Saturday, February 17, 2018

This Week At School

This week at school I...

- was outside of the city for work

- taught students about fractions (specifically equivalent fractions for the purpose of ordering them from least to greatest). I don't mind teaching it now that I understand it... but I can definitely understand the frustrations of students because I remember fractions not making a bit of sense when I was their age. 

- played some badminton

- watched some CNN 10 (formerly Student News

- Made some Valentines boxes 

valentine boxes
The kids made these boxes in their family groups which in most schools would mean a smaller group of students that likely aren't related.  This however was the colony school so I asked them if "family groups" meant their actual siblings... and folks, on the colony a family group is actually their family!

- Played some bench ball

- I also returned to that classroom and got a shot of that window that I took a couple of weeks ago during the storm... this wasn't a very nice day but you can easily see the buildings in the back!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rotten Sandwiches

I get the point of it... I do.. except I just can't get behind the idea of having moldy, rotting bread hung up on my classroom wall for months at a time. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Winter Recess Duty

Having recess duty generally doesn't deter me from booking a job... I just ensure to come prepared so that I'm not freezing outside.  I think where I live kids will still have outside recess until it hits about -27 or so (but there are factors like windchill and actual temperature that play into this as well).  What this means is that... we could still be going outside when it's quite cold out!  Being a well seasoned substitute I've come up with a few tips for those of us that want to come prepared for the possibly of outdoor duty.

1)  If I go to a school often enough eventually I'll snap a picture of their recess schedule (assuming it stays the same and teachers are just on a rotation).  Here, most divisions operate on a 6 day school cycle so once I book a job at a school I frequent I'll look for that teachers name on the duty schedule before even going in to work... I'll usually also have to look up what school day it is too.

2)  I'm often dressed warm enough for a not so cold recess duty in winter... a good coat and decent shoes but if I want to wear some shoes that are not so decent I'll wear my boots and bring a change of shoes (for example, I often want to wear flats but those are not very practical in winter time here).

3)  Finally, if it's a really cold day and there is a chance I might have outdoor duty I have a bag already packed that I just need to grab on my way out the door.  I'll usually leave it in my car once I get to the school and if I happen to see that I have duty I'll run back to my car to grab it.

Outdoor Duty Bag

Inside the bag you'll find:
warm mitts
warm toque
neck warmer
ski pants

But you know what I most appreciate when booking a sub day on a cold day?  When the teacher adds it to the online notes that I have outdoor duty that day.  

Saturday, February 10, 2018

This Week At School

This week at school I...

- Participated in a cooking class (we made grilled cheese sandwiches and cut up carrots and pickles)

- Played a lot of Uno and Scattergories 

Card Scattergories - the kids loved it!

- Played some bench ball (some how my team lost... not sure how that happened since I excelled at Sink that Ship just last week

- Had a health day... and was reminded about Canada's food guide (after thinking about everything that I eat in a day I've come to realize I'm likely lacking in the fruit and vegetable category of the food guide and am eating an excess of grains)

- The classroom that I was in on this health day had a bit of a greenhouse inside that was kind of cool. We were reading a book about farms and food that is grown there and I told them about how I was going to go to the local library to pick up some seeds and we talked about the seeds that I picked up from the library after lunch (I went during lunch).

Greenhouse inside of classroom

- One of the classes I was in had done this art project

Tin Foil Sculptures

and it reminded me of these and these art projects I had done in the past 

- Ran into some of my grade 4 students from last year and I never noticed it before but a lot of growing up has gone on between grade 4 and 5... not only do some of them look more grown up but boy are they acting like a lovely bunch of students.

- But perhaps my biggest accomplishment was finding my way to a VERY rural school that I haven't been to in months without taking a single wrong turn. Go me!
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