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Happy World Teacher’s Day

Today is World Teacher’s Day. I’m spending the morning snuggled up on the couch with my two favourite little people. We are watching Umi Zoomi and our fire place is on. We have a busy day of errands, mostly party prep for Keelyn’s 5th birthday party this week. My husband Phil¬†also an educator is outside building our fence (he’s wearing shorts and a toque ūüôā ). ¬†It’s actually a pretty fantastic way to celebrate.

I’ve been teaching for 11 years now and I feel that finally I’ve found my groove. ¬†I am much more confident as an educator. Thanks to the connections (both online and offline) I’ve made I created a style of teaching that works for me. ¬†I’ve become a risk taker and I no longer take things personally when a lesson I prepare doesn’t work out. ¬†I am able to step back and reflect and either move a long or shift my focus and try again. ¬†I make decisions in my classroom based on the needs of my students in fact everything I plan and craft up is with those unique 20 individuals in mind. ¬†In a lot of ways being a teacher is so much tougher than when I first started. ¬†I’ve been a mom for almost 5 years and a lot of the time I had to dedicate to professional learning, running extra curricular, working on committees is now refocused on my family. ¬†It’s been tough to balance. ¬†My daughter has recently broken her arm and when I’ve been off with her for appointments I’ve had to push back on the feelings of guilt that were building with being away. ¬†I had to tell myself out loud “my family needs me!”

Teaching is¬†certainly not glamorous and I often think I should have chosen a job where I could wear stilettos but I love that I am a teacher. ¬†I love the connections I’ve made to kids and colleagues and as I reflect back on my practice I’m glad I became a teacher!

Be sure to thank an awesome educator today!

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My Kids are Connected!

After a wonderful 2 day Conference (Teaching and Learning in a Digital World) or #TLDWPeel as it has fondly become for me, it is time for me to enjoy the last week of summer break with my lovely little family. ¬†Keelyn almost 4 has spent the last 2 days with my parents aka Nama and Papa at their trailer and William 1.5 has been with Grandma, Phil’s mom at our home.

¬†After our commute home from the conference I picked up William, jumped in the car and went to pick up Keelyn. ¬†Lots of driving today but it was rewarded with a nice steak dinner cooked by my dad ūüôā ¬†On the way home from my parents trailer Keelyn and I had the following conversation:

Keelyn: “Mom, I know how to sing Twinkle, Twinkle in Spanish”¬†

Me: “Really babe? ¬†How do you know that?”

Keelyn: “Well when you are 3.5 you just know stuff”¬†

Let me tell you when it comes to technology my kids “just know stuff” They are pretty connected and it hasn’t been intentional teaching it either. ¬†They observe my husband and I and they have access to devices like iPads and mobile phones and they’ve always been allowed to handle them. ¬†Sure the risk is there that they could be dropped and broken but we’ve taken that risk. ¬†My iPhone always has greasy smudgy prints on it but I don’t mind. ¬†

Tonight on the drive home there was the most vibrant pink sunset I’ve seen in a long time. ¬†Keelyn asked to take a photo of it but I only had my husband’s phone and it’s an Android (I’m an apple girl… I know cause for marriage tension right!) and I don’t really know how to use it well and besides I was driving. ¬†I told her I can’t figure it right now and she told me she could do it. ¬†Sure enough 5 seconds later she was clicking away. ¬†This makes her connected.

Meanwhile, William was having a fit while his sister had the phone shouting “truck, truck!” ¬†He was referring to an app on my phone called I Hear Ewe. ¬†It has animal and vehicle pictures and when you press the picture it tells you the sound the animal or vehicle makes. ¬†At 1.5 he knows that he has to take his little finger and swipe twice to find the page with the vehicles. ¬†This makes him connected.

When K was done taking pictures she told me she wanted to watch a show on Netflix. ¬†Again… driving but she just loaded up the app, chose the show she wanted and watched away. ¬†This makes her connected.

When William sees Daddy’s laptop open he runs up and pats the screen and sticks his face really close and says, “Indi, Indi” repeatedly. ¬†Indi is his cousin who lives in Australia and he gets that he sees her on the computer through Skype. ¬†In fact both my kids when the see their Auntie Melissa, Uncle Matt and cousin Indi live when they visit Canada have little awkwardness because they see them all the time online and they really know t ¬†This makes them connected.

They are connected but they are also well rounded.  They enjoy throwing rocks into mud puddles, hearing Good Night Moon read nightly before bed, blowing and chasing bubbles, drawing pictures, sculpting with playdough and baking cookies with mom.  

But they are also pretty tech savvy for such a young age and that’s something that my husband and I plan to keep up and develop. ¬†It’s not for every family and how you choose to parent your child is just that… your choice. But at the end of the day, when your children enter the school system and eventually the workplace are they going to be connected? ¬†