Classroom Managment: Class Dojo and Classroom Rules

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While reading the first article, my head began to nod (in a good way). Growing up i had always noticed that if specific rules aren’t made in a classroom, all hell can break loose. And I had specifically noticed morals were not being leanred either. Using these umbrella rules such as “respect for all” dont give students specifics to go by. Do they even know what respect means? As the aritcle suggested they should be used as school values rather than a rule. And ounderneah these values, specifics should be listed and added on to as time passes. In my teaching philosophy i focused on students as individuals and their unique ways of learning, this connects to that. Students understand things in different ways, so in order to accomadate that, specific rules need to be made, in order for everyone to understand.  Classroom managent was something I outlined in my philosophy as well, as being something that needs to be easily understood so everyone has an equal level of knowledge towards the rules. Using broad statements can end up in so many bad ways specifically when dealing with younger children as this is the time when their morals and understadnings are being shaped. I feel as though this article could be a sister for my philosophy they mesh so well!! As for the article about ClassDojo, I smiled when I began to read it. In my placement, this is a tool that was shown to me on my first day by my cooperating teacher and I thought it was the neatest idea ever!!!! This is a great way to encourage the kids, another huge aspect of my philosophy. It inspires the to want to do good, and this tool that helps practise good habits will help shape the childrens morals and manners without them even realizing it. It such a fun way to encourage the kids and recognize their good behaviour which is so important in a classroom. Without recognition of good behaviour, students would feel as though it is worthless to even try. My philosophy again is about individuals needs and wants and how to apply yourself as a teacher to those. With ClassDojo, it allows the chidlren to realizeing you are taking the time to notice and recognize their good behaviour. This will allow for a better relationship between the teacher and the student and for the want to do good. It creates sucha a positive environment in the classroom and I can say that with complete confidence as I see it at my placement every week! ClassDojo and specific classroom rules falling under a value umbrella are essential tools for a great learning experience and teaching experience for both the teacher and student.

-Alyssa

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Second Pre Interning Experience + I Successfully Taught French!

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This time walking into the classroom I was alot more nervous. Not only was this the first time I was going to teach in front of a class, but me and my partner couldn’t find the time to plan out a lesson plan , so we had to do it over text the night before and quickly go over at while the students had recess. What a nightmare. The kids started off after their indoor recess with either reading, playing scrabble or working on their blogs, which I love the fact that they each have their own personal blog where they get to pick a topic each month and research it! My partner and I sat in the back of the classroom quietly going over the lesson plan and deciding who would do what. We decided that since I had taken a french course in university (side note: I almost failed that class), that I would do all the speaking and pronouncing. This made my stomach turn. We were originally planning on teaching vegetables however, we were having trouble, so we asked if we could do a valentines themed lesson. I would hold up a picture in front of the class and ask what it was in english ad how it related to valentines day. After that I would say the word in french, as my partner wrote it down on the board beside the picture and and then I would count to three and the class would say it all together. If they werent loud enough, I would tell them to say it again. After we went through all the words, the students had a word search to do, as practise to remember the words. Once the word search was done, a fill in the blank was given to them and they had to try their best to fill it in fromt heir memory. They could use the wordsearch as their word bank, but they had no reference as to what each word was in english except their memory. We made sure to tell the students that this was not for marks, because they all bgean to get a little nervous. We allowed them to work in partners which calmed them down, and my partner and I walked around and offered help. The children seemed to enjoy the activity and almost all of the sheets were 80% or above, so we were thrilled! The teacher gave us great feedback and overall i thought the lesson went amazing for a last minute planning situation. Their were two students that werent participating during the lesson, that my partner and I didn’t notice, howver the co-op did. He made sure to let us know we have to watch out for that and immediatley solve that issue or the students will think it’s okay. he understood we did not know their names, but explained that even as a substitute you won’t always know the names, so we need to be careful. I found it a little difficult to keep thestudents from talking to eachother, but I found that the clearer I made my voice and the more eye contact I created, it was easier to get their attention back in place. The teacher sat us down after school and let us know what we need to improve on, but mainly how well we did for not knowing french! I was so pleased with all of his constructive criticsm and encouragment. My target was to speak clearly, because i have trouble with being shy, and my co-op said I did perfect with my pronouciation and clarity! Very pleased about that! He explained I should move around a bit more, because i was stationed for alot of the lesson, so that will be the next lessons target! Next week I wont be in the classroom as the students will be skiing, however the week after I am teaching french again, and it is going to be vegetables, so I am getting nervous and stumped on what to teach!! I’ll have to figure something out and this time I will not leave ituntil last minute…. or at least try. loving Pre Interning so fa!! i’ll be back with another post in two-ish weeks because of reading week!

-Alyssa

First Pre Interning Experience!

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Forgot to post this from awhile ago, but here it is, my first pre interning experience!

Walking into my school was exciting however I was nervous. I have been in this school previously as most of my firends atteneded elementary here. I first met the principle who was very welcoming and soon after I was introduced to my co-operating teacher who I can characterize  as amazing. It is only his secnd year teaching so i felt comfortable with him immediatley as he is still new to this too. As soon as my partner and I walked into the classroom the students all introtuced themselves nad gave  us hugs, etc. I had never felt to welcomed into somewhere I knew nothin about. We went up to the front of the classroom and introduced ourelves the played two truths and a lie with the students which they loved. We figured out most of their lies were about ctas…. I don’t know if they planned this out but everytime onbe of them said something about a cat, my parnter and I began to catch on. The laughter was endless in that classroom all afternoon in regards to cats! We helped the children study for science, which even I had some trouble with, and then we went through some religon and ended off with what seemed to me was a brain break or an end of the day reward. The teacher set up the projector and played a zumba video that all the kids began to dance to. They had so much fun and so did my partner and I! As the kids went home we recieved a huge group hug. I have never felt so loved! The teacher sat us down after and we had a nice long chat about the class and each individual student. We decided that my partner and I will teach French next week which I am very nervous for! Hope all goes well. First intro- day went amazig and I can’t wait for more!!

– Alyssa