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Chelsey Sharpe

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. -Confucius

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November 2015

Pre-internship Day 6

Well today was another great day in grade 5/6. My students are just so happy to see my partner and I when they walk in. It was quite funny when they asked me if we were doing another science experiment today. I think they learned something from me last week (haha I tricked them into learning).

This week the children were worked up and very loud. Megan and I both tried to get them to come down when we were teaching. I notice they are a little crazy when it is snowing outside. This maybe because most of them have not seen snow before.

Because it was November 25 on Wednesday I decided that we needed to do a Christmas activity since there was only one month left until Christmas. I decided that we should make ugly christmas sweater ornaments. The students loved this idea even the students that do not celebrate Christmas.  I differentiated the lesson by allowing the these students just to make the ugliest sweat ornament that they ever did see. We talked a bit about 2D design and why Ugly Christmas Sweaters are part of pop culture now. Since all students were engaged in the activity the classroom became quiet and work got done.

What a wonderful experience this week was.

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Pre-internship Day 5

Today was an awesome day. I am truly starting to feel like teaching is my calling. The students were really excited to see my partner and I since we were not there last week due to Remembrance Day. In the morning, Miss Rilling and I participated in our students Physical Education class. We had a blast.

This was my week to teach a science lesson. My lesson was called (quite simply may I add) Silly Putty. Since the grade 5 saskatchewan curriculum discusses states of matter.  I led the lesson with questioning the students on what they already knew about the different states. Since my students are pretty smart they knew all the different states, however I did not change my plan that much because I figured that review is always a good thing.  I followed up my questions with a short video about the different states of matter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wclY8F-UoTE . This video is a really good video at explaining the different states of matter but beware when showing this video that it may have a advertisement at the beginning. Although it did not when I viewed it at home, it did when I showed it. My coop had some very good advice for this. She said that she keeps the projector off until the advertisement are done. That way if it is something that is inappropriate, it is not shown.

After the video, we were finally able to complete our experiment. The children were really engaged and excited the whole entire time. One thing I would change for next time I teach this lesson is that I would have to groups pre-selected. I numbered the students off in class today, not thinking that would be a hard thing to do. But I didn’t count of almost every child “forgetting” their number when they were not put with their friends.  I would also write this different duties on the board or have it in my powerpoint so the kids not only have my telling them orally but they also have a visual of what they need to do.

Despite the few little things I would change, I had a great time teaching this lesson. I just want to mention that having the “problem” student help out during the demo really saved my lesson. Since I got him engaged right away he was not a problem, until after clean up.  I also closed my lesson with a Bill Nye video https://www.youtube.com/watchv=45YNZjYfHb4 . This got this students to settle down before the end of class and it also reviewed what they just learned in a fun way.

Once again I learned so much, one thing I learned is kids love hands on science experiments. This is were a pose a question to you, if you teach science do you use hands on engaging experiments to get your students excited or do you, for whatever reason, have your students just read the textbook and answer questions? If you do, I want to know why you do. Is it because supplies are expensive or not enough time in the year? This experiment was extremely fun to teach that I would not mind having my students in my classroom exploring science hands on.

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-internship Day 4

Well I can not believe we are half way through pre-internship already. This week the kids were wired on sugar, I think every teachers nightmare is the week after Halloween. One student was literally bouncing up and down because of all the sugar he had consumed. That been said I learned a lot this week.  My professional target was making formative assignments of my students. This was achieved by writing my observation down on a clipboard.

This week I got this pleasure of teaching a health class. Since my class is a class of mix cultures I thought it was important to teach that gender, culture, and language do not make up the qualities in a friend. There has also been a few tiffs between the students because of this factors in our room.  Everything went well, we had a great conversion on what we look for in friends. However, when I broke my students into groups to write down their thoughts; I had one group fight they whole time. I thought this was ironic since this was a class on friendship. I ended splitting the group up and addressing their behaviour to the whole class.  Was this a okay thing to do? I thought it was important that all the groups know that every group member is important in a group.

This lesson plan was the greatest but after the fighting and the group presentations were done, we did a warm and fuzzy exercise. I had the students go around the room and write down one nice thing about everyone in the classroom. This worked really well, we were able to talk about how positive compliments make you feel. I also reinforced that one negative comments needs ten positive comments to erase it. The kids sucked that up like a sponge. How are some way you give your students positive feedback? Do you feel this is important in your classes.

Since my professional target was on formative feedback, my coop and I discussed that the group that fought would have got a score of 1 when it came to working in a group on their report card.  I then asked how does that effect the students that were trying to make it work, she replied that “over the year they will get their mark back up.” Do you agree with this assessment, should the whole group suffer because of one or two students? I don’t know my feelings about this, since teamwork is very important in the “real” world.

I have learned so much from my time in this wonderful classroom. I am sad that I will not be going there this week due to Remembrance Day. I can not wait to see everyone next week.

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