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May 16, 2017 - Day 3

Our visit to Nelson Mandela further drove home to me the diversity of Canadian culture. While the demographic of the students was much more homologous than I at first thought, this does not strike me as a bad thing. In fact, I believe that schools such as Nelson Mandela are essential, especially in a town with such a heavy refugee population such as Calgary. It also impressed me when I heard one of the student guides say that for the first time, he wanted to go to school. The Canada 150 celebration we observed also spoke to me, as it tied...

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May 16, 2017 - Calgary Day Four

Today, we were able to go to , Foundations for the Future Charter Academy, which is one of the charter schools in Calgary. The charter school surprised me because it was not anything like the charter schools that we have in the United States. For example, in American charter schools the focus of the school is usually on the arts or athletics, while this Canadian charter school is focused on leadership. I like that the school is focused on leadership, and I believe American charter schools should try to push leadership a little more in their...

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May 16, 2017 - You have permission to take risks because that's how growth happens.

Today was another early day of school visits. The first school that we went to was Nelson Mandela High School. This school is not even a year old yet being established on March 10, 2017 with a population of about 1800. This high school is also under the new redesign being introduced into Calgary schools and is much different from the traditional schools of Calgary which I will explain later. The basis of the school revolves around the idea of outcome and competency based assessment which I explained in my previous blog post. All teachers...

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METP Canada 2017!!!

May 16, 2017 - Tuesday, May 16

Today was a very eventful day. We toured two schools, and I learned a lot from each of the very different schools. The first school was celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada. I noticed an extreme patriotism evident in everyone at the school. This is amazing to me, as these people were very sincere. Often, American "patriotism" is very sarcastic or joking, so this sincerity was incredible. I noticed a lot of language differences at this school, especially the prounounciation of the word "about," which most Canadians were pronouncing "a...

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May 15, 2017 - "It smells like learning in here."

Today began at 7:30AM and was the beginning of our first school visits in Calgary to learn more about the pedagogy and implementations of new and innovative ideas to the classrooms in the province of Alberta. As METP emphasizes for us as future teachers to learn, it is extremely important to know and understand the similarities and differences within school systems in order to better our own practices as teachers. Much of this is done by asking the hard questions like, "How are your teachers/administrators evaluated?" "What does a...

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METP Canada 2017!!!

May 15, 2017 - Day 03 || First Nations Canadians

Our first professional day! We went to St. Leo Centre to get an overview of the Alberta education system from members of the Calgary Regional Consortium. We did not observe any classrooms today, but I was interested to discover that the Catholic school building that we were in was included in public education! Alberta education is working to change the stereotypes of libraries, making school libraries spaces for creative collaboration rather than silent seclusion, by calling them "creative commons." Because Canada is very generous with...

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"America but cold"

May 15, 2017 - Monday, May 15

Today we began to interact with the local school administration. The activities we participated in were very enlightening in learning the ways of Alberta's education. I noticed the word "sorry" being pronounced quite differently many times today, with the "o" sound being opposite the American prounounciation. Ms. Donna's presentation on indigenous peoples in Canada brought on some deeply buried emotions for me personally, and got me thinking about Native American culture in a more broad sense. Even in our modern, "progressive" atmosphere,...

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May 15, 2017 - Day 2

Today was both one of the most draining and rewarding days I have had in recent memory. When I walked into that schoolhouse, I was not expecting to be so affected by the final segment of the day. Being confronted by the sheer hate that has been shown to the indigenous people of Canada again made me appreciate the nineteen years I had with my father and grandfather, the two men that shaped me as a human being. As a teacher, love is one of the most important qualities for you to possess, whether it is love for your content or love for the...

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May 15, 2017 - Calgary Day Three

Today, we were able to be apart of a presentation from the Calgary Regional Consortium. I found the entire experience to be enlightening and informative. I was fortunate enough to talk to the Executive Director personally with one of my peers, and she helped me to understand the differences between education in Calgary and that of Mississippi. For example, each school in Calgary is given the same amount of money per student, so each school is equally funded based on attendance; however, in Mississippi, schools are funded based on academic...

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May 15, 2017 - Where Are We Going?

May 15, 2017 Monday Today, we had a lot of laughs but also had some very valuable, deep discussion. For this post, I would like to give an overview of the day and then go into the topic of the afternoon and include my own reflections on this conversation. Our day began as we departed for St. Leo's around 7:45 this morning. The Calgary Regional Consortium gave us a day full of informative, thought-provoking, interactive learning experiences. We started out with a brief overview of the education system and initiatives in Alberta. Then, we...

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May 14, 2017 - Telus Spark Center: "Tell Us" Less, "Let Us" More

May 14, 2017 Sunday Today we visited the Telus Spark Center, which is an explorative Science Center that also offers educational programs to thousands of students each year. The first thought that ran through my head was, "Oh, a science museum." Let me clarify, this is not at all accurate. The Telus Spark Center has many (and I mean many) different exploratory activities for children of all ages to experiment with. I guess I should say people of all ages, because our group had as much fun with all the exciting stations as the children...

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May 14, 2017 - "Be a sponge."

- May 13, 2017 - This blog's purpose is to record variations in culture, language, and educational systems between Calgary, Canada and Mississippi (or the United States as a whole). I am used to my accent being more prominent than others, even though when I speak, I don't hear any differences. My friends tend to laugh at the way I say "waffles" because they hear me saying, "wallfles." As Dr. Hopper reminded us at the Denver Airport, my duty to be a sponge had already begun. The landscape and weather are not the only differences that...

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