When I was driving to the school for my first day as a pre-intern, I felt extremely nervous. Many people had told me about how challenging this particular school is and it is always nerve wracking going into a new school where you don’t know anyone! My first impression was that the school looked extremely old and it was, but it was clean and well kept. The school has a lot of Indigenous symbols and culture all around the school. I never noticed any books representing any indigenous content but there was at least representation throughout the school.
Our students all came in throughout the morning at different times and looked tired. The students begin their day by writing in their journals. They recorded how their sleep was, if they had eaten that morning, how they felt about themselves and others and if they were ready to learn. They then came up to grab a snack for breakfast before beginning the day. Teaching in a community school is a lot different than any other school I have been at. Our teacher said that she just lets the kids come in and she sees what their energy is like and goes from there. This is so different but is the only way to go about teaching a group like this because there is a huge amount of diversity within the classroom and they are coming from all different kinds of homes.
We did an intro activity and it did not go very smooth. We learned that we have students from a grade 1 level up to grade 6 so it is an extremely diverse group and we had a plan for grade 6 students who are at a grade 6 level. We also have a student who is new to Canada and can’t speak any English yet. This was a big learning day for us. We learned how important it is to know your students before you make big plans or lessons for them.