Recap of Week 9
So it's the end of Week 9. Apparently, there are only 33 days left of internship!.. I can't believe how quickly time flies. So recap begins now I guess..
Monday, I was suppose to teach MathA30 with another teacher that day. He forgot he was still teaching some stuff. So I was like okay tomorrow then. Accounting, same old same. Math10, same old same.. my co-op was teaching.. Then it was my turn. I started with podcasting. I showed them audacity, and kind of let them play around with it. It's very hard for me to show them step by step on what to do when some kids go ahead. So I kind of let them take the reins. They had some fun, I do regret not showing some stuff. I need to get better control of that class.. I'm getting there. So then they picked groups and started to brainstorm. Some more then others.. 4 boys in particular..Anyways, Math10 they had review. I said they could bring in a cheat sheet again but just one side. I mean cheat sheets are really just a trick to study. After school, was the frosh volleyball tournament at Feehan. We played until 7:00pm.. so we finished early.. We won half our sets!... We beat Feehan (both), Tommy Douglas (one), Holy Cross (one!!! this one was really crazy.. they are a good team.. ), St. Joes (none, undefeatable, really..) It was fun.. But I'm glad volleyball is done. We still need to plan a wind-up.. I don't regret doing this.. I'm surprised too.. I feel like I get my frustrations more when I'm in the gym rather then in the classroom. I also got to know these grade 9 girls. So yeah.. that was monday..
Tuesday, again I was suppose to teach MathA30, and he forgot he was giving an exam.. OH well... tomorrow again.. Accounting and Math10, same old same.. CC9.. they started their group podcast.. I wanted them to hand in their outline of their podcast by the end of class. Some focused some didnt.. I guess that's what I expect from group projects.. One of the boys though was giving me a problem.. he's the one who tends to pick on the other kids alot.. makes fun of them and stuff. So I tried to make a phone call home, but no one was home. So I emailed his mom.. and his behaviour was much better the next day. Math 10, they wrote their exam. Pretty much it for the day..
Wednesday, I finally got to teach MathA30.. This was interesting (factoring higher degree polynomials).. different kids.. different level. .different teacher (he told me that I did good, I should work on not saying "pretty easy right", "basic stuff".. because that shuts out half of the class who don't think it's "basic stuff".. and then they won't ask questions because they'll think it's a stupid question).. I didn't do too bad. They were a chatty group though.. had to tell them to be quiet a lot.. I knew one girl in the class so that was good. Accounting 10 and Math10.. same old.. CCA9 - they worked on their script.. and had to hand it in at the end of class. Math10.. I taught a new concept.. Ratios and Proportions.. easy stuff.. I did do something bad.. I let them out too early.. like 10 minutes early.. so that was a no-no.. Learned my lesson..
Thursday, taught MathA30 again.. Continued with higher degree polynomials.. Showed them how to pick roots for their factors.. the teacher told me I did it wrong.. I was doubling my answer.. I was 100% sure that the way I was doing it was right.. He was so certain that his way was right because it was from the textbook.. I got my notes from a MathA30 site that showed a different (and I believe easier) way of factoring higher degrees. I didn't give them an assignment because it was a short day.. So I was annoyed for the rest of the day because that teacher told me that it was wrong.. Anyways.. Accounting10 was skipped because of a homeroom presentation.. Today, I officially took over the second Math10 class.. it went really good.. they're used to me I think.. Anyways.. CCA9.. some of them started their podcast recording.. so that actually went successfully well.. they worked quietly too at times.. Continuing the day.. Math10, I taught Direct Variations.. easy concept.. they got it.. this time I didn't let them out early ;).. done Thursday..
Friday, the day before Halloween.. so today I dressed up as a rider fan.. lol.. lots of costumes.. it was a pretty easy day.. every class, pretty much went to the gym to watch Simpsons Treehouse episodes.. But I didn't get to give my candy to my kids.. I think I'll do it on Monday instead.. I also got to supervise the Haunted House at noon-hour which was fun.. I felt stupid because I can't scream or scare people.. but it was fun regardless
But I did get to finish off MathA30, I tried to find the teacher before class so I could show him that my math worked the same before class started.. but I couldn't find him.. So I waited till he showed up.. I tried to hold strong to my way.. but he was dead set that his way was right.. didn't even try to look at my math carefully and see that it did work.. So I just went with his way and gave in.. I re-teached the concept from Thursday.. I think it went a little bit more clearer.. but some of the guys in the back were talking during my lesson.. so I had to tell them to be quiet again.. Later during the class.. I could tell he felt a little bad that he was "100% right in his way".. so he suggested foiling out my factors and tells me that my polynomial would be doubled.. I told him, I got the same polynomial that I started with to factor.. He was surprised.. like "Are you sure you did it right?".. I showed him my work.. he said he "would get back to me".. not sure what that meant since I'm done teaching his class today... He'll probably just re-teach the concept again when I'm gone.. I'll just ask the girl I know in the class if he does..
So that was my week.. I still have some stuff to do this weekend.. plus I have my second observation on Monday.. I hope my university prof remembers.. I'm setting up a Skype conversation in CCA9 with him.. (taking a break from podcasting).. so he can talk about Web 2.0 and stuff.. so I hope it turns out well.. End of October.. wow time flies when your having fun..