teaching

Journey into the world of subbing

I have official started my teaching career!
I am subbing in rural communities and have been enjoying my time in different classrooms.
I have taught everything from kindergarten to grade twelve.
I have always been set on grades 8-10 but I have enjoyed my time in grade 5-7 while subbing.
Subbing in Kindergarten to grade 4 has been a great experience and I have come across challenges I never faced in internships or university. The problem I faced the most near the beginning was realizing where they are academically. I started off teaching K-3 believe they had the knowledge of a senior elementary school student. This may seem ridiculous but I have a middle years education degree and occasionally forget what level students will generally be at. I was reading about the tropical rain forest with three grade four students and was shocked they didn’t know basic geography or the difference between a city, province, country, or continent. This was a great learning experience for all four of us. I had a great discussion with the students and reminded myself of the knowledge an average child below the age of 9 has. In reflection of this day I remember starting to learning about Canadian geography in grade 5 and 6. It is great to have high expectations for students but I need to remind myself the early learning are not at the level as middle years students I have been used to.

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New Resources!!!

As a new teacher I am always wondering about finding new resources!!!!

From an ECMP355 online seminar I have been able to add some to my tool kit!!!

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http://www.wevideo.com/  Here you can create amazing videos with a very easy formatting for you and students. It is similar to iMovie

http://sumo.fm/#home/ http://sumo.fm/#create An insane version of paint is how I like to this of this one, it has elements of photoshop but it is free!

http://piktochart.com/ Lets you create wonderful and beautiful charts easily for free! Helps you to create infographics, share and get results in 3 easy steps, but no design experience required.

http://www.ujam.com/ you can create music for all the things in your life, for free! I find it to be similar to GarageBand

https://www.desmos.com/ Graph functions, plot tables of data, evaluate equations, explore transformations, and much more for free!

http://www.incredibox.com/ between creation and entertainment, Incredibox invite
you to become the conductor of a group of human beatbox

https://educlipper.net/ related to pinterest but aimed for teachers and students. Very cool! Worth checking out. Can be great for 3 way conferences.