Saturday, January 20, 2018

This Week At School

I had been back at school for just one full week and over the weekend I started to get the sniffles. Because I already had Monday and Tuesday booked I decided I would get through those days and then reevaluate how sick I was and if I could handle going in the rest of the week.

My week in for the teacher that I was subbing for last week needed me for one more day. I knew this on the previous Friday so I quickly sat down and planned an art lesson on snowflakes (you'll see it coming up on the blog soon) and figured that would likely occupy most of the day (they had library first thing, a double period of math that I decided I would take them to the computer lab for, and a double period of choir that I didn't need to worry about).

Snowflake art with a haiku

Tuesday I was at the colony and I knew there would likely be soup for lunch which got me through to at least lunch. I also knew the class sizes would be about half the size of my class on Monday and a lot quieter... so there were a lot of things that helped. 

I finished off the week feeling a lot better and back in for the teacher with no plan only this time there was a plan!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snowmen at Night Activities

Before Christmas break I was in a classroom where the teacher had been away for a while and there was no plan... But, luckily for myself the students had gym first thing in the morning which gave me just enough time to look up an art lesson on A Faithful Attempt that ended up lasting us pretty well the rest of the day.

So, the first thing I would have done was read the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner.... BUT... I couldn't find it in the schools library so I had them listen to it online (which, in case you are unaware, is usually a great option if you can't find a picture book you want your class to hear). While searching for a good version of the story on YouTube I stumbled across a person demonstrating the exact art lesson I wanted my students to do. 

It probably took them close to an hour to get the artwork finished (we watched the video all the way though once then I explained to them that they would be having their snowmen do some kind of activity and then we watched the video a second time but this time I paused it for them every so often.

For those that finished before the day was over I had them write a story to go with their art work... only about half the class ended up getting to this point so I ended up writing a sub plan for the next day's sub (or for the teacher if he was going to return) that the students could finish it.


Here are some of their finished products.










This wasn't the first time I had done this lesson in a classroom last year I did it with some grade 2 students and previous to that I had done it with my grade 5 and 6 students.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Favourite Substitute

A former co-worker was booking me to sub in her classroom and after confirming with me that I was free the day she needed me this is the text that I get back...


Glad to hear I'm still well liked there!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

This Week At School

What I once again expected would have been a slower week back to work (what with it being the first week back for students and all) was actually a full week for myself. I worked every day in the same classroom this week.

I wasn't sure if there was going to be a sub plan for myself (and if I'm being honest I really didn't expect one) So.. a lot of stuff from years past became part of my lessons for the week

We did January's math poster, sudokus, and math games in math class

Math by the Month
We had a TUSC meeting

We did some Hot Chocolate art, poems, descriptive writing about our perfect cup of hot chocolate, and experiments to test what the perfect temperature to drink hot chocolate is.

Descriptive Writing

Hot Chocolate Art

Science Experiment

As you can see our results for what the perfect temperature to drink hot chocolate was inconclusive.

Hope everyone had a great first week back from break!

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