So today was my last day in the classroom for this semester. It really was amazing to see how quickly this went! The next time we will be in the classroom is March 20- it seems like a long time away but I’m sure that it will creep up on us very quickly. I have really enjoyed my time spent here and I cannot wait until we are back here in March. I know there are areas that I need to work on and I have learned a whole lot in these eight weeks and will be able to learn even more in the three-week block.
Today I taught my lesson which ended up being the game of Oh Deer! The students were a little bit sceptical as I was explaining the game in the classroom and I know they were just wanting to play dodgeball instead. However, once we got going in the gym they got right into the activity and they really had lots of fun. The gym is always a difficult place to teach, it was a really good opportunity for me to work on voice projection and ensuring that the students were quite when necessary. This lesson went much better than the first one I taught in the gym seven weeks ago. After the activity, we went back to the classroom to debrief. The students had lots of great questions and we were really able to get a good discussion going. They even had some questions that I did not know the answer too- luckily there were four other adults who were able to help out. Oh Deer is a great game that that can be used in a variety of grades and subject areas and one that I know I will continue to use as I progress.
Following lunch, I went with the students to supervise them in the library and ensure they took out at least one chapter book – something that has been a problem in the past. They also had a short math lesson where they used their computers and worked on mental math. It sure is cool to see how far this has come, from the old mad minutes of my time to only using computers. After that, the students spent the rest of the day working in groups on a booklet that encompassed all they had been taught over the last eight weeks. My partner did a great job with this and the students really loved it. We said our goodbyes and promised that we would see them soon. We will already be helping them out when they go skating over these next few weeks until Christmas.