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Professional Development Journal Response April 7, 2014

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After my three-week field experience has been completed and I look back on the 3 big questions I answered before pre-internship the one question I would answer differently would be the first question on the main purposes of field experiences. I still think that field placements are a great way to experience things first hand such as if teaching is really what you want to do and if you enjoy what you are doing. After my three-week block I would say that these placements are more than just that as well. These field placements are a great time to learn things in the field with your co-op teacher and make as many mistakes as you can. These experiences and mistakes I made in my class broaden my learning from what we talk about in my university classes. However, apart from the hands on experience I got from this placement I would have to say I learned more from watching other teachers teach and my partner teach than when I was up at the board teaching alone. I got to observe and see how different teachers managed their classes and how they interacted with their students. Just from watching this I was able to take away some valuable things to do when I teach. In this experience I also learned that everything I learn in university through the Education Program doesn’t always get implemented in a classroom. For example in University you learn about how to deal with different situations as they arise in your classroom. But sometimes things don’t work out the same in your classroom as the scenarios we learn and talk about in university and you have to do things a bit differently. I also think that being able to experience these things first hand and not just read and talk about it in class is totally different. You will never fully understand the importance of why we have to do certain things a certain way until you actually experience it in your own classroom. When I was observing my partner teach and other teachers teach was when I was able to pick out the little things that we should be doing in our class as we teach. I think that the university programs are helpful but it is more beneficial when you can see these things happen in real life either from observing other people teach or even when you teach yourself. So in general, I think the university programs are a great start in helping you understand different things that can occur and how to deal with them in a classroom. But ultimately the best way to learn is from actually experiencing these situations in a class for yourself and being able to talk about it afterwards with your co-op teacher and partner. So in the end, the main purposes of these experiences are for you to actually go out in the field and experience the things you learn and talk about in university classes. It is one thing to talk about them in class at university but it is another thing to actually see the things take place in your own classroom. Apart for realizing if teaching really is for you through these placements, they are also a way to help your have a better understanding of the different things you talk about and learn in class throughout university. I also found that some of the things we talk about in university were not the best way to go with some things. For example, we always talk about a student centered learning style to try and take on. But from my experience, the students learned better when it was a teacher directed type of lesson. When I had a cooperative learning/jigsaw activity for the students to take part in they were not sure what to do and how to do things without being instructed by the teacher. So I think in the end the things we learn in university can very well be beneficial but it all depends on the group of students you have in your classroom!

In this quote it talks about how “preservice teachers can be puzzled and surprised because they are students at the same time they are learning to be teachers.” I found this to be very true! The transition from being a university student to being the teacher to the grade 9 students was a struggle to try and overcome. It took a couple of days to get use to it but after that things were better from there on out. In the beginning I found it difficult to try and teach the grade 9 students this new content that they were not familiar with when I had just come from the same end of the spectrum where I was the person trying to learn what the teacher was teaching not that long ago. As a preservice teacher I had to start doing things differently then what I normally do as a university student. I was now responsible for my own actions and I was also responsible for the students learning as well. Just like it states in the quote, “It is important that preservice teachers acquire a discovery, problem-solving mode that allows them to inquire and examine their teaching and the students’ learning through reflection and inquiry.” I found this to be very relevant as well considering the fact that when I was a preservice teacher I was in charge of teaching the students this new material and I had no one to blame for any of the mistakes that I made along the way. If things didn’t go as planned I had no one to blame but myself because I was responsible for all the things in the lessons being taught. Now that I am done being a preservice teacher, I am finding it extremely hard to come back to university for a week where I am now the student again. I find it difficult to transition from being the teacher to having to be the student again and study for finals.

Pre-internship overall was an amazing experience where I learned a lot and it made me realize that teaching really is what I want to do! The university aspect of becoming a teacher has always got me second guessing myself about whether or not I really truly want to be a teacher in the end. After this field experience I can say I am more confident with the idea of becoming a teacher.

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Semester Coming to an End December 1, 2011

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I can say that this semester has really come to an end way too fast. Last night I had my first final for ECMP 355 and I would have to say the final went great! It was a lot of fun and interesting to see what everyone had learnt in that class. As the semester is closing, however, I find that the work load is piling up incredibly fast, I have so many assignments and projects due all at the same time. Not only do I have to do this assignments but I also need to study for finals. So this last week and the next couple of weeks to come have been really stressful and frustrating. It seems that I have so much to do and not enough time to do all these assignments. But I can say I will be so thankful when these next two weeks are over and I can finally go home for Christmas and first semester is over. This first semester has really been an eye-opened and a huge transition from high school thats for sure. But I guess now I know what to expect for the next coming semesters and maybe can do a better than I have already been doing.

Deshaye Catholic School November 29, 2011

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Today was my last day for my field placement at Deshaye School. It was such an amazing experience to have. I had so much fun with all the students, I got to teach the students how to read, spell and do math. I got to work with the EFAP students as well and they are amazing students. Today we actually got to play tag with the EFAP students, and they all thought it would be a good idea to pick me and tag most of the game. So I was busy trying to run away from all the students. It was really fun while it lasted. Through this experience it has really opened my eyes and has broaden my view on becoming a teacher. I has not only made me think twice about if I actually want to be a teacher but my decision on going into the Education Program has definitely grown from this experience. I am going to miss all the students and teachers at Deshaye School. Although today was a fun day with the students it was always really devastating to know that it was my last day.

