Teaching identity

3 things I learned

1. Teaching is a passion! Obviously, but it made me think. You need the passion not just to teach the lecture you need the passion to be more! There is so many hats you put yourself into as a teacher! You need the passion to advocate for more for your students and to you students a better world.

2. Teaching is hard work. This is something I have been hearing a lot of, but the opposite. “Why did you become a teacher you are way smarter” I think this is a sterotype that we are handed out as if we are just there to watch the students and not teach them too!

3 Yerks discusses discourse and how she feels like a teacher when her shoes tap. For myself I feel like a teacher any time I advocate for something and anytime I exsplain my thoughts. I like using vivid examples to promote my learnings as interesting.

2 things I connected to

1. I know I have the passion because my roommate knows as much about the classes in university at I do. When I go home I practice what I learned by sharing my knowledge.

2. I connected with Yerks program! I have been saying this to so many people that the way she went to school will benefit her! I wish we could have that program here as well.

1 question I still have

teaching identity is important when are we going to be tested on our passion and skill is it only in our last year shouldn’t we get practice first?

My eyes are now open

My eyes are now open to our teaching family.

Who protect us and have set some crucial boundaries.

We are here to be proffesoional

and the knowledge that I gained

Is now stuck in my mind Replaying again


The Code of professional ethics taught me

we commit to not just learning but to community.

I learnt from the lecture our wage reality.

This class inspired my own masters degree.

The connections I have made have played in my mind

Yet the only connection I can make is the connection to time

Glad that I learned it now so at a time one day

I will be able to follow in a stronger kind of way.

a question that I leave with and wish to understand

Is how divide teaching from home life

and draw a line in the sand.

Made for a Different time

3 Things I have learned:

  1. Teachers may influence structures of inequality. As teachers we need to keep our own personal beliefs at the door. We must continue to represent many different outlooks so we can be more diverse in any topic or taboo discussion that may need to be addressed in the classroom. We need to remember that all of our words and actions are remembered by our students. We are supposed to be positive role models so we can be clear examples and show the students that you may walk different paths of life.
  2. Schools possess the power that makes or breaks an individual to find or lose success in their life. School is like a “ladder” a process in which you need to climb to the top with each grade being its own step. However the higher you climb the different the view becomes. A view that is created by the ones who created the ladder themselves “the government”. Once they get you to the step you need you are left their not knowing to keep climbing or start stepping down. As teachers we need to provide information to our students that will make them want to be at school and find ways in which they can be open to any new learning they may face so they are never stranded.
  3. Wealthy schools in the United States pull out higher academic students then those in less wealthy schools. NO COMMENT!


2 Things I connected with

  1. “Those with power are frequently least aware of—or least willing to acknowledge—its existence” a quote from Lisa Delpit’s article on Power and Pedagogy. Is this not true, at least for me it is. I still do not fully recognize my privileged of being a White Cisgendered individual in Canada and I hope one day I can be more aware of it so I can be a more understanding and diverse citizen who recognizes my own privileged so then I can hopefully see the loss of privileged in other individuals.
  2. I found it sad to know that poorer schools who probably have bright students are impacted so much by money. This is why parents should be able to choose any school for their child and if the government wants to write the curriculum then why can’t more money go towards bettering our future adults.


1 Question I still have

  1. Will students ever have a bigger say in their own education?
    Or will only old people who wont be around in 40 years continue to write the lives our children will have in 40 years when they are gone.

Ed History in Saskatchewan

3 things I have learned:

  1. It is interesting that First Nations peoples believed that children were a loan from their creator instead of their own. This is very similar to how many Christians feel about being children of god it is interesting that their beliefs sound very similar to my own.
  2. Residential schools were around for more than 80 years since they started in 1923. I had known that they were stopped not that long ago but ran for 80 plus years, what a disgusting history!
  3. I never realized that they used to use older students at higher standard levels as teachers. This would be interesting to see how that would ever work today since we would probably suffer. How can a student prepare those for the next grade when they haven’t completed the whole process themselves wouldn’t this cause a negative domino effect. This is interesting that it even worked!

2 Things I connected with

  1. The Factory model is always something I was worried about when I decided I wanted to be a teacher. I always remembered how my schooling in Saskatchewan was and thought of the many barriers it set around me. It created many negative walls that I have had to take down. I want my students to be able to voice their own concerns and grow from what interests them. I do want my students to think outside the box and hope it is possible to be open when following the curriculum.
  2.  I wish this was not true but over 250 million people do not know how to read and write and as a teacher I believe their is many ways in which we can help! We can recycle our books when sending care packages to poorer communities. I also must keep in mind that reading and writing might not be resourceful in their cultures way of life and understanding. They may practice oral ways of learning.


1 question I still have

  1. We are still lacking in our educational system, and how can I as a teacher provide ways around it.


With Power comes Privileged and Without Power comes the Sad Truth.

3 Things that are new to me:

  1. In the article Nourishing The Learning spirit, it said “Scientists have just begun to recognize the potential of Indigenous knowledge. This was appauling! We want to know more about the world, YET, we do not even look into the cultures that go back thousands of years. It is sad we did not start recognizing their stories and looking into this knowledge sooner. With the loss of language already in the many indigenous cultures throughout the world the sooner we start listening the better!
  2. Reconceptualists is a new word for me, a movement I have never been aware of. It is about challenging European and westernized views and supporting diversity in its fullness. I appreciate how it attends to the marginalized community  and reveals the privileges that come with power. With this reveling process maybe our students will be more critical in the traditions they want to take part in.
  3. The idea of the “good student/child”  was definitely one of the common sense ideas that I was not aware of. For myself I always thought a good student was a student who was not late, finished assignments, completed assignments well, got good marks and was willing to learn. Yet there is no such thing as a good student. How can we compare one child to the idea of a “normal child” without a complete definition of normal how can a student be exceptional. My thoughts on a good student have changed from having “good” qualities to how well a student can improve!

