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First Days of School

Well, it’s the end of Day 2 of the first week of school and I have to say – it’s going to be a spectacular semester. We’ve already started developing great relationships and worked on a lot of routines and procedures in the classroom and I’m sure it will only get even better as the months go on.

I have to admit that I sort of forgot what it was like to have a “first day of school” again (other than University). It was amazing to see all the kids so excited to be back at the school and able to see their friends, teachers and support staff. The joy that I saw in some of the smiles of the children was unbelievable. However, there was one part of the day that I could completely relate to – the fact that SUMMER IS OVER and our brains have to get used to “school mode” again. It was quite entertaining to watch the students as they transferred from summer mode to school mode. It’s no longer as easy as simply getting up and going to the washroom whenever they need to, or getting a drink of water at any time of the day. However, the class I am working with has been EXCEPTIONAL with their procedures and routines thus far and have really been able to get back into “school mode”.

Today was the first time I had an opportunity to sit and think about some of the activities I want to do with the students and this brought me back to thinking about technology. The schools are investing in some new technology (I believe it’s similar to smartboards but I’m not even 100% sure what it is) and I really hope that I get an opportunity to test it out in this semester of internship. Our classroom is smaller than we’d hoped and we have 27 students and 2 teachers in it mostly all the time, so, it is going to be harder for me to use a lot of the technology based learning that I was hoping to incorporate into the classroom. Luckily our school does have a “laptop cart” that we have access to so I am for sure hoping to do some activities using Voice Thread and maybe even a little blogging. I’m excited to start planning a little further so I can actually try some of my ideas out on the kids.

The first two days, as mentioned, have been great and I can hardly wait until I have more opportunities to teach the students lessons that I have worked on and planned. It’s going to be a busy semester for sure, but I’m very excited to get into it!

– Miss Brown

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Goodbye to Summer…

Well, in typical “summer” fashion, the time has gone too quickly, the mornings are getting darker, the heat is slowly leaving us and the small amount of time we have until school starts again is dwindling as the days go by… Can it be that time went by this quickly? Summer is already over? School, internship, LIFE is starting again! I guess it’s inevitable in this beautiful country of ours that the summer only last a few precious months until winter comes again and in true Canadian fashion I’m slightly looking forward to the chilly days and snow fall again…

I’ve had an amazing summer full of friendship, lake time, faith, camps, traveling, and sunshine and am sad to see it go…

BUT

I’ve also began counting down the days until my Internship starts. There are only a few short days until next Monday comes around and I’m walking through those Elementary School doors to start “Prep-Week” before the students come back on September 4th. The excitement is growing and I can hardly wait to trade in my steel-toed boots and weed whacker for my dress clothes and stationary products. I can hardly wait to meet my students and get set up in the classroom to start planning and sorting out the subjects and units I will be teaching in the upcoming semester. So, with that, I hope to keep a slightly more consistent “updating schedule” on my blog here to pose questions, post ideas, and seek advice from all of you out there.

Thanks for reading,

Miss. Brown

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