A Post is Forever

“The worst thing that happened to Justine was that no one supported her, everyone was against her.  That is profoundly traumatizing.” – Jon Ronson 

I am about the same age as Amanda Todd would be now.

I remember where I was and who I was when her ‘story’  played out for the world to see.

15 year old me

Me @ 15 

Actually,  I remember quite a bit about who I was when I was 15, but there is plenty more I have chosen to ‘block’ or forgot to remember because I am embarrassed by the choices I made, and some of the things I chose to do or say.   The choices I regret have not had any lasting impact on my life.  (other than my fried hair because I thought I needed pink and purple hair), but my facebook memories are a constant reminder of how terrible of a digital citizen I was as a teen.  I think I am not alone when I say that I am horrified by some of the selfies and song lyrics I chose to share on social media, and am regularly deleting posts I find from my previous self.



Carol Todd talked quite a bit about her desire for us to educate our students about digital citizenship.  Educating students about digital citizenship isn’t meant to push them to not use social media, but rather it is about helping them to understand that there are implications to what you post and the settings you use, etc.  One thing I didn’t understand as a teen was how permanent the internet was.  I am guilty of believing deleting something gets rid of it forever.  I know now that isn’t the case.

Monica Lewinsky, talked at length in her TED talk about the price of shame.  How shame and humiliation is a feeling like no other.  As educators, we need to understand how powerful the feeling of shame and humiliation is so that we understand the magnitude how much our students can be feeling when they feel they have been shamed, especially when social media is involved.

Social media is such a grey area in schools.  Social media is like air, it is all around us, you can’t always see it but you know its there, its apart of everything we.  How often do we stop whatever we are doing to capture something for social media, we edit this post to reflect the type of person we want to be seen as.  Social media in many senses is not reality, but what is said and shared on social media can become very real when it is laced with shame, humiliation and hurt.

Recently I watched Audrie and Daisy.  This is a documentary rooted in the shame and relates all too closely with Amanda’s story and countless others.  For me, it put it into perspective just how common this scenario is, how easily this could have happened to me, someone I know or someone I will teach.  I would implore you all to take the time to watch this, I found it incredibly sad but also very eye-opening.



Be kind to one another.



Mathletics yay or nah.. a dialogue

This week Amy, Hailie and I all worked together to create this dialogue demonstrating how we might talk with a parent who had an opposition to using mathletics in the classroom.

Parent → Teacher: Concerns of excessive use of Mathletics
Context: Parent meeting with Teacher

Parent: Hi, I am concerned about the lack of teaching in my child’s math
class. Brady said that all he does is play Mathletics. Mathletics looks
like math games to me.

Teacher: Thank you for coming to me and sharing your opinion. I value
all my student’s parent’s opinions. In education we are working on
incorporating technology and digital citizenship in their lives. I
believe that students all have a digital identity, or will eventually. A
way to develop the foundations of digital identity is through
educational resources. Mathletics is an educational website that we do
use on occasion. May I log into my account and show you the benefits of
Mathletics and how we use it in our class? If you are interested I can
show you Brady’s work!
Parent: Yes, please. Thank you.

Teacher: So here you can see there are different options of focus, here
we have Patterns. When I click on Brady’s account, I can see his
progress, what he is doing well in and what he needs to work towards.

Parent: Well is this all he does? How can he get better if there is no

Teacher: This is only one of our math centres. We have 5 stations that
the students work on, so using this technology is only one of them. They
are also using blocks to create patterns, working on worksheets, and in
small groups with me and other students.

Parent: So this isn’t all you do then?

Teacher: Our school made the purchase to use Mathletics and all grades
from Gr.1-5 use this site. We find it quite educational and the students
really enjoy it. It provides another way for students to learn the
content at their own pace. It is a great way to track progress and them
working independently helps build stamina and competence in their own

Parent: Oh! Thank you so much. I didn’t realize the context it is used.
Is there a way I can see Brady’s work too?

Teacher: Of course! I will give you Brady’s username and password so he
can work on it at home and you can see what he is working on.

Parent: Great. Thank you!

While I have not yet had the experience of having a parent opposing technology in the classroom, I have had the pleasure of working alongside and shadowing Susan Barton, a high school teacher who is a technology consultant for Christ The Teacher School Division .  Susan’s job role includes sharing new forms and uses of technology as well supporting teachers exploring technology in the classroom.  In shadowing Susan I saw the endless benefits of using technology in the classroom as well as the endless possibilities of using technology in classroom.  I saw students doing book reports on Adobe Spark  , students using seesaw  to track and post their progress, amongst many other things.  Because I have seen these instances and many others, I do absolutely see the value and will make sure I take the time to explain this to my families so that they may also see the value.

I also found a great ted talk that talks about technology in the classroom that I thought related well.


Digital Teacher Vibe

My digital identity as a teacher is on going because I am new to the profession and still building my presence.  My digital identity as a teacher differs from my digital identity as a non- teacher.  In our lecture we talked about what comes up when we google our self and when I googled myself I was surprised to see just what came up;

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What I did not realize is how many other Madisson Shearer’s exist on the internet.  I was surprised to see how little of myself came up.  As was mentioned in class I think I will begin to start taking control of my digital identity.  I have already began this process by tweeting using a public account and by blogging regularly.




It’s Me… Your Knitting Queen




I Madisson, knitted an entire scarf.
It doesn’t fall apart, it looks like an actual scarf and works like an actual scarf.

This is a miracle.

What do I owe my newfound glory as a knitting queen to?

This little plastic piece of joy.


This is a Zippy Loom  you can buy your very own at your local Micheals store and bask in its greatness.  I found the Zippy on a whim while on one of my many Micheal store trips.  To be quite frank I was feeling pretty defeated when it came to knitting because nothing I tried was working out so I thought why not try out this little plastic thing.  Initially I was VERY confused.  The instructions were quite vague and left out several important details needed for success.  My next stop was to check out youtube on the ‘tube’ I found a couple of videos I watched obsessively.  Here are a couple I found:

The first one I watched was this Crafting with Claudie video;

This video was a good jumping off point and allowed me to understand a bit more about how to set up the yarn and using the hook.  Still after watching this video more times than I care to admit I was finding my scarf wasn’t getting longer like Claudie’s was.  Confused, discouraged and wishing I would have picked french as a learning project, I asked my dear friend Hailie to assist me.  She figured out the reason why my scarf wasn’t working was I was wrapping the yarn around each beg 2 times when in fact I was supposed to be wrapping it around only once.  Once we figured this out it was life changing.



Things started flying once I figured out how to work this magic plastic.


This is your knitting queen threading through the yarn.


This is your knitting queen using the hook to pull the thread over the pegs.


Finally, this is your knitting queen when she realized she had actually knitted an entire scarf in one sitting.

Stay tuned for a Zippy Knitting tutorial coming your way!