Thirty one days • Trente-et-un jours.
In the month of October, you may have noticed a lack of @sarahlalondee on your Twitter feeds and even the absence of @sarahannelalonde checking your Snapchat and Instagram stories…
Well, I was a little busy changing my life… You know, undoing bad habits and being more present in my life. That old chestnut!
Matthieu and I completed a social media detox for a month. We made up our own little list of apps we were and were not allowed to visit. After we made this list, we deleted the apps on our phone (because God forbid I would not have enough self-control at the time to not have used them).
I even found one of my top podcasts (The Minimalists) mentioning the fact that humans are scared of being bored. In episode 201, they focus on the idea of Slowing Down. It's quite the dilemma.
You can check it out here: https://www.theminimalists.com/podcast/
SOCIAL MEDIA DETOX - STUDENT version
This was not a project. It was not graded. It was a simple and fun challenge I wanted to put them through in order for them to grow. 8/11 students decided to cut out all social media from their lives for FIVE FULL DAYS. (Yes, that means no TIK TOKS!)
- I want to be more intentional with my social media use.
- I have no need for Instagram, as it does not necessarily bring value in my life.
- I still enjoy using Snapchat to communicate the best with some of my friends, but do not allow myself to check the stories.
- I wanted to keep Twitter because of a few reasons: the sense of belonging I feel, the desire to contribute to the space and other educators, seeing Tweets ignite me... but I do need to cut back.
- I now have the self-control to have these apps on my phone and USE them intentionally.
- I am beginning the book: Digital Minimalist to dive even deeper into this concept!
- Reflecting on the process is KEY 🔑
New Digital Minimalist Apprentice
What were some of the advantages of detox present in the video?
Some of the advantages was , you have more time in your day, you have more time to do the thing that you love to do like for my it was having more time to read a book and do my chores ar home.
Some of the detox presented in the video is your mind jet to relax more like the video sade if somebody post on social media you are not going to see if they're a school event you will not miss out.
Sleeping and cooking.
Some good things about the detox is that you focus more on yourself and you think about everything thats been going on. You also will plan out ur next day if you have nothing or plan what ur gonna wear for the next day. To add, its a good way to get things done and go to bed early.
Would you consider doing detox for longer?
What my students are saying?
Yes I would consider doing this for longer because I have more time for my self and have more time in my days.
Yes, I would do the detox for langer because I read a book in a sad of going on my social media.
Non because I just what to go on Tiktok and it fell like it was not 4 day it fell like more.
What have you learned about yourself this week?
Well two thing I have learned about my self is that I like reading book, I like thinking about my emotion and juste about life where am I can be when I grow up I'm going to college or travel the world with my 3 Best friends.
I have learned about myself this week is that I dot social media to occupy myself.
I learned that I can not live without Tiktok.
I have learned that i can not go without social media or my phone because its one of the most important things that i have and i need it all the time. Also if i cant comunicate with my friends and family then i will go nuts.
Day 4: j’ai faite beaucoup de travail aujourd’hui car je na pas de notifications de mes app mais je regarde beaucoup mon netflix et youtube
Was Day 3 harder or easier than the the past two days without social media? Explain why you think that.
Day 3 was harder, because I was thinking to go on Snapchat, Tik Tok and pinterest, but most of all it was pinterest.
It's really harder I find the time really long at school and at home.
Have you had a moment of weakness? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes a have because Im always on Tiktok so I find the time long but I go on youtube instead.
It's Is very good I do not faidite tempting for me and I just feel relaxse and I am reely fun for me and I feely mor prodoctife and I do more ting And the app that is youtub
How are you using your time differently without social media?
I am using more youtube, netflix, reading book I am reading Girl, stop apologizing and doing my chores at home like my laundry, cleaning my room and ect...
Well am using youtube and I watch dance videos, and I do a slide for my friend to know if they really knows me, I'm playing outside with Stella and William, I'm going to watch William's hockey game.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT YOUR DETOX? wHAT ARE THEIR REACTIONS?
