The New Teacher Book (ECS 311)

This was one of the required texts for my ECS 311 class and it is an amazing resource now and in the years to come. This resource supported me in gaining new insights that have informed my teaching practice. It has also supported me in recognizing that the fears and uncertainties I hold as a new teacher are not just in my head. This book is full of stories from teachers in the field and helpful tips to support you in the years to come. I will be reading this book casually throughout the first years of my teaching practice!

Adaptive Dimension (ECS 311)

As I always had a lot of trouble understanding what adaptations and extensions I can use in my lessons to support the diverse students, being introduced to the adaptive dimension resource in ECS 311 really opened my eyes to understanding the many ways we can adapt our teaching and lessons to ensure all students had the agency to learn in the classroom. Since being introduced to this resource I continue to reflect back to it when creating new lessons both for my pre-internship as well as my other classes throughout this semester! A very useful resource that I will always have to reflect on!

The Gender-Friendly Classroom (ECS 311)

This article was supplied to the class in ECS 311 and outlines strategies that an educator of both the elementary grades and high school grades can use to create a welcoming environment around creating a gender-friendly classroom. I found this article extremely helpful as I was unsure of how I could appropriately and successfully support students in dismantling these gender binaries and coming to terms that we do not need to conform to certain roles that society has outlined for a specific gender.

I will be sure to use this resource in my future classroom to ensure all students are being introduced to gender diversity before one of my students goes through the transition process.

Inclusive Education Resources (ECS 311)

Inclusion in the classroom can sometimes be an overwhelming concept to think of with the understanding that there are a vast number of abilities, interests, and beliefs that walk into our classrooms every day. To help me learn about what inclusion really was I watched these two youtube videos where Shelly Moore lays out the true meaning behind creating an inclusive classroom! These videos really gave me an understanding of inclusion and why it is a necessity in this day and age, I now try to plan the lessons keeping these analogies in mind to support the diverse students I have the pleasure of working with. Check them out!

Bowling Analogy:

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The Emotions Toolbox: Emotional Self-Regulation in Physical Education

I came across this resource when working on my inquiry paper for EPE 310, I believe it would be very helpful in the physical education classroom well in the school. This program was developed to help students from kindergarten to grade 11 develop resiliency in the physical education classroom. An educator would first teach this resource as outlined in the document and then have it available for students to refer to throughout every physical education period. This package is filled with posters to remind students of their particular zones they are in, posters that demonstrate certain activities that can do to change zones, and includes daily check-in posters where students can constantly be monitoring their emotions and what needs to be done to return to the green zone. The overall goal of this resource is to support the students in moving throughout the zones, learning how to self-regulate their emotions, and recognizing that their emotions change their ability to interact with others. This resource links to the outcome as we are wanting students to demonstrate and communicate their ability to learn to self-regulate themselves for the betterment of the whole class.

Dyscalculia Resources (ECS 311)

For my EMTH 310 class, I had the opportunity to research and learn about Dyscalculia which is a specific learning difficulty that affects the ability to do mathematical skills. Through this research and presentation, I found a few useful resources that will support my teaching practices.

  • Specific Learning Difficulties: This book was composed by Diana Hudson and lays out 7 specific learning difficulties and what teachers need to know about these specific learning difficulties to support their diverse students in the classroom. Each chapter outlines what the specific learning difficulty is, signs and symptoms that a student may show, and how generalist teachers can support these specific students in the classroom.
  • The Dyscalculia Resource: Games and Puzzles for ages 7-14: this resource book was created by Ronit Bird and is filled with games and puzzles to support learners who have dyscalculia. Each game outlines teaching points to support the teacher or parent, a section of reminders when working with the child, equipment needed, and lastly, lesson plans of how to structure learning activities in which all students will find success in.
  • Ronit Bird’s Website: This resource gives an overview of dyscalculia along with tips for parents and teachers. Gives supporting books and e-books that are useful for teachers to further their understanding of the specific learning, as well as videos, games, and resources that can be used to support students in their learning.

Through investigating these resources and Dyscalculia in itself I have gained resources and strategies to support learners in the classroom who may face difficulties with regards to mathematical concepts. As these resources touch on Dyscalculia the strategies and supports supplied are not only limited to children with Dyscalculia but the classroom in general.

Indigenous Games for Children

The Indigenous Games for Children resource was introduced to me in my EPE 310 class. This resource provides numerous traditional Indigenous games and activities to support teachers in making a connection to recreational activities that were developed by our Indigenous communities across Canada. This resource gives the activity to do, the origin of that game and why that specific group of individuals participated in the activity. I have used this resource in one of my lessons thus far and the instructions were very easy to follow and easy to do with the group of students!

STEPS Professional Resources (ECS 311)

This is another resource that was introduced in my ELNG 310 class. STEPS Professional Resources specifically the literacy resources supply information about the different levels of readers and writers and supply numerous examples of activities that a teacher can use to support these learners. This tool was very helpful both with an assignment I have done as well as I have used the resource to support my teachings in my pre-internship placement. All of these books are available online free of charge. A great resource to further your own knowledge on specific topics along with supporting your student’s development!

Specifically, this resource supported me in creating my lessons during pre-internship that would be beneficial for the students I was working with. When referencing this website I was able to gain an understanding of what types of writing activities may benefit the students in my class and I then adapted these to support my lesson.

Sask Reads Document

The Sask Reads Document was introduced to me in my ELNG 310 class this semester. This document outlines many factors of how to create and support literacy learners in the classroom and what you can do as a teacher to provide enriched literacy opportunities both in and outside of the classroom for your students. I have found this document very helpful for my own understandings of what it means to be literate and have also referenced back to the document when planning literacy lessons to ensure I am thinking of possible adaptations I can do to support my learners.

Social Justice Books: A Teaching for Change Project (ECS 311)

I discovered this resource during my ECE 200 class and fell in love with it from that moment. This website provides thousands of anti-bias books that can be used in the classroom to support the students learning and promote social justice education in the classroom. This website lays out the books in categories by culture, race, gender identity, socio-economic status, family structure, ability, and many more.  When looking for a specific book the website also has a search bar that allows you to search by using keywords. Once you find a book that fits your idea, the website then gives a description of the book and a review key if the book is highly recommended or not. This resource really helps me find meaningful books to teach all kinds of lessons! I highly recommend checking out this website and putting it in your teacher’s tool box!

Along with this resource, I would also recommend checking out this guide for selecting anti-bias children’s books that will aid your decision if a book is appropriate or not to be used in the classroom!

Specifically looking at this resource with regards to ECS 311, I used this in many of my read-aloud lessons to analyze if the books I was using sent an anti-bias message to the students. I also used this website to find inspiration for some diverse lessons I could teach to support the students in my classroom!