Where have we been?
I mean we have been wherever we have been. I’ve been to Vancouver & Maui. You may have been riding a bike. I’ve been tubing, you’ve been skiing. We’ve literally been wherever we go or wherever we want to go. We all start at the bottom, with nothing and it is discoveries that take up to the top of a mountain or the top of a government. But, how do we really know where we have been? I guess you could interpret this question in many different ways. for example, you could say where humanity has been or where Canada has been, but that’s all typical socials criteria. So, let’s talk about where Technology has been and most importantly, Social Media. You could technically say social media is basically “social studies”, but I think there’s more to social media than just sending tweets, watching countless hours of youtube or commenting on a blog. Social media started off as a place to connect with others, but now it has become what many people rely on everyday to do their jobs or complete school assignments. I remember when I was in elementary school and everything was written with a pencil on paper. Now, elementary students have their own blogs with all their assignments posted on them. High school students used to complain about hand cramps after having to write out pages and pages of notes, but now they are allowed to use their computer to type out the notes and if anythings missed, there’s always google to find answers. I remember having a GameBoy when I was in grade three, nowadays 7 year olds have cellphones, laptops, iPads, etc. It’s crazy that how as time goes on, new discoveries are still being made. Who knows, we may have been driving BMW’s to get to work, but who knows what we will be doing in the future.
Where are we going?
I can’t really say because I an unable to predict the future. It looks promising, although I feel family reunions will just become four-way Skype calls. I mean, I can assume this, but who really knows where we are going? We could lose electricity all over the world and we may be using birds to send envelopes to our cousins. Honestly, I don’t know how to answer this question, but I can say that no matter how hard we try to savour the moment, we are constantly seeing the future happen right before our eyes.
Another two weeks has flown by and I have definitely learned a lot more! I met with my mentor 3 times within the last two weeks (as my mentor was very busy teaching other classes) and I’ve started to learn more stick and puck skills. In the first lesson of the three lesson set I continued to learn how to do turns as well as acceleration and deceleration. I have improved a LOT on my speed and turning. During our first set of sessions I was very shaky while turning and was scared to fall. My mentor told me that in order to be more successful I must not be scared to make mistakes/fall. I’m happy to say that I haven’t fallen yet, but I have almost called numerous times. Now that I know not to be scared I am doing a lot better with my turns and turning with speed. Also, during this session I finally got to start using pucks. We just did basic stick to stick passing so I could get used to the weight of the puck. I found it very weird at first, but after I got the hang of it it was really fun! At my second lesson of this three lesson set I learned how to turn while keeping my stick on the puck. It was very hard and took me a while to get the hang of it, but in the end I got it and was able turn using both the front and back side dribbling. This is basically all we worked on this session (as well as a review of our previous sessions) as it was a difficult skill to grasp. At our final of these three sessions, I learned how to dribble with the stick and puck! I have been looking forward to this day as I have been practising with an ice hockey stick and field hockey ball at home. In ice hockey you use both sides of your stick to dribble, whereas in field hockey you use only one side. We started by dribbling in a straight line up the ice which was pretty simple. Then my mentor set up a row of cones for me to weave through. Now this was quite difficult and I never really went through the cones without knocking one over. It was a bit frustrating, but I know with practice I will get! We also worked on some stick to stick passing while moving up the ice! I really enjoyed this as it was was really fun and challenging at the same time! For our next session we will basically review everything I’ve learned and fix up anything that I need a little work on.
My mentor has been a very good listener as he is always listening to my questions no matter how many I throw at him. As De Bono states, it is very important to be a good listener, and my mentor definitely knows how to be a good listener. Although I am usually listening to my mentor, he always take time to ask me questions and listen to what I have to say. I feel like this is a very good quality to have as it makes me feel like my mentor really cares and wants to help me improve. Most of the questions I ask my mentor are fishing questions as they usually have to do with techniques. There are many techniques for each skill learnt in ice hockey so I always try them all out and then stick with whichever techniques I feel most comfortable using. My mentor has been very helpful and helped me to improve as an ice hockey player by really pushing me to work hard. I am looking forward to continue to work with my mentor and improve!
