There are two weeks left of classes and things are starting to come to an end. That being said, this was my last day for my field placement. It was a sad day because after going to the school once a week for eight weeks, I was beginning to get close to a few of the students and now we are not going to be there anymore. It was a good last day of placement though.
I taught two lessons this week due to not teaching my lesson from last week. The first lesson I taught was a writing lesson. I had the students write a letter to them that they will open four years later. I stressed to the students that this was for them. I was not marking it and nobody would read it unless they wanted someone to. Many of them wrote around half a page, some of them wrote over a page and some wrote a few sentences. I taught the first lesson in two parts because there was Liturgy in the gymnasium for approximately fifteen minutes during the lesson. The first part of the lesson went well but I found in the second part of the lesson the kids were a little rowdy. I found it difficult to get them to be quiet after we came back. Overall, I felt the lesson went well. I know there are going to be some students who will lose their letter in a few days but I think there are a few students who will keep their letter and be able to read it a few years later.
The second lesson I taught was a science lesson on heat and temperature. I had the students use a Venn diagram to see what either Inuit/Metis/Cree Plains people used for clothing and shelter compared to what they use. I felt a little rushed because I only had twenty minutes to teach the lesson but I thought I would have thirty minutes. That is just something as a teacher that I will have to adapt to. Overall, it was a little loud in the class but everyone got their work done and completed the activity. I felt the lesson went well but I did not have time to do my closure.
At the end of the day we saved a little time to revisit one of our science lessons that my classmate and I did earlier during placement. We had made lava lamps using oil, water, food coloring and Alka Seltzer tablets (fizzy tablets). We had kept the lava lamps in the classroom and we brought Alka Seltzer tablets to class today and for the last ten minutes of class we used the lava lamps again. It was a really fun way to end the day and I am glad we could revisit the lava lamps again because the students really enjoyed it and I had fun too. Overall, it was a wonderful field experience and the past two months have reinforced the idea that I want to be a teacher for as long as I can.