Goals, Learning Outcomes and Indicators (Personal Growth Plan) For a Successful Internship (Entry #7)

Goals for a Successful Internship (given to us by our placement supervisor):

A. Personal Attributes: Interns will develop personal qualities that demonstrate an interest in and commitment to teaching, learning, and the teaching profession.
B. Relationships and Management: Interns will develop their abilities for creating and maintaining positive relationships and an environment that is conducive to student-centered learning.
C. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Interns will develop their abilities for planning, presenting, and assessing lessons that meet the needs of all students.
D. Social Justice and Community: Interns will develop an interest in and commitment to addressing issues of social justice as they relate to education and to the larger community.

Professional Growth Plan Goals:

What I need to focus on:

  1. Keep a journal throughout the next few months, adding to the sections when I can. Our placement is done for the semester, but my courses and my job both provide opportunities to teach and to work on my goals. This ties in with goals that center around building honest relationships with students, maintaining an attitude that benefits the classroom, striving for adaptations that allow every student to grow, developing my lesson planning skills, and staying updated on current social issues and education-related topics.
  2. Keep documenting my progress and asking for feedback. I will continue to reach out to people in the education field through this blog (on other sections) and through twitter. This helps keep me accountable to my goals and seek advice.

What my placement partner can help me with: My partner and I observed each other’s lessons several times this semester and provided written and verbal feedback as much as we could. This was really helpful for both of us and we were able to learn from one another throughout the entire placement. We plan to continue this in the spring semester, as we are both coming back to the same school and arranging our days to be there together again. I will review my professional goals with her before our spring placement begins, as well as before each lesson that she observes. This will help me to gain insight as to whether or not I am meeting those goals

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My Final Fall Semester Field Experience (#8)

That’s right! I have officially completed my LAST field experience day for this semester…

Bitmoji ImageI don’t really think I was mentally prepared for this day. This experience has so far exceeded my expectations thay I am sad to be done in many ways. I know that it means that I am that much closer to my teaching career, and that makes me really happy, but I will miss being in that school in the coming months!

 

I taught two lessons on the last day of my placement. First, I taught a Math lesson to the grades 8s and then I taught and ELA lesson (as a continuation of my Arts Ed. lesson the previous day) to the grade 8s and 9s.

For Math, I decided to plan a lesson that was centered around games, since it was a Friday and my last day. I really wanted to take the opportunity to make the lesson fun for the students and thoroughly our time together. Here is what we did:

Field Experience #8 Math Lesson Plan

Grade: 8

Subject: Math

Theme/Topic: Integers and Order of Operations

Outcome(s) and Indicators:

N8.5: Demonstrate understanding of multiplication and division of integers concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.

(g) Explain how the order of operations can be extended to include integers and provide examples to demonstrate the use of the order of operations.

Methods: games, discussion

Management Implications: I will circulate the room while the teams answer questions, and will address any behaviour issues that arise.

Adaptations for Student Needs: I will assist students individually during the activity, adapting the assignment where necessary.

Setting the Stage for Learning: II will have prizes with me to motivate the students and get them excited about the lesson.

Materials: whiteboard, markers, prizes, paper, pens

Procedures:

  1. Explain that the students will play one round BEDMAS ‘around the world’ 
  2. Assess students’ prior experience of ‘around the world’
  3. Have the first two students stand. Write an order of operations question on the board and ask them to identify the first step in solving that particular question.The first student to answer correctly will continue while the other student sits down. The third student in line will then stand with the one who continued. Keep repeating these steps until every student has participated.
  4. Hand out a prize to every student who answered a question correctly throughout the game (not just the winner).
  5. Ask the students to divide into teams of 3 or 4. 
  6. Allow each team to come up with a team name.
  7. Explain the next game.
  8. Write a question on the board. Allow 2 minutes for teams to write down the question, work through it, and record their answer. 
  9. Have teams reveal their answers to me. Give each team, whose answer is correct, a point (keep track of points on the whiteboard).
  10. Repeat as time allows. Be sure to thoroughly explain the steps to answering each question whenever there is a misunderstanding or any students are unsure.
  11. Give prizes to each member of the winning team(s). 

Student Assessment: I will assess students’ understanding through observation during the games.

Personal Goals: (professional growth plan) My goal is to have fun with the students and encourage them to enjoy Math. I hope to show students that I am excited about the lesson so that they will be excited too.

