For my lesson today we did a kahoot and then we worked on our electrifying careers project. I found that students were very engaged during the kahoot and they really loved it. For some reason they really enjoy doing these short little quizzes, but it is an easy way to formatively assess.
I thought that students would be able to finish their career projects today, but they were only about half way through by the end of the class period. Although they were not finished, they all were engaged and worked hard throughout the class period. During our class I also introduced the rubric that I am using to assess students on their projects. I only had a rubric for the questions provided so I decided after this lesson to make a short checklist for each student to do as they complete their posters/slides.
I also introduced our next project which is an art project about Indigenous worldviews on the land and our resources.
I had a lot of sad kids today talking about how we are almost done our time at the school... Many students throughout our time here asked to stay after school with me or asked if I could take them home with me. They also beg us to stay and teach longer with them. This experience has been challenging but so rewarding at the same time. I have grown and learned so much as a teacher. I am so grateful for the opportunity to get to practice my teaching in a safe and supportive setting where it is okay to take risks but also at times it is okay to just be there for the students and meet their basic needs. Many people tell me I am crazy for wanting to teach at a community school and even crazier that I might be doing my internship in the Northern Lights School division... but these kids are so incredible and they have all the potential in the world, they just need someone to spark that fire in them.
Today was my half day of teaching! I usually do not get nervous about my teaching, but today was the first time I have taught longer than an hour.
Although I was nervous, I felt that I had a strong balance of activities throughout and I managed my time well. I also made sure to rotate through the classroom to make sure students were on task. For the beginning of my lesson, I had students doing an activity focused on renewable and non-renewable resources. I had an activity using two different colored dry beans and one color represented renewable resources while the other represented non-renewable resources. I provided each student with a couple different charts where they were to predict how long it would take them to run out of non-renewable resources if they were to randomly pull out beans from their cup. Each time they pulled out beans they had to record how many of each they pulled out and if they drew out a renewable bean it would have to go back into the cup until all they had left was renewable beans. If I were to do this assignment again I would count out 100 beans per group so that there was a constant number throughout the classroom. I think this would provide a better understanding of the concept.
The other part of my morning was starting a project on careers based around electricity. When I started the project originally, I wasn't overly clear on my instructions so when it got reintroduced I made sure to write all of my instructions on the board for students. Overall, I was pretty happy with how my day went.
Today I got to run morning routine and then jump straight into my lesson on science! We had an awesome time together doing our morning check in and having snack.
Before my lesson, I went through expectations with students. The students were working with the makey makey kits today so it was important that I had them go over the expectations on how to work in a group setting and how to respect things that are not our own. It was kind of a last minute change but I decided to do two separate groups for today's lesson as I only have four makey makey kits.
I ended up creating a short booklet of questions that focused on our topic of electricity and circuits. One group was to work with the makey makey kits and the other was to work on their booklets.
The lesson went awesome today! It seemed as though each student was engaged and breaking up the lesson how I did provided me with more one on one time with students. I have never had two different things going on at once in the classroom but I am glad that I tried it out!
In the afternoon, I was whispered to by one of the students... normally this student is disruptive and does not participate much, especially when he is not in a good mood. He ended up telling me that he wasn't feeling well and I asked him if it was maybe because he just wanted to leave the school. He proceeded to tell me it was because he was sick and so I asked him to come for a walk with me to the washroom since he was complaining he was going to throw up. At this point I still wasn't sure if he was faking or not and then when we got outside I noticed he had started to cry so I knew it was real because it wasn't like him to show emotion in this way. He unfortunately did not make it to the washroom before he threw up in the hallway... relationships with students are so important in order to understand when they are truly struggling or not. After this experience with him I knew more about him and how he reacts to certain situations. I could also see the difference between when he is truly sick and when he just doesn't want to be at school. This was an awesome learning experience!
Oh my goodness! What an incredible day we had. To start off our day we did our morning check in and snack and then we headed over to the Mâmawêyatitân centre to watch "Supaman". Supaman is an Indigenous man from Montana and he is a very successful Fancy dancer, hip hop/rap artist and presenter. It was such an inspiring performance and I could tell that the kids were fully engaged and respected this man deeply. They had their full attention on him and at the end of the show, the kids were all rushing up to get pictures with him and to talk to him. Supaman is an amazing role model for all students, but especially for those Indigenous students who can relate to his story. He had some very important messages that he shared with students about setting goals and never allowing anyone to stop us from our dreams because the only one who can stop us is ourselves.
Following Supaman's performance, I was introduced to Sarah Longman and I was telling her about how I wanted to see Supaman's show in the evening but the tickets sold out too quickly and I missed out... she proceeded to ask me how many tickets I wanted and gave them to me! What a kind thing to do and she was just such a nice lady!
