Every now and then students get the chance to realise that teachers are also human. Most of the time that's a postive thing but sometimes, like today, teachers have bad days. It was also my busiest day so i think i just needed to go home and have a nap at lunchtime :) Nevertheless we did get work done. The yr 9 english class continued to read their novel and are progressing well. So well in fact that we chose to read it for our History class which was last lesson on the day and everyone felt tired and just wanted to relax and listen. We ended up having a great discussion about the novel and read a little of the book before relaxing in the last 10 minutes with some Dan and Phil on Youtube and having a looking at a short clip of one of the Minecraft Hunger Games by Sundee.
The yr 10 history class tried to compilate notes from some work we did last week by grouping the topics together. Some groups did a wonderful job but it was clear that I will need to work a little more on effective groupwork and have tasks more structured with clearer instructions. Even the lessons that don't work well have something we can learn from them !
The yr 10 geography class worked on converting statistics on Income and Life Expectency into an Excel graph. It was quite interesting as I havent had the chance to use the new Office programs ( I use a Mac ) so as the students worked through it I worked through it with them on the board. I was really pleased to see that while i had managed to produce a passable coloumn graph many of them had created beautiful detailed pie graphs . Tomorrow we will have a look at how to write a summary from these graphs.
In Yr 8 class we started reading the novel Tomorrow when the War Began and as it was a long lesson we finished at the end of chapter one and students formed groups to write on tables what we knew about the character in the novel. You can see the results here.
Hopefully with a good nights sleep I'll be well rested and back to normal tomorrow :)
This blog is a record of the day to day classroom activities for teachers, parents and students. This is also a bit of a personal record for myself on how things are going and what each class is working on.