Back to life. Back to reality.
Summer was great! Hammock + Books = Perfection
I went camping several times, hung out with friends, and ate at a lot of restaurants. I also accomplished a lot of my goal list:
- Drive Summer Book Chat on Twitter
- Planned #ONedchat, Ontario’s first Edchat that I’m Co-founder of
- Planned Edcamp Ottawa which is happening November 8th
- Became a Google Educator
- Read a lot of amazing books
- Created and researched my new philosophy WITH
- I joined and Co-created Think Tank
I have realized in summertime that I love teaching, hanging out with other teachers every day and that I like routine. I’m so excited to be going back to school next week! I’m teaching Grade 1/2 at a new school. This past week, I started moving in, meeting new people and setting up. I have to say that going into school and meeting all my new colleagues made me SO excited to go back to school. Everyone seems so incredibly nice and helpful and the admin seems excited with the new ideas that I’ve talked to them about.
I cannot wait for for this year to begin!
Classroom Set up and reflecting on my WITH philosophy
So this year I’m focusing on my WITH philosophy, essentially I’m doing everything with my students. But how do you set up a classroom without them when you want to do with them? I really struggled with this. I wanted my classroom to be inviting and comfortable for us to get to know each other and lunch time but I wanted it really unset up so we could set it up together.
Well, I guess I set it up anyways. I tried to do just the essentials and kept everything else movable or blank. The computer corner has to stay where it is due to the internet plugs but everything else is game to be moved.
From the first day, I’m going to let my students know that we are going to set up the room how they want it/need it. Then they can start looking at the room critically and we will see what is working and what isn’t.
I have to be honest, I am nervous. But giving my students more choice and say is important and a risk I’m willing to take.
Wish me luck!
My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
This year I’m trying a new teaching philosophy and I’m calling it my WITH project.
I am going to do everything WITH my students from designing our classroom, to what and how we learn. Even my grades and discipline matters will be decided WITH them. That means a lot of discussions and conferences but I’m so excited for this change.
The core ideas behind WITH is:
World connections through skype, Projects by Jen, and Global Read Aloud.
Independent means that they are in charge of their learning, they go get the materials they need, they sit and learn how they want to.
Their Voice Matters means showing my students that they matter through blogging, skyping, asking questions.
Honesty is essential when working in this philosophy. I’m asking my students to be 100% honest with me so I can truly help them.
Thanks to Pernille Ripp for her amazing book Passionate Learners which pushed me in this direction!