A. Grace Martin

Author, Student Teacher, Optimist and Promoter of Self-Empowerment


PSII Thurs-Fri April 16-17, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Thursday April 16, 2015

Today was a special event day because a guest presenter, Robb Nash, came to the school. My Science 14s had review time this morning, which was productive and fairly uneventful. After losing one student for fifteen minutes after allowing a bathroom break I found her in the library and was able to help her finish her review. The 9As and 9Bs all finished their notes in a timely fashion. The 9As are further ahead, having watched a 13 minute video that the 9Bs have not seen.

Robb Nash's presentation was just as great today as it was when I saw him at a different school this past fall. I really resonate with his message to students and admire how he covers a wide range of subjects (from substance abuse to suicide to finding your "why"). I think that a lot of the students needed to hear his message and will benefit from it. 

The end of the day was interesting. I wish that all students had asked to stay in the gym because then supervision would have been easier. Half of my class waited in line to meet Robb Nash and half were chatting in the bleachers. I lost a quarter of those students when they were encouraged to return to the classroom. The last few minutes of the day were hectic, but I played science-related youtube videos in my room.

Here is a picture of myself and two of my fellow student teachers with Robb Nash:

Friday April 17, 2015

Today I observed both Biology 20 and 30. My teacher associate/mentor proctored the exam that I was giving to the Science 14s that I usually teach in block 2. Graham Boyle is a fantastic teacher and I learned a lot from observing his classes. I spoke with him about the difference in classroom management between my junior highs, my lower academic Science 14s, and his higher academic grade 11s. He made an interesting point that he does not see a difference because he always starts a course with an extremely strict and structured environment. He said that in the first two weeks of a course he is not a fun person to be around because he is so firm. When he has students where he wants them for behaviour, he relaxes a little. I found this form of classroom management interesting, but I am not sure if it would work with my personality.

I was grateful that I had planned a video day for the 9As because they were clearly having a high-energy Friday. Since we are talking about the environment and different forms of energy, I decided to show them a clip from the documentary, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" I gave them a worksheet to fill out during the video. I will find out how well they answered those questions when they hand them in next week.

Categories: PSII Reflection Journal/Log

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