My oh my, the first two days of my three week pre-internship block has come and gone and boy have a loved every second of it!
Thursday was a great way to ease back into our teaching experience! Our class had a great day of building robots with Tata Consulting Services GO-IT, Students program. Our grade 7/8 students were able to build and program a robot to perform a specific task and then have a friendly competition amongst their classmates to win cool prizes. The mission for their program was to introduce student to STEM(Science, technology, engineering and Math) driven activities and to build awareness to how these skills are actually things we do on a daily basis. Our students had a great time building, testing and programming their robots. We have some very hands on students in our class and this was a fantastic way to have them show the class the great things they can do.
This program was a hit in our classroom – in fact we were the first class in Saskatchewan to try out the GO-IT workshop! I would definitely suggest having something like this in your classroom at some point. If this is something that interests you, or something you think your Co-op might like to try check out the website here:
Our Co-op was a big fan of it and is going to try something similar again before the end of the school year. If you know of anything like this please comment down below.
Friday was our first teaching day! Amanda and I were both super excited but also super scared at the same time. Amanda and I have decided to both teach Math so that we can make all the possible mistakes we can now before our actual Internship! Since we were new to teaching Math, our Co-op gave us a chance to teach something easier like Geometry 7. We decided that one day I teach math and the next day she teaches it so that we are both able to have a chance to work with it. The first Math lesson that I thought on Friday was a Pre-Assessment Lesson of the geometry unit they had studies in Grade 6. We played a Jeopardy game with the students to gage where their understanding of the content from grade 6 was and how they might be able to translate those skills into grade 7 concepts. We were very pleased with how the game played out and the information we were able to collect from this Pre-Assessment. As an extension of the game I also decided to give the class a worksheet to complete with similar skills that the Jeopardy game tested – this was a more written form of what we were looking for.
Take a look at our Unit Plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uaRWF57-O1vb_TdQ08hxGOh6FyerM6Gl_J1xmUXEze0/edit?usp=sharing
I have posted the lesson plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GujX2NCTHvhLkszflb_arbEOYW40oWxlic-RJCUI-xk/edit?usp=sharing
The Jeopardy Game: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_a-pKHj3ibwX0lIZThDbnBFVFU/view?usp=sharing
The Worksheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qimJAEAUbCpirWnatj9Nn9E4aXqT2c3FFCyp-uFjYfM/edit?usp=sharing
As always, whatever works in my classroom might now necessarily work in your classroom so please adapt lessons to make them work for you.
Watch this video to know more about how my first week back has been and what I wish to do for the rest of my Pre-Internship experience.