Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lesson Planning

I have been creating my first few lesson plans over the past two weeks and I'm excited to present them to my class.

  •  The first lesson plan I created (the tutoring plans are not being counted here) was for my Positive Learning Environment class. We had to create a lesson for the beginning of the school year that would help teach the students what is expected of them. Since we are based in the KPR school board, us TC's have learned that the KPR board has a character development program that all schools are implementing. I chose to use the characters to help students explain what is expected of them. For example, Respect: "I should respect my peers because I want to be respected myself." Anyways, the goal was to teach students about the characters they are to develop and explain what is expect of them at the same time. At the end of the lesson the class would put up a statement for one of the 10 characteristics on a Bristol board representing the Canadian flag. I just got my mark back (18/20!!!!). I was pretty impressed because it was the first time I made a rubric as well.
  • The second lesson plan that I am creating is with a partner for Language Arts. We are supposed to do a 10 minute presentation on a 45 minute lesson plan. I had just read about getting students to think of alternatives to the word "said" and so I suggested to Dan that we go off of that. My idea was to do exclusion brainstorming but after discussing it, we chose The Cloze Procedure. The Cloze Procedure is basically a passage of writing with words deleted and blanks put in their place. The goal is to get students to think critically about what words should go there. We have decided to read a story that repeats the word "said" a lot and really emphasize the repetition. Then we are going to get the students to break off into groups (we will be doing this as a whole group because we only have 10 minutes) and then have the students come up with alternatives to the word said. Then we are going to create a graveyard with tombstones on the whiteboard with the title "Said is Dead" and have a new word for 'said" on each of the tombstones.Finally, we will give the Cloze Procedure to the students and have them fill in the blanks and we will take it up.
  • The next lesson is extremely nerve-racking to me. It is for Phys. Ed. but luckily I am in a group with a great bunch of people. We are doing Zumba in accordance with the grade 6 curriculum. We are supposed to create a 3 day lesson plan and present a part of the lesson to the class. I am still practicing my moves. Anyways, I volunteered myself to do the evaluation part of the assignment. I created a system where you divide your class into three groups (over three days) and evaluate one group a day. Have a clipboard with sticky notes with the names of each student and the categories you will be evaluating (Knowledge and understanding, thinking, application, and communication) and you will make note of each student. Then give them a mark at the end of the day. 
  • My final lesson plan is just in the beginning stages. I am working with a partner for math to do Ratios. We are trying to find a manipulative that would be new and interesting (cubes are fun but they have already been used twice in our class). I think we might do smarties (peanut free, of course).
Anyways, that is what I have been busy doing lately. A lot of lesson planning and not knowing what to expect marks-wise. Also, I have to do Phys. Ed. journals for each class and they have to be a page long, single spaced. I am wracking my brains on what to write and I am only on the second class! 
DFTBA,
Tara

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