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The Happiness Challenge Day 7

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Happiness Challenge Day 7

***** 3 gratitudes **********
I am thankful for some of my high school teachers. After taking my education classes, I realize just how ahead of their time some of my teachers were. These are the ones that allowed me to incorporate my interests in my projects or even negotiate some of them. Some of my English teachers especially allowed me to work at my own pace and challenge me since I was usually ahead in that subject. There were some that were rigid and not at all encouraging that probably should have retired sooner but there were many who were quite excellent and were already incorporating these “new ideas” we are learning now.

I am thankful that our celebrating through music presentation went over very well. I am so excited to try it during practicum.

I am very thankful for my fellow pre-service teachers. They are so creative and have reignited my creativity these last two years. I remember being completely shocked my first semester because of the “outside the box” ideas.

***** Journaling **********
Today my classes were awesome. I have two classes today Integrating Indigenous themes in K-12 curriculum and Literacy. Because we are wrapping up our classes and getting ready for our last practicum before graduation, our classes are presentations of our final project. In Literacy, I saw two more presentations about the ideal school. I was just blown away by one group’s design. Most of us focused more on school motto, expectations of students, teachers, and faculty and less about the actual design. Although our ideals were similar community, getting the students outside the classroom and bring the outside into the classroom, co-operations, students choice and direction in their learning, etc but this one had small buildings instead of one big one where people had to get outside to go from class to class, this was more conducive for everyone to stop and talk compared to a crowded hallway. It also allowed for natural light since every classroom had at least two outside walls. There were gardening projects, ponds, and a coffee shop on site that students maintained and incorporated biology, agriculture, and enterprise. All buildings were made of natural materials and maintained by students at guidance of experts. I really never thought that the design is very important until I saw their plan. Now I realize how much we really are affected by our surroundings. It was very exciting. In Indigenous I was also blown away by a theme unit on superheroes. It was a PBL project where students were given a First Nations people or could choose an Indigenous group outside of Canada, research their history and create a superhero. I just loved it.

***** Exercise **********
I did Coach Nicole’s upper arm workout

***** Meditation **********
I did a breathing exercise in the tub. I usually find the tub relaxing and this was even more so.

***** RAK **********
I bought Dad a Tim Horton’s coffee today.

You know you’re 80’s old school when you’ve heard of the “Garbage Pail Kids.” And maybe you still have your collection of these trading cards parodying the Cabbage Patch Kids. – I do not still have my collection but I did collect them as a kid.

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    You are so right about the physical plant of the school being conducive to learning--or not. Our school is old and run down. We are scheduled to start a rehab over the summer. Can't wait! A face lift will be refreshing!

    Your classes sound intriguing and your enthusiasm is wonderful! You are going to be a great teacher!

    Have a super day! emoticon
    1795 days ago
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