Archive for September, 2007

back to camp

Posted on September 24, 2007. Filed under: personal |

This summer was an interesting one as I worked at Good Spirit Bible Camp. It was a really wonderful summer but it had quite the tragic end. You may or may not have heard about it on the news, but the second last week of camp, at First Nations’ Junior camp, a 10 year old boy drowned. He had run away from the group, and we spent an hour looking for him throughout the provincial park. I had just arrived at the beach as they were pulling him out of the water. I knelt on the shore holding his legs as they did CPR on him. The breath was going in ok and he had a pulse, so I was sure he was going to be ok. The ambulance took him to Yorkton hospital and about three hours later we found out he didn’t make it. This was so rough for me. We had trauma counselors come in for us staff, and the kids (who thankfully were still at the camp when he was found) but I still struggled a lot with images in my head and really scary dreams. This past weekend I was asked to go back and be a youth leader for a youth retreat at Good Spirit. It went well but it was the first time I had been back since we left suddenly after the accident. I went down to the beach this weekend and had a good cry, and walked around a bit. It was tough but it was so good to have some closure. I really feel like God has healed my heart in this time and used this horrible situation for good.

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Posted on September 19, 2007. Filed under: personal |

In the last three days I have gotten so sick! I seriously just woke up with a stuffy nose on Monday and then Tuesday rolled along and I was in a full fledged cold! I can’t sleep so great because I can’t breathe and I can’t talk so great because I am so nasally. It’s gross. I have been taking Cold FX supposedly the best thing you can do when you are sick, but it doesn’t seem to be working yet! All those pills for nothing. My other problem with me being sick is that I have to sing this weekend. I am being a youth leader at a youth retreat from Friday to Sunday and I am on the worship team which means I will be singing. Hopefully my plugged nose will go away for this weekend.

Today is also a big day because I am coaching a high school cheerleading team and today at 5:30 we have our first try-outs. I am excited to see what kind of talented athletes we get out. And yes I said athletes. We are the kind of cheerleaders that throw people in the air. Not the ones that prance around and wave pom poms. I actually despise pom poms, and I have vowed to never make any cheer team I ever coach use them. So I guess next blog you can find out how they did!

This is our video from last day

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Wiggly Wednesday

Posted on September 17, 2007. Filed under: personal |

Wednesday wiggly day, middle of the week. Stand up, shake your wiggles out, try and keep the beat… this is a little chant/song I have learned from volunteering in a Kindergarten class. I feel like that’s what I need to do right now is shake my wiggles and out and keep going. There is a lot of new information that we have been learning in Ecmp class, and I am trying to take it all in! I think I have got the general idea though, and I have been showing my computer happy dad at home. He is in love with Linux and they use Linux a lot at the City of Regina, which is where my dad works.

I am really excited to see how education has embraced all of this new technology. My only question and issue is that it seems to be all internet based. I realize that pretty much everyone with a computer has internet, but it just seems like it’s tough because with all the new programs we have, we need to be connected to the internet to use or download them. I am also interested in the safety of this. Sharing everything is the new idea, but I am also somewhat skeptical of having everything shared. For right now it is not hindering me, and it most likely won’t hinder me, but I would like to learn more about it!

Have a great Wednesday!


ps: this was supposed to be posted last wednesday but I guess I just saved it to draft accidently

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quite tired

Posted on September 17, 2007. Filed under: personal |

So today is Monday and I am very tired. I went to the Blue Man group on Saturday night in Saskatoon. It was an awesome show. It was different from anything I have ever seen before. It was called “How to be a Megastar,” and it though it was somewhat mocking a rock concert, they had so many themes. A lot of them were quite philosophical. The blue men were metaphors for our human race and how we put on masks everyday to go to work, school, even our own home. They had some “music videos” going on while the live band and blue men played weird percussion instruments. This show was also a comedy. They got the audience involved, and it was hilarious! Before I knew it, it was 2 hours later and the show was over. They hadn’t talked once, and I didn’t even realize it. It was a great weekend but I had to drive all the way home Saturday night and get up early for churh Sunday morning. I definitely need a nap today

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about me

Posted on September 5, 2007. Filed under: about me |

For starters, my name is Danielle. I’m in my third year education and I am loving it. My goal after four years of school is to become a kindergarten teacher. I love that age of children, especially how they learn at that young age.

I have 4 people in my family including myself. Dad, mom, my older sister and myself. I teach piano lessons out of my home, and I am currently working on my grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music. I used to work at Yamaha Piano centre and I own a new 52″ Pramberger upright.

My attitude toward computers is changing. My elementary and high school days were not loaded with educational technology, but rather msn. That is one area of computers that I seemed to have mastered. I now work part-time at a company called Uponor over the summer. I find that in practical situations such as school and work, computers are only used for the basic installed programs. I love the idea of changing this and bringing a new level of educational technology into schools.

I am scared for teachers (including myself) who cannot keep up to their computer-genius students. I think it is vital that teachers from K-12 know how to embrace the new and changing technology, and use it in their classrooms. As exciting and fresh as the new technology is, I also think that it takes a lot of work to stay up on things. I think the school board needs to give teachers opportunities to continue learning about new educational technology. I also think that teachers need to learn how to monitor cyber-bullying that could potentially happen in the classroom. As long as teachers stay up on things, they can provide a productive environment that uses technology.

I am excited to learn practical ways to use technology in the classroom. I hope to learn some safety features about technology in the classroom. This includes “virus safety” as well as web safety and how to prevent cyber bullying.

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