Sunday, January 26, 2014

From English to Pscyhology

First off, I'd like to say "Hello" and "thanks!" to anyone who followed my Pinterest account to this page. It's so exciting to get notifications on my phone that people are repinning my blog images and then visiting my blog. Wonderful!

This week has been really hectic for me. In fact, all three weeks since going back to work from Winter Break have felt that way. All of my classes have been starting new units. My 7th grade language arts students are analyzing theme in poetry; my 6th grade gifted elective students are being introduced to mystery writing, and my 7th-8th grade combined gifted elective students are starting Psychology. That's right: Psychology.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "Didn't you go to school to teach English? Isn't that what you're certified in?" Well, yes, 100%. However, any public school teacher can tell you that it's totally normal to be asked to take on a class out of your comfort zone. It's also a bit of job security if no one else can teach that subject. So I've been spending my Monday evenings taking a four-hours-a-week-for-the-foreseeable-future class to gain my certification in Gifted Education. While planning a wedding. While trying to learn about Psychology so I can teach it. This may sound like complaining, so let me clarify that I'm having a blast teaching these kids! I'm also loving the chance to learn about things outside of my field. Here are some projects we've done so far. I didn't come up with these ideas myself, so I'll add the link to take you to the true mastermind.

This first picture is of a white board display my students put together. I divided the class into groups of 5 and gave each a two page summary of a certain function or part of the brain. They had to read, decide what was the most important information, and then make a poster to teach the class. We did this after going over the main parts of the brain together.

This next picture is one of the most fun things I've done in Psychology so far: Brain Hats! I found this idea online and was hesitant to try it. With middle school students, it's basically a hit ("We love this! This is awesome") or a complete miss ("This is soooo dumb and there's NO WAY I'm making that!"). This was a hit. Several of the students decided to wear them the rest of the day, or at least until they were told that even brain hats are out of dress code.

My next post will be about the totally stress-free wedding planning I'm check back soon!

Until next time!

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