Today was the big day, I got to officially meet the class I will be doing my practicum in this year. Needless to say I was more than a little nervous going to school this morning. My wonderful School Advisor ( SA from now on) met me this morning and soon put me at ease and made me feel at home in her classroom. I was able to observe lessons and activities in several subject areas and also able to help with some activities.
As the class was brainstorming what they knew about weather, I recorded and organized the ideas on a class mind map and added a few of my own. I was able to do this quickly and easily using what might be my new favourite app on my Ipad, I’m really happy I bought the full version of Inspiration as I have already used it for 2 of my assignments at UBC and am seeing infinite ways in which I can use it’s capabilities in the classroom. I also had the important job of googeling weather events that neither my SA or I had ever heard of. Did you know that there’s such a thing as ball lightning that appears as FIRE BALLS in the sky! Scientists are still trying to explain why this happens. Our weather discussion and my SA also allowed me to share one of my favourite sites to find weird and wacky weather events as well as other natural events from around the globe. I use earthweek.com to discover these events, and the site is updated every Friday, with past weeks also available for viewing. Using the one from last week we looked at the hottest and coldest temperatures as well as several typhoons that happened in South East Asia.
My first time writing on the board this year and my very quick sketch of the earth and it’s atmosphere.
After lunch I had the opportunity to participate in a directed drawing art lesson, and I was tentative about this, I don’t draw it’s something I have never been comfortable with and doing this activity really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’m very glad I wasn’t leading the activity I must say I surprised my self though. I produced a non-embarrassing piece of art! This is only the second time in my life I have not been embarrassed by what I created doing a visual arts project. I have always enjoyed participating in art especially preforming arts but I have never had the confidence to show my visual arts to others. What helped with the project today was that my SA broke down the process step by step and demonstrated it on the screen, she was able to draw on her paper and have us follow along using the document camera. While everyone followed the same directions due to individual differences each piece of art looks a little different.
Some Art Samples
Over all I found the classroom environment to be very warm, welcoming and supportive. I saw a genuine care for the students and adults in the classroom my SA made time to connect with every student at several times through out the day. She clearly showed that she knows about the students lives both in and out of the classroom as well as what makes them “tick” and how to motivate them. The room itself is alive with colour, from the Dr. Seuss inspired decorations and quotes on the walls, to the students art work , class photos and about me paragraphs. The classroom it’s self felt homey and lived in, it was obvious that there was learning and living going on in the room, not only was student work displayed but there were notes on the board about home work and upcoming events. The shape of the day and daily activities were also on the board so that the students and my self always new what was coming next.
I really enjoyed my first day in my class and am excited to get to know my SA and the students this year.