This semester marks the downhill portion towards completing my master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and I am stoked about this!
I have been teaching for 15 years, which is insane to think about. I started in grade 7/8/9 in rural Saskatchewan in my first year and was fortunate enough to get on in Regina Public the following year in grade 5/6. I taught these grades for the next 10 years before deciding that I needed a change. I took the leap to get my Inclusive Education Certificate to become a Learning Resource Teacher, for which I have been doing for the last 4 years. Because I was used to the work/student life schedule, I decided to continue my educational endeavors and go after my masters. It has not been easy with trying to balance work and personal life (with two daughters now aged 9 and 11), but I know I’ll look back and be glad that I have taken this journey and modeling life long learning for my girls.
Aside from teaching, I enjoy sports and activities. My husband would agree with me when I say that I have a hard time NOT being busy. I enjoy playing ringette, softball, basketball, volleyball and coaching my daughters in their activities. I have also recently taken up doing puzzles with my oldest as this is a good way for both of us to sit and relax rather than being busybodies all of the time. Of course, like most people, I also value my sleep.
My interest in this course stems from my apprehension and lack of knowledge when it comes to social media and media literacies. Although I have experienced the introduction of many technologies throughout my lifetime, I have often seen them as scary thanks to society’s portrayal which uses a fear-mongering lens to analyze them. However, society is not completely to blame for my trepidation. I am safe and satisfied with being comfortable and with things that I can control and the idea of online means learning, collaboration, and contribution is new and daunting. I have started to become more open minded about the value and benefits that it has but am still caution and uncertain at times, especially with how I can use it both personally and professionally.
Another reason I am interested in taking this course is because my daughters are at an age for which they know no different and they are fully immersed. I do not believe in hiding them from social media as this is the way of the world and this would only ostracize them. Instead, I want to learn along with them and from them to ensure they are approaching and using social media in a positive, effect, and appropriate way.
I have recently stumbled across a book within the Moving Up with Literacy Place resource at my school called “Web Tools for Kids” by Jane Smith and Nathan Toft that I have been reading through with my daughters. It has been a great starting point to discuss specific terminology related to the world wide web and important topics such as:
Using resources such as this as well as the learning through this course and from my classmates/colleagues, I feel ready to lower my walls to social media and media literacies and take the first step in being more connected.
P.S. I am always looking for help, support, and a gentle push along the way.