March 5th, 2009

Today I was able to spend some time getting to know our grade 9 homeroom (CAP – Campbell Advisory Program) students as I lead a discussion for the 15 minute class. We went over a question sheet that the students had been working on in groups for the last few days. One of the questions we discussed was along the lines of, “How do you learn best?” and I expanded on this by asking students to state whether they learn best by seeing (visual), by hearing (auditory), by doing (kinesthetic) etc. One by one, we went through the whole class with each student saying how they learn best. Some students said visual, a few said in groups, and almost all said they learn best by doing and getting a hands-on experience. My coop then reminded students that they should not always be complaining about homework as it is the work and practice that helps them to learn best. It was a perfect time to explain the importance of doing the work in all of your classes.

After CAP, Kayla and I continued on with our unit in the Computer Applications Multimedia Production 10 class.  I can tell that I am now fairly comfortable in the class and with the students as I don’t feel very nervous when teaching. Although I have not yet started teaching Accounting 20 so I should not speak too soon about nerves. Below I have created a very quick picture slideshow of the computer lab where we have been teaching for the last few days. I feel that pictures can be very powerful and this can help you all to envision what things are like for Kayla and I at Campbell. The lab is very spacious and has a lot of neat old computers and other gadgets.

My high for the day – Seeing the work that is being done by students in our CAMP 10 class. Some of the videos I have seen are looking very good, they are both humouros and well edited.

My low for the day – Not winning the lemonade stand computer game that we played in Entrepreneurship 30 today haha. A student in the class did phenomenal and made $90 while I only managed $70 which was good enough for 2nd or 3rd. It’s a neat game and something I would like to use with students in the future.

The only thing I would change from today would be keeping track of the students in our class who have handed in their storyboards for approval. We did not write down which students have their storyboards approved so tomorrow during class we will have to spend time figuring out which students have not handed in their storyboards yet. It is a very minor issue as almost all students except 3 or 4 have handed them in but it’s still a little inconvenient.

I hope you like the slideshow and continue to read about my pre-internship adventure.


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