a recap of my semester in pictures

So, here I am at the end of my third semester here at the U of R… and it feels both amazing and strange. My lovely mother pointed out to me the other day that I only have 4 more semesters at the university (as one will be spent in a school for my internship in my 4th year)! It is crazy to think that after this next semester is over, I will have completed HALF of my DEGREE! I know I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I would post some photos in order to show you my semester! Enjoy! 🙂

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This is my floor’s bulletin board in residence, which I made for my RA job at the University. In true teacher fashion, I had to make a cute little theme, and later added a speech bubble for the polar bear saying, “The COOLEST place to be!” Puns for the win.

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This is the masterpiece that I made during my “Jackson Pollock Painting” event in residence. This was SO fun to make, and below is what it looked like AFTER the splattering! What a fun (but messy) project to do with younger kids, too! Image

I also had the privilege of watching my alma mater (and my little sister) win volleyball provincials! It was even more exciting, as my hometown was hosting the event AND it was the women’s team’s first time to ever MEDAL – and they got gold! Definitely a proud moment for a veteran Wildcat. 🙂Image

My mentee and I made these crazy ‘foldovers’ and we both had a blast. He is very into zombies and robots, in case you didn’t notice – haha. I remember doing these in art class in school, so I was happy to try it out on my ‘guinea pig’ and it will definitely be a favourite activity for my future classroom. ImageImageImageImageImageImage

We also have played homemade Battleship on paper, which is a fun and easy game that can help with learning grids and cartesian plane coordinates in Math!Image

In between all of these super fun activities, I actually buckled down and got some serious work done – believe it or not! I wrote two term papers and had a binder full of practicum assignments from my KIN 120 class (pictured below).

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Speaking of my KIN practicum, the amazing little guy my partner and I had the privilege to work with gave us these on our very last day. Needless to say, our hearts were melted. Image

During my frequent Instagram scroll-throughs, I found this and fell in love with it. It’s so strange to see these things said in these contexts, but in relation to mental illness, we hear things like this all the time. It really made me step back and think…

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To get into the holiday spirit, my mentee and I made a gingerbread house for our last session together for 2013! It is so hard to believe that another year is almost over. ImageImageAnd finally, in order to celebrate the end of classes, my friend and I dressed up as presents! 🙂 So to anyone who stuck around long enough in order to get to the bitter end of this post: Happy Holidays, or Merry Christmas, or Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Kwanzaa or Happy Whatever-You-Choose-To-Celebrate-Or-Not-Celebrate! Have a lovely holiday season and cheers to a brand new year full of even more awesome memories to come! Image

Sincerely,

-KKF

a reflection about reflections

I think a good skill for a teacher to have is the ability to think on your feet. While I am always a girl with a down-to-the-minute plan, I find myself to be pleasantly surprised when I can latch onto a lesson idea on my toes – and it actually turns out really well!

During today’s tutoring session, an idea fell into my lap and I ran with it! I was very happy to have such an instantaneous idea turn out well, especially because it was an activity that I had never even thought of bringing up.

We were doing a little activity with tear-out letter cards from a phonics workbook, and my student noticed that turning the lower-case ‘n’ upside down made a ‘u.’ Then we explored other letters that could be turned to make others. My student instantly latched on to a ‘b’ being a ‘d,’ but was a bit puzzled when turning it wouldn’t give him the desired outcome. Cue light bulb!

I told him that in order for a ‘b’ to turn into a ‘d,’ we would need to put it up to a mirror. Luckily, there was a glass-cased storage cupboard right by where we were working in the library, so I held the ‘b’ up to the mirror, and he was pretty amazed (and, at first, a little skeptical – I think he thought I was playing a trick on him at first! haha) when a ‘d’ appeared in the reflection.

Continuing to ride my brain wave, I told him I could prove it to him by letting him write a ‘b’ and a ‘d’ on paper and transforming then. That flicker of discovery that crossed his face is the moment I live for! 🙂

I continued to write his name the right way and showed him the mirror image. Then I wrote his name so that it would show up correctly in the mirror. I then let him write ‘Hi’ and got him to switch it around so that it, too, would read the right way in the mirror. It was a good moment of learning for both of us.

In future, I think I could turn this into a whole lesson about symmetry and mirror images. It could even be a hybrid Math-English lesson! And I would love to dig a little deeper into letters that would look the same in the mirror (like a capital ‘H’).

There are so many cool ideas that you could fabricate using letters, words, and a mirror! I am excited at the possibility of using this in a real classroom someday! 🙂