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Labeling letters (162 out of 365) #blogaday

I saw a craft like this around the day school I went to today. I wonder if they found it on Pinterest! It is a great way to help the children remember what the letters look like, and what they say – having an image to pair with it is similar to a mnemonic device. It also shows the fun side of the alphabet because the children are actually making the letter into an animal or a different shape. labeling letters

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Some sides of school (161 out of 365) #blogaday

I think these are interesting points. Many people believe that kindergarten or below is simple because the children can’t pick up much material. However, these could be the most important years – if you don’t teach the kindergartners to read or the preschoolers how to socialize, they will struggle for most of their education. The lives of students makes a huge difference on how they act in school. How they feel each day affects the intake of learning and their behavior outbursts. Technology can affect the day as well. There is an urge to incorporate it because of the videos and other tools out there, but if the teacher cannot operate the system correctly, it can lose attention and bring down the lesson. Teachers can make a big difference as leaders, though. They bring an alternate perspective to the table because they actually work with kids and see the needs of the students.

Teaching the Teacher

It’s been a few months since @mcleod put out his 5 things we need to stop pretending blogpost. Better late than never with my response.

1. The lower the age group of students, the less important the work of the teacher…

There’s a misconception particularly in the general public that early childhood education is all about changing nappies and blowing noses, Don’t get me wrong, giving out diplomas, determining who passes and fails, teaching the three Rs, all important work. But Early Childhood Education teachers are the ones teaching kids how to get along with each other and how to learn and do so in a child-centred way. The rest of the education system should be learning from them.

2. That all technology is innovative…

Just because its on a computer doesn’t make it innovative. Too many apps are little more than worksheets – which begs the question why not…

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Bewildering blends (160 out of 365) #blogaday

“Glowstick”

“Playground”

“Globe”

“Sticker”

These were some of the words I received when teaching a lesson today on blends. I was expecting “star,” “glass,” “place” – so was amazed at the Kindergarteners for coming up with such distinct words! It was a private school setting, which meant the environment they are brought up in is much more well-off. BUT STILL, they are 4 and 5 years old 😮

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Playing at the playa with the pup (159 out of 365) #blogaday

Today my family and I went to the coast. It was very nice! We brought our dog, Bear, and it was ALL of our first times at this coastal town. Seeing Bear discover the ocean, sand, and smells of the beach was sweet 🙂 He was like a baby, trying to get closer to the water each time (with our help, of course!) There was a lot of nervousness in him at the beginning because it was somewhere he had never been – with overwhelming sensory moments. He became more and more comfortable with the location and other dogs that he wanted to go towards the water as well as run up and down the coast.bear at beachIt connected with teaching for me because I want to show children things they haven’t experienced before in science, math, reading, or anything in life. It is all about discovery and learning from the errors. You know you are in the zone for teaching employment when you tie things from your everyday life with what you could do in the classroom – have a big interview tomorrow 😮 Hope it goes well!

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Unveiling videos (158 out of 365) #blogaday

YouTube can be a great tool for teachers to reward their students at the end of the day, or show them the fun in learning a subject like math or science. I still remember that the teacher for my high school Biology class always showed a video before the end of class – they were funny animal videos most of the time 🙂 That was the first time I saw “baby elephant sneeze!” We watched it over and over until it was time to go. I had this teacher my freshmen year of high school, and I am now graduating with my masters (almost 8 years 😮 but I still recall the fun). Doing something like that makes you a teacher that students remember.

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A bunch of blogs! (157 out of 365) #blogaday

After about 6 months in the blogging world, I thought I would broaden my interests for blogs I follow. I used to stay tame with what my blog was about – following fellow teachers, children’s reading as well as writing, and education. From browsing the “recommended blogs,” I now follow blogs about DIY, music, book reviews, cute videos, food, culture (Nairobi women, African elephants), and homemade comics. It is really fun to look at other people’s blogs and interests because I am becoming more interested in their hobbies. I feel the connection of the blogging universe ha! I still can’t believe that I have over 200 followers 🙂 This #blogaday challenge has helped me stick with something and make it part of my routine every day. Creating a blog was a great somewhat spur of the moment idea.

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Fundamentals of friendship (155 out of 365) #blogaday

teaching friends postThis poster seems like a great idea! At the interviews I have recently been to, there were various questions about conflict resolution, and breaking down “what friends do” in a visual way will help students be able to fix their issues without teacher assistance. Having something to refer to when fighting occurs lets children be accountable for their actions, and know when they are not being a good friend.

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*dun dun dun DUN!* Beethoven-inspired poem (154 out of 365) #blogaday

In tune of Beethoven’s 5th

Don’t know what to write

Don’t know what to write

I’ve written 154 blogs

My brain doesn’t what to say

It is hard.

Almost halfway!

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Since I couldn’t think of anything today, I thought I would have some fun with it 🙂 It is also nearing the end of my program so my “Field placement” page ended yesterday and the “Getting through grad school” will be finishing in a few months – sad times! BUT I’ll keep posting on “teaching tools” and “reflections” and talking about fun things to keep you distracted during graduate school (until I’m finished!).

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Inching along with interviews (153 out of 365) #blogaday

This will be the last FIELD PLACEMENT post for a while! (maybe forever :o)

Since the student teaching part of my program is over, I won’t have anything to share about it anymore. It’s weird that I am in the last term of the masters!

I have a few interviews setup these last few weeks of my break before school starts. I look forward to getting back out there with jobs, and making myself confident! One of the interviews next week is a working interview, where I copy a lesson from the head teacher. It should be nice to be back in the classroom, and teaching kids 🙂 I want to know what the lessons are about now! But part of it is being able to follow the model of the lead teacher on how they teach it. All these interviews are important, so I will try my best at the ones this week – it is also getting back in the feel of it for next weeks. Wish me luck!