My name is Leanne McDonald, and until we meet next week in class, here is a short introduction! I am a fourth year Arts Education student. My major is visual art and my minor is literature. I completed the first half of my pre-internship last semester in a Grade Two classroom at Davison Elementary school in Melville. It was awesome actually being hands-on in the classroom with the kids, I learned an unbeleivable amount from my cooperating teacher, and it was just so much fun! I am about to begin the second half of my pre-internship in a highschool classroom this semester! I’m super excited but also starting to get a little nervous!
I’ve lived in Regina for my entire 22 year existence, and just moved out of my parents’ house for the first time! I live in an apartment with my better half, Jordan, and our cat, Kobe. My place is a five minute walk away from my parents’ house, proving quite convenient at meal times… I have two younger brothers that are in highschool. Graham is in grade twelve, and Aidan is in grade nine.
I work at Bp’s South in the lounge, and have worked there for almost eight years now! In my spare time I love to do basically any type of art. I also love music. I can play the flute, a little piano, and a little guitar. My younger brother is helping me learn a new song for my guitar, so I’ll let you guys know if there’s any progress.
I have always been exposed to technology because my dad is a computer guy, but I am quite challenged with it myself. Just setting up this blog took me an embarrassingly long time, but I’m optimistic! Technology is totally the language of our youth, and I feel like it needs to be integrated heavily into our classrooms.
The school that I was teaching at in Melville was fortunate enough to have smartboards in every classroom. I had never used a smartboard before going to Melville, but now that I have I wish that every classroom could have one! My grade two classroom used the smartboard to do all of their morning routines, play games, do math, watch videos, amongst a number of other things- so cool!
This semester I want to become more knowledgable and comfortable with technology I can use in the classroom. I really like the idea of having a class blog, this would be a great tool to share art work with other classes! There are lots of things that I would like to be able to do with my students, and I hope that this class gives me a good starting point.
Look forward to meeting you all next week, bye for now!