In my first week of practicum, I watched both my associate teachers (ATs) teach their classes because this was my first week at Glashan Public School- an intermediate school located in the downtown core. The classes I get to observe and practice in are two grade 8 French Immersion English classes and an English Language Development (ELD) class.
My main goal going into this week was to take attendance in all three classes and learn names, since I was still relatively new to the school. I also wanted to start teaching the following week, so I sat down with each associate teacher and discussed moving forward with a new unit that I would begin to plan and teach.
A new refugee student from Nepal joined the ELD class this week. He has no prior school experience and was born and raised in a refugee camp. He's very energetic, and although he doesn't speak any English, he seems very excited to be in our class. As an observer in the ELD classroom, I noticed that my AT differentiates A LOT. She told me I would become the 'Queen of Differentiation' when I finish my 8 weeks because of the various learning needs of students in this class. Already within my first week, I can place a relative level around each student in regards to English and Mathematics. I get to start teaching a fractions unit with these guys next week.
In the English French Immersion classes, the students were working on a Public Service Announcement (PSA) project, where they had to create a video about one of the short stories they read. I walked around to each group and was impressed by the amount of work that students had put into these projects.
On the Friday, teacher candidates were invited to attend the Professional Development Day. It was interesting to see that all teachers were invited, regardless of the school board they worked for. I attended a workshop on physical literacy, which focuses on incorporating activities in everyday learning. It was quite hard to sit down while listening to Dr. Rebecca Lloyd. I also bumped into one of my elementary teachers who taught me- I don't know who was more surprised!
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What is CSL?
Community Service Learning (CSL) is an academic program and form of experiential learning where students contribute to their community by participating in professor-approved community service placements related to course learning objectives.