Category: Professional Growth

SPEA Conference – Jamie Harknett

May 9th 2019 10:00-11:00 Judo Curriculum for Non Judo PE Teachers: This workshop was a really interesting one since we learned that judo was a sport derived from jiu-jitsu (without the striking and painful holds) that was initially created for the classroom in Japan due to a lack of gymnasium space. In this workshop we learned how to move our feet in the correct manner for judo, how to put on the gi, and how to safely throw our partners. One of the core tenets of judo is safety and, in this light, whenever someone throws another person, they must...

Awasis Aboriginal Inter-Agency Conference – Sarah Beer

The Awasis Aboriginal Inter-Agency Conference was a new and exciting learning experience. I attended some useful workshops on Jump Math which can be used in the culture class for Math interventions to help bring the students up to grade level.  I also attended a workshop on incorporating Aboriginal Math into the classroom. I intend to use many of these games with my students. They are a neat way to introduce Math concepts which are very fun and interactive. I took home a variety of materials for birch bark biting using it in both Math and Art. My students will enjoy...

T.B. Education – Ida Lemaigre

In my professional growth plan I indicated (one of the growth plan) that I was part of the ongoing T.B. education/prevention committee.  We as a committee meet 3-4 times throughout the year and discuss our initiatives.  As being part of this committee the school had TB presentations done by Dr. M. Sadiquii as well as local TB workers also the school is having a poster contest on TB. On May 8th, 2019, we met in P.A. to have a sharing circle and how TB has affected us (personally and as a community member)  I was a invited as a community...

Awasis Aboriginal Inter-Agency Education Conference – Tina Suru

During this conference, I attended the following sessions: Smudge Ceremony Transition Planning:  A Youth Focused Resource Creating a Culturally Sensitive Classroom: and Why it Matters! Debriefing While Keeping Your Pants On Destressing Through Self Care I really enjoyed the Smudge Ceremony and learned about many different types of medicines that you can use from Mother Earth.  It was such a great learning experience to be able to touch and learn about the name and the use of each plant.  We also smudged together, and it was a very peaceful and shared experience that adds to my ideas of Aboriginal content.  ...

Awasis Aboriginal Inter-Agency Education Conference – Terresa Janvier

During this conference I attended various sessions during the two days of conference. They were as follows: Smudge Ceremony                       Transition Planning: A Youth Focused Resource                 Creating a Culturally Sensitive Classroom: and Why it Matters!                  Debriefing While Keeping Your Pants On                             Destressing Through Self Care                       Two sessions from this list were of particular interest and relevance.  I will speak on behalf of those sessions.  First and foremost, the Smudge Ceremony was an amazing experience where all the session participants learned about many different types of medicines that come from mother earth and their uses.  We had a chance to...

Awasis Aboriginal Inter-Agency Conference – Angela Robertson

The Awasis Aboriginal Inter-Agency Conference was great! There were tons of interesting and unique vendors that I visited throughout the day. I really enjoyed listening to the keynote speaker, Corey O’Soup, who spoke about his experiences in education and encouraged us to reflect on how we interact with our students daily. He stressed the importance of getting to know and understand each of them on a personal level. I had some great workshops on the first day that focused on mathematics. I was introduced to the JUMP math resources and I brought some of the ideas back to our admin...

Developing Language and Literacy… the Animated Literacy Workshop – Erin Woelders

On November 8th and 9th, I attended the Animated Literacy Workshop in Saskatoon, presented by Jim Stone.  This was a workshop I was really looking forward to attending, as this is a school wide program we use.  And while I had read the resource and was using the program, I had never attended any formal training or workshops. This helped me to further develop my understanding of the program, and now I use it a lot more as I have a better understanding of how it works in its entirety and can draw from that training without always referring to...

Kairos Blanket Exercise – Mary MacColl

I had the opportunity to experience the Kairos Blanket Exercise in Nipawin on January 31, 2019. The people involved in this exercise were from the surrounding communities. The blanket exercise is an activity where participants explore the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada and explore a timeline of over 500 years. Blankets are arranged on the floor to represent Canadian land, or “Turtle Island” known by the Indigenous peoples. Each participant played a part, by stepping into the roles of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. The exercise was well executed and personal touches were added. It...

Phonetically Speaking – Felicia Maurer

I had been offered to go to a workshop called Phonetically Speaking in Saskatoon. It took place on November 8-9, 2018 & has been a great help in my classroom. I teach Grade 1 and most of what the students learn in ELA are how to use sounds in words to help read and write them. This workshop helped me learn how to work with their Animated Literacy program. This program explained brain research done for younger students and that’s what the program was based on. It also incorporates dancing, singing, and movement throughout each lesson. This is important to...

Emotional Anatomy – Adrienne Fitch

            Moksha Yoga Saskatoon offered a 3-hour emotional anatomy course in October, 2018. In order to gain the full effects from the emotional anatomy course I decided to supplement the course with a few hot yoga classes.The Emotional Anatomy course was with Mallory Guenther, a registered psychosomatic therapist. Psychosomatic therapy is based on the connection between the mind and body (what and how you think will directly have a positive or negative impact on your body). As a high school teacher in a northern community, I was interested in taking this course because I am a strong advocate for positive...