Resources: 

Saskatchewan Curriculum (Grade 8 Math):

https://www.curriculum.gov.sk.ca/webapps/moe-curriculum-BBLEARN/CurriculumOutcomeContent?id=152

I had a lot of fun with the students during this lesson and they seemed to really enjoy it too. They loved playing games and saw it as a fun alternative to worksheets. They were really engaged in answering each question and listened carefully as I explained the steps to solving questions that were challenging to them. I would teach this lesson again for sure, and it could be easily adapted for any grade level!

Later that day, I taught the ELA portion of my identity lesson. I taught the first part (Arts Ed.) the day before and then taught the ELA portion on my last day. Here is the lesson plan:

Arts Ed. and ELA Lesson Plan

Grade 8/9 

October 24th (Arts Ed.) and October 25th (ELA)

Theme: Identity

Grade 8 Outcomes: 

CR8.3 Investigate and identify how arts expressions can reflect diverse worldviews

(b) Describe how diverse worldviews may be represented in the arts.

CC8.1 Create various visual, oral, written, and multimedia (including digital) texts that explore identity (e.g., Telling One’s Life Story), social responsibility (e.g., Examining the Influence of Popular Culture), and efficacy (e.g., Creating Turning Points).

(a) Create a variety of texts (i.e., oral presentations, written and other compositions) that represent experiences, ideas, and information about identity, social responsibility, and efficacy with clarity, correctness, and variety.

(c) Represent, articulate, and explain personal viewpoints clearly.

Grade 9 Outcomes:

CR9.3 Investigate and identify how arts expressions can challenge thinking about values, ideas, and beliefs. 

(a) Describe how the arts can transmit or question values, ideas, and beliefs.

(b) Examine the intentions, development, and interpretations of own arts expressions in relation to own experience, values, and perspectives.

CC9.1a Create various visual, multimedia, oral, and written texts that explore identity (e.g., The Search for Self), social responsibility (e.g., Our Shared Narratives), and efficacy (e.g., Doing the Right Thing).

(a) Create and deliver a variety of personal, literary, and informational communications, including poems, stories, personal essays, and oral, visual, written, and multimedia presentations (e.g., written explanations, summaries, arguments, letters, biographies) that address identity, social responsibility, and efficacy.

Methods: brainstorm, inquiry, concept attainment, discussion, concept formation

Management Implications: I will use respectful words and a clear voice to address behaviour issues should they arise. I will also monitor student behaviours as I walk around the room during their independent work time.

Adaptations for Student Needs: I will walk around the room while the students are working. If there is a need for adaptation, I will address it as needed (ex. I may allow some students to record their poems in an alternate way if necessary). 

Setting the Stage for Learning: I will write the agenda for the lesson and the big ideas on the whiteboard prior to each class. I will also have my examples displayed each day, for the portions of the lesson that we are addressing.

Materials: examples of identity map, art piece, and poem; checklist; marker; whiteboard; papers; markers; pencil crayons

Procedures:

Arts Ed.: 

1) Introduce an identity map. Start by assessing students’ prior knowledge.

2) Explain how to complete an identity map and show the students my own example.

3) Explain that students are to create their own identity map and piece of abstract art expressing their identity.

4) Show my example of abstract art.

5) Give the students time to work independently.

ELA:

1) Review the idea of an identity map and my own example.

2) Review the art assignment and my example.

3) Explain the next step (creating a poem reflecting their identity).

4) Read my example aloud and display it at the front of the room for student reference.

5) Explain the assessment checklist and that I will be speaking to students individually.

6) Give the students time to work.

Student Assessment: I will use a checklist during the ELA lesson while the students are working. I will speak to each student individually to assess their understanding of the lesson outcomes from both days. The students will also hand in their completed work for summative assessment following the lessons.

Personal Goals: I want this lesson to be an opportunity for the students to self-reflect. My goal is to be transparent with them, in order to encourage their own time of reflection and self- awareness. 

Resources: 

Identity Map Template (I didn’t use one, but you could): there are many places to find examples

Saskatchewan Curriculum: https://www.curriculum.gov.sk.ca/webapps/moe-curriculum-BBLEARN/index.jsp

Because I received such great feedback the day before, I decided to begin this lesson by thoroughly explaining every part of the identity map that I filled out. I think that identity maps are a great tool for students, and teachers, to gain an understanding of who they are and who those around us are. I have been asked to fill them out in a few of my university classes now and I plan to use them more in the future.

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(the pink words are part of my own responses and the green are examples of others’ potential responses)

I also took the time to talk about my own art and poem in depth. This helped the students get to know me better and was a good way for some to relate to me. It was not easy for me to be transparent with the students, especially since I have not been in their classroom for long, but I do not regret it one bit! Transparency is really important to me because it allows others to connect with me and allows students to know that I, too, am still learning and growing. 

