I cannot believe that it is already February and we are nearly half way through the bachelor of education program!
This Thursday was a typical busy day in division 4, our morning started as usual with us doing our Big 5 math warm up. As my students were finishing their Big 5 I noticed that many were done and getting restless, it was time for our morning run but there was a problem, it was POURING! There was no way we could go outside the field that we usually run around was threatening to turn into a lake and the rain was coming down hard. After a moment’s consultation with my SA, we made the call that we would do DPA indoors. I connected my ipad to the classroom speakers and found “Mousercise” on my ipad, I had used it with a group ranging from the ages of 5-12 last summer as a way to get some DPA in on rainy days and that group enjoyed it so with my SA’s approval tried it. The music is a bit silly at times but the light heartedness of the music brightened up a dreary rainy morning. I lead my students through a short routine that included cardio (jumping jacks, skipping and marching in place as well as high knees) and stretching it was a great way to wake them up and get the blood flowing in the morning. What I did with my students relates back to an Action Schools BC presentation I was able to take part in during the Fall Semester, it drew on some of the activities they taught us for rainy days ect. However, I did not have my action schools kit with me so I used the music I had on hand. I have a large selection of children’s music that I have used for dance and day camp programs, the songs touch on a variety of themes and I am hoping to be able to incorporate music like this into my classroom to reinforce themes and as a new/ exciting way of doing DPA to switch it up from the run. I observed that many of my students were appearing to put more effort into our fitness routine than they typically do into a morning run. I am wondering if a balance between DPA activities such as I did on Thursday and running would be beneficial, both have their own unique benefits physically but what affect do they have on the student’s mental and emotional states?
As I was finishing DPA, a guest arrived unexpectedly to do soap stone carving with the students. This was an interesting process; each student received a roughly square block of soapstone to carve. After a short safety talk the students were given files and chisels to start shaping their stones with, the students seemed to really enjoy the process of first smoothing out the stones then figuring out what shape they wanted to create. My students created a lot of hearts, circles, lemons, limes and footballs. They seemed to find that those shapes worked best in the individual stones and with the size of the pieces. I was able to have some great conversations with the students about what they were noticing in the stones, the students were pointing out that the dust that came off the stone was the color of sand but the texture of flour, and they were observing that different pieces of stone were different colors. As I was helping and chatting with each group took this as a moment to talk about how rocks are made up of minerals and that different minerals give rocks different colors. The students were more excited about the different colors in the stone than they were interested in why those colors were there.
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