The Hunger Games

I found this week very lonely without my partner. I was getting very used to having a person to chat to in the morning on the drive to school and also talk through plans for our ELA A10 classes. Such is life though, I won’t be partnered in my internship so I might as well get used to it. My cooperating teacher has been a great support for someone to talk to and express my fears with. I’ve also made friends with another pre-intern this week. We meet every afternoon in my classroom and talk through everything on our minds. It has been nice to have that extra person to get close with and talk about successes and failures. I remember her giving out her first 100% and not be sure about how to feel.

I found that this week was a bit of a let down from last week. My lessons were not planned as well and were sequenced a bit strange. In reality, I think my unit is great, but I need to take it apart and put it in a more logical order. The two highlights of my week involved lecturing on my two favorite topics: horror and cannibalism. I made a PowerPoint (check it out here), and actually sounded knowledgeable about what I was talking about. The students really enjoyed my movie clips from It, Silence of the Lambs, and Sherlock. They didn’t even want early release. However, I didn’t get to my exit slip that day, which was a disappointment. I tried it out in the morning, but the responses were not as good as they could have been. My chat on cannibalism had the kids squirming in their chairs. However, some ventured forward and even put up their hands to ask questions. I can happily say that I’m giving my first cannibalism pop quiz on Monday. Today, we will be playing “The Hunger Games” in period four, and I hope it goes well. Ms. Fisher even bought prizes.

I also had two lessons that really did not go well this week. The reason they didn’t go well, wasn’t because of the kids, it was my own fault. I tried to add some treaty content into my lesson before we started working with the Windigo story. My oral re-telling went fabulously, but I ended up reading my treaty stuff word for word from my page because I wasn’t confident that I knew it. This also happened with my lesson yesterday. I was doing a class deconstruction of the story “The Cannibal Woman’. The kids tried hard to answer the questions, but I just did not know my stuff well enough. I hadn’t planned on touching these stories until after we finished Dracula, but I really ran out of time. Had I been given one more week, this would have all worked out nicely.

One thing I learned from those two lessons is that I need to put it into my own words when it goes into my lesson plan. I could understand what I was reading, but it came out all wrong and very robotic when I tried to teach it. Number one change in those lessons would be to reword everything in simple, everyday talking language. I also really need to find a talking stick. I ended up using an oversized cat glove, and called it the talking paw. Again, the biggest change it going to have to be the order. I sincerely hope I can have an ELA A10 class in my internship to try this unit out again. I also want to finish one thing before starting the next. Dracula would be finished and thought through, then a bridge to the Windigo with the Conqueror Worm, and finally exploring that First Nations cannibal monster.

I really learned that even though I have some serious short comings in my content knowledge in the classroom, I can connect very well with the students. I have one boy that comes up to me every other day and mockingly says “Ms. Fisher, why do you always pick on me in class” and I also sarcastically respond back, “I’m a bully, and that is why I became a teacher.” He is such a sweet kid and a real pleasure to have in the classroom. Another student connection I made was with one of the girls in my EAL classroom. She felt comfortable enough to come up to me after class yesterday and tell me that some of the boys were actually picking on her in their L1. We had a very meaningful chat and I felt so privileged that she chose to talk to me about it over the teacher in the room.