What do the teachers do when P.A. Days are called? As a student, this question would cross my mind from time to time over the course of the school year. "Do they get the day off too?" "Is it like a long weekend for everyone?", I would wonder as I slept in and spent most … Continue reading What do teachers REALLY do on P.A. Days?
After a first two weeks of unexpected circumstances, bus cancellations, long weekends and lots of busy days, I finally was able to present my first lesson to the class on Thursday afternoon. To say I was excited and nervous simultaneously would be a colossal understatement. I was buzzing with energy as I opened the PowerPoint and … Continue reading A Brief Reflection of My First Direct Lesson
For my Action Research Project this year, I have decided to implement circle process as both an instructional tool and a classroom management strategy. After hearing of the breadth of research supporting the use of circles in the classroom, I was highly intrigued, and curious to see if it would work with the Grade 6s … Continue reading Circle Time in the Classroom: Session #1
Although it is still early in my Practicum Block, I have already had a few chances to practice the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) skills that were discussed in my At-Risk Children courses, and so far, the results have been very positive. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working with the students to … Continue reading My First Experiences with Collaborative Problem Solving
Wow! I can't believe how quickly this last practicum block is going by already. While it's been an incredibly busy, unexpected sort of first week, I have to say, I am having a great time so far. And to say I'm relieved and excited about it would be an enormous understatement. On Tuesday morning, I … Continue reading Reflecting on my 1st week of Practicum