I was also able to speak to every student individually, which enabled me to check their understanding of the big ideas from both portions of the lesson. This was a good way for me to assess the effect of my instruction as well. I used this checklist (the big ideas are at the top and are based on curricular indicators):

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The biggest area for improvement that I see in this lesson is time management. I planned a lot for two 45 minute lesson and the students were unable to complete all three steps in that time. Since I am now done my field placement, this caused some concern and confusion in regard to assessment. The assignments will be turned into my coop teacher for evaluation and she will take into consideration the students’ limited time. It would have been beneficial to keep the lesson plan more minimal for the amount of time that I had.

Overall though, I think that the ELA portion of this lesson went much better than the Arts Ed. portion the previous day.


Before I knew it, it was time to have my formal post-conference with one of our coop teachers (I had already gained my final feedback from our other coop teacher the day before, as he was not at work on my last day). She and I sat down and she went over my evaluation form thoroughly with me, as she filled it in. She left me with some great feedback, advice,  and encouragement. It has been such a blessing to work with her this semester and to learn from her teaching strategies. She is a fun, considerate, compassionate, optimistic, and friendly teacher.

Since I will likely be with her again in the spring, we took the time to discuss my teaching opportunities for that placement as well. Our plan is that I will teach one ELA unit in the time that I am there. We chose a unit and she gave me a bunch of her own materials to look through as I develop my plan for the spring. I am so excited to get started!

Bitmoji ImageTo those of you who have been reading these posts throughout the last couple of months, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your support means a lot to me!

 

 

 

 

Goals, Learning Outcomes and Indicators (Personal Growth Plan) For a Successful Internship (Entry #6)

Goals for a Successful Internship (given to us by our placement supervisor):

A. Personal Attributes: Interns will develop personal qualities that demonstrate an interest in and commitment to teaching, learning, and the teaching profession.
B. Relationships and Management: Interns will develop their abilities for creating and maintaining positive relationships and an environment that is conducive to student-centered learning.
C. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Interns will develop their abilities for planning, presenting, and assessing lessons that meet the needs of all students.
D. Social Justice and Community: Interns will develop an interest in and commitment to addressing issues of social justice as they relate to education and to the larger community.

Professional Growth Plan Goals (based on feedback from my coop teachers and placement partner, as well as on self-reflection):

  1. Use positive language, rather than words like don’t, etc. During my lesson, I said the words “don’t rush” four times. My coop teacher pointed out that this can be an invitation for some kids to do the exact opposite. Instead, I can use language like “take your time.”
  2. Take every opportunity that I can to connect with the students. During my Arts Ed. lesson, I only thoroughly explained two of the sections on the identity map that I created. Going through all of the sections would have been a great opportunity for the students to get to know me. It also would have enhanced my instruction time. I will seek opportunities like this moving forward and will try harder to take full advantage of them.
  3. Listen to the questions that students are quietly asking each other (some may be too shy to ask me) and allow these to drive my lesson.
  4. Always have the next lesson prepared and available, in case students know that they will be absent the next day.

 

Transparency is Key (Field Experience #7)

This Thursday, October 24th, was my second last field experience day for the Fall semester! It was a great day and probably the day that I walked away with the most feedback so far. The reflecting that I have done on this particular experience has and will continue to shape my teaching career.

I decided to plan a cross-curricular lesson on identity for my last two days in the school. I taught the Arts Ed. portion of the lesson on Thursday and the ELA portion on Friday. Here is my lesson plan:

Arts Ed. and ELA Lesson Plan

Grade 8/9 

October 24th (Arts Ed.) and October 25th (ELA)

Theme: Identity

Grade 8 Outcomes: 

CR8.3 Investigate and identify how arts expressions can reflect diverse worldviews

(b) Describe how diverse worldviews may be represented in the arts.

CC8.1 Create various visual, oral, written, and multimedia (including digital) texts that explore identity (e.g., Telling One’s Life Story), social responsibility (e.g., Examining the Influence of Popular Culture), and efficacy (e.g., Creating Turning Points).

(a) Create a variety of texts (i.e., oral presentations, written and other compositions) that represent experiences, ideas, and information about identity, social responsibility, and efficacy with clarity, correctness, and variety.

(c) Represent, articulate, and explain personal viewpoints clearly.

Grade 9 Outcomes:

CR9.3 Investigate and identify how arts expressions can challenge thinking about values, ideas, and beliefs. 

