More Than Just Colors…

As I am following my videos on sign language 101, my next concept was on colors. I learned how to sign the colors red, blue, yellow, white, black, orange, pink, grey, purple, green, brown and tan. I learned that when you are signing colors you need to use movement in your hand. Unlike letters when your hand is in one position, to say specific colors you need to move your hand. One question I had this week when I was practicing colors in sign language was does it matter what hand you sign with. I then began to research this because I have been going back and forth with my right and left hand. I then looked into it and found that it doesn’t matter what hand you sign with as long as you use the same hand every time. I also read that most people sign with their dominant hand.

As I continued my research and practice with signing colors, I came across this video, which I strongly recommend you watching.

This video represents deaf people that are apart of an LGBTQ alliance signing the song True Colors. This alliance is called Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf. I really enjoyed this video because it made me think that color means so much more than most people think. When I was looking for videos online to learn how to sign colors this was one of the first videos that showed up. I watched this video and admired each and every person. This video made me think about why I decided to learn sign language in the first place and that reason was to be able to communicate with people who are deaf or have hearing impairments. It shows me that we need to respect people for who they are and to realize that people do not choose everything in their lives. Therefore as a teacher if I have 1 deaf student out of every 10 students, I want to be able to communicate with them because they are still a person. On the website Statistics on Deaf Canadians it states that there are 357,000 deaf Canadians and 3.21 million Canadians that had hard hearing.

Overall this week I focused more on learning about what the purpose was on learning sign language and why I chose to do this. I am learning that I am not going to completely accomplish learning sign language at the end of this course but I believe as long as I have a strong purpose on why I want to learn it, will give me integrity to keep learning it when this course is over and eventually be able to teach it to my students. To continue my journey right now, I am going to start learning common signs in sign language.

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Technology 2019

This week in EDTC we had a very interesting conversation on technology. We discussed the importance of technology and how our world in being shaped by it. One video that I watched was An Anthropological Introduction to Youtube. The information that was presented in this video blew me away. One concept that was discussed was about how quickly a video can travel around the world. I always knew that people share videos and the popular videos have an extreme amount of views but I never thought of the fact that it can travel to various parts of the world. With other places around the world watching and reproducing these videos, they are integrating their own culture into what is being presented.

Reflecting back on our class lecture, this video also shows how significant technology is in our world today and also how important it was in the past. I believe that in the past technology was not as major as it is today and I think that is mainly because of the new inventions we have now. As we discussed in class, it wasn’t as easy to contact people over the phone and search for things on the internet and now it takes us a minute to find things. Since technology has now become a popular tool in our society, we as teachers are now faced with the question on how we should use it or not use it in our classrooms.

My Teaching Experience and Thoughts on Technology in the Classroom

In my future classroom I know for a fact I will use technology and incorporate it into my lesson plans no matter what grade I am teaching. During my field experiences I have had positive learning experiences with technology. Using technology in your classroom also allows you to use differentiated instructions such as using the smartboard for videos and powerpoint, iPads, and computers. Also there are so apps that can help students learn. Some of the apps that I have used with my students have been:

Through my experiences with using technology in the classroom I strongly believe it is a successful tool as long as the students are taught to use it right.

Here is an example of one of the mentis that my students did! They loved it!

Successful Site!

This week I have found an awesome website to help me with my learning journey. This website is called Sign Language 101. On this website, they provide a variety of videos to help you learn sign language. This was also a good website because it starts with the basics and eventually builds on to more difficult concepts. The first lesson I watched was on gestures and body language. In this video it went over basic sight words in sign language expressing body language. A few of these words were hello, goodbye, hair, face, feelings and etc. I enjoyed watching this video because it not only taught me how to sign words but helped me with my current job. Since I am working in a First Years Learning Center with Young Pre-Schools, a lot of my children still haven’t grasped the meaning of basic gesture words and parts of the body. I starting using sight language in my classroom to help my children understand what we are doing.

Examples:

  1. When it is time for lunch, I will have my children come sit at the table. To do this I will sign eat to my children to show them that it is time for snack or lunch.
  2. When my children are eating snack I will always ask them if it is good. In sign language I started to ask them by rubbing my stomach. Most of my children will do it back to me and say it is good.
  3. When we are reading books about people, I will follow through the book asking my children to find specific body parts (hair, nose, eye, mouth). As I learned this week, to sign these body parts you just point to them or touch them on your body.

