Thinking Forward

Last week, we received some peer feedback about our engaged citizenship pledges. To help better myself I would like to reflect on the feedback I received. One of the main points that was brought up in my peer feedback was that my curriculum connections were not explicitly clear.

While looking through the curriculum, my pledge fits very well in the health educatuon curriculum:

USC 7.2-Examine critically and use purposefully blood-borne pathogen information/ education, including HIV and Hepatitis C, for the purpose of committing to behaviours that do not put one at risk of infection or co-infection.

  • In this outcome, students are required to learn about symptoms of blood-bourne pathogen diseases. This outcome could focus on the symptoms you do not always see and how even though you may have something inside you that is making you feel ill, you may not look it.

USC 7.4- Demonstrate a personalized and coherent understanding of the importance of nurturing harmony in relationships (with self, others, and the environment), and apply effective strategies to re/establish harmony when conflict arises.

  • This outcome focuses on nurturing harmonious relationships. Students could discuss or learn about relationships between people of differing abilities and how those relationships impact their communities as well as how to respect and understand those relationships to a larger degree.

While I only specifically listed the outcomes in the grade 7 health curriculum, there are similar outcomes in grade K-9 health curriculum that could be adapted and fit with my pledge.

 

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Staying Engaged

It was really hard for me to come up with a pledge that was close to my heart, but also fit in with our classes idea of being an engaged citizen as well as the curriculum.  My new pledge checks all three of those boxes!

Until i wrote my blog yesterday I never realized how often the idea of “invisible” disabilities impacted the lives of those around us. My family has been impacted by MS for a long time now and people actually say to family members “Oh, you are SO lucky you have MS!” I feel frustrated for them when things like this occur because they do not know if someone just had an attack, is having a bad day with their disease or what is going on in their life. For that reason alone I have chosen this as my pledge.

Through some research I have realized many disabilities and diseases are invisible, they impact the lives of so many of us but also the students that I one day hope to teach. Things such as: ADHD, Dyslexia, Fibromyalgia, the list goes on and on… These students are going to need supports that you Cannot see, and their peers will need to learn empathy in order to be compassionate to their peers.

The video below is a great example of how you cannot always see what students need or are feeling.

Reflecting on my Pledge

Although I haven’t been blogging my journey as often as I would to have liked, that does not mean my pledge is not going well. A few weeks ago I decided that although my pledge did involve being an active citizen it was fairly surface level.

I have decided to tweak my pledge to reflect my views a little more closely. I have broader my pledge from strictly multiple sclerosis to include many diseases and be more responsive and open to the thought that many diseases and disabilities are silent or invisible.

A lot of the time individuals with ‘invisible’ diseases or disabilities are thought of as less than, they are labelled as faking it, or that there is actually nothing wrong with them. My pledge 2.0 will include getting more information about how to not judge or assume things about people unless you know, as well as how this would look or help a classroom and the community.

Engaged Citizenship Balancing Act

These past few weeks have flew by with extra shifts at  work, school and family  in town. There didn’t seem to be enough time to get everything done.  Through this assignment and blog post I have realized just how time consuming  and absorbing being an engaged citizen really is.

Being an engaged citizen is a difficult process to get in the hang of because it involves always thinking and critiquing the world around us, in order to truly be an active citizen one must constantly be thinking about it and how to better the world around them. This has been a difficult task for me simply because I do not remember anything unless it is written down for me to remember.

When thinking about my active citizenship pledge I vowed to work alongside the MS Society to make a difference by raising money and awareness for Multiple Sclorosis. This week the MS Society sent out an e-mail discussing how MS impacts the lives of those working, or trying to work with the disease. Normally, I disregard these e-mails but in the spirit of being an active citizen I decided to make a difference and send a letter to my Member of Parliment regarding the difficlulties those living with this disease face in the workplace. 

Next week I hope to continue my efforts in raising awareness for those effected my MS, but also continue to plan the fundraiser aspect.

Week #1: Beginning the Process

For my engaged citizenship promise, I have decided to plan and organize fundraisers for the MS society. This week I focused my efforts on finding places that allow you to have fundraisers at their locations as well as. I am a very list driven person who writes everything down so my list of places I looked into so far include:

* Industrial Park Cafe Taco Night 
* The Artesian Local Band night
* Paint Night
* Golden Mile Bowling Fundraiser
* The Owl Band Cabaret

There are a few places I am awaiting details back from regarding fundraising opportunites as well as costs associated. Once I hear back on details I can start planning dates for different fundraising. Hopefully by next week I will have more answers and will start more community involvement!

Engaged Citizenship Pledge

For my engaged citizenship pledge I have decided to do something that is close to my heart.  Although our community has many non-profit organizations that could use my help, I have chosen to focus on the MS Society for a couple reasons.

First off, myself and my family have been affected by MS in more than one way. My aunt and my grandmother both had the disease and 8 years ago my mom was diagnosed with the same disease. Another great reason is because Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, and Saskatchewan leads our nation in rates of MS. 1 in every 390 Canadians will be diagnosed with MS and it is 3 times as likely to occur in females than males.

Based on these reasons, I have decided to work closely along the MS Society’s staff and volunteer when I can, but to also plan a few fundraisers of my own to help raise money and awareness along the way.

 

Summary of Learning

Throughout this course I had the opportunity to develop my teaching philosophy as well as develop a deeper understanding of what curriculum is and how it is created. When I began I believed that curriculum was simply a government mandated document, through my developmetn I realized that curriculum was so much more.

We were able to take a look at some curriculum theorists and their beliefs to help us reflect on our own teaching philosophies and develop a deeper understanding as to what curriculum means to us.

This class was a great way to continue looking at how I want to teach my own class in the future and why, the reflections were a great help in developing our new attitudes and thoughts.

For my summary of learning video I worked with Paige Phillips and we were able to make a video summarizing our growth through this class. I hope you enjoy our video.