What my students are saying:
My dad said that I would be able to this for one month, my cousin's reaction was why are you doing this for, well a said that it was a challenge that my teacher wanted us to do.
Most of the people are saying that it's good for you to take a break and do something more productive.
Well, my Mom was shocked that I was doing it and my Dad was just bugging me for it. Most of my friends are doing it white me so they were not really surprised about it .and I think I told my big sisters and my big brother about they were supportive and they try not to bug me.
My friend are saying that im crazy to do this, Véronic and Simon are really happy that am taking a break forme Tiktok Snapchat Instagram and facebook.
hOW DO YOU FIND YOUR MIND? (mORE RELAXED, LESS WORRIED, MORE CALM, MORE FOCUSED?)
What my students are saying:
I find my mind less worried because, I don't have to worry about how I look like in pictures. I'm able to focused more in class because I don't have to go on social medial all the time I can not go on.
I do feel more relaxed and more calm with this .
I find my mind extremely tense but RELAX and I guess I have more time to do stuff. and most of the time I paint find writing ideas. I try to make time go faster for all of the tings are doing .and I work on most of my assignments.
I find my mind more focused on the real life and more relaxes,
WHAT OTHER APPS ARE YOU FINDING YOURSELF USING INSTEAD OF SOCIAL MEDIA?
What my students are saying:
The apps I'm more use youtube I watch AlishaMarieVlogs and Netflix I watch sugar rush.
I am using youtube as my app.
I am using allot more youtube and even Netflix and google docs and google slides.
The other apps I am using is youtube, my photos. I am reading like books, school work and juste talking with other people.
Well am using youtube to pud music and danse to, I play some games that I was on my phone, Im using https://soap2day.com to watch my favorite movie Descendants 1 2 and 3
What my students are saying... (other responses)
How many times a day do you think your check your phone? I check my phone like every minute unless im very busy or if im not aloud to be on it. I hate not having it with me or if i cant be on it because it just gives me anxiety and stress.
How much time (hours) do you think you spend on your phone?I honestly spend a lot of time on my phone and sometimes im sure ill be like 1 hour on my phone, not 2 because after a while i wont have nothing to do on it. I dont hate always being on my phone because its part of my lifestyle and its something that i do and not realize it so like i dont hate myself for being on it all the time.
What are you most used apps? Rate them in order 1 - 5.
The first app i ALWAYS open is snapchat because thats mainly how i comunicate with my friends and i see peoples stories and what they are doing. The second app i open is instagram because i like to see what people post and i like to watch memes and funny meme vidoes. The third app is facebook because i see what my family posts and the new things they got or what they are doing. My 4th app would be tik tok because usually there are some funny vidoes and stuff that i can relate too. And finally my 5th app is VSCO because ill check if i got any notifications or if anyone republished any of my pictures and stuff.
My class takes on a social
media detox for 5 days!
HOW YOUR PHONE IS CHANGING YOU...
- going into a deep sleep
- falling asleep
- creating melatonine to help you sleep
Looking at your phone causes MYOPIA (near sightedness):
- half of the population needs glasses
We are becoming humpback whale:
- people curve their backs to look at their phones
why you should do a social media detox
- There are 4.7 hours spent on social media a day (on average). We could be MORE PRODUCTIVE with our time.
- Less social media can allows you to be less stressed
- Have more space in your brain for other things...
- Feel like you have MORE TIME
- Without social media you are MORE HELPFUL and MORE KIND
- AT THE END OF THE DETOX, YOU APPRECIATE YOUR PHONE MORE AND USE IT BETTER
DAY 7 CHECK-IN
I decided to take on the detox because I wanted to challenge myself. I also think that this is a good opportunity for growth. I want to see if I can be strong and not go on. I also want to see if I feel better without Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.
How has it been so far, not using social media? (What are your thoughts, comments, feelings, anxieties?)
It has been very hard not using Twitter. I have an easier ability to not go on Instagram and Snapchat but I have been living FOMO with Twitter. I constantly want to check to see what is going on without me. I often stop myself from looking for the app on my phone.
What my students are saying:
Why did you decide to commit to the detox?