After we got back to school we had lunch and then did some Indigenous studies. Carina and I also taught some literacy today. After literacy we had physical education and we started the class with a warm-up and then tag... after this we made our way outside and had about half an hour of free time. I joined some of the students who were playing basketball and we all got a good sweat on! One of the boys fell off the play structure so we had to deal with a bit of an injury, but other then that it was great. Once phys. ed. was over it was time to head home!
This morning I got to do the morning routine and snack with the students. We also have student nurses in the school and they did a lesson on puberty for the grade 5/6 classes. This created a lot of hype and awkwardness in the morning but we made it through... My lesson was focused on current electricity and circuits and I was fortunate enough to be able to borrow one of my professors Makey Makey kits. These kits are so incredible and can be used for so many different things. Everyone was engaged and excited. Our morning got switched around a bit so I ended up doing review for half an hour in the morning and then doing a demonstration in the afternoon. I originally was going to get students to actual use the Makey Makey's today but we did not have enough time. If I were to do this again, I would have students write down notes during the review to help them stay focused.
In the morning we also went down and did literacy with the grade ones and later went and did literacy with the grade 3/4 class. There is a lot of energy in this school and as a pre-intern I am happy to help out in other classes.
Tomorrow we go on a field trip to watch "Supaman" perform at Scott Collegiate. I am so excited to see him perform! We watched some YouTube videos in class and he looks amazing. What an incredible role model for our kids!
It was a busy day today and my lesson was short. I had a KWL chart for students to work on after we were done reviewing our activity and assignment from last day.
I also tried something new today and created a booklet on current electricity as a start to our current electricity and circuit portion of the unit. I had multiple different strategies that I had written in my lesson plan that I never did get to and I feel like if I were to do this lesson again, i would want to do it in a longer time frame because thirty minutes to explain a new topic was a bit too much for students. It was almost like an extended review!
Morning check in and snack as usual... then we went down to the grade 3/4 room and helped them out with their literacy. We also got a chance to visit the grade 2 room and helped with some writing. It was a busy day!
For my lesson today I had a focus on static electricity still and I had an assignment for them to work on so that I could wrap up the focus on static electricity. They also got to do an activity where they demonstrated static electricity in different ways. If I were to do this lesson again I would make sure that I had an observation sheet or guiding questions to help with the activity. Overall students were able to use language from the curriculum during discussion which was great to see. Majority of students were able to work independently when we did our assignment. If or when students completed the assignment, I had a booklet for them to work on.
We are only a couple days into our pre-internship, but I am already feeling like I am getting closer to these children..
Today we did snack and morning check ins and then I did my lesson on static electricity. Today I had an activity planned to demonstrate static electricity using balloons and cheerios. My lesson changed a little bit and I added some definitions and I also changed the order in which my lesson was taught. I originally wanted to review and do the instructional part of my lesson first, but after gauging the students I decided to do the activity first and I am so glad I did. I think that once I demonstrated static electricity, it made a lot more sense to the students.
Although the activity went well, I wish I would've brought in some velvet for students to rub their balloons on rather than on their hair. After doing the activity, they were better able to relate the concepts to the activity which deepened their understanding.
After my lesson, Carina and I had the opportunity to go into the grade one class to do some literacy work in stations. I got to read with a group and have them read short stories to me. I was surprised by how well they did for being so young! It is crazy how much and how quick kids can learn. We also had another teacher come in to talk about stories and how they connect to our Indigenous peoples... "Grandmother's Stories". They then read a story and got to write their own at the end of the lesson.
Today was the first day of our three week block. I only had thirty minutes for an introduction into the unit so it was quick.
The unit I planned for was an electricity unit and we started the class off with a short video. This first class just introduced the concept of electricity by asking students to imagine what their life would be like without electricity. Electricity is so common in our lives that we sometimes take it for granted so I wanted to see what students thought about this and how they would respond. We also talked about and went over what static electricity and current electricity are.
My original plan was for an hour or so and then we got it cut down to 30 minutes, so I ended up splitting up my lesson which worked out fine!
I ended up adding in a definitions sheet as well as a PowerPoint for a visual component, but also to help me with my time management.
To conclude this lesson, I let students know that next day we would be focusing on some definitions, static electricity and an activity to demonstrate what static electricity is. Finally, I asked students to keep track of how many things they used that needed electricity to work and we would share next day.
I thought my lesson went well. The students were tired so I had them stand up and do some stretches before I started. They were engaged throughout the lesson, but of course there were a couple students who were tired and had their heads down.. how do you deal with this?
I made sure to move around the room to different students who were distracted and did not say anything, but simply stood next to them and they quieted down right away. I have never tried this strategy but it worked well.
One thing I want to do the next time I play a video is to have something for students to do while they watch, or at least give them a few things to listen for,
Overall, my introduction lesson into the unit of electricity went well!