Chelsey Sharpe

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. -Confucius


January 2017

When in Doubt Pause the Video

Now is knitting a frustrating thing to learn for a person that is left handed. For the last week or so I have been working mastering the knit stitch and the purl stitch. These stitches are your most basic of stitches, which I suck at!  I have watch video after video; started and restarted over again line stitching. I have bought larger needles so I can see what I am doing but it looks like a hot mess. I have been reassured that my knitting will get better! Which I am happy to say it is. I have learned that although videos are great and easy to use, they go way to fast. When watching a video, I have to stop it at least 15-30 times. This is where I think having some human contact would be helpful in order for me to learn. For example, I do not hold the needles right, I know it. But the video that I have been watching is different from my first video I watched and both presenters hold their needles different. This is frustrating to me.

I have also been looking for some new patterns to make. I found this awesome site that has easy and free patterns. I have decided to start with making a dishcloth and as my confidence goes up my projects will get bigger.  Stay tuned to see what I come up with next week.


The Future is Here.

Back when I went to school, we only dreamt of the technology that we have today. In my classrooms, we were lucky to have an old IBM that we could type out our addresses on; I’m talking the DOS programs with the blue screen. Today’s classroom is full of technology whether is that the teacher has a computer along with a Smartboard in the classroom; the students using the own devices such as phones, tablets or their own laptops. Now I read that classrooms in England are testing virtual reality machines, how awesome is that!

Using technology like this allows our students to see what we are teaching them from a different perspective. They can now step into the world of Science, History, Language Arts and Art. Technology like the Playstation VR and software such as  Microsoft Hololens are making this possible. Imagine a classroom where one of your students is exploring the ruins in Rome; while another is creating their own 3D world to share. This is going to be our classrooms in the very close future. Our students’ are going to be able to explore and do things that we only dreamt when we went to school.

To me, this is really exciting. What are your thoughts, should we be embracing this technology in school? or is this technology going too far? I would like to read your opinion on the future of Virtual Reality in the classroom.

Child using a VR device.
A child using a VR device.

Writing Papers APA Style, Here is Some Tech That Can Help Ease the Pain.

I am not a good writer. So when I was assigned to write a research paper, I decided to see what the internet has to help me with this task.

I found a couple of extremely helpful references, generators, and blogs to get anyone started:

The first website that I consulted was Purdue Owl.  This website is user-friendly, and it is easy to navigate and read. Personally, I use it when I do not want to consult the APA manual.

During my research, I also found an APA Citation Generator. This generator will shorten the time when it comes to referencing. However, when it comes to using it, always consult the manual before submitting your paper. I find that not all generators are consistent when it comes to the formatting of research papers.

Remember when you are writing in APA style your audience is important. Many professionals that do not read essays that they are not interested in. It is your job as the author to capture their attention.

I hope that these suggestions help you with your journey in writing research papers. I have found them useful throughout the research paper I have been writing.

This Lefty is Learning How to Knit.

Throughout my life, I have been told that learning to knit is difficult to when you are left handed. My mother and grandmother both could not show me how to knit because they are right handed and holding the yarn is different for a right handed person than a left handed person. So when this learning project was presented to me I instantly thought that I would learn how to knit.

I thought during the age of computers and technology that I would be able to find a ton of resources and videos on how to knit left handed. This is not the case, as I have found out. Even though I searched “left handed knitting for a beginner” on Youtube to get videos, most videos were right handed people trying to teach how to knit left handed.  However, I did find a video that shows how to cast a needle and how to stitch your first row of knit stitching. The diagrams in the pictures and on the video seem complicated but they really are not, I have some tips:

  1. Hold the needle comfortable to you. I have a messy looking hold but at least I’m getting a needle casted.
  2. Make sure you watch the video and look at the diagrams closely. This seems easy but you need to make sure everything is in the right way.
  3. Make sure the yarn is going over your thumb and not under. That was my big mistake.
  4. make sure your stitches are not too tight; doing this is just going to make your first row of knit stitching hard.
  5. Knit stitching is easier than casting, just make sure that you follow the steps that the video shows you.

I also recommend not doing the mistake it did and by a small gauged needle set. My grandma recommends a 5mm gauge, I bought a 4mm set (She was not home when I called to ask, and I bought anyway), big mistake.

Lastly take your time. Don’t rush and don’t get frustrated. Knitting is a hard skill for right handed people, us lefties are in for a challenge.






Growing as a Teacher: New Love for Technology in the Classroom.

When I started in the Education After Degree program at the University of Regina I was reluctant to learn how using technology in the classroom benefits the students. Before I was a teacher, I was an educational assistant in a high school. My role in the classroom was to monitor cell phone use of students to make sure that students were on task. I now think why not use technology in the classroom; However,  teaching student’s technology etiquette is important in order to allow cell phone use. During my internship, I used technology throughout my lessons, during ELA my students that wanted to type their responses were able to use their cells/tablet or laptops to do so. They then were able to email me their responses. Not only did my students love being able to use their technology but this also differentiated for my students that had problems with printing/writing. I was also able to introduce the school to fun educational apps such as Kahoot!.  I left my internship wanting to engage my students with more technology. One thing that I will introduce to my students in my classroom will be blogging.

Blogging is something that I have grown at over the last year and a bit. I now use my blogging as a way of reflection whether it is something I have read or an experience I want to reflect on. I feel that students should be able to use blogging in the same way. They can also comment on others work and share their ideas online. Kidblog is an excellent blogging app for the classroom. Not only as the teacher your can monitor what students are saying but you can monitor comments, delete anything that is inappropriate.

Although I am still learning about the technology out there, I am very excited for the future of technology in the classroom.

Grade 8 class studying for Social Studies using Kahoot!
Grade 8 class studying for Social Studies using Kahoot!

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