I feel like I have been writing blog posts out the wazoo lately… but I am SO close to the end, why stop now, right? Ladies and gentlemen, we have made it to week 9! Thanks so much for staying along for the ride. You've all been so awesome and I truly feel as though I have a cheering squad behind me as I go through this placement.
Il me reste encore la semaine prochaine, ainsi que 3 jours lors de la semaine d'après à mon stage. Pour moi, il est absolument nécessaire de poursuivre avec mes billets de blogue et de terminer en force. Commencer et finir une tâche ou un but, pour moi, est fondamental à ma philosophie personnelle et professionnelle. Aussi, j'ai bien hâte de retourner lire ces billets de blogues dans 2,3 ou même 10 ans!
taking on a full course load
This week was my first week taking on all 3 of my English classes (4U, 3C and 2P). What a challenge it was. Thankfully, I had spent my whole weekend preparing and felt good about where I was at. The Monday I was originally supposed to start was a snow day; yes - in April. But it was a great opportunity for me to really catch up on my marking, plan my lessons more thoroughly and have some quality time with my AT's of course! That Monday night, I was utterly nervous... But it just so happened that I was watching Zootopia when this song came on (& I tweeted about it the next day):
For those who are not as big Disney fanatics as I am... This song, I believe is the perfect representation of the GROWTH MINDSET. Disney - you always know what to say...
Some of the uplifting lyrics are:
"I still mess up but I'll just start again
I cannot finish this blog post without mentioning how INCREDIBLE the other presenters were:
I don’t think I can put into words the feeling you get when the person that went before you hands you the microphone. I took a deep breath, counted backwards from 5 and I jumped.
After it was all done, I had goosebumps. The flood of congratulations and connections that I made was unreal. The best part of this whole experience was not only getting to talk on stage for 5minutes. Rather, it was all of the connections after the fact! I encouraged the educators in the room to be accountable and share their #Jump with me, and did they ever. As I mentioned, the connections after the fact was overwhelming. How could I, a Teacher Candidate have inspired educators to take action? I still wonder…
Having been given this opportunity to make a difference and inspire others on such a large scale still gives me chills because my thoughts, my words, my voice actually inspire people to do something and that is the power of these summits.
For example, on Tuesday I focused on “Allowing students to teach each other” and “Step outside of their comfort zone”. I did this by creating Literary Device experts, where students represented their literary device and had to lead a discussion on an element of their device in the novel. This was empowering not only for them, but for myself, to see them take the lead and explain the device in their own words showed me mastery.
I would love to take a deeper dive into each of these different habits and aspects of a modern teachers (Wilson), but due to a time crunch and a Hamlet Unit waiting to be constructed, I will simply showcase two aspects of that I believe to handle well and 1 that I need to improve on. A fun name for this is: 2 GLOWs and 1 GROW. I want to start doing this with my students… Having them reflect more. I do it, but I realize that I do not have them do it enough.
my first 'glow': Question everything
my second 'glow': being comfortable not knowing what is going to happen
MY 'GROW': Believe they can learn anything, given the right attitude and effort
I want to know, what your your 'GLOW' and 'GROW' when considering this profile?
KEEPING AN OPEN MIND
It is so easy to be overwhelmed by all the things that we have to do as teachers - dare I name them all? No. Because of all of this worry to accomplish everything looming over your shoulders and checking off our To Do List, we often forget to appreciate the little things in life. I live this constantly. I often become stressed, but when I overthink all of these things and feel my anxiety building up, I simply take a big deep breath and be grateful. I think about all of the things I can be thankful for and appreciate.
Here is a list of some of the things I have been appreciating recently:
- Hearing birds singing outside my classroom window
- Holding a warm coffee cup in my hands
- Smelling the warm FRESH spring air
- Standing sunshine, rays of light, getting
- Taking the first sip of coffee in the morning
- Being able to listen to the radio when I get into my car and drive home
- Coming home to a hot cooked meal
Actively feeling grateful for these things make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside; they seem to give me the energy to be perseverant and carry on. I want to know, what are some things that you can reflect on and be thankful for? Inspire others and let me know in a quick list below :)
Cheers to the 4 day weekend! And, Happy Easter everyone ! 🐰🐰
Quelle belle semaine! Wow.. Je dois avouer que c’est la première fois depuis semaine 1 que je me suis sentie confiante, authentique et dynamique devant mes classes. J’ai trouvé un rythme de travail qui me convient, j’étais plus préparé et j’étais aussi plus proactif pour des imprévus.
