Wednesday, July 31, 2013

e9: Editing Our Writing

I was really proud of my writing lesson today!  I hope I made lots of connections with "What you do, when you review?" I modeled scrupulously what I would do to re-craft one paragraph. It was amazing when we re-read the edited paragraph and I asked "What's the overall feeling of this paragraph?" I heard Baily utter to someone next to him "He's so cute..." It was such the perfect 'teachable moment' about how sentences within paragraphs all work together to create a mental image about the author's idea.  So we added "He is so cute" to end off the paragraph.

As he wakes up his eyes go all wide and he says my dad went uhn uhn bye bye, then he crawls to his mum because his bed is connected to my auntie and uncle.

As my cousin wakes up, his eyes go all wide and he mumbles/squeals/babbles, “my Dad went uhn uhn bye bye”.  , tThen, he crawls scurries to his mum because his bed is connected to my Aaunty and Uuncle’s. He is so cute.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Appraisal Chats 2013

The following is a half-way survey on my progress towards meeting our charter goals for the school. I feel pretty proud that I am on track at meeting these goals. Does it make me a better teacher? I don't know some days... I think about about when I first started teaching. You come out of Uni thinking "Yeah, I can do this". However, teaching and learning only takes up a certain amount of an educators time; behaviour management, assessment, portfolios, eportfolios, elearning, productions, school assemblies, school discos, staff meetings, team meetings... The list goes on and on. So you just get swept away in the river of school. 3 years later, I Have a bit more experience at RSS, it's kind of like learning to kayak. To a novice, the velocity of the current sends you down the river of school, full of rapids and turbulent whitewater, it thrusts you around like a rag doll. But as a practitioner, you learn to use your paddle correctly and adjust with the current; you learn to recognise the lines and angles of the river and change your stroke. You predict what is coming around the corner so you can position your body, paddle and mind to slide through with ease.