RISE has risen and here we are again. Time to see if what I have been implementing is working. It is a bit confronting to do this again. What if, what I have been implementing is not going as well as I thought. I can see an improvement, but that's me !!!!
Again the challenge was, what to film and how. My lesson is not the same lesson as previously taught and not all aspects that were identified would be visible in this lesson. The challenge that I previously faced regarding management within the classroom had immediately been sorted when I got my own room. AWESOME!!!!!! ALl students from all classes were a lot happier in the music room and having all my equipment, documents, instruments at hand instead of having to lug it around the school made me a lot calmer and less stressed which carried over into the lessons. Students knew exactly where to go and what to do. My room = my rules. Kindy classroom = kindy rules. There is no conflict in what they are allowed to do. Having our own room means we can make as much noise as we like and not have to worry about being disturbed or disturbing the other classes. So this was already a positive point and I hadn't done much.
The focus from last session was management of the kindy kids. The focus for this session was whether I had managed to work and improve on this. I can happily report that instructions were clear and more direct and I now feel a little bit more in control when all those tiny faces are looking at me. I have also managed to cut down on the number of times they interrupt my teaching to tell me about their exciting social lives. They now keep those stories for when they see me walking in the playground. It does now take a bit longer to get from place to place ......... but at least it is not in class time !!!..
Sally has been great as a RISE partner. It is interesting that the things that I find daunting regarding the little ones she loves, and vice versa for her with the older kids. Our conversations are filled with: "Really ...... see I love that...." comments. We do sometimes go off track but it is great to have a kindred spirit to talk to about this stuff.
So far so good .........