I have been looking for a spring team for a while now and every local club requires previous ice hockey experience. I’ve done so much research for spring teams and I’ve finally come to the conclusion that if I wan’t to play on a spring team, I will have to go out a little farther to join a team. This will be difficult with all the other commitments I have going on throughout the spring such as field hockey and soccer, but I will make it work.
Each week with my power skating mentor, I continue to learn more and more! I find it really interesting how fast I can learn how to play ice hockey! My mentor said after a couple more lessons, we can start doing more stick and puck work. We’ll start off with the basics such as dribbling and simple stick to stick passing. Then I’ll learn more advanced skills such as passing on the move and shooting. I am very excited to learn more advanced skills as my lessons go on!
This past couple of weeks I’ve also been looking into teams to play on during the Spring season. So far, I have found quite a few teams that I’d be able to play on, but I’ll need to make sure I have all the required equipment. Ice hockey requires a lot more equipment than most of the sports I play and it can be pretty pricey. My mentor advised me that although the “name brands” can cost more, they will last way longer than a cheap “knock-off” brand. Since I’ve never played ice hockey before I have to buy all equipment from scratch. So far I have got skates, helmet, gloves, and a stick. This is what is required for power skating, but once I join a team I will need under armour, shin guards, chest protector, etc. My mentor has been a great help with telling me what to buy, but I have also been doing my research! 🙂
As soon as I finish editing my ice skating videos, I will upload them to my blog!
“I’ve been very busy this past week trying to get into power skating lessons, but unfortunately there are a lot of requirements. For my age group, you must have experience playing hockey in order to join power skating. I do not have any hockey experience (yet) so I couldn’t join that class. There are also other power skating lessons for beginners, but the age groups are 6-12 and older than 18. Once again I did not meet the requirements. So I decided to make a few calls to power skating instructors to see if they give private lessons to beginners. Most of them don’t offer that service, but they said they’d call me back after checking their schedules. I am hoping one of the instructors is available and I will most likely be starting next week! I will update this blog post as soon as I start!” -January 23rd, 2015
February 2, 2015 – A couple days after I wrote the blog post above, I ended up finding a power skating mentor. My mentors name is Chris and is a hockey player and teaches power skating. So far I have had three lessons and have more planned for February before I start my spring ice hockey. Throughout these lessons I will learn how to properly skate on ice skates which includes turning, stopping, and skating with speed.
So far my mentor and I can agree with the fact that I am a very fast learner and can pick up new concepts easily. I may have not skated in hockey skates before, but I am easily picking up every new skill that is thrown my way. I have learned many different turning techniques (as you must be very agile on the ice) and many different stopping techniques as well. My mentor and I also agree that I will easily be able to pick up the stick handling required to play ice hockey. I asked my mentor if it’d be hard to learn how to stick handle (considering I play field hockey) and my mentor told me that I would easily pick it up.
Something my mentor and I disagree on would have to be how fast I’ll be able to start playing ice hockey. Originally I thought I would easily be able to a join a team by March, but then I started to doubt myself once I realized how many skating lessons I’ll need. So, I figured I would just join “Learn to Play” workshops. This would’ve ruined my original in-depth plans, but I thought it would be more suitable. My mentor disagrees with me and believes I will be able to join a hockey team by March, which actually boosted my confidence. Even though I disagree with my mentor, I am going to trust him and join a team in March. We also differed in this as I thought my mentor was wrong and he thought I was wrong as well. In the end, my mentor has played hockey and has more experience with hockey players than I have. In this case, I still don’t completely agree, but I have to agree with where he’s coming from.
Overall, I have been learning a lot and continue to learn as my power skating sessions continue. I have video recordings from all the lessons I’ve had so far and will include some in my next blog post!