Archive for June, 2007

Hoorah I’m relieving more now!!!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

I relieved three days last week, boy was it tiring!!! I taught mainly Year 1-3 children which is great because I need more experience in the area. Those classes were quite tough as their were children with conflicts. It’s so hard when your a reliever and you don’t know the dynamics of the class when the teacher calls sick. I had to break up a fight and it was horrible! I felt like running home at lunch time.

On the positive side I taught my first new entrants class yesterday and they were absolutely lovely! In the past I had only taught a Year 0-2 class in my second year of study. I was a little suprised how fast they do things!!! I gave them an art activity that I expected would take 15 minutes at least and 5 minutes later they brought a page with brown and blue scribbles on it chanting “Miss Draper Miss Draper I’ve finished!!! Can I plaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy?!?!?!”. It made me think about more activities that wouldn’t use too many resources.

Every time the relieving agency has called me I’ve been fast asleep in bed with limited time to et ready so today I woke up at 6.50am, got dressed and ready by 7.30am and I didn’t get called! Just my luck!

Only a few more days until the school holidays so hopefully I can get another day relieving. If I do I’ll make sure I update my blog. In the school holidays I’ll be tutoring so that’ll be good money and experience. When I have time I’ll also update some teaching resources. Remember to email me with your ideas!!! :o)

-Miss Draper xxx

Yay I relieved my first class!!!

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

I was sound asleep in my snug wee bed when I received a call at 7.20 am from the relieving agency!!! It was on my day when I’m available to work a half day. They offered me two different schools, Year 3/4 and 7/8 at an intermediate. I ended up teaching the intermediate class and it was pretty good. I taught two different classes and both of them provided planning. It felt pretty silly with my big yellow box which probably weighed 50 kg because it was packed with resources. At least my paperwork has been sent away for my salary assessment. I wonder how many weeks it will take me to get paid…hmmm…

I hope I get more days this week! I will update you all soon on my relieving adventures. I’m pretty busy this weekend as I’ve just moved in with my boyfriend so I’ll try my best to keep adding stuff.

Ciao world! x0x0x0x

Behaviour Management Strategy

Monday, June 4th, 2007

When a friend of mine was on placement, she had a hard time getting all the children’s attention. Her lecturer suggested this idea…

Explain to the class that for the day you will have a special command to grab everyone’s attention, and when they hear/see if everyone must stop what they are doing. Quickly brainstorm fun ways to grab attention for example, scratch your head and make a siren noise, make a wave noise etc. Choose the ‘naughtiest’ child’s idea. Whenever you want the children’s attention your guaranteed to get that naughtiest child’s attention first! If you have a topic/theme in the class try relate it to it.

Have a go at this and email me with more ideas!

Miss Draper