As an educator, I am often surprised by the things I hear other educators say. You hear these comments at conferences, read opinions shared on Twitter, overhear opinions shared at other schools, and possibly…
Interesting, I hear some things others say and question them, I try and let it advise me to not become lax and always keep trying to do what’s best for my students learning
A treasure unearthed at the e-learning and BYOD professional learning group, one of the Japanese teachers uses it for vocab, we spent time looking at uses and value, for me the value over my use of quizlet is the Jewels on Wisdom game that turns the vocab into a bejewelled style game
When making a table of examples
(I did this for examples of physical and chemical change and also examples of elements, compound and mixtures)
I print off the examples on small strips of paper mix them up and sellotape them under the students chairs (some randomly also have a wrapped lolly stuck there too) after i give instructions i tell them to find their example under their chair then to decide what area of the room they go to, after checking they write their example on the board
At the end they have a table of examples they can put into their books
Good fun and breaks up any sitting around for long stretches of theory work
Good days always follow not so good days
I worked out my frustration at the gym, replanted and tested, and though positive and good. Attitudes (mine and the classes response) was much improved and we had fun and things worked. I also got back my 12 Chem results and they aren’t as bad as I had thought. I’m much relieved
Also here are 2 girls from my tutor group :p
Mistakes I’ve made
12CHE had their assessment yesterday and we were marking together last night, when I notice a big difference in my class compared to DY and PA
This was due to me having missed an acid base reaction to teach them until the last couple of classes, and this hurt their chances for merit and excellence significantly which I feel bad about as well as annoyed.
I am annoyed as it was not in the scheme and I had not come across it previously, in their textbook, or at the last school I had taught at.
I am also having few issues with other work. My 9xa class (mostly) is struggling to follow instructions. I will need to cut back to very basic instructions. I will also have to adjust my demeanour and attitude as I am getting more frustrated and this could be transmitting to my students.
Tomorrow we will redo the practical that didn’t work in some respects today
The 2 reactions that involved HCl and CaCO3 didn’t work. So I will try them again before school and adjust reactants where needed
My frustration also lapses parts of my planning and control. I ignored the homework catchup i had intended to do.
Today I had the first big homework return. Only 2 are needing to do catchup. Today I couldn’t run this at lunchtime as there was a schoolwide litter consequence at lunch. We have been working well on devices on states of matter and I am enjoying it.
We did fun Science with dry ice and they enjoyed it, we got a few key ideas out about carbon dioxide and sublimation.
We also did fun science with dry ice, I was able to pick out quite a bit of information on carbon dioxide and gases from them and expand on this and we had a lot of demo and practical that we enjoyed doing.
Also an interesting thing, was students were using their devices, not just to record for later use but researching as we went through it for their own records.
Moved on from atoms to working on the differences between elements, compounds and mixtures. Now we are using this and expanding on testing for different gases. It is a difficult task for most of them but it is engaging and enjoyable and I will keep them at it until the have had a lot of practice, seen some demo and have got a good grasp before moving onto metals and their properties.
We are at the end of the micro-organisms topic and are spending time doing a lot of practice writing. While it is necessary and challenging for them, it hasn’t been easy or too exciting at times. I’ve been breaking it up with videos, activities and other small things that help with engagement and picking up key difficulty areas I have noticed through reading their practice writing.
Monday will be their first internal assessment and most are starting to find it easier, it is just picking up bits and pieces that they may be making mistakes on or missing things out. I keep thinking of a lot of things I would have liked to have done different and a lot of little things I have missed or have done different as I am teaching this subject for the first time at a different school ,so there are some differences.
Reflections on goal
apologies for the echo