Monthly Archives: January 2016

That was easy!!

Haha!!  I just taught myself how to tweet my blogs. You simply click on the blog title and the twitter button is right there.  For some reason I thought it would be more difficult than that.  Still not tech savvy, but getting better!!

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Laugh Knitting, It Should Be A Thing!!

So, as part of my learning project for ECMP I’m going to try to take up knitting.  As you can see by the pictures on my first part of this blog, my mom is a master knitter.  I thought it would be fun to get her to teach me how to do this.  I am certainly not a techy person, I do however Skype a bit with family.  I live here in SK and my family lives in NS.  So I thought I would get my mom to teach me a bit over Skype.  It was hilarious.  I don’t know if you can record Skype conversations, so we may need to find a better way.  For this first video I used my phone and set it up to record my computer as I was Skyping.  There has to be a better way.  That will be one of my new goals for this learning project.  Maybe try to set up my own zoom conference with mom.  I know you can record those.

My phone died just after 5 minutes, but I think these first few minutes should give you an idea as to how the knitting went…

The end result after an hour and a half (part of which I had to take stitches off and restart) is this beautiful beginning of a barbie blanket for my daughter 🙂

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For all of you knitters out there, I started with 30 stitches and now some how have 32?

Ah well.  That will be another task.  I will try to find a youtube video that explains how you add stitches when knitting.  I thought I was doing okay :-{

 


 

 

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BellLetsTalk

Just finished and interesting twitter chat at #BellLetsTalk.  Thank you STARS.  I think raising this awareness for mental health is so important.  I can’t stress enough about the amazing program I was fortunate enough to be trained in during internship.  Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 10.20.07 AM

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The support shown tonight at the twitter chat was phenomenal.  It is so important to be able to communicate to our students and try to show them some healthy, positive ways to cope with negative feelings.  If they can recognize what they are feeling, then they can take a breath and try to change the negative feeling.

I know how serious mental health issues are.  I have people struggling with different things in my family.  The best thing to do for them is to listen and just be there when they need you.  That is what we need to do in our classrooms.  Be there.  If you are patient in waiting for them to talk to you, I believe they will, don’t be too persistent…

 

 

 

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Tech Savvy, not quite :-$

This has been a stressful week for me so far.  The only work I’ve done on my learning project is buying the needles and yarn.  I thought fourth year of the program, I’m done in a few months, this will be a breeze.  NOT!!  

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I looked at the expectations for this week and felt super overwhelmed.  Get an RSS reader.. I was in class last week, but still not too sure what it was.  So I go to feedly and try to navigate my way through that.  Well, I’m using Safari and it wants me to switch to Chrome, why not? I use Google anyway. LOVE it!!  I thought that this was pretty cool so now let’s try something I’ve been seeing on others blogs from ECMP, screencastify.  That is so cool.  Such an easy way to make a tutorial for the internet!!  

DEMO

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About ME!!

Check out my page about me on this blog site!!

I love technology in the classroom, the biggest reason is that it engages the students. If we don’t have them engaged, they are not going to want to learn, and that is going to be my main goal.  I want the students to WANT to be in my classroom.

Check out a few easy ways to use  technology in the classroom.  Start with easy things and work your way up…

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FRIENDS for life!!

FRIENDS for Life is a program being introduced into the schools.  I had the fantastic opportunity to be trained in this with my cooperating teacher during internship.  It teaches children how to recognize their feelings and how to positively deal with them.  I think this is a great tool to help in the issue of bullying.  By teaching children to recognize the physical and emotional reactions we have to being bullied, they can recognize what they are feeling, if they are being bullied, and it is also a way of getting bullies or potential bullies to identify with these feelings, and hopefully deter them from following through with these actions.  It gives the students coping skills, that I wouldn’t have known myself, to positively deal with negative feelings.

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Learning to #Knit via #Technology!!

So I live in Saskatchewan and my mom lives in  Nova Scotia.  I know I could learn to knit via YouTube and I will check that out as well, but I think it will be fun to have my mom teach me.  She is an amazing knitter.  The pictures below are just a few of the presents my kids and I have received from her.

We just had a phone conversation and she was laughing at me because I don’t even know what to buy to start.  Apparently you need two needles, size 5mm or 6mm (whatever that means) and any kind of yarn.  My first project will be a barbie blanket 🙂

One obstacle we might have, and I might need YouTube for, is  that my mom is right handed and I am left-handed.  I am going to try her way first and see how that works…

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