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Chelsey Sharpe

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

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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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Pre-Internship Day 7 Our Last Day For This Block

Well what a bittersweet day, our last day of pre-internship for this semester. I will miss my students, even the ones that like to cause problems. Megan and I finished our time with them with a drama lesson. I think it went very well, we used pechaflickr which is a fun tool to use for improv. Pictures come up and the participates have to come up with a story that my go along with the picture. Just a note of caution if you decide to use this website, you have to be as specific as you can possibly be since the generator just pulls pictures off of google that are tagged with that title.  We used Christmas vacation and it was fine.

The students then continued the story with their own dramas that they made up.  It was perfect, the students really engaged in the storytelling process of drama.  The students that did not work, where put on the spot and had to improv their story.  All in all, I think the kids had a lot good time learning about improv and dramatic context.

The rest of the day was pretty good, the fire drill through the kids for a loop.  I think many students learned that they need to wear their shoes inside. They were very lucky we are having the mildest winter in Saskatchewan in a very long time.  I do think when it comes to fire drills, students need to be debriefed afterwards in the classroom. The screaming and crying was very unacceptable and I would have addressed that behaviour with my grade 5 and 6’s before they were able to go to recess. Other then that it was good practice for myself, it has been awhile since I have been involved in a fire drill.

During the last period of the day the students were trying to hide their card that they made for us.  It was quite funny when they would try to pull our attentions away, so the student we where working with could sign the card. It is a lovely piece of artwork, that I will probably keep for a long time.  I can not wait to go back in March for my three week block, it will be awesome!

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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.

Pre-internship Day 1

When coming into pre-internship I did know what to expect. I had fears of it being a total mess to me rocking as a pre-intern. None of that happened, but I was very happy that I had such an excellent partner in the classroom. She was great with the kids and very personable. However, I found myself to be shy at first and not as outgoing. So that is what I’m going to work on next week.

I feel very lucky to have ended up in a multicultural classroom. The kids are amazing and the teacher is so accepting to everyone in there. Since most of the students use english as their additional language, as a community the class works together to make sure everyone understands what is being asked of them. It is quite neat to witness.

Our lesson plan did not go as smoothly as I hoped for.  However, the students enjoyed the tangled web activity. It works very well, the kids were eager to catch the yarn, so they could contribute in the discussion. Here is a link to the plan that we did:   http://www.protocol-education.ca/blog/protoblog-sophiew-lesson-ideas-tangled-web. We had to change our lesson plan at the last second. We where going to have the children make name tags for their desks, but since they already had their names on their desks, the activity was redundant.  I think we should have concluded our lesson plan a lot better. We just ended it and had the students put their desks back.  We should have concluded with a debrief on the activity.  We could have discussed that in their community, there were many kids that do many different things what make them unique. It would have had more of a closure to the plan.

Lastly, the classroom we were in was an open concept classroom, with an opening between our class and the 4/5 class next door.  I went to an elementary school that was open concept,I had forgotten how noisy and disruptive it can be.  However, the children seem to have become accustomed to the surroundings. However, it must be madding for the teacher to always have to compete with the other class.

All in all it was a great day. I can not wait to go back next week and improve myself.  Also I am going to be teaching about the Canadian Federal Government, If you have any helpful ideas on how I should approach the topic. please leave me a comment.

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