Week Five – Reflection

Sept. 28 – Oct. 2

This week for Health/Career Ed., we started using the tech tool called Nearpod.  This tool allows teachers to create interactive presentations for lessons that can incorporate assessment and new information.  The students seemed to enjoy the usage of technology as they were able to follow along using their own devices.  Nearpod allows you to ask students open-ended questions, multiple choice, or even allow them to draw as a response.  This is great from the teacher’s side because it provides immediate assessment information for each student and eliminates tedious marking.  However, the tool doesn’t take into account the different levels of each student.  For example, some students would finish early and be waiting for others to finish.  This inevitably allows for management and behavioural issues.  On the other hand, some students find it difficult to keep up with others and their responses may be rushed and not as carefully thought through.  In addition, we used the tool Poll Everywhere as a diagnostic assessment tool.  However, the students (unaware of how it works and never have used it before) displayed some immaturity and it did not work as well as it should have.

On Sept. 30, we were to wear orange for Orange Shirt Day – a day commemorating the history and survivors of residential schools.  With our grade 3 buddies, we created our own orange shirts:

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In addition, we created shirts that focused on the residential school history:

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We also did a school-walk for Terry Fox remembrance.

On the Friday, we took our school field trip for Outdoor Ed to Crooked Valley.  This field trip was “Finding Your Way” in which students learn how to use a compass and find their way through the valley using their compasses as guidance.

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