Learning Project

Rrrrrrr… DID I DO IT?!

Alright, folks. I promised a rolling R video, and here it is! But let’s learn a bit first.

The whole reason I wanted to learn this skill is that when I met with that student who spoke Afrikaans, he kept correcting my pronunciation! Turns out the pronunciation was wrong because I can’t roll my ‘r’s.


After many failed attempts I turned to the internet for help.

I remember a long time ago I heard a myth that English speakers are genetically unable to ‘trill’ or ‘roll’ their R’s.

The answer?

FALSE. Apparently, anyone can trill their R’s! But there’s a catch… most native English speakers find it incredibly difficult. Why?

If you’re English speaking, rolling your ‘r’ is basically unmarked territory for your mouth. We don’t roll any r’s in English, so our tongues have never had to practice that movement. Saying the letter ‘r’ in English is not the same as trilling an R. For example, say the letter ‘r’ out loud.

Okay, do it again, but notice how your tongue is positioned. Your tongue is curved back and doesn’t touch the roof of your mouth.

NOW, onto trilling. Feel for the ridge just behind your teeth.

When you are trilling your ‘r’, your tongue will be vibrating on top of that ridge. This vibration is caused by air flow out of your mouth while your holding your tongue on that ridge.  (If you want to learn more read this article! It is so interesting!)

So after I learn this and watch a few videos of this being explained I was like:


So to calm the stress in me I watched a few videos of people teaching how to trill. I watched two videos that helped me get on track for trilling my ‘r’. The first video was a woman teaching how to roll an ‘r’, and it was very helpful! It was a good starter for me to understand what this trilling might be like.

The video that was very helpful was one directed for children. Yep. Embarrassing. If you want to see my attempt at trilling or rolling my ‘r’, click on the video below! (This one is for you Cassidy!)

Also, I attempted using Movie Maker and it was not working out for me in the slightest- so I used Premiere again. If anyone has any awesome video editors, please let me know!

Aaaaaaaaand I have officially embarrassed myself. I hope you all enjoyed!



ECCU 400

Canada 150 vs. Resistance 150

Can we celebrate Canada 150 and call ourselves culturally responsive educators?

I think we can!

How we celebrate and what we believe and share makes a difference. We must be mindful of how we got to this point of celebration (and question ourselves if it is worth celebrating). Understanding the history of Canada, the bad and the good, the ugly and beautiful, is all part of understanding “150” years. Yes, you read that right, “150” because Canada is much older than 150 years. When we choose to ignore these situations is when problems arise. Being mindful that Canada’s 150 celebration is harmful and hurtful to people is important. In education we have said this before, by not saying anything you are saying everything. To be a social justice advocate, you have to understand the significance of the 150. Do research on why many are angry with the celebration. Here’s a start.

When referring to my own miskasowin process, I cannot personally be the educator that turns a blind eye. My conscious is unreal. I would feel eternally guilty for doing something or going with something that I felt wasn’t right. So to avoid this, I need to speak up when I know there is injustice. And I know this is something that I have to work on.

I was working on Canada 150, as I have every year on Canada Day. And I specifically remember discussing #Resitance150 with a coworker. I remember this moment because it was one of the first times having this type of conversation with someone who wasn’t in education. I want to keep having these conversations with people. These can go a long way.

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Exsqueeze Me?

This week I worked with Hailie and Madi to create this mock meeting with a parent. We had so much fun with this project!

I was mainly the parent but also dabbled with the teacher role as well. What caught me by surprise was how I felt it was easy to do a mock meeting because you can delete what you typed and then try again, but in real life you cannot rely on a backspace button! To have this real life conversation, you should pause before continuing on. Pausing saves lives, people.