FINDING MY GROOVE
Well, checking in with them; talking with them in the hallways; giving them constructive feedback; having difficult conversations with them (when needed); being honest with them; telling them how PROUD I am of their work; sending in des “bon coups” e-mails; building on things I already know about them and showing them that I care about them and their success - I want them to succeed! With all of these things came more genuine conversations, I was able to joke around and kept things fun.
Sincèrement, je me sens comme si le fait que je me sens plus confiante devant eux affecte grandement mon efficacité de leur enseigner. J’ai pris le vol!
STUDENT LEARNING AND ACCOUNTABILITY
NE PAS RÉINVENTER LA ROUE
The next period, when students walked in they had a sticky note with their names on it. “Before receiving your Chrome, I want you to set a #goal for this period. “This goal has to be attainable and realistic. For example: completing my Works Cited, completing 3 slides, putting all of my slides point form, writing out my cue cards… etc.” was written on the board. When students had set their goal I checked it over and handed them their computer.
I did find a big difference in their work ethic and believe that simply writing down their goal, being aware of what they wanted/needed to get down helped them stay on task. Throughout the period, I checked in with each of them.
This made me think even more… Are my reflections creating this feeling within myself and diminishing my confidence? I am evidently striving to be the best that I can be, I am very self-aware and I am always looking to grow and better myself. As much as I need to be aware of these shortcomings, I also need to continue to have good self-talk and inner dialogue
Help me out? Have you ever felt the IMPOSTER SYDROME? Is this a real thing? What did YOU do about it…
An EDU-Hero, warrior and inspiration to me also posted a tweet that highlighted how self-doubt can impact you towards reaching your goals. Mentally we have to make sure we aren't getting in our way of reaching our goals.
Comme je l’ai mentionné ci-haut, je La dernière partie de ma semaine (jeudi et vendredi) j’étais au REFER à Montréal.
Premièrement, un gros merci à Nathalie Couzon pour l’invitation de collaborer avec elle et les élèves du Collège Durocher Saint-Lambert de la ville afin de promouvoir la #voixdesélèves. Pendant les 2 jours de la conférence, j’étais choyer de travailler alongside une collègue dont j’adore : Joannie Girard. Notre équipe dynamique a travaillé fort pendant le congrès afin d’animer une activité de clôture vendredi. Je suis tellement fière des élèves qui ont pensée, réfléchit, coopérer et discuter de sujets qui leur tiennent à cœur. Le tout a été très bien réussi. Bravo les filles! Voici quelques idées de ce qui a été dit :
Deuxièmement, j’adore réseauter pendant ces congrès. Plusieurs gens m'ont donné une nouvelle énergie! En interagissant avec des leaders pédagogiques comme Maude Lamoureux, Marius Bourgeois, Jean-Pierre Dufresne, Marie-Andrée Ouimet, Stephane Hunter, etc. Ils continuent de m’inspirer à travers les beaux projets qu’ils animent et leur ouverture à discuter avec moi.
Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds.
The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes.
Ignite events are held in cities around the world.
Don't get me wrong; I have asked myself quite a few times... "What have I gotten myself into?" I am knee deep in practicum readings, plannings and marking... But, so far, the experience has been so exciting. I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been asked to present this year along with so many inspiring educators (A big shoutout to Jen Giffen!). In my tweet below, I mention how it has been on my Bucket List to present at a conference:
However, I will admit, I didn't think it would be happening this soon!!
Lastly, you might be wondering what my talk is going to be about? Well, it will go something like this: Learning to jump and build your wings on the way down is a lifestyle I have embraced throughout my journey through Teachers College, thanks to one of my mentors. As a Teacher Candidate, I have learnt that putting yourself out there, saying YES, taking risks and trying new things are so rewarding! Hoping I will inspire you to take a jump with me.
This morning, I was lucky enough to score an interview with Stephen Hurley and Kim Pollishuke on VoicEd Radio! We spoke about our perspectives on education and how we are preparing for the Summit Ignite event! Check it out bellow ⬇️⬇️
For more information, (speakers, location, and ticket info) be sure to visit: events.edtechteam.com/Ontario2018
DID I SUCCEED MY GOALS FROM LAST WEEK?
