Let’s Try To Sing, in French?

This week I wanted to try vlogging.

So below is my post for the week, is has been a rough go for my learning project but I have expressed my concerns through my video. Also I have tried something that I haven’t done since someone recorded me singing for the High School Guitar Club in 2009.

Hope you enjoy my video ūüôā

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Curious – Overwhelmed – But Learning!

My first twitter chat was a success! 

To be completely honest I never thought those words would be getting typed right now. I participated in #espechat moderated by Jessica Monlux, #espechat stands for Elementary School Physical Education. So I was draw to this twitter chat because I just completed my Internship where I taught K-9 Physical Education (in addition to other classes) so it was very fitting.

I honestly do not think I could have done this chat without tweetdeck it is like a saving grace. When I started the chat I was so overwhelmed, I did not even know what was going on, being new to twitter as well did not help.

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My thought exactly angry man yelling at Drew Barrymore.

Thats how I felt when the tweets started rolling in, OH MY GOD I CAN’T KEEP UP! I found that if I just focused on answering the questions and then once it was over I could go back and review others answers that was easier because trying to read and process everyone at once was exhausting.

But I can not wait to participate in another one! Because I learned a lot different ideas from all over the world it was awesome! Can’t wait to do it again, this technology thing is growing on me, like a bad haircut on a windy day sometimes it just work out for the best.¬†

So You Are Saying I Have To Read..

I am not going to lie, I straight up struggles with this. Finding blogs/articles that I wanted to follow and read. I always feel like I am a doer I like doing things I am a kinaesthetic learner as well so sitting and reading articles, not my favourite. BUT with that being said the resources that EDTC300 has provided me such as Feedly which is a resource that brings articles all in to one place, wow is that handy. Also bringing everyone in this class and in EDTC400 together, I can review and read their blogs with minimal research. We are able to share ideas that are similar to our own interests which is awesome!

One thing I really enjoy about Feedly is that I am finding really good articles on Physical Education that I was struggling to find before, but more importantly they are geared towards utilizing technology within the gymnasium..

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Yes, we use technology in the gym. We don’t just sweat and run in circles, sorry to burst your imaginary 1950’s bubble. Utilizing technology in physical education is incredibly important because students are progressing, so should we as educators. Hence why I decided to take this class, just wanted to keep up with the times. So with all this joy in learning all these resources from class and classmates I came across a great blog from The P.E Geek¬†which is literally a guy from Australia who is an advocate for physical education and the integration of technology. *Mind Blown*

Anyways, he posted back in December his 100th post and in celebration of that he created a blog post of 100 ways to incorporate technology (WITH APPS) into the classroom/gymnasium he even puts them under categories. Why work when the work is done for you right. So unfortunately there was a podcast that was incorporated with his post but I could not download it and could not figure out how to listen to it, but I still thought the post was incredibly useful. Check it out, I dare you.

The P.E Geek РEpisode 100 РOne Hundred Ways to Use Technology in PE 

French vs. English My Learning Project Adventure Begins.

French vs. English (Part one) -What happens when you complain to someone who speaks English as a second language. Opps.

My appreciation to those who speak multiple languages has risen tremendously. Over this past week just trying to understand how there is a masculine and feminine version for everything, but it doesn’t really have a reason you just have to know, but I am learning which is what I find super interesting.

I have been using the app DuoLingo and Tinycards¬† to aid in my learning of a second language and so far I have loved it the apps are super helpful. The only downfall and maybe I just have not gotten far enough in the modules, but actually speaking French is what I have the most difficulty with. Within the app they have “bots” which you can talk to but you have to pass 3 skills and as you can see I have only surpassed 2. But my next goal for my blog post is to have passed the 3 skills and too be able to have conversations with those bots and hopefully posts them on my blog purely for my audiences enjoyment. I’m sure I’ll look like my dear friend Tom Hiddleston in an awkward interview but eh I’m learning!

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¬†Another way I’m learning and this is more for pronunciation rather than understanding is I have changed my music. As I discussed in my previous #learningproject blog¬†post I have been¬†using French music to aid in my learning. How does one do this, you may ask, well simple. I commute about 5-6+ hours a week, so I have a no english music rule in my car. So If I am listening to music I am always listening to French music. I used Apple Music’s Radio and just search French rap and just listen to it while I am driving I can sing/rap along to a lot of it but have no idea what I am saying. While I was browsing through Examples of Previous students work from this course I ran into Amy’s Learning Project Blog¬† and WOW for starters what an impressive blog tops what I got going on so far (but I’ll get there) but what I saw on some of her post was an French artist who did covers of popular songs so I have started to listen to those as well because then I can sing along an start to decipher what I am actually saying.

Amy’s Learning Project Blog¬†¬†showcased her reading french books to her blog which I think is an amazing way to showcase your learning so I have thought about going out and seeing what they have for French variety in children’s books if the Duolingo Bots are not as conversation friendly as I hope.

I’ll leave you with one of Sarah’s (French cover artist) Covers of a popular songs.

Au Revoir!

Que qu√© ? – Just kidding thats Spanish, I’m learning French

So I have made the decision that over the course of the semester I am going to attempt the learn the beautiful language of Français.

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Now I am not going to lie, I disliked French class in school. This may be because my teacher chewed her gum like a cow chews grass Every.. Single.. Class. Ever since that experience I could not take French seriously. But now I am the teacher, and I chew gum sensibly so I should be able to listen to myself.

