This week’s post is for ALL of you—my EPE friends, as well as my URG friends. This may be the case for the next three weeks, as this is the three week teaching block, which I think you might all be interested in. For those of you that have not gotten there yet, I am going to provide you with a quick look at the whole four year Elementary Education degree because I desperately wish I had this overview in my first year!
Year 1: one semester, once a week, observing and helping in a classroom
Year 2: volunteering 20 hours in an organization that is not a school for one semester; also one hour a week EAL tutoring/additional support one semester (ELNG)
Year 3: Pre-internship (Fall—once a week full day for eight weeks; Winter—3 week block, all day every day. This is when you are asked to teach a full unit, every subject at some point, and a full half day. Both experiences this year are in the same school.)
Year 4: Internship! (Fall—all day, every day, anywhere in SK (well, in certain divisions, as we have to share the province with the U of S students) or an international placement in England)
I’m very excited to be done school and classes for three weeks and be in the classroom full time. I expect to learn so much this March. My co-op teacher is awesome, the students are fantastic, and my faculty advisor seems great too.
In regards to physical education, I hope to teach at least one lesson, but to simply observe and assist in one, too, would be great, as I have not yet even seen one taught yet! I am also teaching a unit on playground safety, and have tied in some physical activity and Phys Ed. Knowing what was in the Phys Ed curriculum was hugely beneficial, and I knew how to easily include the healthy living and safety aspects. The students are also doing three days outside, and I hope they can get a good chance to get some exercise, too!
Although I’m excited, I’m also very nervous as this will be my first time teaching a unit, and I’m exclusively responsible for everything—assessment, management, time, etc. Here’s to hoping I’ll learn lots, the students will learn lots, and there won’t be too many disasters! I’ll keep you posted!