Today was my first day at W.F. Ready as part of my pre-internship experience. I felt nervous and anxious on the short 5 minute drive there and while walking up to the school, but I really had nothing to fear! My co-operating teacher has a lot of knowledge that I am as eager to take in as he is to tell. The 7/8 students in the class are engaged, yet very social, learners, and I am up for the challenge, and the fun, because I can tell that the students will be fun to get to know and form relationships with. Throughout this experience, I do want to focus on the professional goals assigned, but I also want to make relationships and set clear guidelines/expectations. The co-op teacher stressed this lots as well so I am motivated to improve these aspects!
My partner, Raegyn Fulmek, and I started our day with a fun introduction activity; we brought a beach ball with written questions on it which we used to throw to one another and the question that the right thumb touched was the question that person had to answer. This game went well and the students seemed to enjoy it. The rest of the day we observed ELA (Creative Writing about Thanksgiving theme, Word Work - handwriting, and reading aloud), French (quiz, TedTalk on why bi-linguism is important, and flash card phrases), Health (digital literacy video and worksheet), Social (did not observe) and Science with two classes (went over a quiz with 8s. Finished gummy bear science experiment in salt, sugar, vinegar, water to practice scientific method with 7/8s). At the end of the day I read aloud to students and stopped as modelled reading, a connection I made to ELNG 317 this semester! Some questions that I asked were; what does "Ignorance is bliss mean?, "What did I just read?" in which it took 2-3 tries for students to get it and "Who 's parents tell them to get good marks lots?" These students surprised me throughout the day how engaged they can be, and I'm even more excited about teaching middle years than I was before! I already cannot wait for next week!