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Snow and school (361 out of 365) #blogaday

FOUR MORE DAYS! 😮
Today I experienced my first somewhat snow day – we weren’t able to drive in the morning due to ice on the road so we came in the afternoon. There were very few teachers, and we sent most of the ones who were in rooms home. It was an interesting day! Driving back was rough though because the parking lot had iced over but I lived through my first “snow day” with school. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes with the icy roads!

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Flashback to first December (346 out of 365) #blogaday

I thought since it was almost Christmas Eve and I wrote a post on that day last year that I would bring it back as a reflection on where I have been. I still agree with this for the most part! I already talked about this with the current school I am working at, which shows that holidays are pretty similar in many different educational settings.

https://newteachrtips.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/calling-all-children-for-christmas-can-classes/

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Hogwarts in the [school]House (303 out of 365) #blogaday

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pam-allyn/5-lessons-hogwarts-teache_b_8254174.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

This article makes some interesting points! As a teacher, I never really thought about looking for an ideal school to base my classroom off of – I just try to make it as engaging as possible and follow the guidelines that I believe in. However, after reading this, Hogwarts could definitely be analyzed as a “great” school. The students have mentors right away, are encouraged to be creative and think critically, learn through experience, mingle with the older students, and are not put down for speaking their minds. hogwarts psotIt would be a wonderful place in some aspects, but of course, we know that there are downsides (not only the constant attack of villains). I don’t like that the children can’t have a say in the house they are categorized in by the sorting hat. Isn’t it somewhat stereotyping kids? What if the hat “feels” like they would fit in a certain house, and then it turns out they were just having an off day? Anyway, no school would have every aspect that Hogwarts does, and the ones that were listed on the link are the best.

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All Hail Halloween (294 out of 365) #blogaday

Tomorrow will be the first Halloween event I have experienced in a school setting as a teacher! Our center is holding a “sticker treat,” in which families are coming to walk their kids from room to room in order to get Halloween-themed stickers – the children and some teachers will be in their costumes. I am not really sure if the whole day will be different, or just parts of it. The event states “all day,” but I have no sense about the setup for teachers and if students might be coming and going throughout the day (or if it won’t change much besides many people in costumes). I guess we will see what the day brings! halloween post

 

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Success in a sticker (250 out of 365) #blogaday

Made it to 250!!!

http://keepingupwithmrsharris.com/ask-me-how-i-earned-this-sticker/

This is a great idea because the children will actually have something to say when they leave school. I was always a child who said “fine” after my mom asked “how was school” – it gives students the pride of earning a sticker for whatever they are working on in class. I definitely want to create my own and print these out to start giving to my students! They already love stickers, so earning one and encouraging them to explain their day to families should be a real hit 🙂

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Welcoming website! (222 out of 365) #blogaday

I started working on my classroom’s website, and will be continuing on the weekend to get it ready for school on August 31! The title is called Pre-K playpen – I am very excited to set it up, and give the link to families to keep them up-to-date on what we are doing each week. It is crazy that I am making my class site!! My job is really coming together, and it is a nice transition with the fewer students in the summer at the moment. We will have a sturdy 15 every other day, and 12 children the other days. I’m looking forward to it 🙂

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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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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!

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Handling the heat (141 out of 365) #blogaday

As summer approaches, it is important to get out into the sun as much as possible – BUT it can be very draining. Today, I went out for a walk and have been exhausted ever since. It was probably during the peak of the heat, but I wanted to get outside and enjoy it 🙂 All-day classes will be difficult because you are stuck indoors…One of my teachers sent an email saying to bring blankets the first day of class to store for when we decide to have class outdoors, which is a plus!

It feels so long since last summer when I started this graduate program, but I am mostly happy with the journey. I have grown, and met some wonderful people who I think could stay close friends. Let’s enjoy the weather so we have something to look forward after a long day!