(a) Describe how the arts can transmit or question values, ideas, and beliefs.

(b) Examine the intentions, development, and interpretations of own arts expressions in relation to own experience, values, and perspectives.

CC9.1a Create various visual, multimedia, oral, and written texts that explore identity (e.g., The Search for Self), social responsibility (e.g., Our Shared Narratives), and efficacy (e.g., Doing the Right Thing).

(a) Create and deliver a variety of personal, literary, and informational communications, including poems, stories, personal essays, and oral, visual, written, and multimedia presentations (e.g., written explanations, summaries, arguments, letters, biographies) that address identity, social responsibility, and efficacy.

Methods: brainstorm, inquiry, concept attainment, discussion, concept formation

Management Implications: I will use respectful words and a clear voice to address behaviour issues should they arise. I will also monitor student behaviours as I walk around the room during their independent work time.

Adaptations for Student Needs: I will walk around the room while the students are working. If there is a need for adaptation, I will address it as needed (ex. I may allow some students to record their poems in an alternate way if necessary). 

Setting the Stage for Learning: I will write the agenda for the lesson and the big ideas on the whiteboard prior to each class. I will also have my examples displayed each day, for the portions of the lesson that we are addressing.

Materials: examples of identity map, art piece, and poem; checklist; marker; whiteboard; papers; markers; pencil crayons

Procedures:

Arts Ed.: 

1) Introduce an identity map. Start by assessing students’ prior knowledge.

2) Explain how to complete an identity map and show the students my own example.

3) Explain that students are to create their own identity map and piece of abstract art expressing their identity.

4) Show my example of abstract art.

5) Give the students time to work independently.

ELA:

1) Review the idea of an identity map and my own example.

2) Review the art assignment and my example.

3) Explain the next step (creating a poem reflecting their identity).

4) Read my example aloud and display it at the front of the room for student reference.

5) Explain the assessment checklist and that I will be speaking to students individually.

6) Give the students time to work.

Student Assessment: I will use a checklist during the ELA lesson while the students are working. I will speak to each student individually to assess their understanding of the lesson outcomes from both days. The students will also hand in their completed work for summative assessment following the lessons.

Personal Goals: I want this lesson to be an opportunity for the students to self-reflect. My goal is to be transparent with them, in order to encourage their own time of reflection and self- awareness. 

Resources: 

Identity Map Template (I didn’t use one, but you could): there are many places to find examples

Saskatchewan Curriculum: https://www.curriculum.gov.sk.ca/webapps/moe-curriculum-BBLEARN/index.jsp

Bitmoji ImageI received a lot of feedback after the Arts Ed. portion of this lesson from my coop teacher and my placement partner. I am so thankful for this because it helped me to really reflect on the lesson and further my goal setting for the future (which I will outline in a separate goal setting post). This day was, again, a wonderful experience in my field placement and I had a lot of fun teaching as usual!

 

 

Goals, Learning Outcomes and Indicators (Personal Growth Plan) For a Successful Internship (Entry #5)

Goals for a Successful Internship (given to us by our placement supervisor):

A. Personal Attributes: Interns will develop personal qualities that demonstrate an interest in and commitment to teaching, learning, and the teaching profession.
B. Relationships and Management: Interns will develop their abilities for creating and maintaining positive relationships and an environment that is conducive to student-centered learning.
C. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Interns will develop their abilities for planning, presenting, and assessing lessons that meet the needs of all students.
D. Social Justice and Community: Interns will develop an interest in and commitment to addressing issues of social justice as they relate to education and to the larger community.

Professional Growth Plan Goals:

You are probably getting tired of reading these goal summaries by now, so I am going to set this one up in a different format (variety makes it less tiring right?). Since I have not met all of my goals yet, I am going to take this opportunity to outline specific steps for myself in order to work towards the professional goals that I have already set.

Steps to Take:

  1. Make a digital list of social justice resources.
  2. Start a teacher journal with sections labeled: a) current events/ issues resources and reflections                                                                                                                                    b) lesson reflections (professional development)                                                                c) PD opportunities and reflections                                                                                          d) teacher-student relationships and goals
  3. start participating in education-related twitter chats again and share resources/ valuable tools with the education community on twitter

Election Time (Field Experience #6)

Friday, October 18th, was my sixth field experience day. I was able to teach a lesson on the Canadian Election and take part in facilitating the student election in my coop school. Most of the materials and resources that I used were at the school already, so I did not create a formal lesson plan of my own this day. However, here is an outline of my lesson that day:

  1. Create a concept map on the board of the various political parties in Canada and their platforms. Address the main issues and each party’s stance on them as a large group.
  2. Read some of the information (previously researched and printed out on paper) to the students regarding each party.
  3. Address any questions the students may have.
  4. Explain the voting process.
  5. Student Vote (with other grades)

Bitmoji ImageThe students asked some well thought out questions and seemed to be very interested in learning about the election. I really enjoyed this lesson because I see so much value in teaching students about the importance and process of voting. It also pushed me to research every party more thoroughly and become further educated on the election process myself.