This meeting we did was a concerned parent with the use of Mathletics. Mathletics is an online website for students to practice concepts aligned with the curriculum. It tracks the students individually and allows them to work at their own pace. I LOVE Mathletics. The students love it because it doesn’t feel like work for them because it’s fun. (I just want to point out that I make fun math lessons). I love it because I can walk around and see where they are at and assist if there is guidance needed. It is a nice treat every once in a while! If you want to learn more about Mathletics you can watch the following demonstration of the website:

Along with everything, there could be controversy over the use of Mathletics, and this is what we delved into:


Context: Parent meeting with Teacher


Parent: Hi, I am concerned about the lack of teaching in my child’s math class. Brady said that all he does is play Mathletics. Mathletics looks like math games to me.

Teacher: Thank you for coming to me and sharing your opinion. I value all my student’s parent’s opinions. In education we are working on incorporating technology and digital citizenship in their lives. I believe that students all have a digital identity, or will eventually. A way to develop the foundations of digital identity is through educational resources. Mathletics is an educational website that we do use on occasion. May I log into my account and show you the benefits of Mathletics and how we use it in our class? If you are interested I can show you Brady’s work!

Parent: Yes, please. Thank you.

Teacher: So here you can see there are different options of focus, here we have Patterns. When I click on Brady’s account, I can see his progress, what he is doing well in and what he needs to work towards.

Parent: Well is this all he does? How can he get better if there is no teaching.

Teacher: This is only one of our math centres. We have 5 stations that the students work on, so using this technology is only one of them. They are also using blocks to create patterns, working on worksheets, and in small groups with me and other students.

Parent: So this isn’t all you do then?

Teacher: Our school made the purchase to use Mathletics and all grades from Gr.1-5 use this site. We find it quite educational and the students really enjoy it. It provides another way for students to learn the content at their own pace. It is a great way to track progress and them working independently helps build stamina and competence in their own ability.

Parent: Oh! Thank you so much. I didn’t realize the context it is used. Is there a way I can see Brady’s work too?

Teacher: Of course! I will give you Brady’s username and password so he can work on it at home and you can see what he is working on.

Parent: Great. Thank you!

Learning Project

Watching YouTube videos in another language is cool.. right?

I have many things to catch up on this past week! It has been a busy one!

Last week I created the video of me practicing Afrikaans with my roommates. Turns out, my boyfriend sent his parents the video, and then they sent it to a bunch of family members. Pretty sure that means I am famous?

This past week I visited my students from internship. When I arrived my co-operating teacher introduced me to a new student from SOUTH AFRICA! In my head, I thought, “Okay Amy, this is it, you got this!” And I said, “Goeie more, *insert name!*” Translation: (Good morning, ____!).

His initial reaction (complete shock some random knew his language):


I smiled and said, “I don’t know much, but I am learning! His response after realizing that yes, he was not imagining things. This random lady really did speak the language:



Then we both laughed with each other and immediately bonded.


 Later we were discussing what else I know in Afrikaans, and he reminded me about needing to use gutteral noises (You know, like, hacking up a hairball noise) when pronouncing words. He lit up when he was teaching me how to pronounce words correctly. When I was getting ready to leave he came and hugged me, and told me that if I learned all the Afrikaans words we could speak to each other in the language!

Insert heart melting.

I could never have guessed that learning Afrikaans for a school project would influence me in this way. The fact that I was able to welcome the student in his own language is so encouraging. In education we always talk about how it is important to do this and how much it may mean to a student. I never knew what it would feel like to experience it first hand, but it really was a bonding experience for the both of us. It was one of those moments as a teacher when you do a little happy dance.


You know when you go down a deep dive on YouTube and do not know how you started at a food recipe and ended up watching animal hoarders? I had something like that, but with watching a bunch of YouTube videos of people speaking Afrikaans. I never understood much at all, but my goodness was it entertaining!

I started trying to find cooking videos in Afrikaans. I love cooking and could spend hours watching cooking videos, so I thought that I could understand some of it! This is when my confidence failed me. BUT. I did find this absolutely adorable video of siblings making the traditional Afrikaans dish, Melktert.


