A few years back I wrote a reflection, here’s an excerpt … explains a bit why new teachers drop out of teaching in first few years … next year the Grad Dip turns into a two-year Masters Degree.
a deputy principal … in a horribly doubtful voice quipped… “in a grad dip?”
When I told her that I had already studied all of this at uni.
“IN A GRAD DIP?”
Uni lecturers warned us that people would try to make us feel inferior but I didn’t believe it until I experienced it. I know that at least two physics teachers dropped out of teaching in their first year because of bullying.
I made blackboards to hang at the back of the classroom for illustrated quotes and word walls. I bought exercise books for students to use as journals that were kept in the classroom.
Consumption was the subject of one lesson and developed arguments for and against technology using a thumbs up/thumbs down template.
Greed is good
“Show me you and the universe” is an activity from a book about teaching gifted children but it proves entertaining and insightful with students generally in English or Humanities.
Students work in small groups or pairs to devise a representation of themselves and the universe. They may choose to express their idea in any form: drama, text, drawing, spoken word … it is a lovely way to connect the personal to the big picture. Explore the connections between part and the whole, microcosms and macrocosms. Often their presentations are delightful and insightful.
Week 3-4: Source questions from students on post-it stickies
After explicit instruction on definitions of dystopia and utopia, the social, political and technological changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution, source essential questions from the class. Collect post-its and read them out. Class votes for Best Question prize (bookmark) and the winner picks several others for prizes to celebrate success. The questions guide inquiry for the rest of the unit.