 

 

That day, my partner and I also had a chance to complete our painting assignment with the class during Arts Ed. (we started in on Tuesday and continued it Thursday and Friday). I was really happy with the end results of this lesson, as every student ended up with a slightly different painting and many of them were really proud of their work. It also helped me to develop painting skills and my final piece was much more appealing than the first attempt (see below). I would definitely run a painting workshop like this again in a middle years classroom!

Overall, this was a wonderful way to end my week and I left that day feeling enthusiastic about my practicum, this program, and my teaching career!

Goals, Learning Outcomes and Indicators (Personal Growth Plan) For a Successful Internship (Entry #4)

Goals for a Successful Internship (given to us by our placement supervisor):

A. Personal Attributes: Interns will develop personal qualities that demonstrate an interest in and commitment to teaching, learning, and the teaching profession.
B. Relationships and Management: Interns will develop their abilities for creating and maintaining positive relationships and an environment that is conducive to student-centered learning.
C. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Interns will develop their abilities for planning, presenting, and assessing lessons that meet the needs of all students.
D. Social Justice and Community: Interns will develop an interest in and commitment to addressing issues of social justice as they relate to education and to the larger community.

Professional Growth Plan Goals:

I will start a journal that I can use to record observations and ideas to enhance my personal teaching experience. This will be used to develop positive attributes that will help me create the type of classroom environment that I hope for. I will try my best to include as much student-led learning and inquiry-based learning as possible in my future lesson plans. I would also like to start incorporating formative assessment tools that allow me to assess the understanding and progress of each individual student. I will use social media (most likely Twitter) to share resources that address social justice issues relating to education when I can, in order to help spread awareness in the education community.

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Goals, Learning Outcomes and Indicators (Personal Growth Plan) For a Successful Internship (Entry #3)

Goals for a Successful Internship (given to us by our placement supervisor):

A. Personal Attributes: Interns will develop personal qualities that demonstrate an interest in and commitment to teaching, learning, and the teaching profession.
B. Relationships and Management: Interns will develop their abilities for creating and maintaining positive relationships and an environment that is conducive to student-centered learning.
C. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Interns will develop their abilities for planning, presenting, and assessing lessons that meet the needs of all students.
D. Social Justice and Community: Interns will develop an interest in and commitment to addressing issues of social justice as they relate to education and to the larger community.
Professional Growth Plan Goals:

I will try my best to encourage students whenever I can and remain positive through every remaining moment of this field placement, in order to develop an optimistic approach to teaching for my future. My attitude directly impacts the attitude of the students and I want to be cautious and strategic in the words and emotions I use. I will ask the students for feedback as much as I can, in order to listen to their views and learn from their individual experiences and strengths. I will consider every student individually when planning my last few field placement lessons and will try to plan in such a way that allows successful learning for every student. I will start to compile a digital list of credible resources to stay informed on social justice and the field of education. This list will help me with my last goal of gaining new information each day.

 

Noticing Numbers (Field Experience #5)

Last Thursday, October 17th, marked field experience #5 in my pre-internship journey (I am a little behind on blogging)! That day, I chose to teach a grade 8 Math lesson on order of operations using integers. I was a little bit nervous, as Math does not always come easy to me. However, I marched ahead and accepted the challenge as yet another wonderful opportunity for growth! I will attach my lesson plan below for those of you who are interested.

3 Things That Went Well:

1) The students were really engaged in the lesson and willingly worked with their classmates to learn with a cooperative approach.

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2) I was able to teach the lesson with confidence and my instructions came across clearly.

3) I did make a mistake while teaching the lesson, enabling me to explain to the students that I too am always learning and allowing a more relatable experience for the class.

I had my practicum partner observe this lesson for me as well. She made some notes for me and helped me to reflect on my teaching a create new goals moving forward.

3 Things To Improve:

1) The students did not have nearly enough time to complete the assignment, so I was unable to collect them at the end of the lesson. Since I had included them as an assessment tool, I did not follow my plan fully. Next time, I would include an activity like that as practice for the students and assess purely through observation for that day.

