I am already 1/3 of the way through my 6-week K/1 practicum! I feel a lot more à l’aise speaking in French now than I did two weeks ago, and I am so happy about that. So far I have been leading the morning calendar routine and teaching a unit on shapes and solids. These ideas have worked particularly well:
- Using hoola hoops for sorting and creating tangible Venn diagrams,
- An illustrated word wall, and
- Shape puppets to discuss the idea of faces on objects.
All told, I have 3 practicum binders to help keep me organized:
- Main practicum binder (with plans, school info, etc.),
- Assessment binder (with one section per subject), and
- Travel binder (in which I carry things that I work on at home).
Within my Assessment binder, I have 5 sections:
- General Observations,
- Science, and
Each section contains a class list for evaluation records, as well as one page per student on which I can attach sticky notes with my observations about them. This has been very useful in getting to know students, and now I have anecdotes to share with the student, their family, my mentor teacher, etc.
On Monday it will be my turn for Montre et raconte (Show and Tell), so I will be bringing this: