New apartment- just 10 days away!

It is just 10 days until I move out of my family home (with my mother and sister, one other sister has moved to Perth, Western Australia). I had a bit of a ‘moment’ the other day when I realised that I’ve been so bogged down in packing boxes and organising my things, that I somehow got tunnel vision and forgot about the reason for the move- to become a teacher!

I am feeling a little emotional about the move, mainly because I am so excited. The family I am leaving, particularly my Mum, I think are a little emotional. I am just so excited about the big move, but to be honest, on the day I think it will creep up on me.

Another part of me isn’t seeing this as a ‘moving out’ type thing. I’m only 1.5hrs down the road and I can come visit whenever I please (and they will come see me).

So much to do!

Jem

So, what do you do?

So, what do you do?.

Great take on a school day!

Jemma

Literacy stations

I am currently in the process of getting my head around literacy activities for Grade One. The school I am at follows the ‘Magic Words’ sight word lists (new to me) so am in the process of familiarising myself with them and creating activities based on these words (to work within the literacy program). 

 

I just discovered this blog, Mrs. Kelly’s Kindergarten, Another Round of Literacy Work Stations, online and am stealing a few ideas. 

 

Any literacy work activities that you use in your classroom that you’d like to share?

Classroom preparation (part one of what I think will be many!)

So the Christmas rush is over, my partner and I have secured a rental apartment for 2013 and we move in just under two weeks! I’ve packed just about everything that needs to be packed and am now onto arranging resources for our classroom next year.

I have had lots of ‘First day of school’ anxiety and questions that have popped up all of a sudden so have tried to be really proactive.

On K-3 Teacher Resources I have found so many useful resources. I paid about $25 for a year’s membership and it’s come in handy a whole lot. I downloaded a huge puzzle with 30 pieces in it. They are blank pieces for the children and I to decorate to put together as a whole-class puzzle. I will have 23 in my class, and I’ll make 24. Ideally, I’d like the children to think of 6 things we need to do so that the class can work together well. I’ll group the children to work on the last six pieces together so that they’re decorated. I think that will make a great first day activity for us to work on.

I’ve also seen on Pinterest, a treasure hunt to work through for all of the school supplies. I like the idea of that as it makes it a bit of a game and the children can collect ‘treasure’. I’m working on the list I’ve been given that they’ll have and how we can make it a fun experience!

How do you work your first day of school?

Regards
Jemma

Warm Fuzzies

Like I posted not long ago, I’ve been thinking lots about behaviour management and how ‘good’ behaviour should and could be rewarded. One idea I saw on Pinterest was a ‘Warm Fuzzies’ idea.

 

Warm andFuzzy

 

Like I said I was taking into consideration the idea from Harry K Wong that rather than having rules, where children are rewarded for following, I planned to have more procedures. Ideally procedures do not have consequences should children not follow them. The only thing the teacher should have to say is, ‘What is the procedure?’. If children choose to not follow the procedure consistently, the procecdure then has a rule, which has positive and negative consequences if not followed.

I really thought about this, and I figured children always need positive reinforement to keep them motivated as a group to learn together, take responsibility of their learning and to be kind to one-another. Harry K Wong also says that children should not be rewarded for following a procedure (and I don’t think they should be rewarded for following a rule, as it is an expectation, not something they should do just to get a reward).

It’s for these reasons, that I like the idea of the ‘Warm and Fuzzies’ Jar. Each time I see a child trying their hardest, being kind to another person or following the values of the school where I am at, I’ll ask them to put a pom pom in the jar.

The reward of this jar is also something that follows the thoughts of Harry K Wong, who states that children shouldn’t be given a tangible ‘thing’ for doing something ‘good’, rather they should have ‘time’ to celebrate. He suggests that they should be given free time to complete unfinished work. I quite like the idea of this, but wouldn’t mind having a prize jar, with different rewards in it that can be drawn out when the jar is full.

Some ideas for this prize jar include:

  • Free play outside in a different playground that they’re used to
  • Ball game outside
  • Free time inside to complete unfinished work
  • Board game afternoon

I like these ideas because they still ensure children’s learning in a different way.

What are your thoughts?

Jemma

Photos from my graduation December 2012

DSCN0359 Receiving my  Diploma from the Chancellor of QUT

DSCN0360 My Grandmother and I

DSCN0377  This is me!

DSCN0375 As per tradition.

DSCN0372 My Mum and I

DSCN0364 I love to laugh.

DSCN0362 My beloved and I. He is very special to me.

Six years of study all went into this moment. So pleased to have finished and received the piece of paper to say I am a qualified teacher! One of the happiest days of my life.

Placemats

The school where I am teaching at next year has provided a fair few things for me already. One thing that can be quite expensive (or if you make your own, very time consuming), are placemats or name places for each child’s desk.

The school where I am teaching at has made them, specific to my requirements. All that I am required to do is to write the children’s names on and send them back to the school to be laminated.

While I am battling the heat and a head cold, I am bunkered in the air conditioning writing the children’s names on the placemats. I am working so slowly and carefully to get the hand writing correct for my Year Ones next year!

How are you preparing for your classroom next year?

Jemma

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