My name is Lindy Olafson and I am the instructional team coach at Balcarres Community School. We are a Pre-K – grade 12 school about 1 hour east of Regina. I am middle years trained, however my first position was a grade 2 classroom teacher. I spent the bulk of my classroom teaching in grades 6 &7. I currently team teach and teacher mentor primarily in a grade 5-6 classroom, but parts of my day are spent in classrooms from grade 1 through to 12. No two days are the same and I love the variety.
I am married and I have 3 grown children. Our daughter and youngest son are both students at the UofR. Our middle son was born with a chromosome abnormality, and is still attending school in Balcarres, where he will continue until he is 22 and eligible for group homes in Regina. In the last few years I have began a journey to a healthier lifestyle which includes both eating and exercise, and I stepped out of my comfort zone and became a Beachbody coach. I enjoy reading and knitting, as well as gardening when the weather is right! My family and I love camping and travelling.
My goals for this class are quite simple- by design. I know that there are many advantages to incorporating technology into my teaching practice, and I plan to commit to explore different technologies and use them with the classes I am working with. My second goal is to expand my Twitter account. Seek out and follow some new educators as well as my colleagues in this class. I also plan to become more active myself and share my new learning with those following my account. My third goal is to see myself as both a user of technology, and a creator of learning using technology. I am apprehensive about technology and do not feel competent. This has left me often avoiding opportunities rather than forcing myself to learn and improve my teaching practice and personal growth.