The RedCat Is Crafty!
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So today was the day I had been stressing about for a loooooooooooooooooong time. Yes indeed. It was Open House for parents. And you know what? My bosses did a great job in scaring me. From "The kids are wild during this time" to "We have to see your lesson" to "the classroom set up isn't good, could you just add this into it? Hmmm, maybe it will be ok, your lesson." I was stressed, all confidence gone and I had to sit and teach a class in front of parents for 30 minutes.
Well, some overtime, some help from my wonderful principal and last minute changes made that day by me and my lesson was THA BOMB! It was awesome. Parents were happy, my boss was happy, children had a great time and actively wanted to participate. They all listened and participated it was just wonderful and the parents seemed to enjoy it also. So all in all it was great. In fact, there is a reason why I am telling you all this right now; it is not just pointless ramble really. This is because this entry today is about my being a teacher here.
Do I like it? No. Would I want to make it my career? Never. Do I feel great pride in what I do? Yes. Do I really enjoy playing with the kids and seeing them happy? Absolutely.
This new school has done a lot of good for me.
And yes, this is a brag entry in a way. I have done some wonderful work I feel and I want to share it with everyone. I want to show why I have been so busy and why I know I should listen to those who support me because I do have greatness in me; I am just to humble to sometimes admit it or too unsure of myself to feel it.
The Demo Class today consisted of this plan:
Props: Weather board, Feelings board, Big Bingo Card, Big dabbers
Greet the children
Review “who are you” by asking each child.
Review weather conditions (windy, cloudy, snowing, rainy, sunny)
Ask “How’s the weather?” then have someone tell you.
Review emotions (very happy, happy, unhappy, sad, angry, sleepy) Have students act out these emotions while you go through them.
Ask a few students “how are you?”
Have students each choose an emotion and put it by their name.
Sing: If you’re happy and you know it
Review body parts.
Sing: Head and shoulders song
Reveal big bingo card and go over what each one is.
Teach them how to play bingo, drawing a body part and allowing a student to tell you what it is and then place it on the big bingo card (purple circle to mark it)
Play bingo with kids (each has his/her own card) Where winner gets a sticker.
**This used up pretty much all the time, if for a demo can include these last two activities for fun**
Musical Chairs for parents, letting parents try to win their kid a sticker.
Another very successful lesson was done outside on the playground:
New words: Sandbox, slide, ladder, steps, up, down, swing,
Read decodable book “go play”
Have them point and learn the names of different parts of a playground.
Take students outside and have them call out the names of the play area according to what I point at.
Give one student per time a command (ex: Go up the steps and down the (colour) slide.)
Have everyone review the vocabulary once more
Have two students race to complete the command first after being told. (start simple, then get more complex).
Feedback: This lasted the full 30 minutes and the students simply loved doing it. They picked up the vocabulary better.
Things I have made:
Expressions Board: Every day I review the expressions and ask the students to act them out.
English Board: The board has many English nursery rhymes and songs with pictures that the children and I sing and act out. We do this every morning at reading time.
Portable English Board: This was the first board I made. I discovered we had some trouble reading so I will use this more in the future. The idea behind it is that children can switch words while practicing a familiar sentence; targeting new words and how they fit into sentences.
Bulletin Board: On our bulletin board I have tried to create a friendly and calm scene with some English on it. One tree focuses on the sentence “What is the date?” The apples have months, dates and days of the week on them. Students are encouraged to place the correct apples on the tree according to the date and speak it aloud. We will be using this daily in the future.
The main tree is our reward tree.
Turtle Habitat: We have a class turtle, he’s a box turtle. Not only did I do a write up about him but I put together his habitat with consideration to what he likes and the fact that turtles prefer both land and water. While this guy will spend most of his time in the water, I raised up part of his enclosure so that he can have a dry spot to rest in when he likes. Placing it under this handmade bridge helped to complete the look and give our class pet a good home.
Bags: I handmade some bags awhile back out of construction paper.
Counting Steps: I created the numbers and words in the colour of the rainbow and have them climbing up the steps to one of three play areas. The children love to count as they climb.
Weather Board: Students get to place in the picture of what the weather is like. They can choose from several options.
I also added some other English in the classroom, commands and such that students and teachers alike can use on the spot.
So as you can see, this RedCat has been a busy one and now that I have done writing this from work (I actually have a break today!) I will go to finish up the next two weeks lesson plans and then go home to teach a few more students before logging on perhaps late late tonight or tomorrow to upload the photos for everyone to view.