S: Action Plan Summer 2011
BC: EDPD 584-Summer 2011 Special thanks to Jane, Maureen, and Paul
FC: Take Action summer 2011
1: A Product of the Public School System | I came, through the circumstances of my life, to believe that the public education is the great equalizer. We can not choose the life that we are given, but if we are lucky, sometimes someone catches us and sets us on a different path, one on which we can be a better version of ourselves.We can be the most inspired version of us. For me that person was a teacher and the tools I experiences school gave me changed my path.
2: \ | I went to university, I traveled, I lived abroad. I did so much more than I ever thought possible!
3: And i did all these things because someone had believed in me!
4: I had worked as an educator abroad and had seen how education had been used to widen gaps in society and push some further away from their potential!
5: ." | When I came back to Canada I knew that it was my turn to do for kids what teachers had done for me. It was my turn to believe in them!
7: What I found when I got into the Canadian classroom was that it wasn't always the great equalizer that I had dreamed it was. The curriculum and me as the teacher sometimes left students behind.
8: I was leaving students behind! I didn't know how to help them. I couldn't give them what they needed to help them walk their paths, to live their dreams, to achieve more than they thought possible.
9: I didn't have the skills I needed!
10: I found myself in the SETS program trying to find the skills I needed to equal things out...to give every student the chance to be successful. Now that I have some skills what do I plan to do with them....?
11: ESL | Pro-d | Resource | Sharing
12: My life as a teacher is separated into two parts that I try to juggle. The first is my life as a public educator and the second my life as an ESL instructor. I have taught ESL for 6 years now and love being a second language teacher! | ESL
13: As an ESL teacher outside of the public school system I do two things. The first is to support the language learning of grade 5 and 6 Korean students. My plans are to use what I have learned immediately to support these kids. Since these students are a long way from home and their parents I plan to use tools such as Glogster, Storybird, Voicethread and Mixbook to help engage the students and give their parents a connection to our classroom. The second aspect of my job is to support high school ESL learners in their studies. The Wiki gives them a convenient location to find the tools we regularly use in our work together.
14: Pro-d | My goal for this course was to try out as many of the resources that I could to see how they worked and how i might be able to use them in the classroom. I have some great ideas and have tried a lot of fancy web-apps. That said these are ideas of how to make the classroom more engaging not how to make the classroom more accessible.
15: My pro-d goal leaving this course is to learn more about the free tools that can be used to support struggling learners.
16: Resource | This brings me to resource teaching. I would like to eventually work in a resource environment. I think in these classrooms relationships are crucial and it is here that I think I can make the greatest difference. My experience of resource rooms has shown me that many kids with challenges do not have funding attached to them. How wonderful it has been this week to see that so many tools are available to help kids write and read.
17: My goals is to learn one reading software and one speech to text software to support these learners. While we were introduced to so many, I think I would like to start by exploring the tools on Google Chrome and natural reader, as well as My Study Bar.
18: Idea 1: Teacher Friends! I have e-mailed every teacher friend I have this week with something I thought would help them. I can continue to support them and maybe they will share with others! | Idea 2: Show the kids. When I go into a resource room teach a kid a tool. If they add it to their tool belt their teacher will no doubt see it! | Idea 3: Start following blogs of what other teachers are doing and in time start my own sharing what I am doing with my kids!
19: Sharing | This week has been amazing because I have been able to share and support my colleagues. But as a TOC I am in a different school everyday. How am I to share this with others? Three ideas!
20: Take Action Summer 2011 by Sam Bowker
21: Photos courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net The Great Depression- Maggie Smith Snow and Rocks- Marcus74is Door-Dino De Luca Russian Street Scene- Matt Banks Rest Time- Michelle Meiklejohn Mt. Fuji in Beautiful Autumn- John Kasawa Schoolboy Does Exam Paper- Koratmember Question or Doubt-Jereon van Oostrom