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A Fresh Start

July 6, 2009

Hailing from Seoul International School (S.I.S) in South Korea, I am an eager adventurer, new to the world of Teacher-Librarianship. Major players in this adventure are my husband and 2 daughters. In 2005, we came to this mysterious concrete jungle illuminated by neon lights and we haven’t looked back since. Being here has given me an invaluable opportunity to travel the world and pursue my passion for teaching. My family and I have undoubtedly had unique experiences as a result of opening our minds to ways of thinking and living that are very much different from what we are accustomed to. While we do often miss family back home, this move has enriched our lives both personally and professionally.

I did most of my growing up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc in Biology and a B.Ed in elementary education. I am currently working on my Masters in Teacher-Librarianship through  Distance Learning. I taught a Grade 5/6 split in Saskatchewan and I spent the last 3 years teaching Grade 5 at S.I.S. I am the newly appointed Teacher-Librarian.

In addition to my passions for teaching and travelling, I am a devoted fitness fanatic. Athletics have played a major role in developing who I am as a person. Being a part of soccer teams like the Saskatchewan Provincial Soccer team and University of Saskatchewan Women’s Huskie Soccer team provided me with opportunities to meet new people and travel to new places.

Through this blog, I aim to reflect on my experiences learning about web 2.o tools and on the experiences of others.  I hope to engage others who are interested in this topic, and I look forward to sharing ideas with others about the implications for Web 2.0 tools in the classroom and library.

Setting up this blog has been interesting, to say the least. I started by checking out some of the blogs that Will Richardson (2009)recommended in his book, Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts. In particular, Ann Davis’ The Write Weblog at  is very student centered and makes the idea of using blogging in the classroom even more exciting for me. Richardson also refers his reader to the Edublogs Awards site for examples of quality blogs that help new bloggers become familiar with this  genre of communication.  I felt it would be best to take the advice I read on Problogger , recommended by Ashleyf on July 6, 2009. There were, in fact, some great questions I was prompted to ask myself. How tech savvy am I? Not so much, therefore hosted blogging tools like wordpress.com or blogspot.com would be best. What is the purpose of my blog? At this moment in time, this blog is created as a medium through which I will venture into to the wonderful world of web2.0. In the future, as I become more bliterate (my made up word for the skill of being familiar with both HTML and using blogging tools), I plan to use this blog for professional development purposes. I chose wordpress.com because I find the layout easy to use, it is fairly self-explanatory, and it comes highly recommended by my colleagues. There are SO MANY blog templates to choose from in WordPress that I find myself constantly second guessing the decisions I make. The variety of cool templates to choose from, however, is one of the reasons I chose to use WordPress for my blog, so it’s time to put my perfectionist tendencies aside and take a leap.

Experiencing this process, setting up a blog, has great implications for my learning as well for the learning of my students. While becoming more knowledgeable in the use of web 2.0 tools and pursuing my own inquiries, I am modeling critical, creative, and analytical thinking for my students. With each obstacle I encounter, I gain a deeper understanding of the affect my students will experience when following a similar process. Every success I have, customizing a header for example, gives me a rush. Is this normal? I suppose I will find out as I read the posts of others. I expect that I will experience many frustrations, but I am comforted to know that I am not alone.

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