Last week one of my goals was to memorize the alphabet in sign language. Although I do not think I can sign the entire alphabet through memorization yet, I learned how to sign my name. Here is a video of my name in sign language!

Next Week I am going to be learning about colors!

Sask Ed Chat

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller

This week I participated in my first online twitter chat. The chat that I chose to participate in was Sask Ed Chat. I chose this chat because I have had previous classes with Kelly Christopherson (leader of the chat) and he always suggested that we follow along. During my experience on this chat, I first noticed how crazy it was. I would not have been able to follow along and learn as much as I did without using tweetdeck. Tweetdeck allowed me to have 3 different twitter sites going at once. This is what my screen looked like during the twitter chat. I was able to view the main chat, other comments and my comments at the same time.

After I learned how to work the chat, I was able to contribute my knowledge towards the questions that were being asked. This was a pretty good experience because I was able to communicate with others online. I had other teachers commenting and adding suggestions on my posts and I was able to reply to other teachers comments as well. Since collaboration with other teachers is extremely important in this profession, using twitter chats allows you to communicate through technology.

ABC

For my learning project this week I started to find websites that I could use to learn sign language. Tip one: Sign language is not the same in every country. After finding a few reliable Canadian sign language websites, I became to start learning how to sign the alphabet. To learn the alphabet, I followed a video called ASL alphabet/ABC song. I really enjoyed this resource because it not only taught me how to sign the alphabet but it is also a resource that I am going to add to my teacher resources. I believe this song would work perfectly in a PreK-3 classroom because it teaches you what the letter looks like, how to sign it and words that start with that letter. As a young preschool teacher, I believe my children would love this.

This coming week my goal for my learning project is to try and memorize the alphabet in sign language and to learn how to sign basic words.

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Feedly

This week I have decided to make a Feedly account. I haven’t had any experience using feedly before, therefore I have been learning a lot this week with this new source. So far I have learned that on feedly you can follow other “feeds”, kind of like twitter how you can follow other accounts. I currently follow 4 feedly accounts that post information about education. One account that I have been following quite frequently this week has been Edutopia. Majority of the posts on feedly from Edutopia have been posted through youtube videos. Since I am a visual learner, I learn best by watching and listening therefore this website has been extremely helpful to me. One of the videos that I have recently watched is called Creating a Positive Learning Environment. This video taught me that the way your classroom is set up and the different materials you have in your classroom can effect your students learning. Overall, I am still learning how feedly works. If anyone has any suggestions on feeds to follow please comment on this post! Here is an image of my feedly account so far and the feeds I currently follow.

Body & Animals

Developmental AreasMaterialsMethods
Social 
Hand and Foot Painting   Winter Hat Craft   Hand Print Mittens 
  Paint and paper   
Pom-poms, glue, hat   
Paint, paper 
  The children are going to paint with their hands and their feet. This will show the children the size of their hands and their feet side by side.  
The children will be designing their own winter hats. They will color their hat and glue pom-poms on it when complete. 
The children will have cut out traced mittens. They will choose a color of paint and put their hand print in the mitten to go along with their hat.  
Emotional 

Parts of our Face     Body Awareness   Animal Hats
  Face sheets    
 Sheet of paper   Paper, googol eyes 
  This will be an activity that children will do independently. There will be different parts of the face on the table and the children can decorate the face by adding eyes, nose, ears, mouth and hat.  The child’s body will be traced on a piece of paper. After the children can visually look at their body size on the paper.  The children will choose their favorite animal and create their own animal hats. When the hats are made, the children will be able to wear them and imagine themselves as that animal.  
 Physical (Fine & Gross Motor) 

