity as well and practice more offerings with them because this really does change a person’s perspective. I need to make sure I am doing everything I can in order to preserve, appreciate, and give back to the land through my everyday practices.