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!