2) I was not speaking loud enough at times during my instruction, so I will keep this in mind as I continue to teach.

3) It would have been nice to spread this lesson out and use two periods to get through it. More examples would have been beneficial for the students prior to the worksheet.

Here is the lesson plan:

Field Experience #4 Math Lesson Plan

Grade: 8

Subject: Math

Theme/Topic: Integers and Order of Operations

Outcome(s) and Indicators:

N8.5: Demonstrate understanding of multiplication and division of integers concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.

(g) Explain how the order of operations can be extended to include integers and provide examples to demonstrate the use of the order of operations.

Methods: teacher-led instruction to begin the lesson (go through some examples together), followed by a handout for the students to complete

Management Implications: I will circulate the room while the students work on the assignment, enabling me to monitor behaviour easily and step in where needed.

Adaptations for Student Needs: I will assist students individually during the activity, adapting the assignment where necessary.

Setting the Stage for Learning: I will write some key questions on the whiteboard to set the stage for the lesson today.

Materials: whiteboard, markers, handouts 

Procedures:

  1. Go over a few examples as a large group
  2. Hand out worksheets and ask students to form groups of three
  3. Instruct students to work cooperatively, leaving no group member behind
  4. assist groups as needed 

Closure (summary/assignment): The students will complete an assignment to finish off the lesson.

Student Assessment: I will assess students’ understanding through observation during instruction and during their assignment. The completed assignments may be collected for assessment as well.

Personal Goals: (professional growth plan) My goal is to teach this lesson with transparency. I hope to be confident and honest at the same time, letting the students know that we are truly learning together.

Resources: 

Math Worksheets:

https://www.math-drills.com/orderofoperations/ooo_integers_foursteps_negative_pemdas_002.php

Saskatchewan Curriculum (Grade 8 Math):

https://www.curriculum.gov.sk.ca/webapps/moe-curriculum-BBLEARN/CurriculumOutcomeContent?id=152

 

Much to my surprise, I had a lot of fun teaching Math and I am looking forward to teaching it more in the future!

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Walking on the Clouds (Field Experience #4)

Welcome back! As you may have concluded from the title of this post, I have completed field experience #4 in my field placement journey. We had a really full day today…. and I have so much to share with you!

Grab a snack, get comfy, and allow me to take you through today’s experience!

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Let me just begin by saying that I have been blessed with a fantastic coop school, wonderful coop teachers, a great placement partner, and super coop students! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I feel that I need to take the time to publically thank all of these people for helping me to have the best field placement experience I could have ever imagined! So to any of you who end up reading this… THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

Today, my partner and I had the opportunity to teach two different subject areas. We each taught a Science lesson separately in the morning and then we co-taught an Arts Ed. lesson in the afternoon. I will include the lesson plans for both of these experiences here:

Field Experience #3 Science 8 Lesson Plan

Grade: 8

Subject: Science 

Theme/Topic: Life Science: Cells, Tissues, Organs, and Systems 

Outcome(s) and Indicators:

CS8.4: Analyze how the interdependence of organ systems contributes to the healthy functioning of the human body.

(b) Show interest in science-related questions and issues by posing questions and defining practical problems related to the healthy functioning of the human body.

(d) Provide examples of how the body reacts to internal and external stimuli such as viruses, bacteria, alcohol, drugs, dust, and temperature changes.

(g) Predict the impact of the failure or removal of one or more organs on the healthy functioning of the human body.

USC8.6: Examine and assess the concept of sustainability from many perspectives, and develop an understanding of its implications for the well-being of self, others, and the environment.

(b) Investigate the connections between the health of the environment and the health of people.

Methods: brainstorm, inquiry, concept attainment, research, games, learning center, problem-solving, discussion

Management Implications: Because the majority of the learning in this experience is student-led, I will be able to observe the room easily and address any behaviors that are cause for concern efficiently.

Adaptations for Student Needs: Students are not required to complete every activity in the learning center in one day. They have a choice between many activities, enabling them to work at their own pace and to choose those that suit their individual learning needs. I will also allow students who may be better suited to create digital representations of certain activities to do so rather than using a paper and pen approach. 

Setting the Stage for Learning: I will try my best, with the materials that I have, to create a visually appealing learning center that will capture the students’ attention.