So the reason that I decide to commit to the detox, it because I just need some time off of my phone and the social medial.
I'm only doing it once a week but today it's been really relaxing I can sorta focus more and see more reality.
I decide to commit to do the detox for my perants to stop annoying me and to see to if i could last 5 days whit none of the social media.
I decided to commit to the detox because I know can do it for month. I like to do challenge it help to concentrate on other things or sometime I read a book.
how are you feeling so far?
I'm not having any anxieties or feelings about it but my thoughts about it are I can been mentally healthier and my comments is this is a good thing to do when your stressed.
I am feeling just fine.
I think so far is going good because wan i did not have a phone I can not go on social media at all for a year. So I got a year of practice.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO NOT DO THE DETOX? ( 2 REASONS)
I decided to not do the detox because i am addicted to social media and my phone. I also like to be caught up on whats going on online and i like texting my friends.
WHY DO YOU THINK OTHERS SAID YES TO DOING IT?
I think that the others did it because they find it
As a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa, I am very fortunate to have gotten hired in June of 2018 for a full time teaching position with the school board of my dreams! I am now working in a small rural school, only a short distance away from my house, teaching grade 9 and 10. I must admit that my previously mentioned involvement in blogging, PD sessions, and social media allowed me to be visible to the school board of my dreams and most definitely helped in the hiring process.
Fast forward many months… As I have now completed my first official high school semester! (Insert celebration song) Marking ✔ Exams ✔ Report cards ✔ First semester ✔ Without a doubt, closing off this semester is bittersweet. It is the first of MANY. Thankfully, this natural transition has allowed me to take the time for a quick pause to reflect on how I was not only able to survive but thrive through my first semester of teaching. In the end, I broke it down into 5 main ideas.
Asking questions also has a lot to do with being curious about the people around you - ask them questions, be interested in them. You never know what you might have in common with them and what relationships may come out of it! In addition, don’t only ask others questions, but don’t forget to question yourself. Keep examining your practice and taking the time to reflect. Reflection is the seed you plant, and putting that practice in place allows you to grow.
What I have already learned about that ^^^ is:
Prioritizing is a skill I am constantly developing and my mindset for 2019 is: If it’s not a “hell yes” when I am asked to do something, then it’s a no. So focus on what is IMPORTANT to you and brings meaning to your work. A good start would be deciding what IS truly important to you and where you can put your time and energy. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later.
mentorship matters (yes again!)
I also got involved in the #OnEdMentorsConnect program with Noa Daniel and Leigh Cassel. I had the pleasure of being mentored by Eryka Desrosiers, an innovative English teacher in Quebec. We documented our mentee and mentor conversations through sketchnotes, Google Docs, and a couple podcasts. Take a listen to our first one here. (If you are a new teacher looking for a mentor, do not be shy to reach out to myself, Noa or Leigh!)
The thing about mentorship is that your mentor/mentee relationship does not have to be “official” through a program; it can be informal and sometimes you may have people who are not even aware they are mentoring you. Many members of your PLN could mentor you in different ways. All things considered, my advice is to not be scared to find someone to lean on. Find educators, find experts, ask them questions and build relationships with them.
STOP COMPARING YOURSELF
During an OnEdMentors show, a line from new teacher Karaline Vlahopoulos shared some wise words: Do not compare your Chapter 1 to someone’s Chapter 7, 15 or even 23! If you’re interested in listening to that conversation, you can catch it here.
Simply be happy with where you are RIGHT now. If you keep a growth mindset, ask questions, be yourself, stop comparing and find people to support you - I can almost promise that you will be able to live a successful first year of teaching.
Going into my second semester, I am going to take my own advice. Keep my focus on what works, ask myself how I can improve and continuously try and find balance.
