I've been eyeing Essie's Quick-E Drying Drops for a while now and finally picked it up this afternoon! Be watching for a review early this week!
I've also been busy cleaning and organizing EVERYTHING in our apartment this week. Be on the look out for some updates on how that's going, as well as, some natural cleaning recipes I've used along the way!
I've been a bit A LOT M.I.A lately but I just have to say...oh my word! It's not like I didn't believe teachers before, but I guess you just don't fully understand until you've experienced it yourself...THERE'S NO TIRED LIKE TEACHER TIRED!!! It just creeps up on you! At least for me it does. I'm good all day around the kiddies, as well as, after school. Then BAM! It hits me in the car or as soon as I walk through the door.
Needless to say, I wouldn't trade my time in the classroom for the world! I absolutely love it! It's hard to believe I only have TWO more weeks left of my advanced practicum. It feels like just yesterday I was terrified of what this year would become!
This week has been filled with teaching, planning, more planning, and applying for LOTS of jobs. If ya'll have any advice for a newbie teacher...send it my way!
Anyways, I just wanted to share a few SMART lessons that I've done with my grade twos. You can see a preview here or find them at my TPT store here.
This SMART lesson was part of our geometry unit. I had students pick a shape, identify it, name two attributes of the shape and then drag it to the correct spot on the chart. It was a great activity, met the outcomes and the students loved it!
This SMART lesson was used as a mini lesson for literacy. We were concentrating on letter blends EI. This lessons discusses the old saying "I before E except after C". There is a bin for "EI", "IE", and "Garbage". Students must choose a word, decide if it fits the old saying/is spelled correctly. If it is, it goes in the "EI" or "IE" bin. If it's not, the word is put in the garbage bin.
Let me know what you think! I would love your feedback!
Hi everyone I hope you're having a great weekend! This weekend I've been busy finishing up assignments as well as organizing myself for my upcoming advanced practicum block THAT IS ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY! WAHOOO!!
I've decided to upload a new 'Week At A Glance' template to my Teacher Pay Teacher store here. I plan on using this in my practicum to briefly plan out my week along with which outcomes and/or lessons I plan on completing for each class.
Below is also a glance at a template that I've tweaked/customized for my own daily use. The university gives all pre-service teachers a similar looking template at the beginning of our practicum.
My lesson plan template contains:
-Top coloured bar- used to colour coordinate lessons to the subject.
- keep track of which unit
- keep track of which lesson in the unit it is (ex. lesson #1 of Geometry unit)
-Time of class (in top left hand margin)
-Materials (left hand margin)
-Reflection (left hand margin) used to jot down notes about how well/how poorly a lesson went and provide suggestions for next time
-Outcomes (underneath is room for general curriculum outcomes as well as specific curriculum outcomes)
Right hand column:
-Back up plan (in case technology fails or something else isn't going as planned)
Let me know if you have any question or need help customizing/creating a template of your own! I would love to help you out!
I'm officially through my first semester of my three part Education degree. I have learned so much more than I ever thought I would and have memories that will last a lifetime. I hope the next two semesters are JUST as fantastic!
Here's a Christmas art project that our class did yesterday. It was inspired from a picture on Pinterest (sorry the link didn't work so I can't share it with you all)
Here is what we did:
1: We invited two students at a time to come to our work table during Daily 5, to quickly paint two sheets of white paper. One sheet was painted blue and one sheet was painted green, with water-colour paint.
2: During writing, once the two sheets of paper had dried, the students were invited in two's back to the work table to paint snow/snowflakes on the blue sheet of paper. The sheets were then put on the drying rack until our scheduled art time.
3: During art class we asked students to tear the green paper into strips. A demonstration was given so that they wouldn't tear the paper into tiny bits of paper.
4: They then were to place the widest strip of green at the bottom of the page and the smallest piece at top, leaving room for a star on top and a trunk at the bottom. Once, they did this we gave them the go ahead to begin glueing.
5:We then passed around dixie cups with 'ornament' in them. These ornaments were from old wrapping paper we had lying around that were whole punched into circles. The students then could decorate their trees however they wanted.
6: They were then allowed to cut out brown construction paper for their tree trunk and squares (out of the left over wrapping paper) for presents under the tree.
7: The last touch was the star at the top. This was done by drawing a star with liquid glue and then dumping sparkles on top (done by the adults so the custodian didn't hate us at the end of the day ;P)