Some important resources:
- Video on power: https://safeshare.tv/x/c_Eutci7ack
- Lewis and Clark Video
- “In Plain English” videos
This week I taught a lesson on the Third Amendment to the 8th graders, a lesson on urban v. rural communities to the 7th graders, and a lesson on the United Nations to the 7th graders. I think I am getting better at speaking more articulately and I am improving my in-the-moment response and questioning ability. I am getting more comfortable with the students on a personal level as well. I got to experience my first 504 meeting with a parent (Patrick) and I even chaperoned the dance (woohoo!). There was also a delayed start one day in which the faculty and staff engaged in professional development regarding PLPs; for us, and some other faculty, we were focused on the career unit (specifically, dates, how it’s all going to look, is it going to be consistent between teams, if there was going to be a student panel, if you take class time to do it, etc). Because of the delayed start, classes were shortened to 20 minutes each – there is only so much you can do in that time.
Some thoughts I had during the week:
- Letting student do an independent project – to validate the work, share it with the class. My cooperating teacher presented it to the class, congratulating the student who created it.
- It’s important to thank students for sharing and participating in class discussions (especially quieter students) – that positive reinforcement can do wonders
- Value in debate on 2nd Amendment – although this is a controversial issue in society and even in this class, the activity has a lot of value in terms of encouraging students to be able to see alternative viewpoints and using evidence to question the opposition’s claims.
- For some of the seventh graders, you need to literally stand next to them in order for them to get work done. This is impossible in a classroom with only one adult in the room, as you have to attend to other students in the room. What do you do?
- Inclusion opportunity – April sits with her group in a debate. She talks and makes noises during it, but the class keeps on going just fine.
- Internet connection problem – one day the Internet in the entire school was out (not planned). We had to make quick adjustments, as using Google Docs was a big part of the lesson that day. There’s not much point in stressing out, because there is nothing you can do about it; just go with it. We gave the 7th graders more time to figure out their states, and for the 8th grade we completely switched gears and watched a video on Lewis and Clark. The Internet did come back later in the day, but we decided to stick with the adjusted plan, as we were not prepared or able to tackle what we wanted to do within the time span.
Teacher Meme of the Week: