Every weekend during the school year, I spend my time getting ready for my weekly lessons. Not only do I plan the lessons but I also create games for the children in my class. Bingo, memory game, matching games, dominos. These games are fun ways for the children to learn French vocabulary and, while they are playing these games, they do not realise that they are learning. It is my third year working on contract for the Toronto District School Board and each year I add to my collection of games and vocabulary cards. Creating the cards take time but, with a laminating machine available at school, I am able to keep these games for the next year.
I know that there will come a time when I will not have to spend so much time preparing for my lessons. Once I am teaaching the same grade for more than a few years in a row, I will not have to plan new lessons or create new games. All I would be doing is improving on what I had done the previous year. I have taught grades 10 – 12 for 9 years in a row and the planning did get easier.
Planning is an important part of my work. With planning, I am ready to work with the children each day on what they are expected to learn during the school year.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: ready)
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