What does an owl say on halloween? Happy Owl-Ween!
Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party? He had no body to dance with!
What kind of pants does a ghost wear? Boo jeans!
Okay, first things first, I need to reflect on last Friday (Oct. 26th). Friday also happened to be my faculty advisor’s second visit to observe me.
That day was a mess. By the end of the school day, I was left so frustrated and I was left feeling so discouraged & disheartened. I struggled with everything that day it felt like. I couldn’t settle my grade 7’s not my grade 9’s down after transitioning into the classroom from their previous class, I had students horsing around and disrupting those around them and it was like everything I had taught the day before had just gone up and left their minds. It was hard. When I got home from school, I took a break. I sat down, thought about the day and reflected back on not the negative aspects, but those positive aspects I might have overlooked. I thought back to when one of my grade 7’s walked in the classroom first thing in the morning and said “Good morning Miss Mallo, how are you!?”. I thought back to how efficiently, quietly and individually my one class of grade 7’s worked. I realized that sure I might’ve had a few cloudy patches in my day, but there were also moments of sunshine that came through.
But you know what? At the end of the day, no matter how good or how bad, I’ll learn from that experience and I’ll grow from it.
Now, let’s move onto Monday (Oct. 29th).
Monday was a good day, I felt so much more relaxed and calm while teaching. I didn’t feel scattered and I felt collected and cool. The Math lessons in grade 7A, 7B and 9 all went smoothly (for the most part). One of my grade 9 students came up to me before Math started to show me a picture of a Mule deer he shot this weekend while he was out hunting, and it was pretty impressive! Another student then came up and showed me a video of a White-tailed deer he had caught on his trail camera. My boyfriend’s family are big hunters, so I have showed these boys pictures of what he’s got. Lately, whenever one of the hunting boys gets something (shot or on camera), they show me and are so proud of themselves. It’s so cool to see their face light up when they talk about something they are passionate about like hunting.
Tuesday was another work day. Students were given their assignments on Monday so they had Tuesdays class time to work on them.
Today is Wednesday and it is also Halloween! Today in all three Math classes (Math 7A, 7B and 9) the students all were given Halloween math handouts with practice questions from the unit each grade is working on. They had to solve each problem to figure out the riddle on the bottom of the page. I made these handouts myself so there were a few errors on the first two pages on the handout, but we fixed them up and the students were still able to do them. After they had done about 2 pages of the handouts, we played bingo as a class. I was really worried that my grade 9’s would think bingo was lame or too young for them, but they LOVED it!! I was so impressed! They were so focused and so quiet while playing, I couldn’t believe it!
On Thursday and Friday (Nov. 1st-2nd) my co-op and I are going to the SMYA (Saskatchewan Middle Years Association) Conference in Regina. I am super excited about this as it will be the first SMYA I have gone to. There are so many speed learning sessions to pick from and then some big breakout sessions to choose form. For speed learning sessions, I think I am going to chose the: ELA – Reading, Science, Cross Curricular (Google Classroom), Math, Cross Curricular (Growth Mindset) and Cross Curricular (Helpful Websites). For the breakout sessions I think I am going to choose to do the one with Dr. Debbie Silver on Thursday called “Deliberate Optimism – Reclaiming the Joy in Education” and on Friday I’ll choose the one with Pernille Ripp called “A Picture Book Taught Me This”.
I am also excited to go to the SMYA because I know some other Interns from the Middle-Years Education classes I’ve had will be there too. It will be so nice to see some familiar faces again and to catch up with how their internship has been going!