- Tuesday was our Grade 7-12 Ski Trip to a downhill ski hill
approximately 2 hours away (a gorgeous day where I got to
snowboard with my students!)
- Wednesday I attended a meeting at our Division Office
- Thursday I had my first sick day all year after battling
bronchitis-like symptoms for almost two weeks
As such, I feel like I wasn't able to accomplish much this week. I am hoping to hit the ground running on Monday, however, as spring break is only a few short weeks away! Two things that I think went well this week were:
1 ) Holding my First Ever Science Fair!
- For the past three weeks my Grade 8 Science students have
been working on independent science fair projects for our
unit on Fluids (pressure, density, buoyancy, viscosity). While
I've never participated in a Science Fair or held one, I did
serve as a Science Fair judge for a local school while completing
- I was very nervous about how everything would turn out in regards to
planning, organization, student participation, turn-out, etc. Plus,
I was sick the day BEFORE the event and showed up today
- After it is all done, however, I couldn't be MORE PROUD of
my Grade 8 students! They put an incredible amount of effort
and planning into their projects and I was beaming as they
showed off their displays to over 70 students & staff! (Pretty
impressive since our school has only approximately 120 students).
- If you'd like to see the science fair planning process from
my students point-of-view, check through their blog posts!
|A panoramic shot during our Science Fair!|
2 ) Keeping Up-To-Date With My Marking
- This week I wrapped up my first Grade 9 Science unit on
Reproduction and, as such, today was the last day to hand in
any assignments from this unit (including final summative
projects). My Grade 7 Science class finished and presented their
volcano research projects for our unit on Geology (which
included exploding volcano models). My Grade 8 Science class
held their Science Fair.
- Yes, I know, I did not think this through very well!
- This schedule resulted in my room looking like a paper
explosion went off and I had ZERO storage after factoring in
almost 60+ display-style projects.
- Thankfully, I was able to keep on top of my marking and
EVERYTHING can be taken home on Monday and my room
can return to normal!
One thing that I want to work on, however, is getting an early start on Report Cards. We are almost ready for our next round of report cards and parent-teacher interviews. This is now my third round at this (I reported on all Grades in November & just high school in January) so I hope to show improvement and be more organized now that I am more aware of expectations. I've already finished all of my Learning Behaviour reporting tonight (that's a good sign, right?!) Here is hoping that the rest goes smoothly!
Week 24 Update:
Last week I shared that I wanted to work on maintaining focus and direction in my Grade 9 Math class. Now, due to this week's activities, we didn't have all of our normal classes but I was able to have our principal pop-in to observe during the one day we did hold regular class. Furthermore, I was able to conference with her in-detail afterwards in regards to expectations. I think, as a first-year teacher who does not have a specialty in math, I was very focused on what I could be doing wrong as a teacher. After observing and reviewing my lessons, however, my principal assured me that I am simply dealing with a class that is pushing limits and learning to work within the different expectations of high school. Unfortunately for both me and them, this year is going to be a big learning curve but I will continue to work closely with my principal to ensure I am doing everything I can on my end to ensure success!