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With only two weeks into second semester, I am constantly being exposed to many teaching tools and resources to use in future classrooms. First overwhelmed with the start of technology class and the several assignments, tools, resources, and accounts to create, I am now feeling more on track as I build my TPACK (technological pedagogical and content knowledge). Candice Figg and Jenny Burson comment on ‘preparing to teach 21st century learners’ in their book. I found this section in the textbook particularly useful as it references what WE need to do as teachers.
Wow, time flies! It is hard to believe that block one is already over and it is the holidays. I remember starting the year just yesterday and preparing for block, and now I am sad to say that it is over. Home to 29 students in a grade 4 class definitely taught me a significant amount about class management and differentiated instruction. I felt as if block one was a good release of all the theory and knowledge I had built up inside of me for the past four years.
Words cannot describe my week. Worried, anxious, upset, stressed and weak- this was perhaps the hardest week of my life. I spent a lot of my time in the hospital, came back to school anxious to get started on group work and assignments and my grandma passes away on Wednesday. Her funeral was the hardest day of my life. Although able to give a eulogy to gain closure, I am still in shock and looking for answers. My grandmother was a very special woman- she raised me when I was young, encouraged me through school and loved me no matter what.
What a week! I am glad to say that I officially have the process under my belt and am rest assured that this year will be great! I saw many posts from Bondar students with overwhelming excitement so I am glad to hear that I will follow in those footsteps shortly.
Furthermore, I have learned over the past week upon constant reflection that this year will be all about organization, energy, perseverance, communication, excitement, and lesson planning! I am eager to begin my placements and anxious to get my school work done so that I can focus on Block 1.
Wow, I can't believe that tomorrow I start week 2. I am still comprehending my transition from my undergraduate program to teacher's college. Still being at the same University, the Hamilton Campus has opened my eyes to many new aspects. New friends, new building, new professors, new classrooms and a whole new atmosphere to my final year!
I had a fabulous first three days last week meeting everyone and becoming acquainted with my surroundings and only hope that the year will be as good as it started.