Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bucket List

I have a Bucket List & add to it as I go along.  Last year after attending Choices I decided to have a Bucket List because I want to live life to the fullest & follow my hopes & dreams.  Not that I plan to go anywhere soon, not even close, I just wanted to get my list going & add to it as I continue to achieve and accomplish my list.  In the movie, Bucket List, they had an old crumpled list ~ well my list is virtual on this Blog site.  I hope this encourages all of you to create a list ~ if anything, it keeps life interesting, keeps me focused, & gives me something to look forward to...

SHANNON'S BUCKET LIST:
  1. Sky Dive - planned for May 9, 2010 (Mother's Day) with my son on his 24th Birthday.  I'm not letting my baby jump alone. 
  2. Learn to fly a plane or helicopter
  3. Sponsor 10 people to Choices
  4. Be a Choices coach
  5. Marry for "love" in front of all our loved ones ~ welcome each other into each other's family
  6. Travel to Australia for pleasure
  7. Travel to Egypt
  8. Go on a cruise
  9. Own a communications & socializing business - the plans saved in my head for safe keeping!
  10. Travel to a Tropical location with history - Completed May 2014 Hawaii Islands during WIPCE (World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education)
  11. Swim with Dolphins - tentative between Nov 20/16 in New Zealand
  12. Complete my second Degree in Education - Completed June 15, 2012 & convocate November 20, 2012
  13. See my Technological Invention a reality ~ benefits children & classrooms all over.
  14. Have a home totally Environmentally Friendly
  15. Influence a life to go after their DREAM
  16. Get my Master's degree - In progress from Sept 2016 - June 2019 at UNBQ in Master’s of Arts in Indigenous Languages
  17. Cave Exploring
  18. Go to every Province in Canada
  19. Go to every state in America
  20. Teach/be a student in Australia
  21. Teach and/or be a student in New Zealand - COMPLETED Nov 13 - 26, 2016 as a student and complete a Master's degree course IYIS 534 in Auckland and Christchurch, NZ 
  22. See all the Wonders of the World in person
  23. Greece
  24. Venice
  25. Disneyland
  26. Cuba
  27. Costa Rica
  28. Scuba Dive - Tentative in New Zealand between Nov 13-26, 2016
  29. Climb the Eiffel Tower
  30. Do something totally unselfish - many times & will throughout my life
  31. Learn to speak Cree fluentlyIn progress from Sept 2016 - June 2019 at UNBQ in Master's of Arts in Indigenous Languages 
  32. Attend Tony Robbins Seminar & walk on coals
  33. Have one of my grandchildren named after me ~ this one's in my son's court, hee, hee
  34. Have my grandchildren born at home, surrounded by friend's & family using a Midwife & Doula ~ again another of my son & his future loves court
  35. Travel across the USA with a travel trailer or Winnebago
  36. Be well off financially so I can follow my dreams
  37. Live until I am 107.5 yrs ~ not dying near my birthday but hope it's a warm & calm day in the summer, can only hope :) 
  38. Die knowing "I lived life to the fullest" & honored my Creator by appreciating this gift of life.  Leave this plain of existence accomplished, loved, & with no regrets & carry the love with me.
Well this is what I have for now.  I believe I want to spend my years seeing the joys & beauty of life.  My first 20+ years of life were hard and at times I didn't know if I would survive this long.  This is why I CHOOSE never to go back to that place again & CHOOSE to only see a Brighter Future!  Life is a Gift people NOT a RIGHT ~ so HONOR YOUR LIFE!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

COMA 200 Continued Praise & Appreciation

I just wanted to take the time to thank my peers and my instructor for the great experience in the COMA 200 course. I will surely miss you all when this course ends April 20th; however I am comforted to know I have met such great people. People who I am confident will be great Teachers. Some of you are entering the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (U of A granted) at the Lac La Biche Portage College campus this fall too; however, I will be taking my program at the Cold Lake campus. I currently work at the Saddle Lake Education Department in Saddle Lake, AB and drive an hour to my course twice a week, then I drive an hour & a half to Kehewin Cree Nation after my course. I get asked how I can do that, well...I have no complaints ~ I have a dream to fulfill and COMA 200 is helping me achieve it, plus, I'm having the time of my life in this course & look forward to it each week. Therefore, I wish you the best & I know I have made awesome friends for life.

I also took the EDIT 202 @ U of A and I was quite impressed with the COMA 200 set-up, especially the practical on-hands assignments and our constant use of technology, Internet, Smartboard, various media etc. I loved the way Blair Norton, our Instructor had us create an igoogle account & we used this account to access, complete, and submit our assignment work etc. We were also encouraged to do all our notes on the Google notes application so we can bookmark our Internet sites which will be used in the classroom when we are engaging our students and using technology to achieve academic success. A great big thanks to Blair for his Exceptional Work!

As parents and teachers, we need to be in sync with our children’s ability and new style of learning and engagement of academics. Children today are used to accessing information from various locations at the same time. Their brains are like little computers receiving data all the time in various formats. The theory we only utilize 10% of brains has to me a myth with our children today. I’ve watched children watch TV, text on the phone, use a computer, and listen to music at the same time. You ask them what they just heard, saw, did, or wrote & they can tell you. It’s quite amazing!

This is why I highly recommend the COMA 200, if you want to be a effective teacher who is “with it” with technology as the kids are.