Projects, projects and more projects
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This relocation to Batumi has been quite productive and positive. The students are more cooperative and receptive in learning whilst my co-teachers are interesting of sharing lesson planning and combining ideas. Of course, there will always be a few disobedient students who don't pay attention or chat in class, but those are a minority whilst the learners are more. This ratio makes my life toward teaching a breeze.
I've been assigned a 6th grade class, and Meggy, she is a young overachieving, in a good way, then there are times when her mature mentality returns to being a pre-teen approaching teenager. In either case, she loves talking and I only rely on her as an encouragement with those students who are shy in speaking up.
Their project is speech. I've chosen this project in encouraging the 6th graders in discussing topics they already know and learn in conveying their information in forms of communication then resulting in an engaged conversation. Their speech involves presenting and collecting of data for their topic is once a week, then we continue with their regular lessons. Meggy, Dato (David) and another young girl had completed their speech about a Georgian dish; each had taken turns in speaking (as instructed when working developing a group project). The class was given a list of rated peer evaluation regarding their presentation.
When Thea and I were discussing on how the students should prepare their speech, Meggy was not her normal chatty self, I immediately knew why.
By the end of class, I spoke with Meggy explaining that her group presentation was just the beginning. She now knows what she requires for improvement, and also NOT to use glue on the blackboard. (She had glued her presentation on the board, then had to later SCRAP the papers off the board, which left residue of glue.) I genuinely given her a hug letting her know she did good and that I know she'll do better. Meggy smiled. "Thank you, teacher," she said, returning the hug.
In Malada's 4th grade class, I've introduced photography and the use of prepositional phrases photo terms (Thea's 8th grade students are interested).
This project was great just like the first one, students had drawn and cut out square and circle. Selected students stood in front of the class and spoke their and demonstrated the position of the ball associated with the square. I was Estastic! The following project was the introduction parts of the camera.
At this point, they were tasked in drawing their cameras and present before the class the components and parts from what they learned from the previous lesson. They were paying attention. Now if only the Mother Nature plays nicely with the weather, we'll soon take photos.
Then there is scriptwriting and film making, both Thea and Malada's 9th grade students are excited about this project. According to Thea, one group had already completed on a written script which she read, also that the students were earnest searching and thinking what they want to write and soon film. Music to my ears.
Batumi PS N.
Now for the weather forecast both spiritually and at the moment... first, spiritually:
February 8, 2012
As the Earth Allows the Rain
Sitting with Feelings
I received my DailyOM and this is what the subject read and the statement couldn't be any further from the truth.
Forecast at the moment: we received official news that school is closed tomorrow and Friday due to a freeze front that is arriving tonight, thus the safety for everyone, the schools are closed but have to resume makeup classes for two Saturdays, 18 and 25 February. Let's just hope THIS Saturday a co-teacher, Thea, and I with a few students from selected classes had scheduled an outing as an extra-curriculum activity to start their new projects, film making and photography.