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‘This morning I feel …’

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‘This morning I feel … because …’ is how my grade 4 class begins their day.

I am currently completing my very last teaching placement. My teacher is so great and I am learning lots from her! The very first day, she began by standing in front of the class and asking them if they wanted to share how they felt.  I was immediately intrigued.  Almost half the class raised their hand and she took the time to let each of them speak.  She listened to every student who had raised their hand. Listening and asking questions to learn more. I was in awe! ‘This morning I feel excited because tonight I’m going to watch a movie with my mom’, ‘This morning I feel sad because my little brother was up sick all night’.  They were so sweet and you could tell the kids were happy and felt as though someone cared.  I found this to be so beautiful.  She does this every morning.

I think this a such a fantastic idea for many reasons…

1 – Each child lives a different life at home. It’s not every child who has someone they can talk to that will take the time to really listen to them and interest themselves in what they have to say. This gives them the chance to express themselves and have someone care.

2 – It gives you insight as to why a certain child might be behaving a certain way during the day.  The child that seems to be day dreaming and not following the lesson might just be worried about his grandpa who is sick.  Knowing what a child is going through can help you deal with their behaviour.

3 – It allows you to get to know your students and it allows your students to get to know you, which helps classroom management.  Knowing about your students interests and hobbies can also help with lesson planning!

4 – Oral communication.  This gives the students an opportunity to practice expressing themselves and explaining themselves in front of others. Oral communication doesn’t always have to be a formal presentation where students stand in front of the class explaining their project.  

I think this is a beautiful idea.  It is definitely something I’d like to integrate into my very own classroom one day! I hope this has inspired you as much as it has inspired me! If you have similar activities you’d like to share, go for it!! I’d love to hear about it!

Until next time,

K ❤

Teaching

The beginning of the end

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I’ve been in university for 6 years now. The first four years were dedicated to my biomedical biology degree and the last two to becoming a teacher. Last week I wrote my very last exam of teacher’s college. Tomorrow I start my last placement. So far I’ve done three placements. One in grade 5, one in grades 7 & 8, and one in grades 9 & 10. The high school placement has by far been my favorite. I feel like that’s where I really belong… teaching science (biology and chemistry) to students who are getting ready for post secondary.

I don’t have much experience under my belt but here are a few key things I’ve learned during my placements …

1. Always be prepared. I know this sounds like the typical boy scout rule but it’s true. Showing up ready makes your day much easier. Kids have a way of knowing when you’re improvising and they thrive on that. Do yourself a favour … do extra work the night before to make sure you’re ready the next day.

2. Don’t be so serious. Kids are kids and they will do kids stuff. In my experience (and I know, I don’t have much experience yet at all) kids really connect with you when you stop to laugh with them once in a while. Classroom management is key, but it helps when the kids enjoy being in your class. It also makes your day go by easier too when you laugh and turn the ‘bottle flip’ into a math or science lesson instead of immediately telling them to cut it out.

3. Don’t be afraid to try new things… especially during placements when you have a qualified and experienced teacher by your side.  Take the opportunity to test out different strategies and don’t be afraid to make mistakes because that’s how we learn!

4. Be ORGANIZED! I’ve always been a very organized person and it’s sure paying off in the teaching world. So much paper work, lesson plans, student lists, grade lists, calendars, to do lists,… Find an organizational system that works for you and stick to it!

My last placement is in grade 4, which will definitely be a change of pace from my last placement in high school. I’m having a hard time finding the motivation required to get through the next five weeks.  I’ve already gotten offers from both school boards I’ve applied to and I just can’t wait to get teaching!

If you have any advice for a noobie teacher who is just on the verge of jumping into the teaching world, let me know! I’d appreciate any tips and tricks you may have up your sleeve!

Until next time,

Goodnight, K ❤

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K : The background story

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I’m not quite sure where or how to start …

I’ve created this blog because I love writing and I wanted a space to call my own where I could express myself, share experiences, … (and all that other good stuff)

I figured I’d start with a quick blog post about myself (cliché, I know, but I’m a very organized person and I can’t just jump into it without a little intro) just to give you a quick background on who is writing. I’ll keep this short and sweet, since you’ll learn much more about me as we go.

Here are 10 things about me that will hopefully give you a better idea of who is behind this blog …

1. I love the outdoors! Exploring, camping, travelling … If I had enough money to travel the world I would.

2. In five weeks I will have competed my very last placement and will officially be a qualified teacher!

3. My dog is bigger than me, and I love him more than I love bacon. 

4.  I’m a sucker for inspirational quotes on photos. Seriously, my phone is full of them.

5. Friends often come to me for advice, and I truly enjoy giving it.

6. I love poutine and my expectations for it are very high. The gravy and the fries must be just right.

7. I’m a Canadian woman, born in 1993.

8. I’ve seen every episode of Friends at least 6 or 7 times and know most of them by heart!

9. Ma première langue apprise (et encore connue) est le français! Je suis fière d’être bilingue!

10. I’ve started a few blogs before this one but they never worked out because I was always trying to make them so ‘perfect’. This time around, I’m just going for it. I love to write!

Stick around for much more! I will be using this blog to write about my experiences as a teacher as well as a space to express myself, share my experiences and write inspirational posts to promote self love and positivity!

If you are a woman who is taking the plunge towards adult-life, you’ll feel right at home here!

Until next time,

Love, K ❤