March comes in like a #lion and out like a #lamb
So clearly I’m a failure, it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve posted. I couldn’t even make it to day four, lol. I’m not cut out for this blogging stuff. But anyway…
I don’t have much yo say but I do want to let you know that kindergarteners are disgusting, and I mean that in the nicest way possible! It’s just that every time I look up some kid has his or her hand up their nose digging for gold and then they take a few seconds to look admire it and then plop it in their mouth. They like to stick their hands down their pants, I won’t go into any detail on that one. They cough without covering their mouth and their nose is always so snotty. That’s all for now, lol.
Today I went and got the vaccination for the flu. The kids and even some of the staff was sniffing, coughing, complaining about not feeling well all day. So I caved in and got the flu shot even though I was trying to avoid it, we even had one kid sent home because he wasn’t feeling so well. But at least the kids have a four day weekend to fight off whatever they are coming down with. My teacher made a good point, she told me that when children are sick especially at this age (kindergarten) they don’t know how to see past the feeling of not feeling well, actually it’s all they can think about, so be prepared to hear about it all day.
I don’t really have much to say, tomorrow and Monday there is no school although this Friday is a teacher institute day so teachers have to be there. Later!
Oh yeah, so another kindergarten teacher has a son who is in my classroom and she stopped by to check on the class cause my teacher had stepped out and she saw that her son’s nose was running so she came and wiped it. And another boy saw and said “wow, that’s embarrassing”! I thought that was funny.January 17, 2013
Today during the second half of the day I got to meet the school’s Literacy Coach. The kindergarten teachers had a meeting which I also attend where they discussed their upcoming Literacy Night and Unit Planning. They talked about how they can best convey the “big idea” to the parents and how they can get them to see their child’s growth in reading and writing on their own as opposed to just asking the teacher if their is improvement. While discussing unit planning the Literacy Coach talked to us a little bit about backward design. I thought this was a very interesting approach, it takes place in 3 stages:
With the exception of my literacy and socail studies method class that I took last semester this approach was contrary to what we have been told as students. I think many of my professors have told us to start with an activity and then design the whole lesson around it. But this approach actually starts from the bottom and works it’s way up, which is why it’s called “backward design”. I think this will actually help me in writing my lesson plans this semester, I’m excited to use this approach.
Another things that was mentioned that I also heard many times last semester was the importance of assessments. When writing a lesson, we always need to consider how can we prove that learning actually took place. One of the teachers brought up the point that just because we say something doesn’t mean that it was heard or understood, and the same can be applied here just because we taught a lesson we can’t assume that the students understood all the material and learned something. So I think that will be a challenge for me this semester, creating assessment that prove learning took place while at the same time making sure they aren’t your typical tests, quizzes, or written responses but something creative and quick.
So I’ll write more about Backward Design on Friday, the students have no school but we have an in-service day where the Literacy Coach will be speaking to us more about this approach.
January 16, 2013
Below is something a student made at home for me. :)
Today was my first day student teaching, I was very nervous I didn’t know what to expect. I walked into the classroom before the students arrived and introduced myself to the teacher, she was very warm and welcoming and very happy to have me in her classroom. The teacher showed me around the school and how things worked and she even had a binder prepared for me with all the info I needed to know and it also had letters from the students introducing themselves to me. The classroom has 19 students, the school I am in is in a very small country like town. This week I am just observing and taking notes and getting familiar to the way things are run.
January 15, 2013
-The picture is from one of the girls in the class, I feel so special, lol. Oh and I’m teaching in a kindergarten classroom.