The sixth time that I went to Henry Braun was on November 21st 2018. This being the second-last time I was going to be at the school, I made a point to really try to engage with the students in their learning. It was another normal day, the students started off with reading quietly to themselves and then reading to each other. However, one thing that was different was the school book fair that was held right after English. You could tell the students were excited for it, and it brought up memories of when I was in elementary. I always loved the book fair when I was younger, even if I couldn’t afford the books all of the time.
The students were led into the library for the fair, where they were told to sit down for a presentation before they were allowed to roam around. They were shown video trailers of the books, which I thought was only slightly strange for encouraging reading. One thing I really appreciated about the fair, was the amount of elementary appropriate books about the residential school system. There were only three, but that was more than I was expecting or have ever seen at a book fair. Residential schools are a tough subject to introduce to elementary students, but I feel as though the books did so in a respectful and appropriate way, from the way they were designed to the message they carried.
There were a number of different ways that Mrs. Carteri designed her curriculum in order to implement lessons and instructions to the students. As said in a previous field experience, Mrs. Carteri was strongly supportive of the backwards planning method. She particularly liked this method because you could tailor the lesson to the students in order to achieve their best learning. As something students learn at different rates, she was able to slow or speed up lessons depending on how the class was learning that day. Mrs. Carteri also incorporating a number of different teaching elements to her plans.
During English, the students were not just expected to write and work on their punctuation but engage their creativity. One example of this, was when they had to draw a snowman and then write about the five senses of winter on a planning sheet. They were then told to write an adventure that their snowmen went on while incorporating the different descriptive elements of winter that they worked on. This was a way of getting them to critically think about their writing while also giving them some creative freedom. Although some students were still not too excited about the writing aspect, Mrs. Carteri made sure they had an appropriate amount of time for the activity by telling them they would get another period to finish the lesson.
Altogether, I think that Mrs. Carteri tries very hard to make her lessons interesting to the students in order for them to see the meaning and relevance in their learning. She is a type of teacher that I am aspiring to become like.