Materials: labeled jars, prediction cards, audition handouts, “callback bin”, audition poster, word search sheets, digital devices, “We Know Our Bodies” class journal, paper, pens, markers, pencil crayons, pencils, erasers, hand-in bin, activity tracker, learning center backdrop, instruction card for each activity, feedback cards, feedback dropbox, prizes , draw jar, draw papers

Procedures: 1) Word Search: Students will complete a word search that includes vocabulary regarding body systems. 

2) Online Exploration (Overview of the Individual Body Systems): Students will be provided with a device to interact with activities that address the body systems topic. 

Circulatory System Game: http://www.anatomyarcade.com/games/jigsaws/HeartJigsaw/heartJigsaw.html

Respiratory System Study Guide:

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/how-lungs-work

Skeletal System Summary:

http://www.biology4kids.com/files/systems_skeletal.html

Muscular System Digital Anatomy Explorer:

https://www.innerbody.com/image/musfov.html

Digestive System Summary of the Basic Steps:

https://sciencebob.com/research-help/the-body-zone/the-digestive-system/

Nervous System Slideshow:

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/brain-nervous-system.html

Endocrine System Video:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/anatomyvideos/000048.htm

Integumentary System Summary:

https://www.physio-pedia.com/Integumentary_System

Lymphatic System Video (Crash Course):

https://nerdfighteria.info/v/I7orwMgTQ5I

Urinary System Game:

http://losdemaria.webcindario.com/The%20body%205/interactive_games4.html

Excretory System Summary:

http://losdemaria.webcindario.com/The%20body%205/excretory_system.html

Reproductive System Summary:

https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=310&language=English

3) Online Exploration (Overview of the Body with all its Systems):

Body Systems Game: http://sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/systems.html

Quiz: Students will review the system summaries and then complete the quiz at https://www.thoughtco.com/organ-systems-quiz-373429 

4) Organ Audition: Students will take one of the “organ audition forms” and fill it out. They will then put their responses in the “callback bin.”

5) Journal Activity: Students will complete a journal entry in the “We Know Our Bodies” class journal, addressing their understanding of the body systems, which system they are most thankful for, and what they do to ensure that their body systems will continue to do their job. 

6) Picture Creation: Students will create their own visual representation of environmental impacts on the body. 

7) Predictions Activity: Students will take a piece of paper, make a prediction about omitting a specific organ, and place it in the corresponding jar.  

Closure (summary/assignment): I will have feedback cards for students to fill out, including the things they enjoyed and suggestions for improvement. I will have students submit their cards to the feedback bin and will close by drawing 3 of the cards randomly for prizes.

Student Assessment: I will assess for learning through observation during the activities, giving feedback and support to students as needed. I will assess their learning after the lesson as well, by reviewing the work that they have submitted. I will assess participation through a tracking sheet where students will record their participation in each activity that they choose. The learning center will remain set up for the next couple of weeks, and students will be invited to continue the learning process when they have opportunities. At the end of my practicum (October 25th), I will submit one entry per activity completed, for each student, into a draw bucket. I will then draw names for 3 more prizes. This process will help me assess students’ continued learning after the lesson is complete.

Personal Goals: (professional growth plan) I hope to take this opportunity to really listen to the students and to their ideas, as I observe the activities. I want to keep my guidance to a minimum, in order to encourage the students to lead their own learning as much as possible. My role here is to keep the students on task and to facilitate learning in a way that encourages students to inquire and explore the topics.

Resources:

Circulatory System Game: http://www.anatomyarcade.com/games/jigsaws/HeartJigsaw/heartJigsaw.html

Kids Health Teacher Resources (Grade 6-8: Human Body Series): https://classroom.kidshealth.org/index.jsp?Grade=68&Section=body

Respiratory System Study Guide:

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/how-lungs-work

Saskatchewan Curriculum (Grade 8 Science):

https://www.curriculum.gov.sk.ca/webapps/moe-curriculum-BBLEARN/CurriculumHome?id=61

Saskatchewan Curriculum (Grade 8 Health):

https://www.curriculum.gov.sk.ca/webapps/moe-curriculum-BBLEARN/CurriculumHome?id=52

Skeletal System Summary:

http://www.biology4kids.com/files/systems_skeletal.html

Muscular System Digital Anatomy Explorer:

https://www.innerbody.com/image/musfov.html

Digestive System Summary of the Basic Steps:

https://sciencebob.com/research-help/the-body-zone/the-digestive-system/

Nervous System Slideshow:

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/brain-nervous-system.html

Endocrine System Video:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/anatomyvideos/000048.htm

