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A flower I made for Wei one day

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.

Expressions Board
I actually get to bond and know the students via one on one everyday contact. These students are MY students and it makes all the difference. Especially when I want to make materials or decorations that help my lessons because I CREATE the lesson they will have. I can review useful sentences everyday with these kids. So when I first started there was little to no English in my classroom and I have started a trend with some of the other foreign teachers here. I have them doing crafts and making stuff for their classrooms.

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.

Finished product

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.

Reward Tree

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**

 

London Bridge with students: asking a random question (how are you, who are you, how’s the weather) to show parents what you reviewed earlier.

Musical Chairs for parents, letting parents try to win their kid a sticker.

Bags hanging from the bulletin board

 

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.

Numbers and colours up the steps

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.

Bag
I then ask them the question “How are you?” and after responding they take the correct smiley face and put it beside their name. Many of them choose the expression with their favourite colour but some choose their emotion.

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.

Bags I made, holding letters
The idea is that every student has a lead, apple, flower etc. with their name on it. When a student is outstanding in their lesson, shares with others, cleans up his or her area or is the first to offer help and do as they are told; they get a sticker. But beware, should a student act out badly they will lose a sticker! The student with the most stickers each week becomes our “Star Student” and receives a blue stamp on their name, recognition by the class and gets a treat. Those that have a green stamp are our best sharing students. To make it fairer to some that come very close, once a student has filled up their name tag with stickers they get a new one with the stamps they have collected but no stars.

 

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.

See how you can tie and retie it?
Yes they hold letters, items etc. Yes you can untie and retie your bag closed. Every child had a small one but my first one I made is bigger and will go to my little nephew when I go home. I have step by step photos showing the process for those interested in making their own. After some time the kids took these home with letters inside to their parents and a candy for themselves

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.

bulletin board
No worries, I will show all these wonderful pictures!

huibdos says:
Reading your blogs always make me shiver with exitement. This time I feel so proud (from joy, I am a parent too:)
Posted on: May 09, 2010
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A flower I made for Wei one day
A flower I made for Wei one day
Expressions Board
Expressions Board
Finished product
Finished product
Reward Tree
Reward Tree
Bags hanging from the bulletin boa…
Bags hanging from the bulletin bo…
Numbers and colours up the steps
Numbers and colours up the steps
Bag
Bag
Bags I made, holding letters
Bags I made, holding letters
See how you can tie and retie it?
See how you can tie and retie it?
bulletin board
bulletin board
Weather board
Weather board
English Board
English Board
Doves, I outlined the colours, did…
Doves, I outlined the colours, di…
Numbers and colours up the steps
Numbers and colours up the steps
Turtle Habitat
Turtle Habitat
The back, where they can escape ki…
The back, where they can escape k…
Our big guy (box turtle) enjoying …
Our big guy (box turtle) enjoying…
Turtle habitat, put under our clas…
Turtle habitat, put under our cla…
Rabbit Board
Rabbit Board
The gate to get into the Engish co…
The gate to get into the Engish c…
Kids made airplanes and I hung the…
Kids made airplanes and I hung th…
The fish I made
The fish I made
Each child has one, their picture,…
Each child has one, their picture…
My Engish corner, took me about 2-…
My Engish corner, took me about 2…
The password this week to get into…
The password this week to get int…
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