Monthly Archives: November 2013

Feeling Accomplished

Well, hello everyone!

I am done my first eight days of full-time teaching! Ahhh! Such an enormous sense of accomplishment! I will be the first to admit there were moments of absolute insanity, periods of exhaustion, and I was ready to cry more than once, but I came out alive. I have continued to make big leaps in my confidence and ability to manage the whole class.

My Social unit continues to be my favourite part of the week, and the kids are loving it, and learning some great things. This last week we learned about shelter and homes in communities around the world. We talked about what things we would need to consider if we were building a house in Canada (it gets very cold, we have wood, bricks, glass, concrete to use as materials, we usually live with our immediate family, etc). Then, we got to draw our “blueprint.” After this, each student got a list of supplies and considerations and they had to design their own. The following day, we looked at real homes from the communities that they sketched a blueprint of and learned a little more. They were so interested and proud of their houses! One student was even ecstatic when she found a book during our library period on “Homes Around the World” and promptly began reading it.

Poppies KidsI also got the kids to write letters to veterans for Remembrance Day – they were SO excited to see the name they got, and the things that they shared with their veterans were so cute! They also made mixed media (glue designs, paper, cloth, tissue paper, etc) poppies to go with their letters. “My favourite game is Dodgeball. What is your favourite game? Do you like dodgeball too?”

I am also busy getting ready for our Christmas concert – both the play in Drama club, as well as our class song. So exciting! Report cards are going home this week (another adventure – I was exclusively responsible for two subjects and those marks, effort score, and comments). This week we have tri-conferencing (new style replacing parent-teacher interviews), so that will be another interesting first. The year is speeding up and I will be done before I know it – I registered for my last semester of university this past week! Eek!

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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in University Success


The Daily Good: Keeping Positivity the Core


We’re getting close to a day off! Everyone excited? Granted, I am a huge advocate for remembering why we have any given day off, and Remembrance Day is no exception. Dedicate a chunk of time to remember. Take a few moments, say a prayer, or thank a veteran. I am getting my class to write thank you letters to veterans.

I start my three week block this Monday. That means I teach all subjects full time and take on all the responsibilities my coop teacher has. In addition to this, I am continuing on with my extra-curricular commitment of drama club twice a week (we’re starting some hard work on the Christmas play)! We also do supervision once a week. I believe I am prepared as far as planning is concerned, but I am petrified! It’s such a big jump and I think back to my pre-internship three week block when I thought teaching one unit (once a day) was an amazing feat!!! A lot changes in 8 months!

In the midst of all this, I’ve felt a bit underwater, I suppose one could say. After a full and crazy day at school and nearly three or four hours of planning each night (yes, it still takes me a LOT longer than a full-fledged teacher might), I was finding it hard to keep some perspective. After talking to a great friend, I started a “Daily Good List” photo1in which I remain consciously aware of all the good things that happen in a day, or for which I am grateful, and intentionally put the bad or discouraging behind me. In the evening, I jot them down. It’s helping more than I thought I would. Not only am I physically taking account of the good, but I’m also watching more closely for it during the whole day. I believe that it will be even more useful after I have a full couple of pages! Profs and teachers have advised us to do the same in the past, but I’ve never truly considered it. I wish I had earlier. Although maybe now is the best time. Keep it in mind. Maybe you’re in Education and it’ll make all the difference when your class seems to be totally unreceptive. Maybe you’re in another faculty and it’ll still help you keep perspective and hold tight to your positivity! I think it’s a good outlook to have no matter your walk.

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Posted by on November 3, 2013 in University Success