Hey everyone! So it's been a hot minute since I added a new blog post to Kindergarten Diva...and although my husband and family will tell you that I'll always be a diva, I'm no longer a kindergarten one 😢 I concluded my kindergarten classroom practice last June when I made the decision to move to a resource/inclusive learning support position. Why? Well, a few factors informed my decision:
- I have a Master of Education degree in Special/Inclusive Education, and when I lived in Victoria, I worked nearly exclusively in special education. I absolutely loved it.
- the pandemic wasn't going anywhere, and I had no desire to EVER teach kindergarten online again. And, I was really concerned about how the pandemic would impact my pedagogical approaches to in-person teaching.
- there was a very small number of K students coming in, which meant that it would be a K/1 multi-age class. Since I'm only 0.50, that meant a job/class share situation--zero interest in that!
- I knew that I'd be collecting data for my PhD dissertation research for the 2020-21 school year. A resource position just seemed like a better fit with the busy-ness of data collection. And it really has been.
- data collection (I'm currently conducting a mixed-methods multiple-case study in one rural and one urban school division). More info coming soon--this definitely requires its own post.
- teaching online at Brandon University in the Faculty of Education. In January, I taught an Evaluation and Assessment course, and now I'm teaching Teacher Identity in PENT (Program for the Education of Northern Teachers) at Brandon University.
- working with my teacher best friend Leah Obach at KG Education. Although our in-person learning retreats are on hiatus, we're having lots of fun blending wellness and professional learning through different online offerings. We have our online signature course, Cultivating Connection, a podcast by the same name (just search Cultivating Connection on Spotify or Apple podcasts), a wellness challenge, and we're currently launching another session of our online book club.
- I'm the secretary of ManACE (not a super busy position of course)
- acting as the teacher professional development chair in Fort La Bosse School Division. My main activities are hosting/organizing our monthly podcast, Teach like a Bosse, designing monthly Potty PD posters for school staff bathrooms, and facilitating an online professional learning book club for FLBSD teachers. We just read Wab Kinew's book, The Reason You Walk, and it was so good!
- teaching yoga online from my home yoga studio. Online yoga has gone really well, and after a year of this, I've definitely got the technology figured out (this probably deserves its own post too). Find out what I'm offering with yoga here.
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