Mentoring

Throughout the semester, I have been keeping tabs on a few EDTC300 students. I enjoyed this process. I found myself reading their post when I was in between spots; waiting in line at the grocery store, while babies were napping, while coffee was brewing. I loved having something meaningful to spend time looking at while I was in these usually lost moments. I found simply liking their tweets to be a go-to for me. It was easy and most efficient use of time. I enjoyed having them to go back to – as if they were “mine”. I have found that throughout nannying, being in classrooms, and this assignment, I get the “ekk! These are mine” feeling. I cannot wait until I have a classroom of that feeling.

Here’s to another semester!

Cheers,

Britt

Mentoring Log

Teaching an Online Mini-Lesson

During our EDTC 400 class, I was able to teach a mini-lesson. In the time leading up to this class, I was throughly excited. I love teaching (Ha-Ha) and spiking passion in others. I am passionate about this topic. I found it easy to show my passion and excitement through Zoom.

The topic I chose to explore was digital citizenship. I wanted my students to leave the lesson with the tools to critically think about their online posts and choices. The purpose of this lesson was for students to discover if their online presence represented the human that they are in real life. I thought this piece went over well throughout the lesson. Students were able to distinctly choose their self descriptive words and apply them to their mock social media posts. I enjoyed the openness that the students shared in doing this.

The toughest part I found was finding a resources to get students engaged in the activity. In a classroom setting, teachers have a toolbox of working and student-loving activities that are easy to access. With online learning, you have to stretch outside your everyday classroom toolbox. Luckily, there are plenty of wonderful online resources that are just waiting to be discovered!

All in all, I enjoyed teaching this lesson. I always appreciate opportunities to practice my teaching skills. Having my first teaching lesson with a friendly audience was a great experience.

EDTC 400: Mini-Lesson Plan

 

Technological Reality

Every child has a cell phone in their hand, a tablet in their bedroom, or a device close by. Over the past 20 years, technology has vastly changed and is impacting children greatly. As teachers, our job is to educate students in order to succeed in life. Technology is a new way of life, a new world.

Teaching students to practice internet safety is a skill that is essential for learners. An aspect that I believe students should be taught is manners while using devices. As Sherry Turkle suggests in her TED talk, parents are sitting on their devices while their children are begging for attention. I have seen this numerous times, each time equally as heartbreaking. As a teacher, I hope this is one aspect that I can influence children on. Turkle’s TED Talk was in 2012, eight years ago. Turkle’s points and ideas are still valid today, we have not learned. Individuals are still “together, but not together”.

If we do not change this positive idea of devices instead of real life, I cannot imagine where we will be in another eight years.

Thoughts on Twitter

I enjoy using Twitter as a professional networking tool. Is is efficient and user friendly – two important positives. I am not a social media lover, although Twitter is growing on me as a future teacher. I have not downloaded the app, instead I have grown to appreciate the dashboard view. The layout is easy to follow.

I found twitter to be efficient – no non sense. I throughly enjoy the home page feature showing tweets in chronological order, as apposed to Facebook’s method of picking which posts to show you. That is my favourite feature. 

During our class, the Sask Ed Chat was a wonderful experience. Tweetdeck was also user friendly. Twitter is a great way to learn from other educators. After the chat, I felt oddly connected to the users that we were communicating with. I can understand the fascination with social media after that feeling. I hope to keep social medias, such as Twitter, for professional networking when I am in the field and have a classroom.

 

Online Identity

Social media has always given me a strange feeling in my stomach. From wondering why an individual who is not my gramma cares what I ate for lunch, to not caring what others ate for lunch, to thinking “they should have wrote that in their diary instead”, to simply having no desire to press “Post”. When social media was first booming, all of my peers and family hopped on board. I thought there was something weird in me, something that made me not want to be apart of that world.

Thankfully, as we get older, we become more confident in our feelings and choices. I was beginning to feel that way about social media. I was rarely posting, only looking at other individuals lives on the feeds. Around two years ago, I deleted all of my social media accounts. It was a thought I had been having for quite some time, but I was always weary of feeling left out. I started wondering why I cared about these individuals that I hadn’t seen in years, or simply people I did not care to take up space in my head. The answer was that I didn’t.

After deleting my social medias, there is not a lot left for my future students to find about me on the internet. A few childhood newspaper articles about school and sports, as well as my blog. For this class, I created a Twitter profile. I will only use it for professional tasks. When I have a classroom, that will be the Twitter account that I share with my school.

I do believe that I will have a classroom blog when I become a teacher. I think it is a great way to communicate with parents and post their children learnings. Between the blog and twitter, I think I will have my social media platforms cased.