So after this video I really wanted to challenge myself. I looked up vlogs in Afrikaans. I love watching vlogs in English, so this is the same right? Right? WRONG. I barely understood anything this man said in the video, but the toddler speaking Afrikaans was worth the watch.

The video also reminded myself how the language has very gutteral sounds and requires the ability to rolls R’s. WHICH I CANNOT DO. Lol. Stay tuned to see if I can learn this technique!


Learning Project

Adventures with Afrikaans


Last week I shared that I was researching different phrases in Afrikaans and I promised a video, and here it is!

This week’s video was so fun to make. To share what I learned, I decided to tape me surprising my roommates with my random Afrikaans sayings. HILARIOUS.

First, what I noticed after I created this video is everything I said in Afrikaans began with “I am”. When dissecting this, when students are learning to read we give them early leveled books that show repetition. When comparing this it was interesting to see how I practiced this sub-consciously.

When starting this video, I really wanted use Adobe clip, but I could not figure out how to add text to the video. So that was scrapped.

Then I tried Adobe spark and it would not allow me to include my whole clips that I uploaded. Also scrapped.

Finally, this is when I decided to use the super-professional-super-hard-super-complicated-and-complex- Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018. Literally the app that the professional video editors use. Thanks to my boyfriend’s career, he has this expensive app. So, naturally, I ‘borrowed’ (JK- totally keeping it), his login info to install the program. From watching him edit music videos, I was impressed with how easily I caught onto using this app. I also learned that when using this app, YouTube has tons of videos if you run into trouble and need a quick how-to for different tasks!

There are probably less expensive or even free apps out there to use. I just wanted to treat myself.

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If you want to watch my video, check it out below!  Totsiens!



ECCU 400

Youth & Justice

After presentation, Indigenous Youth Leadership, we were asked to respond to the following:

How does the role of Indigenous youth in changing policy affect youth around the country? Would this have an impact in your classroom?

I think that youth impacting policy absolutely will influence the country and classroom. When young people speak out and use their voice, it impacts change. We have seen this in recent events with the #NeverAgain movement. When enough youth speak out, it impacts others and spreads like wildfire. Sometimes when young leaders speak out they are silenced and told that they are just “not old enough” and that they “don’t understand”. This is not right to silence them and prevent their voice from being heard. I believe that society is beginning to recognize the importance of letting future leaders try working for justice earlier in life.

If we silence the youth what message does that send? Answer: Not a great one.

This movement and the inclusion of Indigneous youth leaders in the Senate shows me that my voice can also be heard. I have grown up not feeling able to use my voice for Social Justice in fear that I will be silenced or belittled. When I speak against or for something, I feel obliged to know every single detail so I can back myself. Even small methods of action have the ripple effect. Small changes and advances will make a difference, but it may take time.

I want to be able to teach for Social Justice in my future classroom. In order to do this, I need to learn how to model this. I cannot tell students to use their voice and fight for something they believe in when I am still in that process. This may be a lifelong process. And that’s okay, but I must be transparent and share this with my students. Allowing the students to explore their passions and discuss current events is important for allowing and encouraging students to be critical thinkers.


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If teaching doesn’t work out.. I’m sure the FBI would hire..

Finally my years of my creeping skills has come in handy! This week my task was to creep Hayley Hodson. I have never met Hayley in real life, so I thought teaming up with her was a great option because it allowed us to view each other’s online profiles as complete outsiders.

Read along to see the dirt I dug up! Don’t worry Hayley, you’re in the clear.

Facebook findings:

  1. She works at one of my all time favourite places: MARSHALLS! I bet you she recognizes me form my many procrastinating-studying-by-shopping trips. She also works at the YMCA.
  2. Hayley attended school at Winston Knoll Collegiate
  3. She lives in Regina

BTW- Her Facebook is on the ultimate lockdown.


Hayley’s blog is filled with university courses!


