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Last week of teaching

       This week was my last week of teaching in a grade five classroom.  The lesson was a continuation of last weeks fractured fairy tale lesson.  We began by heading to the gym where the students did a quiet down activity as I handed back their worksheets and sent them to a separate spot to practice.  I am glad I did this because the students were excited to present, and having a space in the gym really helped the groups stay on task.  As they practiced my field partner and I walked around to different groups and watched their presentations and gave suggestions.  The only problem is that the students began to get bored with rehearsing before it was time to present.  The kids loved watching the performances and guessing which fairy tale was being fractured.  The skits were fun and creative and the students were really engaged when creating them, performing them, and watching them.

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Week Seven

       This week was my second last week of teaching in my field placement. I began teaching the first part of another two-week arts ed. lesson. I began by explaining to the students that we were going to be watching a video and that we needed to look at the perspective of the story. I then played them a video of The True Story of The Three Little Pigs, a story told from the wolf’s perspective about how he was framed by the media. I then led a class discussion about fractured fairy tales and explained that they were going to be put into groups and make their own fractured fairy tale. This part went well as many of the students participated in the discussion and they really seemed to understand the concept. Once they were in groups with their fairy tale I walked around the class giving listening to their ideas and giving suggestions. My co-op had mentioned how important it is to be an “active participant” so I really focused on that. Each group had been given a story sheet to fill out that would help guide their group work which really helped keep them on task, which is something I want to use again in the future. One thing I would change is having a set way of grouping students because as of yet I have not found a way I particularly like.