Back to the Basics

Back to the Basics

It’s all starting to make sense.

I feel like I made a lot of progress in my Korean learning this week! I started off continuing to use the Duolingo app. Like I mentioned in a previous blog, I really like how short and simple the lessons are and the format is really easy to use. However, I felt like I wasn’t learning the characters very well and I had to refer to my page that I had written them down on a lot. One night I was using the app and my husband was there helping me out. He explain certain characters were vowels and some were consonants. I learned that ㄱ makes a ‘g’ or ‘k’ sound and that ㅁ makes an ‘m’ sound. So I decided to learn more about the vowels and consonants. Here’s a really great video I used that helped me learn most of the consonants and vowels. She made a lot of word associations that helped me memorize the characters and what sounds they make. For example, ‘ㅂ’ looks like a bucket and makes a ‘b’ sound. The character ‘ㄴ’ looks like a nose and makes an ‘n’ sound. It made so much sense! My husband was impressed with how much I learned from it!

Now I can look at a Korean word and sound it out. I’ve been going around looking at shampoo bottles and face wash that has Korean in our house and sounding out the words. It’s pretty fun! I don’t know what these words mean yet- but I’m learning how to pronounce them. One step at a time. I felt like I was back in grade 1 learning to read again! I also wanted to include a video of me using the Duolingo app to show what I’ve learned as well.

Hello Twitter World!

Hello Twitter World!

Last night our EDTC 300 class took to Twitter to join the #saskedchat and…

I really enjoyed it!

I initially joined Twitter about 8 years ago, but I never fully understood it’s purpose. I loved connecting with my friends, however I felt I could do that on other apps as well. Because of this I decided to take a little (5+ year) break from Twitter.

Fast forward to last night.

I really didn’t know what to expect with the #saskedchat but I was very interested to see what would happen. I was surprised at how easy it was to jump into this community and how welcomed we were. I actually had a lot of fun and the hour chat flew by. I can now see how Twitter can be used for professional development, gathering/sharing resources and connecting with other educators. As Alec Couros mentioned in his video, Using Twitter effectively in Education, resources and ideas remain very small when they are hoarded or kept to one person. When they are shared they become bigger and more effective as teachers collaborate together. I’m excited to explore the Twitter world more and get connected with other educators!

Teaching in the Midst of a Pandemic

Teaching in the Midst of a Pandemic

Education in the fall will look a lot different than we thought it would. I know for me, I thought we would for sure be back to normal by August/September. The thought of continuing online education in the fall did not cross my mind- until about a week ago. There are so many unknowns in the world and it’s so hard to predict what will happen in the next few months, so we can only take our best guess as to what will happen in the future. I am guessing that there will be some aspect of online teaching in the fall. I think we need to be prepared to continue teaching and learning online as well. I’m about to enter my pre-internship in the fall, and I’m wondering if I’ll have to teach online. This makes me wonder how as a new teacher I can build relationships and trust with the students if I’ve never met them in person. I also think schools will need to make accommodations for students who don’t have access to computers or wifi in their homes. In the fall I think teachers will have to collaborate even more and share resources on what is working in the online classroom.

In the year 2025, teaching will of course look different than it does today. I think there will be very few teachers who avoid using technology and more teachers who embrace it in the classroom. I also think students will have more freedom online and use technology to take responsibility of their learning. I can also see more outdoor education happening as well. We have so much to learn from our earth and I don’t think education has fully taken advantage of it.

Where Do I Even Begin?

Where Do I Even Begin?

I’m entering the world of learning a new language and to be honest, I don’t even know where to start. Do I memorize characters? Should I start with the alphabet? Do you even use an alphabet in Korean? Or should I just learn important phrases? I had already begun to use an app called Duolingo, which had me memorizing certain characters, but that just wasn’t making sense to me. So I decided to turn to Youtube, to figure out where to start. I found a post by Raki Wright, who recently taught herself Korean. She shared some tips and things she wished she new before starting to learn Korean. One thing I took away from this video, was I need to learn the Hangul, which is the Korean alphabet. So that will be my step for next week! I am enjoying learning the language so far and having fun talking and learning from my husband.

Let’s learn Korean!

Let’s learn Korean!

It is finally going to happen.

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but never made the time for it. My husband was born in Korea and can speak it fluently, so I want to learn as well so I can share this with him. We also plan to go to Korea one day, so I would like to be able to know some of the language before I go. I know how to say a few basic words like “I love you” and “hello”, but I would say I’m really starting from square one. I started using an app called Duolingo this week. It’s fun learning tool where you work through little mini lessons each day. I’m really enjoying this so far and I’m actually excited to work on it each day. I’ve started to write out different Korean characters in a notebook and am learning a few new words.

Here’s the plan.

I will continue to use Duolingo. It’s really easy and I love that it takes a little bit of time each day. I also will find some videos on Youtube (there is sooo many to choose from), to focus on the alphabet and pronunciation of words. Eventually, I’ll start watching K dramas on Netflix to hopefully to pick up on some words here and there. And of course I will get my husband to help me along the way. Below is a picture of one of my favourite Korean dishes, Gimbap.

Image by changupn from Pixabay
Engineering to Education… and everything in between.

Engineering to Education… and everything in between.

Hello there!

My name is Kaeli. I am in my 3rdish year of arts ed. with a concentration in music. I didn’t always know that I wanted to be a teacher. It actually took me a while (like 8 years) to figure it out. After graduating high school I decided to go into pre med. I soon realized this wasn’t for me and switched into engineering- which also was not for me. Then I decided to move to Australia for a couple years working with YWAM Brisbane. It wasn’t until after I moved back home to Regina, and started teaching private music lessons, that I started to realize “hey, I kinda like this teaching thing!” Even though my journey into educational was a long one, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I learned so much about myself and experienced so many amazing things in that time. Fast forward to today! I am loving being back and university and am recently married. I am still teaching voice and guitar lessons and I also write, record and perform my own music. You can check it out here!

I would definitely say that I was a reluctant blogger. I spent many semesters trying to figure out how to make a blog look good and I always ended up doing the bare minimum. After last night’s class, I finally know the ins and outs of wordpress and I’m really excited to create this blog and connect with people through technology!