Archive | February, 2012

Online Racism: Taking a Stand

29 Feb

I’m sorry everyone, this is going to be a long one, but please read and comment  your advice on if you think I did the right thing!

One day over the break, I was checking my Facebook as I do regularly when I’m bored or feel like procrastinating. Usually there is just a lot of casual posts, but this day I saw something that caught my eye. This particular person had posted a link to an article calledOttawa Invests $27M in Aboriginal Education. Underneath the article she wrote the following: “…Really? Harper says, “Sadly not everyone graduates from high school. But this doesn’t mean that we should give up on these people”…Okay Harper…I’m just going to keep waiting for an article that talks about you investing $27M on something useful.”

Anger. Instant anger. This is what I wanted to comment on her post: ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!? This post disgusts me. Do you realise how racist this is? Many Aboriginal people live in poverty due to the fact that they do not finish their education and cannot receive a job because of this. You are saying that it is a waste of money to try to reverse this process?? You were born white. You were born the majority. Because you are the majority, you have no idea what it is like to walk into a room of people and instantly be judged solely on the colour of your skin. Because you are part of the majority, your accomplishments and successes in life do not get overshadowed by other people’s judgments of your race. You have never experienced these hardships, so don’t judge. I feel sorry for how ignorant you are and how you will never be able realise the beauty of living in a wonderfully diverse nation. Have a WONDERFUL day.”

Of course I did not post this; I did not want to start a Facebook riot! But I could not just leave without saying something. After some consideration, I posted the following: “Wow. I am shocked at how incredibly racist this post is. It really sickens me.” I felt that this comment was short enough that I wouldn’t start a rant, but got my point across that I am not ignoring an act of complete racism. Needless to say by then end of the day I deleted from her friends on Facebook, but I had got my point across.

Now I know that people are titled to their own opinion, and I respect that. If she believes that it is a waste of money, that’s her opinion. What disgusted me is how she posted it on Facebook for all to see. How does she know that some of her friends do not have Aboriginal roots? Also, the way in which she posted it was disrespectful and totally unprofessional. The worst part is that this is not the first time I have come across this. A couple of months ago when a debit card scam was taking place in my hometown, two people posted about how they were sure “those immigrants” in our community were to blame with no evidence to support the manner. This is how rumours get started and innocent people get blamed. I inboxed the person who had written this and commented on how he has no evidence on this and to think twice before he judged people solely based on the colour of their skin. After he replied saying that the reason he posted it because his uncle could not get a job because “immigrants were taking all the jobs” and that is why he was racist. I wonder if he ever considered that these people immigrating to Canada were more qualified for the job and better workers and that is why they got the job over his uncle?

As a future teacher who will be teaching children of many different cultures and backgrounds, I feel that it was important that I stood up for what I believed on these Facebook posts. The classroom should be a safe place for all children no matter where they come from. I believe that taking a stand and commenting is the first step making people think about what they are posting. Did I do the right thing, or was I too forward? Am I being a hypocrite by also posting my opinions on the matter after her? Please feel free to comment on what you would have done. All I know is at this moment I wouldn’t change what I said if I had the chance.

Uno, Dos, Tres!

22 Feb

I am slowly but surely making my way into the Spanish world! I have now added the numbers one to ten and pronouns to my list of what I know. It is hard to memorize all these words with the workload of my other classes, but I have found that a lot of Spanish words are similar to French words that I am familiar with, so this helps. For example, pronouns such as she and you are similar in both languages (in Spanish she is ella whereas in French it is elle, and you is tu in both languages).

Another thing I discovered thanks to my online Spanish lesson to help me memorize words is to fit in Spanish words into my everyday conversations. Of course I cannot do this everywhere, but every little bit counts. For example, when saying “hello” to my parents, I will say “hola” instead to help make the connections in my brain. Hopefully these things will help!

Happy Family Day!!

21 Feb

Happy Family Day- hope everyone got the opportunity to spend a little quality time with the ones you love today!! For me, family day is a great addition to the holiday calendar, especially now that I am away from my home town and attending university. Family day allows me to spend the much needed time with my parents and sister. To celebrate, my family and my boyfriend drove up to Regina and we went to see the Titanic exhibit at the Science Centre. It was great; I got to spend time with my family and learn something new. The more schooling I take, the more I realise how much children in school spend more time with their teachers than they do with their family. Thanks to holidays like Family day, family’s get to make that many more memories together.


14 Feb

Hope you enjoy this video made by myself and my partners Deborah and Ashely!! Our assignment was of course to make a suspenseful short video using a door. Enjoy!!

Man in Motion!!

7 Feb

Today I got an incredible oppertunity…I got to meet the Man in Motion himself; Rick Hansen!! Mr. Hansen came to the University of Regina as part of his Man in Motion twenty-five year anniversary. Seeing that much of the audience, me included, was not even born twenty-five years ago, it was amazing to see all the support and the legacy that Rick had created.

Rick engaged us in a talk about recovering from the crash that left him paralyzed from the waist down and how he managed to stay positive. He said that he could either look at his disability in two ways; what it kept him from doing, or all the possibilities it opened for him. Fortunetly he chose the second option, and today  he has made an amazing difference not only in research for spinal cord injuries but also in inclusiveness and acceptance for people with disabilities. At the end of the presentation he asked us to reflect on three things: 1.) Who has helped us along the journey of our lives 2.) Whose life we have made a difference in, and 3.) How we plan to make a difference in the future. He told us that we all have the power to make a difference in this world, and I believe every word that he says. As a future educator, I will make a difference in childrens’ lives undoubtingly, and whether that difference is good or bad is up to me. I believe Rick Hansen will be a role model for me in my future, and I hope that some day I can be a role model in the lives of others.

Tech Task #6 – The Fence

7 Feb

For this Tech Task, we were asked to make a digital story using one of many programs given to us. I decided to use Flickr’ Five Card Story to create my story because I liked how the possibilities for story making were endless becuase of the numerous photo options and the difference in creativity of the story maker. Here is the story I ended up with:

Five Card Story: The Fence

a Five Card Flickr story created by Brenna

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by dwtno

At two years old the world can be so big and full of new adventures, but being so small, it is hard to escape the fence that holds me in so that I can explore the mysteries around me.

Everyday Mommy and Daddy use the shiny, jinlgy things to open the doors into the big, bright world outside the fence. If only I could use them too…

Daddy does not like it when I hide his shiny, jingly toys. He does not realize that I just want to join him on his adventures!

He takes away the shiny jinglys and gives me tiny toys to play with instead.

I guess I will have to wait to see what waits beyond this fence…

Tech Task #4 – Priceless!!

6 Feb

The most priceless thing in my life?? My dog, Bella!! I love her so much and miss her incredibly when I am at school (she lives with my parents in my home town). One of the many things I love about her is how no matter what kind of mood your in she meets you at the door each and every day with tons of tail wagging and wet kisses! Here is my priceless commercial based on her.