“The idea is for the teacher to ask more questions to stimulate thoughts and share their ideas. It is important to encourage no right or wrong answers and someone’s ideas can lead to new ideas and thoughts. Do not give them answers and let them come through with the answers – it may take longer but it would engage students and develop inquiring minds.”– Katherine Tong from Vancouver Biennale
UBC Improving Our Practices (IOP) Conference 2013
Students know what my expectations are for their behaviour and work habits. I set my standards high, and they always prove me right.
Students sketched flowers, then used the iPads to research the parts of a flower. (Blooming Botanists of Division 4)
We are still waiting for a response by air mail from Busolwe Mango Grove (est. 2011 by my team and the community).
It is 4am and I cannot go back to sleep. I fell fast asleep too early last night because it was a full day of learning on the job at practicum. So I was doomed to wake up at midnight. Thankfully (but not really) I have a lot of work I need to do: prep lessons, make worksheets, create assessments, reflect, get materials ready…). Now, it is two hours before I was scheduled to wake up for another new day. So I suppose I will spend some down- time just reading or something.
My heartbeat is thumping so fast. I think that the mistakes I made during my lessons yesterday have motivated me to go back to my units again and change almost everything. So now, I am excited to teach another lesson and be better at it.