Wow, did that week ever go by fast!! In fact, I think I may have missed a couple days this week! I am totally enjoying my time in the school and getting to know the daily routines and the students. I do feel a little overwhelmed with the content of all the subjects, but I believe that is maybe because I am jumping in mid-semester and trying to understand where the students are in their learning and what they are working on.
I met my advisor, Les Robinson, on Wednesday and had a great visit with him. My co-op teacher has been giving me some great feedback on my lessons as well as my targets I have set. The students went skiing on Thursday. The ski trip had been cancelled from one of the cold days we had last month. I went along with the school and skied with the students. I did manage to help a few students out with their skiing because I used to be a ski instructor, but I wasn’t to sure how I was going to write that up into a lesson. I had a blast with the students and the weather was perfect for skiing that day. Friday was a scheduled teacher PD day. We spent the day going over treaties in the classroom. This was a little bit of a refresher for me because of the treaties in the classroom workshop we had at the beginning of January. It was great to see other teachers and contribute to the conversations about what is being taught at the University level right now.
I am moving over to a science/math co-op teacher for this week, so I am going to have my work cut out for me. I have learned quite quickly that as a teacher in a rural area, the more experience you can have in a variety of subjects, the better. They may have to send me down to the elementary side for a quick refresher of my math skills.
I do want to mention how much I absolutely love being around the students. I do know a few of the students because the school is close to home, but I am also trying to connect with the students that I don’t know. I feel this is very important if I am going to gain their respect in the next couple weeks. My co-op teacher last week had no prep time and was on supervision every day last week. The days went by so quickly. I remembered on one of the days as the students were boarding the busses to go home that I had forgot to eat. I also had to have a couple quick naps when I got home from the school. I am looking forward to exceeding the target goals I have set and surviving week #2. Wish me luck!! Good luck to all my colleagues as well.