It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It's seeing what other people don't see and pursuing that vision no matter who tells you not to. Howard Schultz
For my last post, I wanted to share some things I have learned this year.
Get to know your students
Too often we plunge into a project and do all kinds of activities we think students will love then realize that we have not taken the time to understand what the needs of the students are and if these activities will meet their needs. Getting to know your students through needs assessments, multiple intelligence surveys and interest inventories will help you tailor the activities to better suit their needs.
It can be very overwhelming to try to do it all from the beginning. I have to remind myself to start slowly and add more strategies as I get more familiar with what I have learned. When I want to try a DI strategy, I first decide on the purpose and how it will be used in my class.
Folding the Green screen
The first time I had to use the green screen was at the beginning of December when I worked at Westlock Elementary with Mr. Weiss and his grade 3 class. We had worked on movies all day and the time came to fold the green screen. We decided to watch a you tube video to see what to do. They made it look very easy and so we tried. When it was evident that this would not be easy, Mr Weiss left me there to do it and went back to his class and I continued on. After many tries and 45 minutes later, Mrs. van Ramshorst and I were able to fold it away. After using it so many times with the Social 5 project it is no longer an issue for me. If you ever need to fold the green screen use this video. Its EASY.
Build relationships based on trust
Before working with teachers and students I realized how important it is to form relationships based on trust and mutual respect. It allowed us to collaborate more effectively. Steven Covey has wisely said' With people, if you want to save time, don't be efficient. Slow is fast and fast is slow.
I would love to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues, Shirley Craig, Colleen Toews and Wendy Hood for a terrific year. What I have learned from you this year is immeasurable. I appreciate your friendship and support and I know we will continue to support each other in the future. I would also like to thank all the teachers who have allowed me to work in their classes. Your hard work and dedication to both teaching and to your students is inspiring to me.Margaret Benham
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