We started the day with our journals again and had snack. Two students that had been missing for two weeks were back in school today… one of them was related to the victim of the recent murder in Regina of a 16-year-old girl. This undoubtedly affects the students and the community. I think that it is important to incorporate difficult subjects and events that happen in our community into the classroom but how do we do that in a respectful and meaningful way? Our students are extremely gang affiliated but it is never talked about out loud at the school. It is just something I can’t help but think about. I think a goal for me in the future would be to talk to my co-op teacher and principal about what the situation is like and how many students are involved in gangs and how we can address it within the school.
The day began with my health lesson on food labels. We started off by reviewing some stuff we talked about last week and students actually did remember some good information that we went over. They also shared some healthier choices they made throughout the week. Today I made sure to lay out my expectations at the beginning of class because last week I didn't and it was reason for some disruptions and every student was awesome throughout the lesson. They like to jump in and comment on things and answer questions out loud, but I would rather they are excited and want to contribute rather then them not being engaged at all. In my previous lesson I changed my expectations about having hands up half way through the lesson which may have been confusing, so today I made sure to stay consistent with my expectations.
After getting through the opening of my lesson and the video we watched, I had students write a letter. We have an hour to teach a lesson with this class so that is a lot of time for ten-year old students to be focused. Each week I learn more about how I need to approach my lessons. Today I think that I needed another activity or a break brain incorporated because students writing stamina is a lot lower than I expected. This is fine, I just needed to adjust my lesson in order to keep them engaged in learning for the entirety of my lesson. Another one of my goals is to focus on more adaptations for some of the students who have diverse needs, such as, our student who is new to Canada and can’t speak any English or our boy who can’t write at all.
During Physical Education, we played tag and dodge-ball for the third consecutive week… I think there is a lot that can be done in a Phys ed class and this was an interesting thing to see. I was thinking that maybe Carina and I would be able to do a Phys ed class at some point throughout the semester. After lunch, Carina did her lesson and students really struggle with the afternoon so we are working as a team to think of ways that we can keep students on track and engaged in the lesson. I think it would be important to get them moving around the classroom more in the afternoon or even do brain breaks half way through to keep them focused. Carina did do a kahoot with them online and that was a total hit!! Super fun to see the kids so excited about something.
Finally, I wanted to share a joke that one of our students came up with:
“How do grandparents make mashed potatoes? You Kohkum and Mosom!”