I have decided to use my blog to document things that I learn about teaching over the next few weeks.
This past week brought numerous opportunities for me. On Tuesday and Thursday I was given to opportunity to teach Literacy in a grade 9 Advisory class. On Tuesday we taught Main Ideas and Supporting Details through the use of a Prezi and examples. We continued on with this topic by differentiating between Main Ideas and Topics on Thursday, following the same approach of Prezi and examples.
On Wednesday, a classmate and I introduced ourselves to a PAA 9 course and began a unit on Personal Finance. We taught on Wednesday and Thursday, covering needs and wants, prioritizing, income, expenses, and budgeting. Due to the fact that we are only at the school Monday-Thursday, we left an assignment for the students to work on during class on Friday.
Throughout this week I have led two lessons, and supported for other two lessons. During these experiences, I have been taught a number of lessons myself. The first challenge I was faced with, was a student who did not want to participate in anything we had planned. This student was very disruptive and often attracted attention to them self, often providing attitude along the way. Even though I was classmates with students like this in my own education, and my university classes have talked about this, I still felt completely unprepared and had no idea how to handle these situations. Thankfully, any of the classes I teach in always has the regular teacher in the room who helps out with classroom management.
Lesson #1: Classroom management is key.
How do you handle classroom management? Do you prefer to start off the semester stern and ease up, or do you build trust off the start and try to maintain it?