Teaching Strategies, Lesson Plans, and Classroom Arrangements

Favorite Instructional Strategies

Pre-Assessment

  • KWL
  • Entrance/Exit
  • Bell work
  • Anticipation Guide
  • Texting in answers
  • Interest inventory

–          Brainstorming

During/Formative

  • Plus, Minus, Interesting
  • Thumbs up/down/side
  • Fist of five
  • Yes/No cards
  • Making connections
  • Determining importance
  • Think-pair-share
  • Inside-Outside Circles
  • Peer-teaching
  • TAPS
  • Jigsaw
  • Carousel
  • Centers
  • Multiple intelligences – learned more from what?
  • Metacognition questions (why did I do this/what did I learn/how can I improve)
  • Examples of ideal
  • Work sheets
  • Drawing for comprehension
  • Graphic organizers
  • Venn diagrams
  • circles
  • Narrative
  • Role play
  • Talking circle
  • Lectures with objectives, sheets to follow along, activities after, summary at end

–          Inquiry assignment or student-interest assignment

 Post/Summative

  • Reflections
  • Self-assessments
  • Rubrics
  • Portfolios
  • Interviews

–          Essays

Behavior/Routine

  • Marble jar
  • Proximity
  • Praise students who do it well
  • Give me five = be quiet
  • Continue when silent

–          Contracts (given before for clear expectations)

Questioning:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Cold call

–          Blend of popsicle sticks with cold call

Favorite Classroom Arrangement

Image one: Horseshoe

Horseshoe plus groups

Image Two: Teacher/Student Work Space

Favorite Unit and Reflection Plans

See kgorhamblog: Unit Template and Professional Development Worksheets

 My Favorite Unit Plan

See kgorhamblog: Health 3/4 Unit Plan: Healthy Eating, Exercise, and the Immune System

Internship Final Rating

Below are the results of the best internship I could have ever imagined! I couldn’t have dreamt up a better placement, more supportive cooperating teachers, and a better learning experience. I am so happy to have experienced various subjects in all grades K-12. I have grown so much over the last four months (as shown by my well-rounded teacher visual). My ratings for Professional Development increased from 2.67, to 3 and finally 3.67. My Interactions with Learners increased since September from a 2.55, to a 2.82, and finally a 3.55. My Planning/Evaluating/Assessing rating increased from a 2.65, to a 3.8. My Instructional Competence rating increased from a 1.43, to a 2.4, and finally a 3.6 this December. My Teaching Strategies came in at a 4 (100%) from a 2.25. Professionalism went from a 3.56 to a 3.88. Therefore, I was able to carry out my goal of a 3.50 score or more in all areas by following my October plan for success (working on intense behaviors, differentiating, using technology, etc.).  My strongest to weakest areas were as follows: Teaching Strategies, Professional Qualities, Planning/Evaluation/Assessment, Professional Development, Instructional Competence, and Interactions with Learners. Although my rating is very exceptional and well above my expectations, I know there is a lot of things I can continue to work on. You cannot be a teacher without being a lifelong learner. I will always have room to grow and lessons/plans will need to be adapted, especially in a student support role. I would like to continue my focus on using technology in the classroom, differentiating instruction, and handling intense behaviors appropriately. These goals are applicable as both a student support and classroom teacher (K-12). As this journey comes to a close, it is bittersweet but I know it is an end to a beginning of a long, happy career. I will miss this school, my colleagues, and all the lovely students! I cannot thank those at Mossbank school, the students, the staff, the community, and most importantly, my two wonderful cooperating teachers for such a terrific experience. Hopefully, Mossbank school and/or Prairie South will be a big part of my near future! Time sure flies when you are having fun! 🙂

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Grade 7/8 Art First Nations’ Social Issues Unit

Well-Rounded Teacher – Internship Assessment #1

After my first month of teaching at Mossbank school, one of cooperating teachers and I rated my overall performance. We looked at areas of Professional Development (A), Interactions with Learners (B), Planning and Evaluation (C), Instructional Competence (D), Teaching Strategies (E), and Professionalism (F). It was nice to see how closely our assessments aligned.

My ratings were as follows:

1. Professionalism

2/3. Professional Development and Interactions with Learners

4. Planning and Evaluation

5. Teaching Strategies

6. Instructional Competencies

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My focus will be on Teaching Strategies and Instructional Competencies for the next couple of months. I will be focusing a lot on classroom management/behavior/procedures. I can’t wait to see how I grow over the next three months!

Positive Learning Environments

Positive Hallway Space – featuring school reading goal visual and student cubbies

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Student Lunchroom

Student Lunchroom

Art Room (My Cooperating Teacher’s Room). Also, an SST strategy poster for reading!

Art RoomExamplars in the Art RoomReading Strategies in the SST Room

Student Exemplars and Writing Process Visual Idea in the Art Room

Classroom Rules, In and Out Buckets, Information by GradeWriting Process Idea

Grade 1/2 Classroom – featuring classroom rules, curtains, SLOs, hall pass system idea, and desks in pods.

Grade 1 Classroom RulesInteractive Table, Covered Resources in the Grade 1 RoomGrade 1 Room OrganizationBirthday Calendar; Desks in Pods in the Grade 1 RoomSLO's in the Grade 1 RoomBathroom Break System

Kindergarten Room – featuring visual schedules, attendance ideas, behavioral rules, SLOs at all activity stations, reading corners, picture labels for clean up, and hallway walking procedure (Marshmallow Mouths).

Kindergarten OrganizationVisual Schedule in KindergartenAttendance IdeaKindergarten Behaviour ChartSLO's at Learning Stations in KindergartenKindergarten Reading CornerPicture Labels to Assist K's CleaningScience Area in KindergartenArt Area in KindergartenArt Area in KindergartenKitchen Area in KindergartenVisual SLO's in KindergartenMarshmallow Mouths in Kindergarten

Grade 5/6 Room – featuring a science/rock center, lots of plants, fish tanks, curtains, individual student work stations with daily schedules, shared resources and supplies, sand/calming area, and guided reading station with positive message. Also, the desks are arranged in a horseshoe-like way!  This is a room of exploring!

Science/Rock Area Grades 5/6Fish Tanks in the 5/6 RoomDaily Schedule and Individual Work Station in 5/6Plants and Resources in 5/6Cool Classroom Setup 5/6Cloth Covers in 5/6Sand Area in 5/6Shared Supplies in 5/6Guided Reading Station 5/6

Grade 3/4 Room – featuring SLOs visuals, organization ideas, curtains, large student working spaces, individual working tables, and a guided reading station. Very organized, non-chaotic room!

Student Outcome VisualCool Organizational Idea 3/4Grade 3/4 Organization and SLO

Desk Setup 3/4Work Tables and Curtains 3/4Teacher Organization/Work SpaceReading Station 3/4

High School Classrooms – featuring “What Did I Miss” handout sections, SLOs visuals, due date boards, reading strategies, standing desks, desks in rows, handout stations, etc.

Missing Class? Folders High SchoolSLO's High SchoolCreating Student Independence High SchoolHigh School Posters and Visuals

(My Cooperating Teacher’s Room for ELA)

ELA RoomReading Strategies in the ELA RoomStanding Desk in ELA RoomELA OrganizationDid You Miss Class? Bucket in ELA Room

LIT Goals/Circle of Courage/Reading Data

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