Move Your Body    Face Creation   Nail Painting   Animal Hop Scotch
    Gross motor dice    Different shapes to create a face, glue, paper  Paint, Paint brush   Animal feet   The children will have two dice. One dice will have parts of the body on it and the other dice will have actions. The children will roll both dice and complete the following action that the dice shows them.  Children will be given a variety of shapes to create a face. The children will glue the shapes on the face and see what they can create.  The children will be given a trace out of a hand with nails. They are going to paint the nails on the hand as if they were painting their own nails.  There will be different animal feet taped onto the floor. The children will be jumping back and forth on the different animal feet. 
Language 
All of Me Song   Books about the Body    Animal Sounds
  No materials    Children literacy books about body     Images of animals   The children will learn the song All of Me. This song will allow the children to sing and move their bodies.  During circle time the children are going to listen and view books about the body. The children will be able to connect with the book by matching their parts to what the book represents.  The children will be shown a variety of different animals. They are going to tell me what they think the animal is and what sound it makes. The children will also listen to different sounds on our amazon dot and guess what animal they think it is. 
Cognitive 
Heads and Tails      Fish letters       Sticker Sort 
  Brown Bear, Brown Bear heads and tails puzzle pieces    Paper      Colored stickers, color paper  The children have been interested in our Brown Bear, Brown Bear book. This activity will have different animals from the book and will be cut in half. The children have to match the animal’s heads with their bodies.  The children are going to be given a fish with a letter on it. The children are going to color the fish and then we are going to glue the fish on a piece of paper. The children will see their fish on the wall and will be able to say the letter and color that goes with the fish they created.  The children will be given colored stickers. They will peel the sticker off and put it on the matching color of paper on the wall.  
Art/Sensory x3 
Pool Noodle Boats   Float or Sink    Fish Tank    Slime Water 
  Pool noodles, straws, paper   Different classroom items     Water beads, fish creatures     Slime, water creatures  The children will be building their own boat out of pool noodles. We will then float our boats in a water sensory bin.  We are going to have a bucket of water. We are going to find things around the classroom and vote if we think they are going to float or sink. We will then test out our hypothesis.  We are going to fill our sensory bin with water beads and add toy fish. The children will get to play in the bins with the beads and we will call it our classroom fish tank.  The children will be able to play in slime with water creatures mixed in. 

Sky & Environment

Social Development: 

MaterialsMethods
Story TimeBooks about things in the skyDuring circle time have children sit and listen to stories. During the read aloud, children will be asked to connect their personal experiences to the book.
Good Morning to You!No materials. Start by getting children in the routine of a good morning song. During circle time in the morning we will sing a good morning song and see what children are here today. 
Letter of the DayPaper and crayons. Each day we will focus on a letter in the alphabet. Children will learn what the letter sounds like and what words go with that letter. 
RainbowDifferent colors of slimeChildren will work with their friends to create a rainbow out of the slime.

Emotional Development

Umbrella Art ActivityPaper plates, paint and pipe cleaners.Children will create umbrellas and learn that we use umbrellas when it is raining. Children will paint the tops of their umbrellas and glue the pipe cleaner on the bottom.
Daily Schedule
Daily schedule with activities we do during the day. Children will learn and take turns to create our daily schedule. This will allow children to visually see what we are doing each day and when we are going to do it.
Number of the DayPaper and Crayons.Every other day we will focus on a number. Children will learn to say that number and be able to see what the number looks like. 
Weather MusicNo materials Listen to music regarding different weather sounds. Have the children imagine what the sound is.

Physical Development

Exploring RainSensory bin, water, and plastic cups with holes in the bottom.Children will get to play with the cups in the water. Children will get to see the water flow through the bottom of the cups to make rain.
Building AirplanesPopsicle Sticks, crayons, glue  Children are going to color popsicle sticks and build an airplane. Children are going to glue the sticks together to imagine their own airplane. 
Creating Bird’s NestsPlay dough ingredients (salt, flour, oil, water, food coloring), circles for eggs Children will get to play with the play dough and create bird’s nests. When children are creating their bird’s nests, they will be able to add eggs to the nest. 

Language Development

Weather ChildrenPaper plate, spinner, weather types Children are going to observe the weather outside. Every morning children are going to look outside and together we are going to determine if it is sunny, raining, cloudy or snowing. 
Parts of the BirdImage of a birdDuring circle time I will present the children with an image of a bird. Children will come and show me what each part of the bird is called (beak, wings, eyes, head, legs). 
What is in the Sky Sheet of paper Children will be asked what they see in the sky. We will record children’s answers on a piece of paper and post it on our wall.

Cognitive Development

Letters & Numbers in the Sky Sensory bin, alphabet letters, numbers, paper rain drops, spoons and pom-poms.Have the children mix all the materials up in the sensory bin. This activity allows the children to create their own weather patterns and imagine what it would be like. Children can scoop out letters 
 Stir up the Storm Pom-poms, rainbows, pot and snowflakes. Place all the materials on the table with paper sheets that show the children how many of each material should go into the pot. Children will add the materials to the pot and count out-loud how many they are adding. 
Bird Seed Tray Bird seeds and tray Children will be presented with a tray of bird seeds. Children will trace letters in the seeds. I will present the children with images of each letter of the alphabet. 

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