Good morning. Hope you are well this week. I am feeling better this week but still need to have the tissue box nearby!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that despite my cold I have had a week jam-packed with learning. On Tuesday afternoon, I attended the third workshop session on Writing Development in children. Normally at these sessions, attention is focused on children learning in English. I was extremely pleased when they handed out a document pertaining to learning in a French Immersion setting. I came away from the session knowing that the sounds of a language should be taught (which I knew) and be tested (which I had never thought of). My intention is now to put into place a Spelling Test on sounds (the children write down what they think the sound looks like). Once the children understand the correlation between the spoken sound and the written sound, their spelling will improve. First the vowel sounds are tested, then the consonants, then the blends (i.e., ee, ea, sh).
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my second learning experience took place on Thursday. For the first time, I signed up to visit an Exploration Classroom: a teacher in the School Board opens up her classroom to ten teachers from other schools within the same Board. The class was one on Art and we observed the teacher guiding the children in their application of printmaking. As a person who did not do Art at school, and who has a minimal amount of Art knowledge, the task was interesting. In the afternoon, the Art teacher guided us through the same activity. I am excited to try this with my students and am ready to order inks, rollers and polystyrene.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am working on a project with the library teacher at my school. I am helping her plan an Exploration Classroom, and she is helping me learn to bring technology into my classroom. Yesterday we had a planning session at lunch time. Not only did we begin the planning for our inquiry, but she also introduced me to Google Docs and how we can share the document with others. Our lunch together was fruitful and interesting – the bonus was my unexpected learning.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that today I am to attend another session of learning organised for the Beginning Teachers of the TDSB. The sessions are to take place in the morning and I am looking forward to listening to the ones I have signed up for. I would say good-bye now as it is almost time to leave home so that I can be on time.
Have a wonderful week.
What would you tell me if we were having coffee?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)