Grade 3 – Drama
In my field placement I was exposed to a lot of new resources. I learned about a lot of new resources that I would like and will using in my own classroom in the future. The first main resource I learned about in my placement was seesaw it is great resource for connecting home and classroom. I also learned about GoNoodle which is a great resource with a huge variety of movement break activities. My teacher also shared a resource with me that she created, called ball words to help students learn sight words.
Seesaw was one of the most beneficial resources I got to learn about in my placement. Seesaw is a great app for students, teachers and parents that help everyone stay connected to what’s happening in the classroom. In my placement classroom students are trained on how to use Seesaw. The know how to log on and how to add photos. Throughout the day students get to add their work then the teacher can approve it then the families can see it. This is a great resource to help bridge the gap between school life and home life.
Another great resource I was exposed to in my placement is GoNoodle. GoNoodle is a site that has a large variety of movement break activities. The activities are quick and easy to access they come in a variety of lengths and levels. Therefore I think this is a great resource to have in my pocket as I begin my teaching journey.
My supervising teacher also shared one of the resources she created, called ball words. The ball words are levelled sight readings words for the kids to work through. All the kids start at the first level and once they can read all the words on that level without hesitation then they move to the next level and so on. This is a great resource cause its easy for the students to just pull them out and work on at any given time. Moving forward in my own classroom in the future this is definitely something I would like to use.
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For my Pre-Intership I was placed in a grade 1/2 classroom in a kindergarten to grade 8 community school. This school provided me with a lot of learning opportunities and new experiences cause it is much different than the school I attended as a kid.
In the first section of my Pre-Intership I got to visit the classroom once a week for 8 weeks. In this portion I got the oppuruntinity to teach a variety of subject areas. I also was exposed to various teaching types like observing, co-teaching, independent teaching and teaching connected lessons.
My co-operating teacher encourage me to take risks and try new things. The experience and feedback was very critical to my learning and I feel like it was overall a great learning experience.
Differentiation : Adaptive Dimensions in Practice.
Professional Learning & Reflections
Treaty Education: Indigenous Knowledge & Perspectives
Week One- Informal Introduction Activity – Co- teaching
In week one we did a informal activity to get to know the students. This allowed me and my teaching partner to get comfortable in the classroom. Here is a copy of the activity we gave the students
Week Two- Developing Problem Solving Strategies & Skills- Co- teaching
This lesson allows students to examine a decision-making process. We will start the lesson with an introductory book, “My Magical Choices” this will invite students to begin thinking about the choices they have and how their choices impact their life. Then we will move on to vocabulary where we will focus on “problems” and “choices” to help ensure that students understand the terms being used in the lesson and activity. We will also briefly discuss the process of making decisions. Then we will have the students cut and color to prepare for the activity. Then finally we move to the activity where students get the chance to practice decision making. To finish off the lesson we will quickly reflect on the decision-making process.
Week Three-Identifying Beginning, Middle, End and Setting- Co-teaching
This lesson allows students to practice identifying the 3 major areas of stories. We will start by identifying the 3 areas beginning, middle and end then go right into the book. After the book we will discuss as a class what things go into each area. Then students will work individually drawing and making a short sentence about each part. Finally, students will be given another sheet that focuses on examining the setting as an introduction to setting. Then will color the different houses and then make or complete a sentence about each house.
Week Four- Exploring Pumpkin Characteristics and Life Cycles- Independent Teaching
This lesson plan allows student to examine different parts of plant life while still being fun and relating to Halloween. In this lesson the students will be introduced to plant cycles and be able to examine the changes a plant goes through. Students will also learn about characterises. Then we will apply what we know about characteristics to characterizing a pumpkin.
Week Five, Six & Seven- Little Red Riding Hood Story Investigation- Independent Teaching
In this lesson student are going to get to investigate the three main areas of Little Red Riding Hood. The three main areas are setting, character and problem and solution. In the first day of the lesson students will focus on the setting of the story. When examining the setting we are going to be looking for elements like; location, time of day, what we see in the setting, what we hear in the setting and maybe what smells would we have in the setting. This will help students to develop a strong understanding of the setting in our story. Day 2 of the lesson will focus on character. In the character lesson student will get to be more hands on by using provided materials to create a visual representation of the main character Little Red Riding Hood. Students will also examine traits of the personality of the character. In the final day the students will be examining the problem and solutions in the story. They will also explore possible other solutions that character could have done. Overall this lesson will provide students with lots of time examine and explore the carious elements of a story.
Week Eight- Traditions and Cookie Decorating
In this activity students where introduced to self and began exploring traditions that shape our sense of self. Students shared traditions, stories or celebrations that make the unique. Then I shared a tradition that makes me unique which is Christmas cookie decorating. Then students got to take part in my unique tradition and make Christmas cookies. Tis was a very fun and interactive lesson for my last day of placement.
I would like to acknowledge that I live and learn on treaty land. which is the traditional lands of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. As I continue to learn and teach on these indigenous lands I will continue my journey to Truth and Reconciliation as I vow to never stop learning about the traditional peoples of this land.
Topic- The Importance of Names and Stories
3 Big Takeaways, New Understandings
What might be some of the best ways to learn students name pronunciation?
Topic- Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator.
3 Big Takeaways, New Understandings
What are some strategies to show inclusiveness in our classrooms that we can do without making the more diverse students feel on display?
3 Big Takeaways, New Understandings
Is it possible to implement restorative justice in your classroom if the entire school practices putative discipline? What kind of barriers may exist?
Screen Free Options
Canva – A great classroom tool for creating activity sheets and posters.