My job today was to hide math problems around the playground for the kids to find later. We spent the entire day outside and it was so cool to see how my CT interacted with her students on the playground. She ran around and pushed them on swings and interacted with them. It was interesting to see how they looked up to her and really enjoyed being with her outside the classroom. It was also fun for me to get to know the students during free time and talk about things they like to do!
Today was our second day of teaching "yo quiero", food words, and verbs. They're catching on more than they did last week, but there is still a significant gap between the children in terms of retention. We added to the presentation to make that a larger part of the class period and that has had positive results. Overall, the kids were engaged today during lecture and small group which was very good!
Today the kids worked in stations to complete math problems. They asked questions when they had them and I was there to help and answer them to the best of my ability. The highlight of the class period was when I helped a little girl who struggles with math understand a new concept. She got so excited and told me that math was her new favorite thing!
Today I led the kids in playing the same card game that we played last week. The only difference was that they were paired with a partner and had multiple games going at once. This proved to be hard because I had to multitask and watch multiple groups at a time. I made the mistake of pairing two girls together and had to separate them because they were not doing their work. I should have done this at the beginning, but learned from my mistake.
Today was our last day in the family unit. The kids are really starting to be able to think of words on their own from our past units and this current one as well, which is beyond exciting! They all participate during the lecture period of our time and were fairly respectful to one another. During group time, I had a group that seemed to be the best group at retaining information and participating. That was very positive, but by the end of the hour, they were getting very squirmish and it became increasingly hard to keep them entertained and involved.