The Ice age to The Indigenous peoples!

Even though this does not connect to my ideal museum lesson, I needed to bring it to attention because it really bothered me. The Indigenous people came across as extinct because of the layout. I thought this almost instantly because right before that, there was an ice age exhibit full of bones. So before my students and I attend the museum, we will be talking about the problems that are still happening today.

For the actual museum visit, the students will start by taking a walk around once or twice of the Indigenous part. They would have the chance to look what interests them. After the students have looked around, I will introduce the idea of a creating a scrap book that they will work on for the next couple of weeks. Each student will pick an area that interests them and will spend the rest of the time reading about it, taking pictures, asking questions, and maybe even draw it. Once done, we will go back to the classroom, we will do a class scrap book. We will work on this scrap book and look more in-depth into the subjects.

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The Art Gallery!

Today, I took my first field trip as Miss Knight! I used to love field trips as a student but not as a teacher. It was CHAOTIC! However, the students that were supposed to be the trouble makers were the ones mostly into the activities. Our troubles were the students that just did not care for the activities or the rules. To manage the students, we asked them to stay clear of the art work and to walk to a straight line. The tour guides also expressed that students need to be quiet out of respect to the other art lovers.

Students completed three activities during this trip and were allowed to finish by watching a part of a movie. The first activity was in pairs, one student would be the picture and the other student would be the painter. students had the chance to use black and white paint to create a part of a black and white movie. We only had 15 minutes to complete this activity so students did not really have the chance to make a big mess. The only thing I noticed was instructions had to be repeated a lot! The second activity was sketching a piece of art work by copying it. This meant quiet for about 10 minutes. The third activity was the students favourite. The students would get into pairs and draw each other by not taking the pencil off of the page and not looking at the paper. The students loved this because of the outcome of the picture.

Overall, I experienced the different side of a trip and it was exhausting. Constantly having to count students and reminding them of the rules and just making sure everyone was ok is a lot!

Iodine Stains?

For my lesson today, I taught a science lab about the differences between animal and plant cells. I started my lesson off with a power point. Science is the first class of the day and the students usually rush in all at once. So for my first slide, I put Instructions telling the students to come in, clean off their desks, and grab a pencil. This has worked for me in the past but today my coop was late. I did not have a power point. I quickly adapted by asking all students to stop what they were doing and listen. I explained what they had to do and right away praised the students that did it. The other students then quickly followed. After, I introduced the lesson and used an actual microscope instead of the picture I had planned. I asked the students to tell me what each part was and how it worked.

What a crazy start! It worked out because my coop showed up and I could use my power point. I had to jump around a little bit because I had started with the microscope instead of the lab instructions. To keep the class flowing smoothly,I split the students up into groups by numbering them off and asked each group to send one person to grab a microscope and one or two people to grab the rest of the materials. All of the materials were spread out across the room so there was not a big group of students fighting for materials.

The students loved the lab and I saw many of the students that usually do not participate, be the leader of the group. The students took it in turns looking into the microscope and trying to focus it. I heard many great comments about what was in the cells and how they worked.

Overall, I think this lesson plan went well. Now, there is one question you might still be asking. Iodine stains? Yes it does. I found out when I was making the iodine and water solution. It stains your hands yellow and it takes about 5 hand washes to wash it off.

Did Someone say Crazy?

Within the first 5 minutes of school I knew it was going to be a long day of crazy students. There was so much chatter and craziness and it took the students almost 10 minutes to calm down in their seats. They were excited about the super long weekend they were about to start and the last place they wanted to be was sitting in class. The craziness happened all day but it was actually an awesome way to see how our coop handled it. The problem with this was the students already know he is the authority in the classroom and would listen to him for 5 minutes and then go back to what they were doing before.

This week I taught percentages, fractions, and decimals in an interactive game. This game was called the race to mars. The students were split into six teams and were given a rocket. One team would roll the dice and the number was the spots they were playing for. Once this was determined, a question about percentages, fractions, and decimals would come up on the interactive white board and teams would race to solve the question. The first two teams that completed it would move the number of spots.

Overall, it went well and the students really enjoyed it! I had problems with space and I think next time I would add play cards for every round. For example: There is a black hole! The first two teams must move back 5 spots! I would also make teams smaller if I could. I would make teams of 2 or 3 people maximum!

Overall, this day was a lot to tackle because the students were really excited for the long weekend. But I got through it!! I learned that the best way to handle these kind of days was to have lessons that are interactive and moving. The students will love it and Ill love the energy they are burning!

Love is Love

This presentation has to be one of my favourites yet. I believe this because it was very touching and helps be me a better person and teacher. I really had no idea what to expect walking into this presentation because this isn’t something I personally see everyday. As Laura continued through her presentation, I realized that the best teacher is the teacher that is supportive of all students. I might have a student that feels as if he or she is in the wrong body and the best thing I can do is be supportive.

The presentation was very inspiring to me and I noticed that I left smiling. This was because of how her family turned out and the pictures shown. The pictures included her and her family and her and her wife getting married. These stuck to me because it really shows that love is love no matter what. It also shows that the best thing to do is be supportive and accepting. I  personally believe that if someone is happy, who are we to judge?

What is Classroom Management?

For this reflection, I read two different blogs about classroom management and how the authors personally handle it. Out of the two, I agreed with with what Dr. Richard Curwin had to say. I liked that the students should help make the rules as they are the ones following them. It also allows them to understand the rules and what is considered breaking them. In my personal schooling experience, my teacher allowed us to make our classroom rules and the consequences of breaking them. This meant we had little excuse to break the rules because we were the ones to make them.

I had trouble agreeing with the second author and his way of classroom management. This was because I just saw flaws in the system. First of all, allowing the students to award and take points away from other students just causes a popularity contest. A well liked student will receive more points than a student who is quiet. This does not mean one student is better than another. This is also just encouraging the more confident and popular students to participate in class. Even though this is a good thing, we are forgetting about the students who do not like to talk in front of a class. Does this mean points should be taken away? The second thing I disagreed with was what he considered bad. One example was not completing homework. What if a student does not have the materials at home to finish homework? or just doesn’t understand? Should a student get points taken away? Overall, I just don’t like the idea of this program. I don’t like that the students can decide points and its visible for the whole class to see.

 

Blanket Exercise

Today, my partner and I taught our students the brief Indigenous history through the use of the Blanket Exercise. This was a very different experience for me and I struggled to just get through it. We started this lesson by showing the students a video to show them how Indigenous communities worked prior to European settlement. This helped show that the communities actually worked very well and the people were happy without the Europeans. We then moved into the Blanket Exercise.

I played the part of the European and it was my job to be mean. I struggled with this because seeing the students faces just broke my heart. Knowing that at one point, adults were cruel and vicious towards Indigenous children, I just could not do it to my students.

All of the students really enjoyed this activity and we received nothing but good feedback. Most students noticed how fast the land was taken away from the indigenous people and how fast students were told to sit down. One student even mentioned that they thought this happened a long time ago not only a couple of decades ago. This activity was completed with a group discussion and then individual exit slips to help my partner and I note how effective this activity was for this class.