This year I have the opportunity to teach at Robert E. Wilson- a small elementary school in Vanier- alongside an incredible grade 3/4 teacher. The environment at REW is positive and supportive. Staff at REW have developed a great relationship with the students, and to many of them, coming back to school was like returning home from a long summer vacation.
I wanted to document everything that my associate teacher was doing so that I would have ideas when I get my own classroom. In a way, it felt like I was going back to elementary school. I was so excited to see how the week would unfold.
Throughout the first week, I had the opportunity of teaching some gym lessons, marking math work, and quickly learned about the strengths and weaknesses of my students. My associate teacher was kind enough to give me a tour around the school and showed me her day binder from the previous year. An interesting fact I learned about at REW was about their "resource room". REW has a special room that is filled with clothing and shoes that have been donated by the community to help students who are in need of such items. It is free of charge and students, along with their parents, are allowed to do some 'shopping' for these necessities. I thought this was such an incredible idea and should be implemented in many of the urban schools.
Students this week had the chance to show-and-tell items that are special to them. They were placed in paper bags (that they needed to decorate) and presented in front of the class. My students also had the chance to draw what they think of themselves on paper. It was fun teaching the kids how to cut around the edges of their picture and to create a border so that their picture looks nice and neat. Sometimes you forget that kids this young don't know how to do that yet.
Needless to say, I have great support at REW and can't wait to immerse my self in the school environment! Thank you S.M for taking me on!