As a lover of art and an artist, I wanted to do this particular lesson for a long time: an action painting unit. Due to curriculum requirements of Grade One, I fused my desire and the primary colours into a classroom project. Action painting is is a style of painting in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied. The resulting work often emphasizes the physical act of painting itself as an essential aspect of the finished work or concern of its artist. One of the most famous painter is Jackson Pollock who is considered as the pioneer of abstract expressionism. We learned about him briefly but the main focus was the primary colours and its association with objects and emotions. The students had to work on their individual piece and the class one. It was a dizzying process with lots of classroom management on my part - which was exhausting. However when I observed that they were having fun and following what we learned the last class, it was worth it.
The real life lesson I learned was that if you are going to do a large art project such as this ... you need to consult your custodians before executing your lesson. I learned this the hard way as I was scrubbing the floor after school. I am excited to learn about other dynamics within the school ... hopefully not the hard way.
What a day - a proud day. It felt like watching your child walk for the first time. After only two quick lunch practices, Grade Six Girl Basketball (GSGB) team was able to learn so much about the game. Seeing them play like they did was rewarding and gave me sense of pride. Maybe this is what it feels like to coach. Every rotation, I tried to give each group a feedback and a challenge for their next turn. The players had some difficult time with the flow of the game; but I think this was our fault. Their next assignment will be "YouTubing" basketball rules at home to encourage self learning and being more efficient due to lack of practice time. Lots of overhead passes were thrown which was reduced after firm feedback to the players during the break. We still have a long road ahead with short time frame but I am going to give my best to foster these young players with huge potentials. Next practice session: layup and positioning!
January's virtue is 'responsibility.' We learned about being a responsible student, responsible citizen, and responsible person through drama. I used role play to act out various scenarios from elderly crossing the street, students picking up trash to being a hard working student. I also used iPads to have the students assess the scenarios. If the scenario was responsible, they are to draw a circle and hold it up for the teacher to see. If the action was irresponsible, the students would draw an "x." Soon after, we began to film for the responsibility song. I originally had the students film themselves but this plan failed miserably. I had to take over as the main camera man after 5 minutes. After a couple lessons/sessions of shooting, we finally completed the music video. I hope you enjoy it.
On January 25, Lethcamp is happening at the University of Lethbridge. I have created an intro video on edcamp for promotion. I think this is a new, dynamic, and engaging way to make connections and bounce new ideas within teaching profession.
It seems like I will be using Minecraft as an engagement tool for the duration of my internship. Despite Minecraft being only a simple engagement tool, it started to transmogrify into something bigger. I began to develop entire resources and work materials based on Minecraft. My math class has been transformed into Mathcraft. All of the SMARTBOARD activities, worksheets, and in-class rewards now involved Minecraft. I was just as excited as the students at this point. I also developed four classcube to award four students each weeks for positive behaviours.
Well, here I am. Professional Semester number three. It has been a long road to finally get here: Ed2500 @ Fleetwood Bawden, PSI @ Galbraith, PSII @ Crescent Heights, and finally @ St. Paul. Of course, another long list of university courses to prepare me for the real task ahead. But in reality, how can university truly prepare you for the living breathing world which is full of dynamics and events from the textbook. Despite all the preparation and previous experience, I could not sleep for the first week or so. My mind was racing with full of ideas to implement. I occasionally woke up at two or three in the morning to write down ideas. My dearest teacher mentor suggested I should take the first week to get to know my students - I think this was a fantastic idea. This allowed me to transition into the class easier and get to know each students. I conducted a couple of student surveys to see which students were auditory, kinesthetic, and visual learners. My first survey was a disaster: Grade one + lots of 'fill in the blank' = lots of blanks. Second survey was more successful with multiple choice questions. I began to realize the capacity and the level of ability of the students with simple survey. One more thing really stood out: they LOVE Minecraft. THEY LOVE MINECRAFT. To be honest, I am a Minecraft player myself; therefore I realized that I needed integrate this energy and interest with my lessons/units...
[To be continued]