It started with Iron Man

My younger sister and I have turned a bit of a personal joke into a blog and Facebook page. It’s called It started with Iron Man. Basically what we do is when we are around the toy department of a store we take a quick photo of ourselves or someone else in one of those little kid masks of different cartoon and action figures. We find it hilarious. The blog is purely for our own entertainment. If other people are entertained then its an added bonus. If you want to check it out go to ironmanmaskin.wordpress.com or our Facebook page

We also post pics that our followers send in as well. Please feel free to join in the fun.

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Tongue Twister

The class has now covered Acrostic and Rhyming poems. The next lesson is about tongue twisters. We all sat over in the library corner on comfy cushions and I read the students a Dr Seuss book. We talked about different tongue twisters. Some of the students even went home and asked their parents about some tongue twisters they knew. One of the girls put her hand up and asked if “She sells sea shells by the sea shore” was a tongue twister.

I also introduced the concept of alliteration to the class. I thought that this lesson was going to be a bit difficult but these kids sure did shock me. We started by using some work sheets focused on the letter F. It had words separated into nouns and adjectives. Each response had either a N or A underneath it so the students knew what type of word to place there.

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I found these worksheets on education.com. This website is amazing. It has some great teaching resources. I will most definitely be going back here for more ideas when I do my next teaching round.

 

The best thing about this lesson is that some of the kids that are considered to be a bit lower than the average really excelled at the tongue twisters. At the end of the lesson when the class were all sitting down on the floor eating their fruit. I got these two students up to stand up the front of the class and read their tongue twisters to the rest of the class. They were so proud of themselves and everyone was very encouraging. It was nice to see students that usually struggle have a little victory.

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Rhyming Poem

As I spoke about in my 2nd Year placement post, my 1st poetry writing lesson was creating Acrostic Poems using the students names.

The next poetry lesson was about rhyming. To make this a bit easier on the students we focused our rhyming poems on Animals. So as a group I read the students a rhyming poem. After the poem as a group we came up with our own rhyming poem on the whiteboard.

Some of the students loved this type of poem and their responses were very creative.

Once again sorry for the poor quality pictures but as I mentioned in the Acrostic Poem post, I was taking these quickly off my iPad. If you would like me to type some of the students work up let me know in the comments and I can get around to that for you. Also some of the work may be a bit difficult to read. Please remember that these students are only 6-8 years old.  I was very proud of all of their work in this lesson. They came up with some really creative poetry.

 

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Acrostic Poems

As I mentioned before the class created some Acrostic Poems. I’ve created this post to show you guys some of the examples of the work that they students created.

I was very proud of their work. Sorry about the photos. Some of them are not very clear, I was quickly taking photographic evidence with my iPad as they were doing their work.

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2nd Year Placement

So a few weeks back I undertook a 2 week placement in a Catholic Primary school in my local area. I was placed in a Prep/One composite class. The school is a medium size school with both male and female students.

As I learnt from my placement last year, there were a few questions I had to get prepared for. They are:

  1. Are you a real teacher?
  2. Are you a Mum?
  3. Do you live on a Farm?
  4. Is your husband a Farmer?

You are probably wondering about questions 3 and 4. Well on placement the students are encouraged to call us Mr/Miss/Mrs depending on your marital status and preference. So I walk into school as Mrs Farmer. Still not 100% used to this surname as it isn’t my original surname. This means that I was also totally unprepared for these questions.

After getting the farm questions out of the way I spend the first few days mainly taking observations of my mentor teacher, do yard duty, go to meetings, and take small groups for some reading and maths groups. The 2nd week was full steam ahead. My mentor teacher went with the sink or swim approach. She gave me the weekly literacy focus for the class and said you can take the literacy lessons for all of next week.

Literacy was never my strong point at school. I was a numbers and sports kind of kid. I especially did not really appreciate Poetry. Lucky for me the literacy focus for writing the week of my teaching was…. wait for it…. POETRY!

I had to plan about 5 or so lessons based around poetry. Thanks to the internet and pinterest I managed to piece together a bit of a poetry introduction and progression to a few different types of poetry.

I started with a basic acrostic poem. I got the class to brainstorm some describing words used to describe people. We then went through a modelled session of my name down the whiteboard vertically. After spelling out J-O-A-N-N-A, I asked the class to come up with some describing words to describe me. I told them that the point of an acrostic poem was for someone to be able to figure out what type of person you were by the words that were in your poem. Here is what the kids came up with for me:

 

Joyful

Old

Annoying

Nice

Naughty

Awesome

 

Pretty clever for a bunch of 6 and 7 year olds.

So all the students were sent back to their desk to do a rough draft of their acrostic poem. once it was checked they then got a cloud to cut out and write their name in and a few coloured strips to write their describing words on. Once they were finished we hung them up in the class room. This is what the final product looked like.

 

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The students really enjoyed making these. Most of the prep students didn’t finish but I had a few students go home and get their older siblings and parents to help them with making acrostic poems.

The biggest learning point when I was there was all about classroom management  The biggest working strategy in the school was the teacher would say “1, 2, 3 eyes on me” with the students then responding with “1, 2, eyes on you”.

I remember the first time I heard that.. thinking to myself oh my gosh does that actually work and I hope I never have to say that”

Well I did have to say it.. A LOT actually. I remember the first time I said it I was thinking in my head.. wow I sound like a total fool, but after a while I got used to it and it actually worked. Probably the most successfully out of all the strategies that my mentor teacher had used.

I learnt so much from this placement. I was really lucky to have a great mentor teacher. Sink and swim method definitely helped me.

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Sesame Street helps

An article on the NBC News site states that Sesame Street are introducing a character that has a parent in jail.

Statistics show that one in twenty eight children have a parent behind bars.

Kudos to Sesame Street for talking about issues that have such a stigma around it. I love how they are always pushing the envelope!

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Ice Breakers

A few weeks ago I had to plan an ice breaker session for a group of at risk students. I used trusty old Pinterest and came across this ice breaker which utilises M&Ms. I think the image was eventually downloaded from Teacherspayteaxhers.com

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The feedback from the ice breaking session had everybody saying positive things about that activity and said it worked really well.

I did change one of the colours to ask what is something you would love to learn?

I highly recommend this activity for an ice breaker and will definitely use it again

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