My Three Week Mission

So… I got a job! It’s just for three weeks but it’s full time and I’ll be teaching grade 8 so I’m very excited about this start to the year!! I will be teaching Math, Science and PE for the three weeks to two different classes. It basically feels like a practicum again planning for such a specific time frame (but without the stress of having all those supervisions!)

Now I’m feeling very lucky to have this position (pretty rare after only a year in out district) and don’t get me wrong – I am so very grateful for everything I have and by no means am I complaining here…

Here’s my teeny tiny issue: I really don’t like teaching science! I absolutely love teaching Math, English, French, Social Studies, PE, Drama… You name it! I will happily teach a day of music even though I’m not musical! Art? Sure, anytime! But there is something about science that just rubs me the wrong way.

It doesn’t make sense either. I absolutely loved science when I was in school and most of my favourite high school teachers were science teachers! In grade 11, I was seriously considering going to university to do a double major in biology and chemistry – loved it! So what don’t I like about teaching it? I really don’t know! I have some fun lessons that I’ve done on practicum, a decent university methods course in science, lots of resources… everything I need to love it but I just don’t!

So I’ve made it my mission that by the end of these three weeks I’m going to enjoy teaching science! Maybe I won’t love it. It probably won’t become my favourite subject to teach. But I am very determined that I won’t dread it anymore!

And this is where it will start…

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My Organized Mess of Resources…

I’m digging through my boxes for ideas and inspiration because I know if I feel inspired to teach it will help students feel inspired to learn! Grade 8 Science? I’m ready for you! With an open mind and creative juices ready to start flowing…

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Getting science ready for our new contracts!

What better way to get excited about Science then prepping with a good friend? Karley and I got a good start on some fantastic unit planning today and I’m feeling better than I expected to start teaching science!

And my final way I’ve tried to get excited about this is by pooling awesome resources from people around me. I’ve found ways to turn my science unit into a creative project with lots of room for critical thinking! Turning science into something that I am excited to teach will take some effort but it is effort that I’m willing and ready to put in and I think (I hope!) that’s what counts in this situation.

How do you get excited about teaching subjects that aren’t your favourite?

Any great science ideas or resources for me?

Meaghan

My “Someday Job”…

So around here “Back to School” fever is just starting to set in. This involves waiting impatiently by your phone for calls about jobs, thinking about lesson planning, trying to fit in those last few “must do’s” of the summer and all the rest!

In amongst that I’ve started working summer camps as I needed a little bit of income after a summer of not working. The camp I’m running is a food prep/nutrition camp offered throughout the city at a very low cost to families. I was a little nervous stepping into the role as it isn’t within my realm of experience but I have really loved the mix of teaching and summer camp that it has brought. It’s really started me thinking about what my ideal teaching job would be. Now being a new teacher in a tough district means I will take pretty much anything and everything in the next couple of years until I build up my seniority but until then I can dream about my “Someday Job.” My “Someday Job” isn’t the for sure be all end all of my teaching career because I change my mind about what I want to do daily if not hourly; my “Someday Job” is just the job that I want to do for sure for at least a year because it has the components of a lot of my favourite aspects of teaching.

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A “dream job” kind of feeling…

So what would it be?

Grade: 7/8

I absolutely LOVE middle school! Most people I tell that too look at me like I’m a little insane but the ones who don’t, the ones who “get it”, just nod and agree because there really is no place like it! Every middle school I’ve been in has been different but there is something at the core of this age group that I just absolutely love. Grade 6 is a little on the young side for me so I’ve ruled that out. I absolutely love both grade 7 and grade 8 for very different reasons so I think a grade 7/8 split class would be my favourite (and yes I know most people don’t wish for split classes but I like the balance of combining age groups!)

Subjects: Math, French, English (and maybe Phys. Ed)

Math is my favourite subject to teach because I love using manipulatives, working out problems and watching those “Aha!” moments. French is a new one to this list – over the past year it quickly became a favourite because of the flexibility of the curriculum and the ease of tying it in with my passions in global education. English or Language Arts makes this list easily because I love watching students develop their communication skills and I love how much insight and connection you can gain through a subject that you can easily relate to their passions. And then there is PE… I love physical activity, sports, nutrition, and health education in general but I haven’t had too much opportunity to teach it at the middle school level. Elementary PE I could do in a heartbeat but I think I need some more professional development to feel totally comfortable with PE at the middle school level.

Other factors…

When I get this job I think I’d like to know at least 2 weeks before school starts so the panic isn’t as crazy as the “one weekend to plan everything” kind of stress. I don’t really care what school I’m at as long as I get to work with some of the amazing staff that I know in our district. Also, I’d obviously like to have a classroom right next to Karley so we can team teach, idea share, and blog about it all – We know that you readers would love this too right? Come on school district!

So what about you…

Are you in your dream job or “someday” job right now?

What grade/subject would it be? Or what school would it be at?

Meaghan