First year update

Well it has been a while since I blogged, almost an eternity. So I thought I’d update my followers on my first year of education.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year. Everyday is exciting and new and comes with it’s own challenges, which helps keep me busy. Throughout the year I have come across a lot of different challenges, some easy to deal with and others not so much.

The most current of issues I’m trying to figure out is how to get around students taking assignments home and googling the answers. I love that students can get help from the internet at home, but most of them just go google a question and copy the answer down without actually trying to understand the content.

I have tried to teach my students how to use the internet to their advantage as a teaching tool instead of something just to copy from. Yet it is evident that someone somewhere will find the answer to a question on the internet.

Is there a secret to this? Or has the internet caused students to become lazy in the sense of their own learning?

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Science Activities

Hey everyone!

Found this really good website that has a bunch of science labs, activities and science fair idea for all grade level!

science ideas

First Year, Hectic Year

As an upcoming first year teacher, I thought I’d make a post to help all future upcoming teachers figuring out how and when to plan.

Often we are presented with the comments, “don’t plan too far in advance because you’re going to change it all anyways.” Well l am here to tell you that this is false! If you want to be successful in your first year I suggested the following:

  1. start planning as soon as you know your classes
  2. if you can, complete all your lesson plans before you do your teacher notes, power points, etc. Remember, you are an expert in these fields so having the plan will be enough to get you ahead
  3. once you have your lesson plans done find all your handouts for each class, if you are doing sciences this is the perfect time to find labs as well
  4. put together your teacher notes, power points, etc. But, instead doing one class at a time, try doing 3/4 of a semester of each before you finish them, that way you have plans for every class and don’t have to panic to plan one day by day!
  5. my final tip, buy a bunch of sticky notes to make note of changes or adjustments you will need to make for the future (these notes will come as you start teaching)

I found these things worked for me, hopefully they help you, future first year teachers, find a planning pattern that works for you!

Good Luck!

Fieldtrips

I am currently in the beautiful province of British Columbia for the last week of my 3 week vacation, and today I thought to myself, “Should you be allowed to take students on fieldtrips outside of the province?”

The reason I thought of this is tonight, I was able to witness some of the coolest things nature has to offer, but you can’t see everywhere. So, my question to you, my blog readers, should we be willing or even allowed to take students on field trips to other provinces, states, or even countries to make their learning more practical, applicable, and relatable?!

Tell me what you think!

Photographs For the Classroom

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So, here is a photograph I took in BC last year with my wonderful Nikon D3100 DSLR camera. If you cannot tell, that is a Native West Coast hand carved totem pole with the forest in the background. Beside the totem, is a palm tree.

I would use this photograph in my classroom for many reasons:

1) It brings culture and diversity into the classroom and allows for an open, safe and inclusive environment.

2) It can be used as a talking piece to center a lesson around First Nations Art.

3) You can use it to talk about the environment and how First Nations view the environment and our land. Also, you can talk about the totem pole and what it represents.

What do you think?

Using Your Classroom #4

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A really cool picture I found, almost looks like tie-dye. Anyways, I think this is a great piece to use when teaching primary grades about the primary colors, colors in general or even shades of colors! It can also be used in math when teaching area, comparisons and even estimation!

How would you use it?