A Spongelike Experience

Busy Class

March 30th was my last day on my field class and I had the full hour to teach my students. Last class was an art class and I witnessed how focused they got into their activities. With this in mind, I wanted our very last class to be an art class. However, I didn’t want it to be just another art class; I want them to create something from their own identity. To make it clearer, the outcome for the day was CP8.11—which is expressing student perspective on social issues—and I think that identity, although debatable, is a social issue. Why? Nowadays, it is easy to be lost while creating your own identity. The society is imposing various models and norms to follow while at the same time, tell you to simply be who you are. With this activity, I asked my students to express their perspective about themselves and they can openly share it to the class. I gave showed them various examples, including my artwork, before the activity begins. The class was really focused with their activity and I am walking around the room to check their progress so I ended up having great classroom management for the day. At the end of the class, I had lots of volunteers who shared their artworks and the meaning behind them. I close the lesson with exit slips and gave them chocolate eggs as treats and thanks for being a good class. I learned from previous lessons that this class loves chocolates more than I do and this last class was a fulfillment of my previous promise that I will bring more chocolates in the future. After the lunch bell rang, I had a couple of students who came up and thanked me—not just for the chocolates but also—for teaching them for eight weeks. In addition, their exit slips have heart-warming little messages of gratefulness and wishes for me to have luck in university.

What to change? The class was overall successful in many ways and there are minimal changes I will do if I will use this again next time. First, I will also have regular coloured popsicles. Some of them have issues about colour blending since I only have red, yellow, green, and blue popsicles—of course, the blue pen ends up being green on yellow popsicle. I will also bring some fine tip back pens for those students who loves being specific with details—like me. I brought some highlighters, markers, coloured fine tip pens and other drawing markers but I totally forgot to take note of black markers. Another simple object that I will bring is a circle stencil. I have a couple of students who had a hard time looking for perfect-sized circles for wheels and eyes but I don’t have any coins with me and all that we found were either too small or way too big. Good thing my co-op teacher had a quarter, which was perfect for Sponge Bob’s eyes. In the end, we ended up being resourceful and everything turned out well.

This week was internally emotional for me. I’m proud to say that I know all of my students’ names, I interacted with all of them, and we developed comfort with each other. I felt mutual respect and I recognized all their improvements. It’s amazing to see students’ growth within eight weeks. However, the best part of my last class in class was reading the response of their second part of exit slip. I asked them which class, of all the class that we had, was their most favourite and why. I also asked them to write any message for me—if they have any. I went home and read them before going back to school for my Shakespeare class. I’m really grateful that this class is comfortable to share their life with me and makes me feel that I have more connection with them than just being another Monday intern. All the messages they wrote were heart-warming and another proof why I love being a teacher. Those letters transforms into another brick that solidifies my decision to continue aspiring to become a teacher. Once again, it will take few semesters before I can get back to classrooms and teach but during those times when I’m not out on the field, I’ll study hard and prepare myself to become a better teacher…to become a better person than I am at the moment. Thanks for reading my last field blog.

-Aimee C.

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