Hello, again!

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.

Thanks to Sarah for the idea to use Bitmoji. I had never used them before in this way. Always learning something new!

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.

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    • Specifically for web related content, I’m not sure. I honestly got lucky discovering it because I was just looking for a specific reading level book for my daughter to work on at home. If you go on the Literacy Place website, it has a list of all of their books, if that’s a resource that your school has. Perhaps that is something that could a project; build a list of resources (online and offline) that pertain to media literacy for kids.

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  1. Congrats at seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on this journey. Glad this will course will help you personally and professionally. Like the bitemojis too.

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