I felt my introduction of the Architecture Design Project was a little lacking because I didn't get the computer connected to the projector in the morning to share what the building site looked like and so it cut my lesson short. It was alright because the girls had several things they needed to work on. Later that day I showed the girls the site and I think the project started to make more sense to them. I was reminded that students often take a lot longer to do things than I plan (such as labeling sections of a folder) and others are really speedy and anxious to get on to the next thing. To end the Science lesson I showed them a slideshow I put together of some of my favourite structures from around the world. This was great and they were all interested in the different designs they saw. I hope this will help them with their own designs later on!
We also started learning about Digital Citizenship. I started talking about the Rings of Responsibilities and we brainstormed first our offline responsibilities to ourselves, friends and family, and the community, then we talked about using the internet and how we still have responsibilities to the three rings. During the first 2 weeks we've talked a lot about rights and responsibilities as we work towards a shared agreement for our classroom.
Today's art lesson was great! The girls learned how to draw a face using guidelines to place facial features in (roughly) the right place. It seemed that for a few girls, drawing the initial head shape was the most difficult so I will have to try and think about how I can instruct them and make it easier. I think I will show them the other way I commonly draw faces next week. It's good to know that the girls will probably take more than one art period to complete projects. Now I will plan accordingly.
My favourite moments were when I heard girls comment to each other that they have never drawn anything so good before. It's a great feeling knowing they're learning something. :)
I experienced my first "Meet the Teacher Night." I was really nervous but the parents were very warm and welcoming and seemed really excited about my project. My mentor teacher said that I didn't look nervous at all.
I'm exhausted every day after school, but I wouldn't trade in this experience for anything else. I am so happy that I got placed in such a wonderful and supportive environment for my last internship!