Monday, February 19, 2018

Birth Days Vs. Birthday Parties

A couple of weeks ago we were doing a page about being an Olympic athlete

One of the things the students needed to fill in was their birthday.  Being that it was a bunch of grade 1 and 2 students I directed them to the birthday chart in their classroom for those of them that either didn't know when their birthday was or weren't sure how to spell the month.

"But Mrs. my birthday is changing this year" says one little boy

Which is when I informed them that their birth day never changes... the date of their birthday parties however, might.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

This Week At School

This week at school I...

- was outside of the city for work

- taught students about fractions (specifically equivalent fractions for the purpose of ordering them from least to greatest). I don't mind teaching it now that I understand it... but I can definitely understand the frustrations of students because I remember fractions not making a bit of sense when I was their age. 

- played some badminton

- watched some CNN 10 (formerly Student News

- Made some Valentines boxes 

valentine boxes
The kids made these boxes in their family groups which in most schools would mean a smaller group of students that likely aren't related.  This however was the colony school so I asked them if "family groups" meant their actual siblings... and folks, on the colony a family group is actually their family!

- Played some bench ball

- I also returned to that classroom and got a shot of that window that I took a couple of weeks ago during the storm... this wasn't a very nice day but you can easily see the buildings in the back!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rotten Sandwiches

I get the point of it... I do.. except I just can't get behind the idea of having moldy, rotting bread hung up on my classroom wall for months at a time. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Winter Recess Duty

Having recess duty generally doesn't deter me from booking a job... I just ensure to come prepared so that I'm not freezing outside.  I think where I live kids will still have outside recess until it hits about -27 or so (but there are factors like windchill and actual temperature that play into this as well).  What this means is that... we could still be going outside when it's quite cold out!  Being a well seasoned substitute I've come up with a few tips for those of us that want to come prepared for the possibly of outdoor duty.

1)  If I go to a school often enough eventually I'll snap a picture of their recess schedule (assuming it stays the same and teachers are just on a rotation).  Here, most divisions operate on a 6 day school cycle so once I book a job at a school I frequent I'll look for that teachers name on the duty schedule before even going in to work... I'll usually also have to look up what school day it is too.

2)  I'm often dressed warm enough for a not so cold recess duty in winter... a good coat and decent shoes but if I want to wear some shoes that are not so decent I'll wear my boots and bring a change of shoes (for example, I often want to wear flats but those are not very practical in winter time here).

3)  Finally, if it's a really cold day and there is a chance I might have outdoor duty I have a bag already packed that I just need to grab on my way out the door.  I'll usually leave it in my car once I get to the school and if I happen to see that I have duty I'll run back to my car to grab it.

Outdoor Duty Bag

Inside the bag you'll find:
warm mitts
warm toque
neck warmer
ski pants

But you know what I most appreciate when booking a sub day on a cold day?  When the teacher adds it to the online notes that I have outdoor duty that day.  
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