This is my first year with a student teacher. I absolutely love having her in the classroom, but I will say, it is difficult to give up and let things happen! I just want to fix everything, but I know I need to let go and let her learn. I am usually such a structured and routine person and my class this year is rowdy! It kills me already that things aren't going perfectly. However, my student teacher planned and taught her first lesson today. I gave the little kids a pep talk and possibly promised them a Power Pellet (M&M Mini's- brilliant idea from Haley at My Silly Firsties).
My student teacher rocked it!
And the kids did pretty well, too!
She started with a CUBES poster. This is not the one we created for the classroom. I forgot to snag a picture of that, but we made it look very similar!
(Source: Timeouts and Tootsie Rolls)
The kids started out with spiderweb Ziploc baggies with story word problems.
The kids marked up their word problems with a pencil using the CUBES method, then used their markers to solve!
We have resorted to markers on the table because our white board baggies have become a very dramatic issue for my second graders. (They are [fist] fighting over bags with colored markers in them, I've lost boards, I've lost socks, missing markers. It's just chaos. So for now, we are writing on our tables.)
These students were very engaged!
The one on the right NEVER works w/ a partner.
He usually refuses to move out of his seat when we assign partners, but we allowed students to pick their own partners today instead of our magic cup partner sticks. He actually participated and he got a clip up and a Power Pellet for it!
And after a long day of teaching and mentoring, I am off to work on my new product.
I am SO EXCITED about this new one! It'll be out next week.