An extra resource I want to share for any new teachers reading is the free Disillusionment Power Pack from Roxanna Elden. “The Disillusionment Power Pack is a free, one-month series of the emails I'd send to the first-year-teacher version of myself. I don't send these emails to most of the people on my mailing list, nor will you find them on my website. They are my small experiment in over-sharing for new teachers who are having really bad days right now. If that's you, sign up below to receive emails every few days for one month. Which, as you'll see soon, might be all you really need.” I felt as though the e-mails found in my Inbox really spoke to me and what I was going through that week - yes, kind of like magic. You can sign up to receive these emails at: RoxannaElden.com
En mai, j’ai eu le plaisir absolu d’être engagé par le CSDCEO. J’ai accepté un poste à temps plein régulier à l’École secondaire catholique Le Relais à Alexandria, Ontario. J’ai la chance d’enseigner les élèves de 9e et 10e année en English, Français et Histoire ce semestre; ainsi que English, Histoire et Géographie le semestre prochain. Les billets de blogues que j’envisage publier seront axés sur mon cheminement en enseignement. Étant toute nouvelle dans cette profession, j’ai encore beaucoup à apprendre, donc pourquoi ne pas le documenter ici! Depuis 4 semaines j’ai vécu ma première rentrée scolaire. Une occasion de partir sur le bon pied avec tes élèves, apprendre à les connaître, faire des diagnostics, créer des communautés d’apprentissage qui ont un climat de classe positif, etc. Voici ma réflexion par rapport à ces dernières 4 semaines.
(Disclaimer : All of my blogs are going to be completely bilingual!)
Recently, I’ve been living moments where I am pulling into the school parking lot, unlocking my classroom or simply walking through the hallways at break when I have stopped and am struck with this feeling of gratitude and wonder. I think to myself: “Wow, I am a teacher. This is my school. I have students. I have co-workers. I am so happy.” I have told a lot of people this when they ask, but I am simply living the dream, every single day. Of course, not every day has been perfect but this “teaching thing”, I can officially say, is for me. (Are you surprised? Because I’m not…) It has simply been everything I have imagined, and more! I hope I can take this feeling into the next few months as the semester progresses. And if not, I will come back to read this blog! I think it’s so important to have these moments and live in the happiness of what you get to do every day.
APPRENTISSAGE OVERLOAD :
JE SUIS LÀ POUR EUX:
Comme les jours et les semaines passent rapidement, j’apprends à les connaître à chaque période qu’on passe ensemble. Je ne peux pas croire que c’est seulement le premier mois. Nous avons encore plus de cheminement à faire ensemble en tant que groupe classe, et je me questionne où on va se rendre après deux, trois et même 4 mois. Des petites victoires que j’ai vécues avec eux à date seraient que: j’ai reçu des fleurs mardi matin d’une de mes élèves. et puis, lors de l’écriture de leur autobiographie, quelques-unes d’entre eux m’ont choisi comme leur enseignante préférée. C'est déjà bon signe...
LIVING THROUGH THE MOTIONS:
THE PRESSURE IS ON:
Lately, I have also been working with another mentor (thanks to #OnEdMentors and #OEMConnect) whom I truly admire. Eryka Desrosiers and I meet up virtually every week to share a debrief of our week and I usually ask her upwards of 20 questions that I note down throughout the week. I am so fortunate that Eryka’s specialty is in languages. She supports me in the creation of my crazy ideas and provides me strategies to overcome certain obstacles I have been facing, whether through planning, teaching, grading, etc. Eryka even wrote a book for new teachers as she was beginning in the profession... a lot of what she writes about resonates with me. It's called: Journal d'une nouvelle enseignante - De l'université à la salle de classe. Check it out here.
All I can say is that the KEY to a new teacher’s success is MENTORSHIP – case closed. (Edutopia even recently posted an article about how #MentorsMatter
- All of the positive vibes I have been giving and receiving so far this school year, that has allowed me to GLOW.
- Positive relationships I have started building with my students which will ultimately allow me to better connect and help support them in their learning throughout the semester.
- I didn't mention this in the space above but I am truly working on implementing the Historical Thinking concepts in my History class, as I work through the ins and outs of those concepts I look forward to becoming more confident in applying them.
- We have been talking about this a lot, online and in my school recently, but evaluating and assessing less and more efficient and effectively.
