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May 25, 2016

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A Year in the Life: TEC Blog

March 2010: Planning to Rock

I still don't believe that I'm done the school portion of the program. As I finished my last assignment I swore that I was going to spend the entire March break planning every single lesson for the next six weeks. No problem, right? So, I just have to do the backwards planning thing we talked about in EU 405 (General Teaching Methods), right? I suspect that planning a subject is a little like planning your wedding - it's easier when you're doing it for someone else. Maybe that's just me, but because I wanted it to be perfect, I second-guessed every decision I made at first.

The good news is that grade 8 math (integers), was relatively straightforward. The combination of a text book and a curriculum that is pretty specific really helps with the planning process. The trick with integers will be how to make it fun and interesting.

On the other hand, Language Arts (LA), Global Issues, took a while to wrap my head around. As you may or may not know, the curriculum for LA covers things like reading, writing, oral and media literacy so two different teachers could cover the entire curriculum with entirely different subject matter. It will be very interesting to see how the planning goes for these two very different subjects. At least I'm getting experience with the two most "core" subjects of elementary school.

I am nervous and excited. I have already made several anchor charts. I scoured The Dollar Store and Wal-Mart for supplies. I made my own coloured integer tiles, my own giant thermometer and a number line. I haven't done this much craft work since I was in pre-school! No matter how much technology I'm familiar with, there are some things that need to be done the old-fashioned way.

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