Today for breakfast I made french toast. To add more nutrients to this meal, I recommend you add some fresh fruit. As I was snowed in, I didn’t have many groceries so this was a simple recipe I could make with regular items I have in the fridge. Usually I would just have peanut butter on toast but I decided to try something new. It was delicious and very filling with the eggs as protein. It only took about 15 minutes from start to finish. These are the ingredients and steps I took to make 6 pieces for 2 people:

  1. Whisk together 5 eggs, 3 tablespoons of milk, 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a good shake of cinnamon powder
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large non-stick frying pan
  3. Dip each slice of bread one at a time into the mixture and make sure you flip it to get both sides saturated
  4. Fry 3 slices of bread at a time on medium heat for 3 minutes on each side
  5. Plate and serve with some maple syrup!
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For dinner, I made Meatball Subs with only 5 ingredients, from Jamie Oliver’s cookbook mentioned in my resource findings. It is a delicious meal that has lots of protein, good carbs, and if paired with a salad, many vegetables. You can find the recipe here.

This took me about 30 minutes from start to finish. The meatballs took the longest to create as I rolled each one by hand. I cooked them, added crushed tomatoes and then melted mozzarella on top. I toasted buns with mozzarella cheese and pesto and then put two meatballs in each one. It was very simple and tasted like it took a lot more time and effort! I definitely need to work on cutting down recipes to smaller portions as I had a lot left over.

Tonight I made a Teriyaki Chicken Stir-fry! I served it with Basmati rice. The total time to make this meal was one hour because I made the Basmati in a rice cooker which takes 60 minutes. Just the stir-fry takes about 30 minutes. Below are the steps and all the ingredients I used.

  1. First, start your rice cooker as it takes the longest amount of time
  2. In a large non-stick pan, fry the onions and garlic in cooking oil
  3. Add 2 chicken breasts, cut into cube-sized pieces
  4. Cook until the chicken is sealed all around (approximately 7 minutes)
  5. Add about 4 tablespoons of Teriyaki sauce or to preference, and half this measurement of water
  6. Add vegetables of choice and cook altogether occasionally stirring for 20 minutes, adding more sauce as needed
  7. Serve on top of rice and add toppings!

Overall, I am very happy with how this recipe turned out. I created it from scratch and did not reference any source. I wanted to incorporate as many vegetables as I could, as well as getting protein from the chicken and nutrients from the rice grains. I chose the toppings based on preference and it all worked together very well. I would say the most time consuming part was chopping up all the vegetables and chicken, but the rest was straight-forward and definitely a great beginner level recipe. Below is the final product!

Last week, I was under the weather and when this is the case, I usually go to the supermarket and buy some ready-made soup. I decided to tackle the cold and make my own. Here are the steps I took:

  1. Finely chop white onions, leeks, carrots, celery, green onions, parsley, and chives
  2. Bring chicken broth to boil in a large pan
  3. Add in the white onions, leeks, carrots, and celery
  4. Boil altogether for 15 minutes
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Finely break apart vermicelli noodles and add them to the soup
  7. Cook vermicelli noodles for approximately 3 minutes
  8. Pour into a soup bowl and garnish with green onions, chives, parsley and parmesan cheese, serve with a side of toast!

I was very satisfied with the final result of my meal. It was very soothing and it felt even better to make it myself.

Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry Reflection

Yesterday, EDCI 336 had the opportunity to go downtown and visit The Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry. It is a high school where students direct their own learning through the inquiry of topics that interest them. Jeff Hopkins, the principle, gave us a wonderful introduction to the school and how it operates to fully support the learner through their individualized educational journey. I was in awe leaving and was very impressed with all my observations and conversations with students there.

I had the opportunity to personally talk to two students who were very happy to engage in conversation and discuss their learning journey at PSII. First, a student who did the accelerated entry program into UVIC last term talked about his experience. While multitasking with playing the guitar, one of his inquiries, he discussed his experience attending this high school, and how it has prepared him for post secondary. He said that this high school was an easy adjustment for him as previously he had attended Selkirk Montessori. He appeared to be very self motivated, and thrived in this setting. Aspects of the school he openly talked that he would like to change was the social aspect, and the school spirit. As it is a smaller community, you are not open to meeting the same amount of people as you are in a traditional school, and there are no school sports or big activities to bring out the spirit/community. After this, I talked with a young fashion designer who was creating patterns for a collection she plans to launch in May. She works on this everyday at school and it gives her credits for courses such as art and entrepreneurship. She moved from Oak Bay high school to PSII as it was a place where she could just focus on her passion and work towards achieving her goals at her pace. In her own time, she learns to sew and looks for materials to create her designs. It was very interesting that her inquiry goes beyond school and leads into not only her extra-curricular activities, but her full career.

The well-being of the students is something that is acknowledged at par with their learning. They have a quiet room where students can go to relax, de-stress, and just take a break from the business of their days. The students inside let me quietly go in and look around. It was a very relaxing ambiance with signs that showed steps to mindful breathing, and meditation. I can see how a school like this would be extremely beneficial to students that are overwhelmed by the traditional school system as the teachers are very supportive in working with the learner and their timeline for deadlines. This takes away stress and pressure, increasing motivation and interest.

Their steps to an inquiry process gave me inspiration and guidance towards my own passion project, and gave me ideas as to how I can further my question and learn more about it. There are many signs around the school that state the steps to a good inquiry and how to follow through until the end successfully. Below is one I saw in the hallway that was very informative:

Video conferencing

Today in class we had the opportunity to have a video conference call with Ian Landy who is a principal in Powell River. With twenty years of experience as a teacher, he gave us an abundance of information on his experience of being a pro-technology educator, and what this can look like in a classroom. I loved his passion for finding different ways to explore communication, and finding ways to engage students in ways in which they enjoy, ultimately increasing their achievement. His belief in completing the competencies, not the assignments, decreases student pressures and creates a more welcoming learning environment. He discussed formative assessment, and how he uses eportfolios to document students’ progress and success academically. Instead of report cards, they show a students journey rather than just the ending. It is much more relevant and meaningful, and gives parents an opportunity to see how a student is thriving through videos/audio. This ongoing documentation of students progress is a great example of how technology can be incorporated into classrooms to better the experience for not only the students, but their parents as well!

Ian Landy’s blog

01/22

Today in class we had an Edcamp session where as a class we split into groups to discuss topics that interested us that were brought forward by our peers. I loved having the opportunity to discuss accommodating students and whether discomfort in classrooms is always a negative thing. By doing it in small groups with our classmates, it was a very open discussion where everyone felt comfortable sharing their experiences and opinions. It was educational to listen to everyone’s perspectives and contrast ideas in a friendly manner. I would be very interested in experiencing an EdCamp session with a larger range of individuals as I think it could be very interesting to get varying opinions on topics from people of different ages and backgrounds. I agree with a comment made by a classmate saying that if doing this with young children, inquiry questions to guide the conversation would be useful. This is because I found even with us that after about thirty minutes we broke out into other topics of conversation and strayed away from the initial question. This is a great professional learning opportunity as we are educating ourselves from others’ experiences, opinions, and knowledge on a topic we are all collectively interested in exploring, and that is relevant to our careers of becoming teachers!