Growing up I was always on the go with either ball, or hockey, or soccer, or volleyball when I wasn’t getting into trouble with my brothers. I was very active in my youth and that has stayed with me to this day with my current athletic interests being primarily golf (yes golf is most definitely a sport) and volleyball.
I graduated high school in 2005 and then moved on to the University of Saskatchewan where I played on the Huskie men’s volleyball team for 5 years and developed a passion for science and instructing. I convocated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science biology major and was accepted into the University of Regina’s education program.
My goal is to become the most successful teacher that I can possibly be. This comes with the realization that students are different today than they were 20 years ago, even 6 years ago when I left secondary education behind.
A report from Pediatrics, entitled “The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families,” puts this difference into scope. The study reveals that:
- 22% of teenagers visit a social media site more than 10 times a day
- More than 50% of adolescents visit a site more than once a day
- 75% of teenagers have cell phones: 25% use them for social media, 54% use them for texting, and 24% use them for instant messaging
As my passion for teaching grows I become more aware of how things that I previously used as time wasters et la Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, cellphone and even my Nintendo DSi are potential tools for any educator. These however are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the available resources floating around online. However the situation I’m left with is kind of like my dad’s tool shed.
See my dad has this big ol’ tool shed. In his shed he has probably every tool imaginable. The thing is if I didn’t know what they were or how to use any of them I’d probably go in and grab the biggest wrench I could find to hammer a screw into a two by four.
This is my hope this year (both within my ECMP 355 class and in general), that with a little help I will be able to find the right tools for the right jobs and be a better teacher because of it.