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Chelsey Sharpe

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

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March 2016

The Pre-Service Experience

Well now that pre-internship is over I can truly say I love teaching. I belong in the classroom full of children teaching them about the world around them. I know that some of my classmates did not feel this way but I am so happy that I have made this choice.  Lately, a lot of people have been asking me how do I go to school full time, work two part time jobs and have a family at home. I’m not going to lie, I am very tired and I feel guilt all the time because I am not around for my young son. But when I was in the classroom, it made me feel confident in the decision that I made to go back to school.

I found that during my pre-internship I had more time for the other things in my life other then doing university work. I was able to plan the classes I would be teaching the night before without having to do a lot of research. Lately my university life has been writing paper and doing projects, which is fine. My strength does not lay in writing papers, I thrive in the relationships I make with my students. When they are able to come to me with their problems, not only in school work but also in life. I feel that I am actually making a difference in this person’s life. I felt truly blessed.

I found it funny how some students put of a blockade that does not allow anyone to cross the line but when you do as a teacher it feels amazing. I had a few boys in my class that tried to put these walls up with my partner and I but by the time we finished our three week block, the walls were down and they were sad to see us go. I laugh when I think of these boy’s half the time they would not do there work because “Why do I need to learn this”, however when it came to me teaching them science they were excited and engaged. They even reminded me of the video I showed on my first day of teaching. I take this as a win, at least they remembered something from me. Even if it is just the Pop-eye video I showed on the first day.

I am thankful for the students that I had for three weeks. I learned so much from them, I hope that they learned something from me, even if it is that pulleys are difficult to thread. I now feel that I am ready for my internship next semester. As my co-op said to me, Chelsey, you are a great teacher. Have confidence in yourself and everything else will come together. She is right, I am a great teacher and I will make the most of my university experience before I am once again out in the world, working.

IMG_1817 A student working on the hard to manage pulleys.

 

The video I showed my first day teaching Forces and Simple Machines. It left an impression on my students.

 

 

 

 

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Where has the time gone?

Well another week has come and gone at the school. I have learned so much while being in the field. First, Classroom management changes with every class and on a daily basis. Second, no matter how much you try some kids will never fill out their worksheet and Lastly, the energy I once had has now gone. I still love to teach because of this ever changing atmosphere.

My students are all very good, even though some kids are more difficult than others. I feel that I have a great relationship with them all. However, I have found that with classroom management it changes on a hourly basis. I tried many different techniques this week, from counting down from 5 (5, 4,3,2 ,1 and eye on me) to working with a group at the front and keeping the other student engaged with simple machine word searches.  I found that all my students are engaged in my lessons I plan,  just my management strategies need work. Is this a first time teacher struggle?

How do you get students to fill out their worksheets? I have those students that do the work but do not fill in the worksheets. I have overcome this issue by having ten minutes of review and completion at the beginning of my classes. I also made sure to say to the kids that I wanted them to fill out their worksheet to the best of their ability, that way my EAL students did not feel like they were struggling. When I looked at their worksheets, I found that I got better work the next day.

Since being back in school and being a student again, I forgot how tired you get as a teacher. I have learned that I need a cup of coffee in the morning and when I get home from my work day. I also have been exercising and doing the things that relax me after school such as cooking. My question to you is how do you keep yourself energized as a teacher? Will I just get used to being tired all the time?

This was another great week and I cannot believe that this up coming week is our last week in the classroom. I feel like it is going to be a hard transition back to student again. I have been so thankful for this experience. IMG_1643

Me setting up a pulley experiment for my student. The kids learned that the more pulleys in a system the less effort it takes to move a load.

 

Cross – Curricular Teaching

In my pedagogy class my group and I decided to do an inquiry on cross-curricular teaching. When we first started researching this subject I thought that it was very hard to do. I quickly found out that I was wrong. All teachers teacher in this matter without even knowing it.

As a group we have created a website called Teach Cross Curricular. This resources package includes example lesson plans, blogs that look at making it effective, and why its important. Check it out and lets us know if you like us to add anything.

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Craziness of Science

Well this week has gone by fast, the start of pre-internship has come and gone. My students are so wonderful and I am learning so much.  I have been teaching my grade 5/6 class all about force and simple machines.

When I wrote up my unit plan for simple machines, I had my students learning something new everyday. However, since the start of pre-internship I have revised my plans. I have decided that I rather my students learn one or two simple machines really well, then going over all of the simple machines and the students not remembering what they have learned.

I have found some excellent resources online with Teachers Pay Teachers. This is a great resource that all teachers should have in there back pocket. You can sell or buy different lesson plans. I found a lesson plan on first class levers that I adapted, and it worked like a charm. Did I mention that it was free!

The relationships that I have already formed with the kids in beyond great. Everyday they come in and smile and I remember why I love being in the classroom as much as I do. I have been able to form a relationship with the most difficult of students, and he now puts in the effort that I ask of him. I just can not wait of the upcoming two weeks. It will go by extremely fast.

But as I leave you for another week I want to pose this question: Why is it that you teach, is it because you like to form the relationships that you do? or is it because you get to pass on your knowledge to the next generation? I think for me it is a little of both.  I did read this quote the other day; Teaching is tough but so are you! everyday that we have a bad day, we need to remember this but it takes special people to do what we do.

 

 

 

 

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