I have read Fatty Legs to my class on a number of occasions. In the past, it was just an introduction to the truth about Residential Schools in Canada. Students were often not aware of that dark part of Canadian History. This year, I started off the year talking about residential schools and using a number of resources including “The Secret Path” by Gord Downie
“The Secret Path” by Gord Downie and
“I am not a Number” by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer .
I have also used Stolen Lives extensively for small group reading and reference and spent an amazing Sunday afternoon in November learning more about the Indigenous experience in Canada with Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization. Their mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. This lay the groundwork for myself and my students to ask some deep questions to help explore the relationship between the indigenous peoples of Canada and the Colonizers.
Well, school happened. Life happened. My Chromebook happened too. I found it really difficult to update the blog using my Chromebook, so when I was given the option to go to a Laptop, I took it. Not just for my blog, but for a few other reasons as well. I loved my Chromebook, but I found that there were often issues with some sites that did not have a Chrome extension that worked or none at all. Every year, I forget how much work it is and how much marking I have to do. I love teaching and being involved in my school, but it does not leave a tonne of downtime.
I also had to decide in which direction my career was going. I am at the point that my girls are out on their own, for the most part, and I needed to decide what I wanted to do to keep busy and content. After much inner debate, and some outer debate too, I decided that 12 years was a rather long time to wait to retire and that I would get the paper to back up my knowledge and become qualified in Integrative Technology, as Gwell as getting my Google Certified teacher qualifications. I really want to teach other teachers and help them to use technology in their classrooms. So, here I am, and there you go. Ms. Green
I just recently completed an amazing 3-day workshop on Equity, Inclusivity and teaching Social Justice in the classroom from ETFO that truly inspired me. I have been experimenting over my 10+ years teaching career with all these ideas in my classroom. This past school year, I decided to jump head first into Inquiry Based Learning. I had dabbled with it here and there, but I decided to adopt it completely for my English program. In the end, my class completed two themed units with a mentor read a loud text to help guide our questions and our learning. It wasn’t perfect, but so much learning happened. It was a great experience and with the PD that I have done, much reflection alone and with my Vice Principal, I am ready for IBL 2.0. My goal for this blog is to share my plans, my process and my reflections and student work with you. As always, I will approach everything from a Social Justice lens, because, well, that’s just the way I roll.