Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I found the presentation on Effective Instruction in Literacy very valuable in that I got a better sense of what literacy and literacy instruction really encompasses. I found this quote really resonated with me: "Ultimately, we want students to think critically, feel deeply and act wisely." I find these words very powerful and at the same time they really sum up what we would like to transfer as teachers. One of the pieces that I found really useful is the Model to differentiated instruction presented by Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm, which has a huge influence on student achievement.
I also found the Special Education presentation very interesting and comprehensive. Some of the statistics that were presented were quite shocking - like the fact that in 2006 - 30,000 of students that were formally identified as "exceptional" did not have IEPs. Another interesting point is that an IPRC decision is only valid in the jurisdiction that it is written. This information makes me really think about the impacts that this has on families and children.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
The accepting atmosphere, where no question or concern is seen as a bad one, promotes positive group communication and growth.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
An example of a Transformational Practice:
Determining important ideas - teaching how to determine important ideas and how to distinguish important information at the word, sentence and text levels:
- find the main idea
- understand what the author considered important
- distinguish differences between fiction and factual text
- identify key ideas or themes
- distinguish important from unimportant information in relation to key ideas or themes in text
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
My practicum placement in the grade one classroom provides me with the opportunity to work with a range of student abilities. The need for differentiated instruction has been very evident right from the beginning. Whether related to abilities, English as a second language or special needs, I am planning according to the skills of each child. The challenges that teachers face when planning for various abilities can be overcome with the help of advice from colleagues or by accessing resources. I noticed that discussion with other students is very helpful and provides me with a variety of ideas and strategies that I can use in the classroom.
I think collaboration is a key factor to being an effective teacher.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Things To Know
- It is natural for children who are being bullied to feel scared and helpless.
- Bullying often occurs because children do not have high self-esteem.
- Do not promise to keep the bullying a secret.
- Work along with the school, parents and other teachers to deal with the issue together.
- Model good communication and an unbiased attitude within the classroom.
- Talk about diversity and acceptance.
- "Don't fight back, go and tell an adult you trust".
- Inform parents that it is alright to ask if their child is being bullied or if they are bullying other children.
Peel Committee on Sexual Assault/Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse, November 2002
Activity: Drew, Naomi. (1987). Being Human is Being Special. Learning the Skills of Peacemaking, Jalmar Press.
Read this poem: I look in the mirror and who do I see? My very own person who looks just like me. I look at my eyes, I look at my face, knowing that no one on earth or in space is quite like I am, one of a kind. My body is special and so is my mind. Each person alive has something special to give. We each make a difference each day that we live. I love myself and I love others too. The world is a special place. 'Cause it has me and you.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Be there. Say yes as often as possible. Let them bang on pots and pans. If they're crabby, let them take a bath. Love yourself. Realize how important it is to be a child. Go to a movie theatre in your pajamas. Read books out loud with joy. Invent fun things together. Remember how really small they are. Giggle a lot. Surprise them. Say NO when necessary. Teach feelings. Heal your own INNER child. Learn about parenting. HUG trees together. Make sharing emotions safe. Bake a cake and eat it with no hands. Go find elephants and kiss them. Plan to build a rocket ship. Imagine yourself MAGIC. Make lots of forts with blankets. Let your angel fly. Reveal your own dreams. Search out the positive. Keep the gleam in your eye. Mail letters to important figures (religious or other). Encourage SILLY. Plant licorice in your GARDEN. Open up. Stop yelling. Express your LOVE.... A LOT. Speak kindly. Paint their running shoes. HANDLE WITH CARING :)