This blog post comes a couple week later because I truly wanted to let the experience sink in before I shared my reflection. I also took a quick vacation at the most magical place on earth to celebrate!
What better way to end off this placement than create a list of the 30 things I learnt during my placement? Why 30? Well, it just seemed like well rounded number… I could have written 100 things but time did not allow it. I had created this (before the blog) to hand back to my associate teacher, but then I thought: Why not share it?
This is what it looked like:
- It is so important to know your students and show you CARE in order to help build positive relationships
- Patience is always key (in any situation)
- You do not always have to use the “Atelier” to make a rubric
- *Sometimes* just winging it works wonders
- It is important to know yourself (strengths and weaknesses) in order to be a better teacher
- Being vulnerable and open with the students is very valuable (and will be reciprocal)
- Your lesson plan might not go as planned and that’s OK!
- Connecting with other teachers helps you in so many ways
- Coffee is a necessity...☕
- A calm demeanour helps the overall feel of the classroom
- Always have your curriculum handy!!!
- Respect is the answer to most of your problems in teaching
- Positive and authentic reinforcement goes a long way
- Letting the students be the experts is exciting!
- Your attitude in the classroom reflects the student’s attitude. So smile, be happy and spread the joy.
- Being on top of your game with marking is SO IMPORTANT (especially in English)
- You should always let the students surprise you (not hold grudges)
- Questioning and reflecting on your practice helps you grow as an educator
- You have to be adaptable to change (at all times!)
- Il ne faut pas toujours réinventer la roue...
- Reward the students and giving them a break (sometimes with a good Kahoot is FUN!)
- making the students be accountable for their learning is I M P O R T A N T
- You can’t say yes to everything in your first few years of teaching….. Oops
- Teaching is a full time job that you end up bringing home with you every night
- Finding balance is absolutely positively important - but not easy.
- Technology will not always work and / or be on your side (prepare for a PLAN B,C,D…)
- Repetition. Repetition. Repetition. x100
- Being passionate about what you teach will always shine through
- Taking the time to eat is beneficial (Still learning this one)
- TEACHING IS A LOT OF WORK BUT IT IS SO WORTH IT
ce que j'ai adoré de l'école secondaire
J'ai aussi adoré le contenu. Ce n'est pas toujours facile enseigner les langues, mais cette matière est très flexible. J'ai capoté sur le fait que j’étais capable de faire les choses autrement en English et incorporer plein de nouvelles idées, technologies et stratégies d’enseignement. J'ai beaucoup appris de moi-même (points forts et faibles) de mes connaissances dans la matière elle-même. Les élèves m'ont aidé à apprendre des nouveaux mots, concepts, principes historiques, etc. Ceci m'inspire à apprendre davantage chaque jour afin de continuer mon développement en tant que nouvelle enseignante.
what i am still working on...
Almost every teacher I spoke with told me that the first 1-3 years of teaching are always the most difficult. Don't get me wrong, teaching is already super energy draining and exhausting if you are a veteran teacher, let alone having to build units from the ground up, get to know your curriculum, build your resources and teach a full course load in your first years. That being said, since you spend a lot more time planning and prepping (and figuring your life out) in the first few years of teaching you can't necessarily take on 101 other projects (sigh). I know that this is going to be difficult for me (who is someone always looking to get involved!!). However, I know the importance of knowing your limits, taking time for yourself and not burning yourself out - because that is the LAST thing I want. So, I can admit that I am still working on finding that balance in my life (professional and personal).
I am also still trying to figure out if I am suited for elementary, intermediate or secondary. I JUST LOVE THEM ALL, HELP! What level do you teach at and what do you love about it? Let me know in the comments below...
Finally being able to say that I am wrapping up my 2nd degree.. But not only that, my teaching degree is exciting but nerve wracking and a huge relief but still overwhelming. I would have a very long list of people to thank who have mentored me, helped me, spoken with me and shaped me into the educator I have become and continue to grow into. You all know who you are - so finally - Thank You.
