Tuesday, March 28, 2006


I am very excited to be going to Parry Sound, Ontario. Such beautiful country. It is with some sadness that I bid farewell to my Sir Win students. I hope you keep in touch.
All of you have great promise and I hope you can live up to what life has to offer. Meet each challenge with courage and strength.
With love,
Ms. Jilks

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Digital natives?

Here are a couple of sites that outline some of the views that Marc Prensky has about children and computer use and one article that doesn't agree with his ideas of children as 'digital natives' and adults as 'digital immigrants'. We need to profoundly rethink our notions of epistemology and pedagogy.

Marc Prensky Digital Natives, Digital Literacy
[ Part 1 - Part 2 ]

The myth of the digital native
By Martin Owen, Director of Learning, NESTA Futurelab

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

To Do List

Here is today's To Do List. Go to it! We will publish our first draft of our PowerPoint to check them for errors or omissions! To Do List! Go To Jilks' Class Page when it is posted!

Sunday, March 5, 2006


What a time I have had. Light snow yesterday, more today. It is darn cold and I didn't bring enough warm clothes. Off to Wal-Mart!

The TB test was not fun. I loathe needles.

I await the Police Check. What joy.

I spent yesterday afternoon with an IT who was marvellously helpful. He and I puzzled together the proxy server and logins, for a Mac, with which he is NOT familiar, in order for me to use the NNDSB LAN. What a puzzle. He was great. I can finally access the server and do my Internet banking.

The staff meeting Monday, after school, was interesting even though I was exhausted. A presentation through ETFO, "On the Road" presenter, on Behaviour Management. Truly a notion that is not addressed well enough at the Faculties of Education. The presenter spoke of putting her framed degrees up on the wall and standing beside them when talking to irate parents. I have done the same, also pointed to them and valued them for irate students. I might post mine and do the same. My first degree cost me $484 per semester. My part-time M.Ed. cost much more per term, over the same four years.

We learned a great number of tricks. I was reminded of my co-operative learning strategies. My students will have a staggered entry and the placemat exercise, in which we compare backgrounds and experiences, as well as characteristics, might work in a month or two. I have to figure out which box contains my self-esteem work and reference materials, 430 km away, mind you, but accessible this weekend when I return home to attend my course and pack up.

I carry on and will do the WHMIS test Wednesday!

Thursday, March 2, 2006

moving day

I have packed up my car. My classroom was emptied in three days. They quickly replaced me with an eager, capable mother of teens. How fitting, since managing the adolescent is a tricky business.

My farewell card from the students was touching. Photos later. I nestled into a B&B and got used to the new sounds and new setting.

I arrived Sunday afternoon, driving 420 km west from Ottawa, Ontario, to Parry Sound in beautiful weather. Navigating around the town I found places to eat, get coffee and Rx emergency supplies!

The Parry Sound community is beautiful. Trees and hills, lakes peek out around the next bend at every turn. I felt I had come home. I found the school, William BeattyP.S., situated in the heart of the community.

I worked on my entry plan. Tried to piece together all the parts of a classroom puzzle. A curriculum is made up of an instructional repertoire; instructional skills, pedagogies, tactics, strategies, but a classroom community consists of integrating one's philosophy with the students and marrying that to the school community. I eagerly await the integration of my new students.
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