Spartans Basketball November 26, 2011

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Yesterday I took my day off and drove to North Battleford to watch the High School girls from Meadow Lake play their first game this season. The girls lost a bunch of their starters from last year so this first tournament was all about trying out who played well with who. So although the first game didn’t end up how the girls would have liked it was a good way of experiencing for the team. They lost their first game 50-32 but ended up winning their second game today which was good. Not only was it good to watch the girls play basketball again, it was good to be with the girls again and see the coaches again. Watching the girls play this weekend brought back some good memories, I miss high school basketball and sports so much! I miss being able to enjoy playing the sports I love, being with the girls, and being able to travel every weekend. But in all it was a good trip down to battleford to see everyone again. I showed up unexpected like I usually do, so when the girls first seen me walk into the gym they all got really excited because I haven’t seen some of those girls in 5 months. I love surprising the girls, it is definitely well worth the trip!

High School Volleyball November 14, 2011

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This weekend I went to Prince Albert to watch my hometown high school girls Volleyball play at Regionals. Not only did I get to see my old teammates but I went to P.A with my friends that I graduated with that I haven’t seen in a while. The 5 of us girls took one vehicle and stayed the night in Prince Albert to watch the girls play on Saturday. The volleyball girls did amazing, including the upset they made in the bronze game against Prince Albert Carlton in which Meadow Lake beat in the 3rd set. This will be the first time in 9 years that Prince Albert Carlton has not made it to Provincials. The games this weekend were all really close and really good games. Next weekend the girls will be going to Moose Jaw for Provincials! I had an amazing weekend watching some good Volleyball, being with my friends again and seeing my friends from the team. This weekend was well deserved and definitely worth the 16 hours of driving. I am glad I went to Prince Albert this past weekend and enjoyed myself for once since University has started. Staying in my dorm room all the time gets old and boring quite fast.

Soccer November 9, 2011

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So my team had our first indoor soccer game on Friday, November 4th. Unfortunately we lost but it was still really fun. We are just getting the hang of playing as a team, where everyone needs to be on the court and what needs to be done. So even though we lost it was still a good first experience playing as a team. Considering the fact that we are in the highest league and all but 2 of the 10 girls have played soccer before I’d say we did really good. I found that I need to start working out and staying in shape. I was so out of shape it was ridiculous. I couldn’t even run the court 3 times without gasping for breathe. That just shows how much I am out of shape and need to start running again. But anyways the first game was fun, I miss playing all the sports I use to be involved in during high school, meeting the people on my team has been great as well. So in all I am really glad I decided to join my brothers soccer team! 🙂

Halloween October 31, 2011

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So this year unfortunately I don’t get to hand-out candy to all the trick or treaters that come to my door because I live in residence. I don’t even get to see all the scary, different and cute costumes that everyone has. I, however, am kind of glad that I don’t get go out trick or treating myself because I find it to be really cold outside. So on the plus side its not that bad staying in my warm dorm room doing homework instead I guess. I was forced to go to Paranormal Activity 3 last night because I was told that it was Halloween and that I should go watch it. So I go along to watch this movie, even though I ABSOLUTELY hate scary movies. Lets just say that was the worst thing I chose to do. The movie I found to be alright but I hated the ending. It was a terrible ending in my opinion. But thankfully since we all found Paranormal Activity 3 to be scary we don’t have to go to the shock house tonight. So in all my Halloween was different this year thats for sure but I still had a good time with all my friends! So to all those people who actually went out trick or treating in the cold I say well done and be safe! Happy Halloween to everyone and I hope everyone has a good one this year!

Indoor Soccer October 22, 2011

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So I am currently going to be playing on my brothers indoor soccer team in Saskatoon and I am so excited! I just went and bought new indoor shoes today, and we have a practice at 8 tonight. So I get to meet the team tonight, there is 10 girls and 15 guys on the team and its going to be 3 girls and 3 guys on at a time plus the goalkeeper. I am so excited to play indoor soccer with my brother and his girlfriend and all his friends. This will be my first time ever playing indoor soccer and it should be interesting. I’m so thrilled to see how things are going to go tonight. Our first game is on November 5th! This opportunity will give me a chance to meet some new people even though it isn’t in Regina, give me a break from always doing homework and being bored in my dorm room every weekend. This also lets me play soccer again, because I do really miss playing all the sports that I was involved in during my high school years. Going from playing sports all year in High School to not being involved in anything in university has been a really big change for me because sports was a really big part of my life during high school. But then again things change and you have to work around it all because that is just simply how life goes!

First Year University October 14, 2011

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Life at the University of Regina for the first month has been really hectic, stressful and frustrating. I find it to be really hard to be living 5 and a half hours away from home. I live in dorm and don’t have a kitchen so I find it really inconvenient in that sense. But living on campus also has its plus sides as well such as you don’t have to get up as early because classes are just a 5 minute walk away. You don’t have to plan for traffic in the mornings, parking is convenient because its close and you also don’t have to drive around campus looking for a parking spot when you live on campus. Classes have been confusing, frustrating but enjoyable as well. Lately,however, homework has been piling up with assignments due all at the same time and midterms being in the same week. So trying to balance my time to do all of my homework has been really frustrating. But as time goes by and as much as I don’t enjoy it, it is getting better.