What a Week!

I have so much to talk about for this week, it’s crazy!

First, this was our last week of regular university classes – WOW! It’s unbelievable to think that the first semester of my Bachelor of Education is almost done.Β 

Second, because this was our last week of classes, this was also our last week at one of our host schools in town. The school had an assembly to say goodbye and thanks us, and made many cards to show us their appreciation. We were so grateful!Β 

Third, I had my second-to-last ‘scheduled’ school visit at my sponsor school and it was fantastic πŸ™‚ I spent the morning in a new classroom with a new teacher, Ms. F, and it was so amazing to see a different teaching style! Not to mention, Ms. F clearly loves to decorate as her entire classroom is covered floor to ceiling in decorations! She also has her entire class strung with white Christmas lights, so that in the morning she can turn off the overpowering overhead lights and just have the soft white lights on, it’s so cozy in there! She even has a love-seat in the corner of the room! I loved spending the morning in her room as a guest, and I got to go with them to gym right before lunch. It was so much fun πŸ™‚

In the afternoon I was back in Ms. C’s room and the kids were so happy to see me! We spent our time learning about the Parts of Speech (nouns, verbs etc.), and working on maps of Canada. It was a blast, and I so enjoyed spending my time with them!! After class, Ms. C and I talked about the possibility of me teaching a mini lesson next week just to get a little experience and I told her I’d love to! This is a super busy week for us coming up with projects, papers and presentations but I am really looking forward to planning a lesson and carrying it out on Wednesday!

I’ll let you know next week how it went πŸ™‚

Chat soon,

~Miss Parfitt

PS It’s time for me to start a Countdown to Christmas on here; 4.5 weeks!

Another great Day!

Today was another fabulous day for me in the world of student teaching πŸ™‚

I began my day by taking down some old art projects (silhouette paintings) and hanging new ones (Remembrance day themed) in the hallway and on our classroom bulletin boards. I must say, they looked fabulous once everything was hung up! I meant to take a picture and completely forgot, unfortunately!Β 

I then was informed that my faculty advisor was in the building and I needed to meet him! We’ll call him Mr. G. He was very friendly and informed me that we’ll be meeting in the new year to discuss practicum plans.

Once the start-of-day bell had rung, the rest of the morning proceeded as usual, with Words Their Way and Mad (Math) Minute. We then worked on our rounding skills and Ms. C had the students complete 20 rounding questions. I learned some new techniques on how to teach rounding as well, which was an added bonus! I love being right in there with them as they’re wrapping their minds around these brand new concepts, and the look on their faces when they’re successful is truly priceless!

At lunch I helped with the gr. 6/7 boys volleyball as I have been since I started there, and we’re making some progress people! We worked on movement and calling the ball, and after a fewΒ slave driving encouraging sets of lines, they were starting to talk and move towards the ball! Fantastic.

After lunch, our grade 5’s had family life! I totally remember these lessons from when I was in elementary school, except now they have someone else come in and teach them. I have to admit, I learned a thing or two today!

With an hour left before it was time to head home, the kiddos worked on their write up about Why We Remember, and I hung them all with their beautiful art projects.

It was another great day in the field, and I can’t wait to go back again πŸ™‚

Chat soon,

~Miss Parfitt

Happy (belated) Halloween!

What a fun/crazy/chaotic day it was yesterday!

We started the day with the normal routine of Words Their Way, Mad (math) Minute snack and recess. After that, Ms. C had another IEP meeting (apparently it’s ‘that time of year’!) and so we had another TOC. Ms. C laid out both activities for me though so I was able to run the show, it was a blast πŸ™‚ I read “BOO!” by Robert Munsch and the kiddos had to visualize the halloween make-up the character was putting on and draw it. They were hanging on my every word! For the first time yet, I felt like a teacher πŸ™‚ Then they created a collaborative monster where they each drew a section of the body without seeing what the person before them had drawn, so when they opened it up it looked crazy! They had a hoot πŸ™‚

After lunch, it was party time! We laid out all of the (many) desserts and snacks they’d brought with them, had station games that they’d come up with and music on in the background! It was a lot of fun to see them in a new, more relaxed setting.Β 

After school, the gr. 6/7 boys volleyball team (who I’ve been helping coach) hosted a game so I stayed to help coach. Turned out they needed a second ref, so I took that role! It was fun to be a little out of my element and take on a new task πŸ™‚

Overall, myst first Halloween in a classroom was a day to remember!

Chat soon,

~Miss ParfittΒ