I took a test today that told me what kind of teacher I am most like. ( here's the link for that- http://www.cbv.ns.ca/sstudies/gen3.html ) I got Authoritative. And if you can't read the picture, it basically means that " this kind of teacher places limits and controls on the students but simultaneously encourages independence. This teacher often explains the reasons behind the rules and decisions. If a student is disruptive, the teacher offers a polite, but firm, reprimand. This teacher sometimes metes out discipline, but only after careful consideration of the circumstances." Which is exactly how I see myself being when I finally become a teacher! This quiz is so accurate and so helpful. I encourage you to take it!
An assignment that we're doing right now is what our classrooms look like that we're observing in, and what we would like our future classroom to look like ( I made this on http://classroom.4teachers.org/ ). This is what I hope my future classroom would look like. I have my students' desks in a U shape to help with student discussion. I have beanbags and an easel for creativity and a feeling of comfortableness. What you don't see that I will be including in future classroom is having lamps ( so I can have light when I turn off the main lights ) to create a sense of calm in the room when I think my kids are acting too crazy. I will also have plants and the kids' art around the room to make it feel more comfortable. Last, but not least, I will have classical music playing in my room during tests and quite times.
Today I was able to rearrange my Government class to start my experiment. As you can see in the picture, I have a line of desks facing the front part of the room ( where you can't see ) the projection screen. And behind that, there are groups of desks. As I hoped, the area that was supposed to be the 'quiet area', ( the row of desks ) was more quiet, and the students were discussing more than they ever have in that class. And it seemed to help them a lot with the assignment we were working on.The groups, as I expected, were more loud, and talkative. But it didn't effect the quiet group.
I'm excited to see if there will be any changes like I hope there will be!
For observations I'm with a social studies teacher who doesn't have a defined classroom.The top picture is my first class. A small class of about 12 kids in a math class. Then for my second class we go up to an English room. Although I don't have my own room and I'm not a teacher yet, I already know how frustrating it must be to not be able to have a class that you can decorate with the things that go along with the subject that you're teaching. I know for me it was awkward to go into a math class and learn about history. It would be so much better if all teacher had their own room so that they can decorate the room with THEIR kids stuff. Not another teachers kids... I think schools should try hard to make sure teachers have a designated rooms, that way kids can feel more comfortable, and less hectic for the teacher.
Today was the first day at my middle school observations. And it was the most interesting thing to experience. They are definitely different from elementary school. I have 2 classes and they are very, very different. My second class loves to voice every thought they have. And I haven't connected with the students like I did in elementary. Overall, it was a good day. Excited to return tomorrow.
Here's the end result for the lesson plan without paper. My partner and I decided that the best way to do this was to set up 6 different stations based on each learning bullet we had to do ( silly me- I said 5 in an earlier post ). The first picture is an example of one of the stations that I came up with. All 6 of the stations were different. One group organized words, some read an article, some went through a prezi, some looked things up by themselves on google. Overall, I thought it was a very successful lesson and a lot of people in the class really loved it.
The last picture is Kahoot! ( If you guys don't know what that it, it's a great website that you can quiz your students with. My teachers usually use it to help study. It's very fun and engaging! ). We used the Kahoot! to measure if the students learned anything or not. And they did! The second time we took it, at the end of the lesson, there was a higher number of correct answers.
In class we're making our first lesson plan. My partner and I have come up with the way best we're going to do this. We decided to put them into 5 groups and have 5 different ways of learning. This way the kids can choose what learning style is best for them.
It's been challenging trying not to use paper in the lesson. But, it was a fun thing to try and figure out. Here's our written out idea of our lesson plan without the use of paper.
I'm starting a new project this coming week with 3 high school classes. 1 AP classroom, 1 very loud/ disruptive class, and 1 freshman class. I'm designing classrooms with a 'quiet' area. My theory is that a quiet place would help with behavior and maybe even grades.