When I think of learning another language. It freaks me out. All I can think of is my family talking back and forth in Ukrainian and I would have zero idea what they would be saying.

 

 

 

-This was me at the Ukrainian Christmas Dinner Table

 

 

 

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But why French? Why not Ukrainian? Because that GIF above was also an awkward situation I encountered while I was on an exchange in Quebec. I was literally kicked out of a restaurant, well not served, because I could not speak French nor understand it. And as a proud Canadian and a future traveler of Canada (soon to be the World) I thought “man it would super handy to at least ask ‘Hey where can I find a toilet around here?'” If I do end up travelling to the East coast, even in the coastal provinces many people speak French.

So I’m all alone with a language that has a male and female version of different words, weird little apostrophes over and under their vowels. And from what I remember their sentences are backwards ? Wow, What am I getting myself into. I have a plan though!

I am going to find some Apps (Duo Lingo I hear is awesome) to try and follow while I’m taking the bus or just hanging out at home with my cat, Watching/Listening to videos – I drive a lot commuting to school so I can easily listen to videos even if I feel like a crazy person talking to myself the whole car ride, and my third and my most excited way I’m excited to learn is I love rap music so I thought eh! Once I have some of the basics down, why not listen and rap along to some good French Rap music. This may be a little more Pop/Hip-Hop but this video I found even though I have no idea what he is singing you can tell by the video it is about technology so I found it to be fitting. Maybe I’ll learn the lyrics and post a video on my journey in learning the language of love.

 

Tech What?

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                          MissMGurski is my tweeter account, sometimes I tweet funny things and                               sometimes its resourceful either way I would follow me

To those of you who are avid tweeters I hope to gain you as followers in my adventures during this course and beyond into my teaching career. I am new to the Twitter world so I may need some helpful guidance on making my way to being a proficient “tweeter”.

This course peaked my interest because I think technology is turning into something we no longer really have control over and something we all should know how to utilize and understand. Technology is overtaking everything everywhere in the workforce, classroom, homes, etc.¬†Already you can talk to “Alexa” to know what the weather is rather then looking outside? Have you seen the Italian Grandma talking to her BRAND NEW Goo-Goo Machine she got for Christmas, if not it is worth a watch the see the generation gap for technology. Maybe I am old school (not that old school Ha!) but blogging has never been my thing¬†I am willing to take a risk and try it out, I like to think of myself as more of a doer, as in I go out and do thing but maybe I will like writing about things and sharing them amongst my peers and colleagues on the world wide web.

I can not wait to share my thoughts and experiences through out this class. Hopefully we can relate in areas of technology with this technology stuff.

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Curriculum Development After

After skimming through this article I feel my opinions are the same. Educators have a say in what goes into the curriculum but the government is what sets that curriculum in stone. The government in ‘trying’ to do the research and have the knowledge to understand what ‘our’ students need. Mainly I see it as the government tries to filter to the areas that the economy is in need of. For example changing the Math system in high school went from a progression A30,B30,C30 to different strains such as foundations of math etc. These staring that they changed the curriculum guide students into certain economic areas such as nursing, trades, etc. The problem I see with that is the fact that if they do decide to go to university they are missing vital information because some sections of the math are not taught within the new curriculum. I understand that you need the differences of opinions and you need to see things from different perspectives, but I feel there needs to be some sort of change because the curriculum can have holes.

Curriculum Development Before

I believe that the curriculum is developed by people who care about what our youth should be learning but then is critically processed and filtered by the government. I feel we as educators have a small say in what actually goes into the curriculum, we may give our thoughts and ideas but requirements will most likely be set out by someone sitting high up in a office behind their computer critiquing using dated material as a reference. Current educators now I believe are starting to push through and influence parts of the curriculum and many ideas come from current service teachers. I view the government as not putting education first, yet they have the say on what education should be. To me that does not make much sense. Maybe going through this article I will change my opinion.

What is Common Sense?

Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice – Kevin Kumashiro

How does Kumashiro define ‘commonsense?’ Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘common sense’? ¬†

He defines common sense as something we should know but is ‚Äúconsidered to be consistent with the purposes of schooling‚ÄĚ. Something that is engrained in our life‚Äôs that comes as ‚Äúsecond nature‚ÄĚ too us, requires little to no thinking. When something questions our common sense people can get defensive and on edge because that is not how things are done or how they know so it questions their own thinking on their own decisions. Am I doing this right? Why are you doing it like that? Those are the questions that we would ask ourselves when our thought or every day lives are challenged. It is important to pay attention to the common sense because as educators all of our students will have different terms for their own common sense and we don‚Äôt want to deteriorate their of thoughts by saying that their views in a certain area are wrong.

Technology Within the Classroom

When we look at our every evolving world of technology, it is next to impossible to think that we won’t see it in our education system. Having technology can be a huge asset to educators in the classroom. Using tools such as videos, internet resources, etc. The only problem I see as a future teacher is that we are starting to rely on technology, more often the students rely on technology. I want to emphasize the word tool because that’s what students should be using technology as, a tool. Not a means of life. I am seeing it more and more often children with technology. We are starting them off as young as a few¬†months old with things such as “Baby Genius”. What ever happened to taking your child outside to see the wonder in life from the out of doors. Learn their colors by the changing of the seasons. We are losing our touch with nature and ways to teach outside of the classroom with what is now seen as unorthodox ways of teaching.

Now I don’t see anything wrong with technology. I just think we should not heavily rely on it as much as we do now. As I stated before we need to see technology more as a tool, not a need.