-I taught Grade 8 from September-December 2013
– I taught Phys Ed, Science, Social Studies, English language Arts, Career Ed, Visual Art, Health, Math
The view of the classroom from my desk. There was a new seating plan once a month, this was the final seating plan. It looks like single rows but they were in pairs with a table in the front center.
I do not have a lot of Apple products but the “Think Different” Apple campaign became the bulletin board behind my desk. I had printed off who the pictures were of and why they were unique and what they did. A few more posters were added after this photo was taken.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
My Co-op and I took our students to the nearby high school so our students could cook. We had three separate visits to the high school. Students created their own breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that followed the Canadian food guide. We had six groups of eight and they all did fabulous and learned a lot!
I did a lot of demoing for students. I often had students come up and help me with the demos. I mostly did this in science because we did not have materials for everyone. This picture is the slides that the students help create in a demo. We then had 5 microscopes set up around the room for students to do their activity with.
I learned the positive aspects of having a black and orange day instead of having students wear costumes on Halloween. It may seem minor but I am a big fan of dressing up for Halloween so it was great to see the pros of not having a dress up day.
How did I make it through my first big teaching experience??
Work Life Balance.
-I kept in contact with my friends – social interaction is very healthy. I talked with my friends in recreation settings, while eating, and by skype. I think I would have gone crazy if I would had isolated myself. I found the staff at my school to be very supportive, I would have not made it through without the teachers, and principal at the school I was placed at.