Thursday, January 6, 2011

First post.

Alrighty then. Here we go. I'm not sure what level of professionalism is expected from this blog so I'm going to write as though I were speaking to you folks (my cohort).

To begin with, I already blog, but have been considering keeping a blog of my experience as a new teacher, so this is a great opportunity. I'm fairly certain that this blog will continue beyond the final date of this course. I think it will be interesting to be able to look back at things that have gone well and not throughout the beginning of my career. Wouldn't it be neat to read about each others teaching experiences as we all struggle through the first bit?

 Regarding my layout: I know that a comment was given that it had a lot of colour in it. But to be fair, it does have a nice plain white background, so readability should not be an issue. :) Plus, I feel like it really represents the Early Years teacher in me. Mooooooooore colour please! Just kidding. I'll leave it like this..... but don't be surprised if this happens from time to time. Tee hee.

Onto more relevant subjects. This course specifically. We began with the application of numerous forms of technology... which to be quite honest were kind of lost on me. My initial reaction was, "what's the point in using all of these different types of technology... it's all coming up on the same screen" but I genuinely understand and appreciate the "Teach them by the same way they should teach" methodology. Did that make sense?

I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the video (Norman Mclaren's Opening Speech) we watched in our opening class. I found it incredibly frustrating to watch. With that being said, I understand the purpose for which it was presented to the class. I feel like I would have appreciated it more if some kind of preamble were given before it began. But then again, that would have defeated the point of showing it without a preamble. I'm not sure what I expected, but I definitely felt some anxiety about the difficulty being experienced in the film. Perhaps I too suffer the dreaded hourglass syndrome... which you can read about herehere or my favourite here. That last link is to a humourous commercial by intel.

I think that's enough babbling from me for today, but I would like to ask you all one question... who is James Mont... and why is following some of our blogs? See you all tomorrow. Oh, and I've placed a link to everyone's blog from this class in the side bar, just in case you're dying to comment on someone's blog and are experiencing difficulty with nicenet. That and I was bored at home, and wanted to toot around on here.



  1. I agree Vanessa, I felt the same way about Opening Speech! Also, I love your layout. Especially because I just noticed that the pink of the background was school buses. Happy bloggin!

  2. I'm totally with you Vanessa about Opening Speech. Maybe it's a female thing. I notice that I tend to give up a lot quicker on monotonous tasks than the men in my life. I also tend to get a feeling of anxiety watching things like that. That's one of the reasons I can't watch a lot of sitcoms because I can angry at their sheer stupidity. Same with horror/suspense films. I tried watching I Am Legend (I managed to make it through the whole thing) but I nearly had a heart attack waiting for things to happen.
    It's obvious that you are an avid blogger Vanessa as you have a very relaxed way of communicating. I really should start reading your other blog but alas I'm kind of a bad friend (lol).