Pop! Week 6.

This week in Grade 4 I taught about stress responses in the body.  I started the lesson by inducing a small stress response.  I had the students close their eyes and an take a few deep breaths, to reduce stress.  While we were doing that, I had prearranged with my teaching partner to pop a balloon, to startle them.  It had the desired effect, most of the students were startled.

We then proceeded to have a discussion about how their body reacted to the surprise.  The discussion wasn’t going the direction I wanted it too, and the students weren’t understanding what I was trying to get at.  So, plan B, improvise on the fly like a good teacher does. The students are reading the City of Ember, and were at the part where Lena, the main character loses her sister.  The story goes on to describe Lena’s bodily reactions to stress. I used that as an example of what I was trying to get at and it worked we got on the right track and a great discussion that lead us into a story, with an ebook.

We then discussed rather than read word for word the book Stressed Out by Michelle Prather.  I had planned to read the book but found the students were getting a bit antsy sitting, so I turned it into more of a discussion rather than a story.  We had fun with the discussion.  It was funny when we got to the part about clenching teeth and I clenched mine the students followed right along.  I knew then they were all paying attention.  We ended our lesson using another new to me tool the parking lot.  A good friend explained it to me and I liked the idea. The parking lot is similar to a KWL chart, but for this the students write one take away on a sticky note and put it in the parking lot.  Of course, the kids love writing on sticky notes. I think another good lesson with some valuable learning for me as a teacher and for the students.

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Professional Development Plans

This section includes the PDP’s that our co-op teacher had to fill out for each lesson we taught.  We were given goals to work on for the first 6 weeks and there was prescribed things the co-op was looking for in those weeks.  The predetermined criteria was interesting but I found the comments that my co-op teacher made in addition to be much more useful, in terms of knowing what I did well and what could use some work.

Here is a sample of some PDP;s

Health Stress Responses

Phys.Ed. Dribbling

Social Studies Introduction to the Buffalo

Student Profiles

For this assignment we were asked to choose 3 student we worked with this semester at our placement, and tell about them and where they excel and what they are still working on.  Generally, I think most people choose those students who present a behavioural challenge in the classroom.  The classroom I was placed in doesn’t have any students that present huge behavioural challenges so it was a little more difficult to choose 3 students.

This is the profile, I also left the comments visible from my instructor.  I didn’t have a chance to add or put any of the suggestions to work as the semester ended before I had a chance.  I do plan to review these profiles and try some of the suggestions when I return for my 3 week block in March.