Sunday, October 28, 2007

They're Done!

For the upcoming week I felt I should write lesson plans for each subject. It is supposed to be the start of my full teach, a three week period in which I take over as much of the classroom responsibilities as possible. My CT hasn't been indicating that she is ready to let me do this and after checking with my supervisor I discovered that this is actually OK. She and I can team teach if she feels it is in her students best interest. But, since she gave me the chance to show what I could do with the day she is to be absent, I decided to go ahead and make lesson plans for the entire week just in case she decides to let me teach everything.

So, after working on this for the past 2 days, all lesson plans are complete. At least they are on the submission form. I have the required two 5E lesson plans included. Actually I think I have 3 of them. Now I can rest a little bit. I still have to think about the questions and expectations I need to give the children. Also if I need any extra supplies or media readied in advance. But some of that has already been done. I've been waking up in the middle of the night again dreaming of giving lessons and talking to the students. Wow, I wonder if I am ever going to reach a point where I don't do that. I'm not sure I want a career where I don't get a good night's sleep for the rest of my life. I'm kidding! I think that after a few years I'll be very good at teaching and able to do the job with much more ease than I have now. My confidence will grow as my cache of strategies and understanding of how my students learn best increases. :)

And for the next few hours before I go to bed, I'm going to treat myself to a bit of well deserved rest and recreation. I'm not sure if I want to read, watch a movie, watch TV or just veg on a computer game. But...I know I'm going to do something fun.

In addition to the regular lessons I was also assigned to come up with a fun art activity. I based my choice on what I saw at the Fall Festival we held on Friday. What I plan on doing is teaching the kids the term "avatar" and have them decide what they would like for one and then draw it. I'll probably get a lot of transformers and princesses but still those are their dreams and what they want to be when they go out into the world. So I think it will be fun for them. I'll print out and take in two copies of different ones I've used for myself to give them a visual example. I hope it will be fun.

Peace, Hopes for a great Monday & Joy that I can now rest for a few!


San said...

I hope you are enjoying yourself as I write this, Lee.

Love the avatar idea--keeps everyone imagining the possibilities...

FYI, I see you being a great teacher a lot sooner than a few years from now. Like Walt Disney said, "If you can dream it, you can do it." And you are already dreaming it. Quite literally.

jsd said...

from your posts you seem much calmer and at peace - which is ggod to hear. good luck with all your teaching this week.

Lee said...

LOL San, Yes I am enjoying myself. Mindlessly but what the heck, I just spent 5 hours doing thinking stuff. :) I downloaded some free games and was enjoying the graphics which are rather exhilarating even if the games aren't.

JS, yes, I am calmer. There won't be anyone looking over my shoulder tomorrow, I think I have everything covered, and as long as I am in the classroom for my full 3 weeks of full teach I can apply for the certification on or about Nov. 15th. Yep, knowing that someone else's frustrations with the situation isn't going to blow up my efforts is very empowering.

Peace, Hope and Pasture.