Today was the final day for the fall semester placement. The eight weeks flew by! We had a relaxed, yet busy day together. We continued working on our newspaper and then we attended “School of Rock” at Campbell Collegiate.
The newspaper is coming along great! I am impressed with the work the students are completing- I have attached the political cartoon a student created about the team name debate. It is powerful! The editors are now busy editing and formatting; I look forward to being able to share the final project next week!
My co-op and I went through my evaluation together, and I asked him if I could also ask the students to evaluate my approach and provide feedback; he loved the idea. After recess, I handed out their journals and explained to them I value and appreciate what they say and I want to know what they feel I should work on, what I am great at, and what I should teach in March. I was impressed with the respectful and thoughtful responses. There were a few students who enjoyed the station activities, and there were a few who did not. They appreciate my creativity and my passion to teach. Overall, my top quality, based on the students’ journals, is that I care and reach out to each student, not just a few. I had two students who were not interested in the social studies unit I taught; I valued that they were honest about disliking the topic but they appreciated how I worked hard to provide engaging activities. It was a vulnerable position and I was nervous about what I was getting into. I received excellent feedback from the students. It definitely opened my eyes to the vast learning styles in the room; I will be sure to plan lessons I can adapt to reach each student effectively.
The musical was a great end to the day. We all had a blast amidst the chaos of entering and exiting the auditorium. We wrapped the day up spending the last five minutes outside. The students were all sad to hear it was my last “official” day and they were excited to hear I will definitely be visiting often until my full three weeks in March! It was exciting to hear how excited they were about having me for the full three weeks. I am so humbled by the relationships I have developed with each student!
The political cartoon completed by a student!