Sarah Anne Lalonde
Il me reste encore la semaine prochaine, ainsi que 3 jours lors de la semaine d'après à mon stage. Pour moi, il est absolument nécessaire de poursuivre avec mes billets de blogue et de terminer en force. Commencer et finir une tâche ou un but, pour moi, est fondamental à ma philosophie personnelle et professionnelle. Aussi, j'ai bien hâte de retourner lire ces billets de blogues dans 2,3 ou même 10 ans!
taking on a full course load
Some of the uplifting lyrics are:
"I still mess up but I'll just start again
I keep falling down, I keep on hitting the ground
I always get up now to see what's next"
"I won't give up, no I won't give in
Til I reach the end and then I'll start again
No I won't leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail"
Entre autres, je crois que le tout s'est bien passé. Le beat est tellement différent avec un cours de 12e préuniversitaire que c'était plus familier! Les élèves ont aussi été géniaux avec moi, très respectueux et à l'écoute. Heureusement, le groupe a toujours envie d'apprendre! Ce qui fait en sorte qu'on peut passer à travers beaucoup de matière et avoir de bonnes discussions!
Some may wonder why I did not write this blog sooner, you know, when there was still some buzz going around the Ontario Summit. Still, I decided I wanted everything to sink in and see the “long term” ripple effect before I truly wrote down my impressions of it all.
- DOUBT: “Am I crazy? Why did I decide to do this? I am not capable. I can’t do it.”
- FEAR: “What have I gotten myself into? I’m
- CONFIDENCE: “Okay, I can actually do this… I’ve practiced it a couple times without screwing it up. Maybe I will be alright?”
- ANXIETY: I would visualize myself on stage just simply screwing up, time after time...
- EXCITEMENT: “I can’t wait to be on stage and spread my message!! This is my chance!”
It’s funny because my Ignite was about taking the JUMP, taking the RISK, saying YES and how it’s not easy, you go through tons of emotions, your PLN will support you and in the end it’s worth it! Well, I lived that whole process from the moment I agree and said ‘Yes’ to Emily Fitzpatrick. That was my jump. Brainstorming, drafting up ideas, getting feedback, building the visuals, getting more feedback and practice, practice and more practice was the free fall until I presented it and I began to soar.
Now I was to focus on the summit weekend itself. My Saturday morning Starbucks run allowed me to receive a message from the universe that deeply affected me. Who would have thought, right?
Have you ever seen those “Take what you need” boards? I found a message that resonated with me quite flawlessly; it said: Inhale Confidence. Exhale doubt. I will admit, I believe in the power of “it was meant to be” and I truly believe that was meant for me to find and pick up.
Considering how quickly Saturday came and left, that means that Sunday morning arrived even more rapidly. I hadn’t eaten and barely wanted to drink my Americano. I will always remember that morning, Emily asking me if I had eaten and how important it was to do so. I took her advice. (Who wouldn’t?!)
We did a full run through Sunday morning alone in the gym. I had the cold sweats. And, I was the last presenter. Everyone was going up, 1 by 1 and delivering their Ignites like experts. I loved, in this moment, that I felt as though we were a little family. Encouraging, supporting and clapping for one another. Although I had just met 80% of them for the first time, I felt safe to fail in front of them, because I knew they had my back. After I presented, I knew that next time I was going to be on stage, there was going to be a full house.
I cannot finish this blog post without mentioning how INCREDIBLE the other presenters were:
I don’t think I can put into words the feeling you get when the person that went before you hands you the microphone. I took a deep breath, counted backwards from 5 and I jumped.
After it was all done, I had goosebumps. The flood of congratulations and connections that I made was unreal. The best part of this whole experience was not only getting to talk on stage for 5minutes. Rather, it was all of the connections after the fact! I encouraged the educators in the room to be accountable and share their #Jump with me, and did they ever. As I mentioned, the connections after the fact was overwhelming. How could I, a Teacher Candidate have inspired educators to take action? I still wonder…
Having been given this opportunity to make a difference and inspire others on such a large scale still gives me chills because my thoughts, my words, my voice actually inspire people to do something and that is the power of these summits.
Si j'attends pour la perfection, je n'écrierais jamais un mot...