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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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.

My Educational Technology Experiences

Welcome to my first education technology online journey! I would first like to start by introducing myself. I am a fourth year education student, two classes away from my degree. As I am wrapping up my degree in education, I believe there is still so much to learn. I am extremely excited to see where this course takes me with my skills in technology. As of today, I am someone who is on technology at all times. Whether I am checking my twitter account or my facebook account. I like to follow along on my twitter to see what is happening in the education world. With twitter I am able to follow the schools I have been at and watch the students that I have taught continue to grow. On my twitter I also enjoy posting things that I taught during my pre-internship and my internship. If you would like to learn more about my twitter you can follow me @Brooklyn.Mantai. 

As you can see on my wordpress, I have blogged quite a bit during my education. I have been trying to blog about things that I have been doing in schools and about who I am. I believe that I still have lots to learn about blogging and posting things on social media. I am hoping this class will help me keep up with my online education portfolio.

McLean Elementary School

I am completing my internship in a wonderful grade 3-4 class at McLean Elementary School in McLean, Saskatchewan. We have 21 amazing, smiling and bright students in our classroom. Every student brings their own uniqueness to the classroom.

The first week of school consisted of preparation and staff meetings to set goals for the school. Our school is focusing on reading, writing and physical literacy. As a school community we are motivating the students to be respectful to one another, be responsible, be kind and honest. We start our mornings by acknowledging that we are on Treaty 4 territory. One thing that my co-operating teacher has been trying to get our class to do is to practice mindfulness. Every morning in the classroom, we have been spending five minutes to practice mindfulness. Some students have been feeling uncomfortable or not having strong connections with mindfulness yet but that is something that we are going to continue working on throughout the semester.

During the first week of school for the students, I introduced two activities. These activities were called I wish my teacher knew and an about me poster. It helped me learn about my students on an academic level and also on a personal level. I also started teaching math this week. The students were learning about patterns and creating them with a variety of manipulative.

During the second week of school for the students we attended the Treaty 4 Gathering. This was a great opportunity for the students to take their knowledge that they have been learning about in Social Studies and apply it to the land that we are all on today, which is known as Treaty 4.

 

Introduction

Welcome to my Education Portfolio! My name is Brooklyn Mantai and I am 21 years old. I am proud to acknowledge that I currently reside in Treaty 4 territory. I grew up in the city of Camrose, Alberta. I am very family oriented and love working with youth. I am currently enrolled in my internship semester in the Middle Years Education Program at the University of Regina. I will be doing my internship in a grade 3/4 class at McLean Elementary School. I am excited to pursue my career choice and learn more about myself as a future educator. Since I am passionate about youth, I believe that all children should have the right to an inclusive education. I have been given many great opportunities in my life to work with a variety of people. I volunteer in both the Public and Catholic School Divisions in Regina, Saskatchewan. I also volunteered at the Public School Division in Camrose, Alberta. In these positions I was able to learn from extremely extraordinary students. They taught me more than I could ever teach them in the given time. In the volunteer opportunities that I received I was able to work with students of all ages and abilities. I learned throughout these opportunities that no student is the same and as teachers we need to use differentiation and adaptive dimensions to make it an equitable environment for all. Outside of the classroom, I volunteered with the Special Olympics Program in Saskatchewan and Alberta. This was a great program because it allowed me to meet some amazing athletes and build relationships with people. I am passionate about learning about myself as a future educator and about how I can be the best I can in supporting all students.

Experience

I was extremely grateful to be placed in a grade 4/5 class at St. Josaphat, Regina. During this experience I was welcomed by 25 smiling and passionate students. Not only did my co-operating teacher teach me a lot about being a future educator, but so did these students. I would not change this experience for the world. I learned how to build powerful relationships with students that will never be forgotten.