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Chat about teaching, teacher education, business education and lots of other stuff.

Officially Miss Jordan September 20, 2009

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WOW…teaching is hard! Not just that was a tough day I’ll relax for the evening tough, but I don’t even want to move except to reach for the Kleenex box hard. Okay I am being a bit dramatic…but even after four years of university classes telling us how hard it would be and four months of internship to test our ability to handle the difficulty, I have realized that there is another level of hard! And I am living it…

Don’t get me wrong, I love to teach. There is not a doubt in my mind that I want to be a teacher, in some capacity, for the rest of my working life. But this career will test even the most mentally and physically strong person. It has only been three weeks of being an actual, employed teacher but I have learned a few things…

  1. Nothing replaces a great staff and support network. I have already made some great friends that operate as my second family here in La Loche and I am so grateful for them. From potlucks, game nights, to offering their expertise and resources they are truely wonderful people that I am blessed to have met!
  2. Some days it will never be enough. I had a student ask me how much I make in a day…the dialogue went something like this:

Me – “I am not sure what it breaks down to on a daily basis.”

Student – “$50”

Me – a little chuckle “No it is more than that, not many people will teach for $50 a day”

Student – “Why?”

Me – “Because teaching is hard and some days no matter what I was being paid it would not be enough!”

It is so true…on those days that a student tells you that if they ever became affluent (one of our words of the day) they would buy a new teacher so that I wouldn’t teach them anymore, or that they would give me a million dollars to quit teaching, or the whole day feels like it was a complete flop because you only got through a third of the lessons and even then you have no idea how much the students even learned…yeah money is just not enough.

3. All it takes to make teaching worth all of the difficult situations is to have one student smile, have one student get the question right, or have one student look at you like you are no longer the enemy and maybe just maybe  see the flicker of respect in their eyes.

Teaching can be a volatile profession, one that I am very happy to be part of. There have been a few bad days, okay more than a few. But there have also been those days that I don’t want the class to end because the students are engaged and because things are going so well. There are those students that make my job extremely difficult and then there are a few students that I would do whatever I could to get them to their graduation and to see them succeed.

It is hard to believe that it has already been three weeks…at the same time I feel as though it is hard to believe that it has only been three weeks.

Until next time…I will be updating my blog much more regularly so keep checking!


Final Project March 5, 2009

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My final project for ECMP 355 is the creation of a wikispace of Business Education resources. This project will also be used as a final project for my EAHR 211, Intructional Technology: Introduction. I will be partnering with four other classmates and we have split up the different areas of this project to try and  create a useable resource for Business Education teachers.

Screen shot of the start of our wikispace.

Screen shot of the start of our wikispace.

There is a page for each subject area that makes up Business Education and on each page there will be resources specific to that subject area. Some of the resources that we will be included are videos, lesson plans, articles, etc. Our goal is to create a resource site that teachers can use to help them teach these subject areas. Another goal is that teachers will be able to add their resources to the site for all to use! Thus creating a space where Business Education teachers can have a professional learning community.

It has been somewhat trying to get this project started. Working in groups can always be challenging and this is no different. Here is to hoping that things will become smoother and this project will be a success.

I will keep you updated!



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I know that I have not posted anything about my mentorship process, so I guess that now is the time to start.

For ECMP 355 I will be mentoring two classes. The first is with Mr. Kyle Stevens from Dallas, Texas. He is teaching an Economics class, which fits in well with my Business Education major. Review sessions will be run every Sunday evening during two time slots and I will try to be involved as much as I can be. I am not sure exactly of the time difference though so I guess that I had better figure it out before I try to sit in on their review sessions. Mr. Stevens is also planning for me to be involved in other ways, I am not exactly sure of what this will be as I have not heard back from him.

The second class that I will be mentoring is with Mr. Eldon Germann from Macklin, Saskatchewan. With Mr. Germann I will be mentoring his ELA A10, Information Processing and Communication Production Technology classes. I know that one way I will be involved is through commenting on the students’ blogs to motivate them to continue their posts. At this point, I am not sure how else I will be involved.

I have to say that I am slightly concerned about this mentorship process. I am not sure what I am supposed to be doing and there is only a month left in the semester to become involved with these classes. This means that there are a lot of marks riding on something that I have limited control over.

Take a deep breath Tessa, everything will work out!



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Tech Task #11 is frustrating me…I cannot seem to figure out how to use BubbleShare for making my digital story so I switched to One True Media. Got the pictures that I wanted uploaded and in the right order but I can’t use the text feature for free, which means no story. Then there is the fact that I have no idea how to use my voice to do this either. I know Business Education major, you would think that I would have some idea how to do these types of things but in truth this is not my area of expertise.

So that was a no to One True Media, on to the next option. I checked some of my classmates blogs to see what they had done for this task and Erika used Animoto…so on to that. Animoto, boo! Can only create thirty second videos and it says right on the site that this should be 12-15 photos. I only had 10 and it only included six of them. I have decided that I have spent too much time on this and I am just going to go with what I had done on One True Media.

There is my digital story. Some of the pictures I obtained from the Flikr Creative Commons, but most of the pictures are actually of my dog Rider and couple of both of my dogs, Rider and Ganzer. Rider is a purebred chocolate lab and Ganzer is a yellow lab/german shepherd/husky mix. The pictures that I took from the Creative Commons are the ones of the chocolate lab in the water…the rest are of my dogs.

We have had Ganzer for almost eleven years and Rider we got last summer as a four month old puppy.  My parents sold their house in my home town, where I spent the last 14 years of my life and where my dogs have always lived. They will be moving at the end of April from the 4.5 acres that they currently live on to a house in town. Our dogs have always lived outside and very much love the open space that they currently have. We had to make the tough decision to leave them behind…so sad! This story is one that I will be able to look back on to remember all of the good times with my dogs, how I will miss them. They will be in good hands as their new owners are fantastic people and they will be much happier on the open land as opposed to the confines of a town house, but it is still sad for our entire family!

Hope that you enjoy the video!


Wordle…this is so cool February 16, 2009

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Everyone was doing it so I thought I would get on board as well! Here is my philosophy of education that I pasted into Wordle. If you want to check out some other philosophies of education generated through Wordle take a look at these blogs:

Sarah Hill

Rochelle Anderson

Josh LeBlanc (not on philosophy of education but still cool)

If anyone else has done it and wants to post a link to their Wordle, please feel free to comment!


Tech Task 10 February 15, 2009

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This is what I have come up with thus far for Tech Task 10.  I really like this assignment but struggled a bit with what I was actually supposed to do. As I replied to Dean, anything that requires me to be creative causes me a bit of anxiety (especially when I am in a class that is full of Arts Ed. majors, yikes!). I have to say that I am more the athlete type and when it comes to artistic creativity I fell victim to the topic of Sir Ken Robinson’s presentation very early on in life. Oh well, I am trying and that is all that I can ask of myself.

(If you click on the picture it will take you to another page where the image is full size! You will be able to see it better.)

The four pictures that I have chosen for this assignment reflect what is important to me and has helped shape me into the person that I am. First of all, my family are the the most important people in my life, hands down. I love them all very much and love to spend time with them! I have been blessed to grow up with wonderful parents who were able to teach me so much about life and what it means to be a good person. They encouraged me to believe in myself, be confident, stand up for myself, and many more important lessons. My siblings are also very important to me and they are three of my best friends! I never would have thought that when we were growing up in, we would have ended up that way…there were a lot of fights throughout the years…just ask Tayler, he could tell you!

The third picture is of me golfing this summer in a tournament with my older brother, Steve. Golfing has been an integral part of my life for the past 12 years or so. I love being out on the course, trying to work around the course and beat the previous round, competing with myself on a daily basis, and that perfect feeling of hitting a great shot…man is there anything better, not in my opinion! I golfed a lot in high school, to the point that I spent everyday at the course in the summer. I golfed competitively throughout high school, finishing 6th in provincials in grade 11. After a pretty major and prolonged wrist injury I stopped golfing competitively but I still continued to golf all the time! This past summer I decided that it was time to get back into it…I played in my first competitive tournament in 6 years and it was extremely nerve wracking. I learned a lot about myself that week, especially how much I love golfing and playing in tournaments. I have started to work with an excellent golf coach and my goal is to win Amatuer provincials, get a spot on the provincial team and go to Nationals. With hard work, I think that this goal is attainable.

The last picture is of my faculty advisor at the University of Regina, Dr. Cyril Kesten, and some of the other Business Education majors I have gone to school with for the past 4 years. We attended a conference together last year. We had a lot of fun! Besides that they have each taught me a lot about myself and what it means to be a good teacher (which is another one of my goals in life). They have each become an important part of my life and I know that they will impact the rest of my teaching career and if I’m lucky the my life in general!


No idea…any help?

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I have no idea how to embed a video into my blog. I have tried from TED by copying and pasting the embedding link into my post and it just comes up as jibberish….what am I doing wrong? If anyone can help that would be great!

I can get them to embed from YouTube…don’t know what I am doing wrong…