Sorry that we have posted so little since we have moved to Wrocław. I’ve been focused on settling into my classroom. While this is my 10th year teaching, I’ve co-taught every year but my first. It is a new thing to plan every aspect of my day solo. While it is overwhelming, I’m enjoying it.
My room is a cute little attic with a slanted ceiling and four support poles that I’ve turned into trees.
We are a very small school, in addition to being in my room for core classes, the students also take music, art, and Polish in my room. The students who bring a bag lunch also eat with me, in our room. We walk 10 minutes to a Tai Quon Do studio for PE class. Library is in the room next to our class.
We have one class for each grade level and I have 9 students. We work well together. In addition to being from many countries, we have lived in a wide variety of countries on 5 continents. Their diverse backgrounds add to our lessons.
Recess is fabulous here. We have 15 minutes in the morning and 25 minutes after lunch. Our spaces are limited but the kids play well. Lately, cops and robbers has been very popular and I keep getting arrested.
Next year we will merge with 2 sister schools to a large campus. It will be a big change for us. My room will quadruple in size and each specialist will have their own room.
This is an IB Word School and we use the PYP transdisciplinary themes and scope and sequence as our structure. I don’t follow a text book but I have a list of concepts that students must master (for our non -teaching friends. )
As an example: In the transdisciplinary theme, How the World Works, my unit is titled Our Changing World. In science I taught how the the world is organized into landforms and bodies of water, rocks and minerals, and how earth is organized into layers. We then evaluated how the earth’s layers can change quickly (earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanos) or slowly (weathering, erosion, and deposition.) In math, we explored units of measurement and how measurement is organized in metric units. Again, we telescoped from smallest to largest and back. We also applyed our understanding of measurement in describing the length/height of the layers of the earth and in the characteristics of the aspects of the earth. In Language Arts, we developed our skills in comparing and contrasting as well as cause and effect. Students compared landforms, rocks, and minerals and described how the changes in our earth happen through cause and effect writing. We also developed our sentence fluency and looked at the traits and structures of sentences.
This is the closest that I’ve come to teaching as I wrote in my teaching philosophy and I am content.
Field trips are also fabulous here . I try to go on one every unit. In unit I went on two. We are learning about our world from top to core. On one trip we went on a walk to identify various landforms and we went to a science museum to do a rocks and minerals workshop. We were gone all day and took the tram.
On the second trip we traveled 3 hours to the Wielicka salt mine for a workshop where we learned about rocks, minerals, and the layers of the earth. It was a fantastic experience.