This space is to share what we learn in our field placements. I am a bit conflicted about sharing my classroom experiences in a public space like this blog. First I want to share everything about being in the classroom. I don’t have the words to express how much I enjoy being in the classroom, watching the teacher, attending meetings, and observing and interacting with the kids. I feel like I could write volumes about being in the classroom and share every detail. Sharing every detail is what conflicts me. I know enough to not use students or teachers names, or even the school name but I am concerned that I will share some little detail that will tip off my readers as to who I am referring or what school I am at. Keeping the privacy of my placements is very important to me, as I parent I would be very unhappy if a student inadvertently identified my children on a public forum. Children’s safety, my own and my students, online, in the classroom, on the playground and anywhere I have influence is of utmost importance to me, and to endanger that even accidentally would devastate me. Why have this tab if I am so conflicted.
Well the easy answer is that it is a requirement of my e-portfolio for my ECS 100 class and will be nice for future employers to see. The not so easy answer is having this here, forces me to address the conflict within and challenge myself to figure out the best way to share while upholding the privacy of my students, cooperating teachers and school. So for now this maybe a space to share my end of ECS classes thoughts and projects. I do know that I will grow and be come confident and use this space for its intended purpose. Stay Tuned.
In my ECS 100 placement the teachers at the school I am at have what they call collaboration meetings. The meetings are held on a day 4, during the first period after lunch. They find it easier to do these meetings during the school day, rather than having everyone try to fit a meeting in after classes. The teachers are divided into junior(grades K-3), senior (grades 4-8) and Learning resource. My placement is in an English as a Acquired Language(EAL) class and my cooperating EAL teacher has to attend all three groups so I tagged along to the junior and senior meetings.
One of things I found really quite ingenious was that in order to conduct these meetings during class time the classes did learning buddies. The older grades would buddy up with a younger class to read to them during the 45 minute meeting. If it was the junior teachers meeting the senior teachers would supervise both classes and vice versa. Holding the meetings during class time was also a great idea because it ensured that it the meeting moved in an efficient manner so everyone could return to their classrooms in 45 minutes. The topics discussed were quite interesting as well.
In the meetings I was able to attend the teachers discussed many things but reading and math were top priorities. They have one teacher who is really excited about math at all grade levels and is doing a presentation at each meeting on something math related. I discovered the reason patterning is a big focus in math, it lays the foundation for everything else, it allows the students to see relationships in numbers rather than just formulas. The junior teachers are working through the book Writing Strategies by Jennifer Serravello. The school used some of their professional development fund to buy the book for all the teachers in the school. The senior teachers are going through Reading Strategies by Jennifer Serravello. Each teacher is required to pick a chapter, summarize it, implement one of the strategies in their classroom and then share their chapter at the meeting. I was very glad I was able to attend a few of these meetings. I am eager to get both books for myself and read them.
The best discovery from this first foray into professional development is that your more experienced colleagues are a wealth of knowledge. I am looking forward to my next opportunity to learn.
These are links that I have been given through my classes or come across. Some I have checked out and others are here so that when time allows I can check it out.
https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1302868012055/1302868605384- class resources from Aboriginal affairs Canada.
http://icor.ottawainuitchildrens.com/ – Inuit resources
https://www.edonline.sk.ca – Saskatchewan Curriculum
This is a list of books that I feel will help me in my quest to be the best teacher I possibly can.
Teach Like a Pirate- Dave Burgess
Reading Strategies- Jennifer Serravallo
Writing Strategies- Jennifer Serravallo
On this page I will share books that I come across that I think will make a good addition to a classroom library. I am in the pre-k to grade 5 program so my book selections will focus in this area.
One by Kathryn Otoshi
Akilak’s Adventure- Deborah Kigjugalik Webster
Flowers for Sarajevo- John McCutcheon