2 Things I have connected with

  1. Early childhood educators have been researching children’s awareness of gender racism and power. This is even true for students who attend University of Regina! The university gives all students the opportunity to push down the wall we had built up against these topics. Many of us believed until now we were not racist, sexist or privileged unless we expressed it out loud. We forgot about our thoughts, actions and choices we made and continue to make that negatively impact our identity as a diverse individual. Is this a trait that comes from learned behavior or it one that comes naturally? It is hard to study this since children around the globe younger and younger are being influenced by power how can we study it as a nature vs nurture topic when there is so many opportunities power can negatively impact our young.
  2. The mission to teach indigenous culture to all people and not just those who are indigenous is the most important thing we can do as teachers. I connected this to my ECS 210 class where we talked about how it is easy for teachers to think they can skip over the topic when there is no indigenous people in the room. It is crucial we teach all students because it is the natural culture in this country, by teaching it more people will be understanding and take initiative to see the importance in it.

1 Question I still have

  1.     Our students will probably still be going home to parents with a different outlook on treaty ed, power and indigenous culture, how can we prepare our students to challenge their parents possible negative outlooks.

Ecs 200 chapter 11 promoting and motivating

3 things that are new to me

1. Many students experience ripple effects in the classroom that influences success. This was something particularly true for my class and home life being able to learn from my others mistakes.

2. Research shows teachers self efficacy grows from students. This is interesting and probobly has to do with the fact that teachers need to have a good set of values and goals in order to know how to promote them to the students.

3. I learnt that there is factors that influence individual learning. Models are likely to perform actions they believe are appropriate to receive rewarding outcomes. One of the reasons why I agree is because without my own role models who promoted high grade goals I wouldn’t have had a high enough average to attend university.

2 things I connected with

  1.  I usually do not connect at the first page in the chapter but when The page addressed how you need to be organized and how students come to class with some bags and filled with overdue assignments, sheets and papers from last semester, I thought I still do this in University.  With this in mind I know that this is a problem that I will need to look at as a teacher and make sure that I am better self regulating in order to be a positive role model.

2. Self talk and self instruction is important to the student.  I use self talk as a coping mechanism myself and it helps me to plan and make goals for myself. I feel like sometimes saying these goals out loud makes them feel more realistic.

1 question I still have

1.  What happens if I do not have my own self efficacy as a teacher as we know this will influence my students. Who will be my teacher to help promise me to a better self.



Impacts on Identity

3 things I found interesting

1. I think it is interesting there is research out in to find the different types of parenting styles. It’s interesting how in my mind when reading the different styles I can remember a parent from my community that is a pure example of that style.

2. Moratorium means identity crisis; suspension of choices because of struggle. I think how it’s interesting that now I have a name to call this struggle it makes it seem valuable to being aware of in my students so I can help guide them into choice that will be more successful in there future.

3. I think it’s crazy that girls already in grade 2 and 3 have experienced a time where they used rational aggression. They might just do it verbally by lashing out but this is something important to keep in mind so we can guide them to exspress there emotions in a different way.

2 things I have connected with

1. We learnt that girls tend to mature faster than boys and I connected this with the importance of recess because Maturation might be a leading factor in a child’s recessed play. The reason why I think it is detrimental it’s because when someone says they may lose their sense of imagination and instead of wanting to run around the lower playground imagining the ground is lava we usually see girl students trying to stay inside or not moving around and just socializing with friends.

2. My moms parenting was quite wishy-washy. Her parenting style was quite authoritarian. The reason I found this style wishy-washy is she never explained reasoning behind her rules. An example could be When one day u get in trouble for something and the next day u do it but u still get in trouble for not doing it right and the next day u do it right but there’s never a reward or reason that you know of to do the task.


1 thing I’m still wondering about

1. We learnt the many parenting styles but which one would be best for a child with a behaviour problem based on psychological research.


ECS 200 RESPONSE 1 (educational psychology)

3 Things I have learnt:
1: There are limitations on theory’s and they don’t always work and that’s why they are called a theory. Before this class I had the belief that Piaget was the only theorist I should be following now seeing Vygotsky in a different light has made me question my values.
2: That listening to Mozart does not make you smarter. This must have been a belief I learnt through the school system it was interesting to debunk this belief and see how actually playing an instrument can hep to our success as a student. This new belief has made me see an importance in learning an instrument and how bands and orchestras can be beneficial.
3: I have learnt from the book and in lecture how my belief systems connect more with Vygotskys than Piagets. The reason I believe I havethis connection for this is when I grew up I took on many of the same values and beliefs on who I surrounded myself with. I grew up in a mixed family so understand how a lot self building in myself came from people I looked up to that were not blood related.

2 Things I have connected with:
1: Brain imaging proved that students who are great readers are better at learning terminology and new words in books because they can draw connections to other words they have learnt versus those who are not exceptional at reading. I struggled reading as a student so I definitely agree this is not only accurate but it can also be seen in writing when a student is not an exceptional reader they sometimes do not have the best understanding on how to get their ideas across in a efficient manner.
2: Having a connecting to resilient students I believe will be beneficial to me as a teacher many students need to overcome challenges to learn and be successful. I have learnt from my life it is good to surround yourself with people who have goals and a healthy relationship with school because it makes you value school differently and I found when I do this I have a higher success rate even if I am facing challenges in my home life.
1 Thing that I am still wondering:

1: With the many theorist we are learning about how do we place our values and beliefs into a theory and follow it without becoming wishy washy when there is no set way in how we should teach the future.