  1. First year Education student
  2. Is very VERY good at tweeting educational articles on a daily basis. *Insert me looking down at the floor overwhelmed with sadness as I remember that I need to up by Twitter game 😦

This is all I could find! Overall, Hayley’s social identity is very professional and she seems to be building a valuable PLN online.

After reading Hayley’s post about me, I recognized that I do not have enough personal information out there. I also had my Pinterest wide open and she discovered my food board- You’re welcome, friend!

BUT- How much and what type of personal information do I put out there? Do people really want to know that I love food and that I am obsessed with interior design? Hmm..



ECCU 400

Racism & Me

This week I was asked to share experiences I have had with racism. On a personal level, the answer is none.

As a white woman I have not personally experienced racism. But have I seen racism? Yes. No matter how many times I have seen racism, and how empathetic I am, it does not mean that I will ever know what it feels like.

It is difficult to think of a specific time when I have witnessed racism. In Saskatchewan it is so common and ingrained in society and language. Growing up in a rural area and moving to Regina, I really pushed for myself to become aware of my privilege and forcing myself into the world of social justice.

In my first year of university, during a class we were discussing the issue of Indigenous peoples being followed in stores. I recall one woman very upset because of her daughters similar experience, then having to explain to her daughter about racism and that hard times are ahead. She explained that she fears for her daughters future.

I remember feeling absolutely sick when she shared this, and the unsettled feeling still resonates with me. When the woman shared this story it was like a light bulb turned on, I realized that I will never have to worry about my future children and the inevitable of being followed and being victims of violence. I remember feeling so guilty for this being my reality.

I can use this feeling and foster it into something powerful. I know that I have so much more I can learn, and with my profession I feel empowered and know that I need to enter teaching with a growth mindset. Fostering empathy, understanding, and critical thinking is essential for the classroom.

Learning Project

More Basics, More Basics & More Basics!

I am trying to broaden my resources I am using for learning Afrikaans. What better way than YouTube videos?!

The first video I clicked on was from channel, Afrikaans with Lindie, “Learn pronouns and emotions“. Perfect! Why not be able to share that ‘I’m tired’ in two different languages?! Next week I will include a video of me saying a few expressions. Fingers crossed that I do okay.

My focus for this learning project is slowly changing to be more focused. At this point, I just want to have a good handful of basics to use for communication. I want to be able to somewhat share essentials in another language (or things I think are humorous- to be continued!)

A challenge for myself is remembering everything! Trying to remember and push yourself to keep up with learning a language is tough. I’ve learned it is like learning anything else- practice-practice-practice. Goals that I set before that I need to keep up are reviewing these words and making sure to use them in my daily conversations. It is tough to try to keep up with the language when those around you do not use the language. So using the language with my boyfriend needs to become more regular!

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Stop by next week to see a video of me speaking more Afrikaans. Tot seins!

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“Back in my day-“.. Yeah, we get it.

I’m sure all of us have heard the line as mentioned above in the title. In my experience, this has been said about the use of technology today.

In Character Education for the Digital-Age, Jason Ohler says that the connection between present day and the past is that we all crave communication. This is a much more positive way at looking at change and the relationship we have with technology today than the title above.

We need to move forward and look at how we can use technology, and these communities that we build together, so we can learn together.

When asked about how we can incorporate digital citizenship into the curriculum, of course there is the explicit curriculum that could be used for teaching this. But what about the hidden curriculum? We have been taught about the Broad Areas of Learning (Saskatchewan goals for education) and iI see this as the perfect space. How I interpret the BAL is teaching students how to be engaged citizens and having a sense of self and community. These concepts apply to daily life and any profile you use online. Using technology in the classroom is inevitable. Students being a part of online communities is also inevitable. We need to prepare and inform them of what being a citizen in the digital world entails and the connection between that and daily life.

As an educator, I feel obliged to encourage students in different ways to interact with people, why not do the same for them in digital communities?