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.