Yesterday I skyped for the second time with Shauna‘s classroom! I spent the first little bit just observing their language lesson on sentence structure. While students were independently working on their sentence work, I had the opportunity to work one-one-one with two students. They each read me their stories, then we edited it, and made some adjustments. I was impressed by the imagination these girls had! Both stories were full of creativity, and it was good to hear really creative and imaginative stories.
After recess, I sat in on a math lesson. I really liked how this math class was run. Right from the get-go, Shauna put up what the objectives were for that lesson. I think that was such a good idea to show the kids that first thing in the lesson; it made it clear for everyone what the goal was. I’m a pretty concrete person, so that would have helped me immensely in school. Once the objectives were clear, they wrote down the objectives in their own words; Patrick explained that he found it easier to understand the goals when the goals were written by him in language he understood. I thought he brought up a really good point; Shauna posted her version of the goal, then allowed the students the time to make that goal meaningful for them. Once a few students shared their interpretation of the objectives, we then moved on to a few examples of how to achieve that objective.
I am really looking forward to what our next steps are . . . A few health lessons perhaps!