Integumentary System Summary:

https://www.physio-pedia.com/Integumentary_System

Lymphatic System Video (Crash Course):

https://nerdfighteria.info/v/I7orwMgTQ5I

Urinary System Game:

http://losdemaria.webcindario.com/The%20body%205/interactive_games4.html

Excretory System Summary:

http://losdemaria.webcindario.com/The%20body%205/excretory_system.html

Reproductive System Summary:

https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=310&language=English

Body Systems Game: http://sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/systems.html

Tools for Teaching Body Systems (Awesome Resource):

https://www.acls.net/study-guide-body-systems.htm

Quiz: Students will review the system summaries and then complete the quiz at https://www.thoughtco.com/organ-systems-quiz-373429 

The students seemed to enjoy the learning center and its variety of activities. They liked having control of their own learning. Almost all of the students started with the word search, which took them the whole period to work on. They said that it was difficult, but that they liked the challenge. One student did explore the majority of the activities and found them to be educational and enjoyable. I kept the learning center set up so that the students can explore further activities when they have free time to do so in the coming days. I will gain further feedback from them next week, once the learning center experience is completed.

Field Experience #3 Arts Ed. 8/9 Lesson Plan

Grade: 8/9

Subject: Arts Ed.

Theme/Topic: Visual Art (painting one step at a time in response to directions)

Outcome(s) and Indicators:

CR8.1: Respond to professional dance, drama, music, and visual art works through the creation of own arts expressions.

(b) Analyze and discuss how dance, drama, music, visual and interdisciplinary arts are expressions of individual or collective perspectives.

CP9.12: Solve visual art problems in new and unfamiliar ways.

(a) Take risks by working in unfamiliar ways (e.g., new ideas, techniques, or media).

Methods: demonstration, cooperative learning, discussion

Management Implications: because we will each have a small group to lead, it will be easy for us to observe student behaviour and provide guidance when needed 

Adaptations for Student Needs: we will assist students as needed, to ensure that the entire group is able to participate fully in this activity

Setting the Stage for Learning: we will display an example of each painting choice for students to view before the activity

Materials: canvases, paint, paintbrushes, water, paper plates, tables, laptop to play music (song list on Youtube with students’ requests, draw bucket, papers with student names for draw

Procedures:

  1. Welcome students and allow them to view the example paintings
  2. Explain that we will be drawing names to determine the order of students choosing their painting
  3. As student names are called, they will choose their painting and take a seat at the corresponding table
  4. We will lead our groups through the painting process, by demonstrating one step at a time and having students follow each step
  5. We will continue this activity over two or more Arts Ed. periods, depending on the rate at which the activity is completed

Closure (summary/assignment): We can have a conversation with the students in our group, asking them about their experience. This will give us the opportunity to assess their learning and hear their thoughts regarding this new method of painting. 

Student Assessment: We will assess student participation and understanding during the activity through observation. We will then assess the finished products, to ensure students’ understanding of the outcome. 

Personal Goals: (professional growth plan)

Danica: I hope to take this time to have fun with the students and develop positive relationships with those in my group. 

Resources: 

Online Tutorials to Prep Paintings/ Gain Inspiration

Saskatchewan Curriculum (Grade 8 Arts Ed)

https://www.curriculum.gov.sk.ca/webapps/moe-curriculum-BBLEARN/CurriculumHome?id=15

Saskatchewan Curriculum (Grade 9 Arts Ed) https://www.curriculum.gov.sk.ca/webapps/moe-curriculum-BBLEARN/CurriculumHome?id=16

Youtube Playlist

Today was our observation day as well, so our practicum supervisor visited the school and observed our Arts. Ed. lesson. We were able to meet with him after the lesson and he gave us some feedback to help us as we move forward. The biggest thing that he suggested we work on is getting the students to clean up their own messes. We did not give them enough time to do this today and ended up cleaning up most of the supplies ourselves. I will keep this in mind for my future lessons.

 

To conclude, I would like to write a poem to summarize today’s experience:

As the sun rose,

my nerves were ever-present.

Not knowing what to expect, 

out the door I went.

With such a full day ahead,

I couldn’t help but think;

will it all go well,

or will this ship sink?

I left my comfort zone 

and took some risks today.

Pushing myself as a teacher,

is where I hope to stay.

I feel light as a feather,

like I’m walking on clouds.

Today was fantastic!

My internal cheer is ringing loud!

I was really nervous about today because we had lesson styles that we had never tried before and we were observed. However, as usual, the experience exceeded my expectations and I absolutely loved every minute of the teaching again! I can’t wait until my next day in the school!

 

 

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