Today it is Halloween, so we expected students to be a little bit more excited than usual. We had students come and go throughout the day because they wanted to get Halloween costumes for after school and that sort of thing. I am not used to the amount of fluidity that occurs at the school and it is interesting to see. There was a lot of energy in the classroom, but we continued on with our day as usual with our morning check in and snack. All students seemed to be ready to learn, but we went downstairs for first class which was Indigenous studies and we watched some videos which got everyone extremely hyper. After this we had to head back upstairs to teach.
Teaching today was a challenge with all of the excited bodies in the room, but I used my classroom management strategies and made sure that I laid out my expectations very clearly. I made sure that I explained verbally what student's jobs were, but I also wrote instructions step by step on the board to provide a visual. Half way through the activity I also revisited the instructions to make sure students were on the right track. One of my favorite strategies to use is the "I do, We do, You do". It seems to work well with students.
Another thing I worked on today was slowing down my speech and taking lots of time to make sure all students understood the activity. I think overall it went better than previous lessons.