Today was quite the adventure. Why is it that things can never go the way you plan? Is it because when you plan it, you plan it in a way that you know will never occur? Today was such an amazing day, and a great day to end on — but it was not what I expected!
I had made a lesson plan with Prezi on biodiversity. Inquiry was the last class of the day, so I much time to wait when I got to school. I prepped my handout, my backup handout, my activity, my write-up, my reflections…. I cut, I photocopied and I stapled… I went to all the classes, talked to students, watch many lessons. And then finally it was time for me! Not feeling the nervous feeling I was expecting all day, I jumped into action and started prepping for my presentation on living things and biodiversity.
Now this is when things turned. I first go to find my lesson plan in my email and it’s completely messed up — now how did that happen?! I really need to start doing things on google documents… Finally, I get the document formatted and find my link. The link goes to the website’s homepage! WHERE IS MY PRESENTATION?! This is when my stress gets high.
In reflection, I think that my teaching partner and co-op could feel my stress as I’m trying every combination of email and password I can think of. Finally, I quickly pull up the raw resource that I got my information from, put it on the slideshow, and hand out the worksheet. All in all the kids couldn’t tell the difference, and the resource was actually visually appealing. The kids had a great lesson and I think they took away a lot!
The hardest part about today is thinking about how much work I did on the presentation I didn’t use… But there was a learning lesson in that! Be flexible, have backup, and go with the flow. I think that considering the situation I did a pretty good job of being malleable, and in the future I would be even quicker to act on the fly! If anyone would like to see my presentation (maybe you could use it?) you can find it here.
The best part of my lesson was seeing my students enjoy the drama-game that I planned for them. This is something I got from a teacher friend who did it before. Every student got a role, and we acted out a bee-themed scenario that left the “world” without bees, beekeepers, or (eventually) people! The kids loved it.
Another great moment was while we were comparing vertebrates and invertebrates. I encouraged a student who never speaks up to answer the question. I practiced wait time and he finally answered, “Spines?”….. YEEEEESS!! I clapped for him and bowed, he deserved it! That made me feel a lot better about losing my prized presentation earlier ❤
Looking forward to teaching science for three weeks at this school in March! I already have ideas of how I’d like to grow: be more personable, encourage more inquiry/discussion, and have more fun with the kids while teaching! And I’m already thinking of how I’d like to teach it: cross-curricular wit drama, hooks from How to Teach like a Pirate, and be more like Miss. Frizzle (hands on every day!)!!