I think I did! I showed an incredible movie called Mississippi Burning. This wasn’t necesarrily fun but it definitely allowed my students to understand the time period of 1960’s in the Southern USA during the Civil Rights movement. I also created some differentiated assignments for this movie which I would definitely consider fun, but my students would probably tell you otherwise.
Est-ce que j’ai réussi à être plus sociale?
Malheureusement, j’ai passé 3/5 dîners dans mon local (soit à surveiller des évaluations où à préparer mes leçons). Par contre, j’ai eu quelques bonnes conversations avec des enseignants dans la salle de photocopies. Après le congé de mars, je dois continuer à faire des efforts à discuter, réseauter et avec plus de discussions avec les enseignants de mon école.
Est-ce que mon dialogue interne a été plus positif?
Ici, je pense que j’ai plus ou moins réussi à me donner quelques bonnes tapes sur le dos. Je me sens un peu plus confiante et contente par rapport à mes leçons et mes interactions avec les élèves.
M’INVESTIR DANS MES LEÇONS
HOW PODCASTING HELPED ME TO BE A TEACHER
- Firstly, podcasting has allowed me to develop my listening ear. This means that when students provide answers, ask questions or simply during conversations and discussions, I feel more prepared because of my abilities to listen to the information their giving me or asking me and gearing my answer to it. In podcasting, as the host you have to be a listener. That means, taking what your Guest is talking about and building on it, taking it one step further, etc.
- Secondly, podcasting has got me ready for unplanned questions that I may not have prepared for. Being a guest on a podcast, whether it has been OnEdMentors or being on certain shows like The EdPodcast, The Planning Period Podcast, Beyond the Staffroom, Personal Playlist Podcast, you are often put on the spot and have to think quick on your feet. Luckily, thanks to podcasting I have been able to bring that skill into my classroom.
- Lastly, I believe that my overall speaking abilities have largely improved since I have started being involved in podcasting!
Also, I am excited to say that the final unit evaluation I will be giving for my EAE2P English class will be a podcast episode reviewing and critiquing certain elements of the novel. This assignment is inspired by Alexandre Audet’s project he did in his English class with his grade 8 class!
PERSONAL REFLECTION - SEMAINE 3 DE 9 - Getting caught in the silo, le dialogue interne and rubrics...
Pourtant, je suis encore à la recherche de mon identité en tant qu’enseignante du secondaire. Je suis encore en train de trouver un rythme naturel de travail. Je suis encore en train de me questionner par rapport à mes interactions et mes leçons. Je suis encore en mode découverte.
GETTING CAUGHT IN A SILO
le DIALOGUE INTERNE
Mes 3 succès dans ma semaine ont été:
- J’ai eu une belle interaction avec une élève dans les corridors
- J’ai créé une revue pour une évaluation qui a été engageante et stimulante
- J’ai administré une évaluation dans laquelle je pense que les élèves ont été bien préparés
Mes 3 nouveaux apprentissages ont été:
- Il faut constamment faire des rappels, des rappels et plus de rappels pour nos élèves.
- Il faut véritablement rendre le travail authentique pour que l’élève sente comme il a de la valeur et qu’il vaut la peine.
- Il faut parfois donner la chance à l’élève de travailler avant d'intervenir, car ils peuvent te surprendre.
I’VE FOUND MY ARCH NEMESIS
mr. d is so relatable
I lived a lot of self doubt this week, in relations to my efficiency of being a teacher. And, that confidence I had last week faded. Why you ask? I’m not exactly sure because nothing went terrible, I just simply felt as though I was trying to stay afloat and survive my 3 periods each day. However, I look forward to finding more of a rhythm, where I can have a system, keep things in order and flow from class to class.
PUTting ME TO THE TEST...
shh, listen... YOUR BODY IS TELLING YOU SOMETHING
I even received a heartwarming and supportive message from a teacher that I had worked with during a paid position. Unexpectedly, this teacher reached out, wished me well and offered her support if I ever had any questions. This made me extremely happy and showed me that creating relationships with staff members is just as important as those with students. I admire that teacher for everything she does in the classroom. She has no idea how much a simple message affected me so greatly.
some good advice...
"just be the best that you can be"
All this being said, I am feeling confident for next week! I am optimistic to regain my confidence, continue to learn about and from students as well as vary my teaching styles to test out new things!
Si j'attends pour la perfection, je n'écrierais jamais un mot...