Today was the final day of formal classes at school for me for the first term of the school year. I had “Animal Inside” first thing and then spent the rest of the day finishing up grading and marking assignments.
The students in “Animal Inside” were asked to develop a procedure for the dissection of a frog. I really wanted the students to use what they learned about dissections and safety needed to complete one, from the previous class when they dissected a mouse, to design a safe and appropriate dissection of their own. I had them use the netbooks as a resource to help them gather their information. They wrote their procedures including all relevant safety information on poster paper and used diagrams and pictures to help them organize their steps. I was extremely impressed with their work ethic in class to complete the assignment! The final results were fantastic!
The rest of the day was spent marking papers and preparing for the parent-teacher conferences later in the day. The parent-teacher conferences were held in the gym, where tables were set up for each teacher with a couple chairs for parents as well as students to sit and talk to the teacher. I wasn’t used to this considering students are not invited to come speak with the teacher at these conferences in the US. I think it is fantastic that students are invited to this event, especially considering the conferences are about them. In fact it wouldn’t really make much sense I the students weren’t there to discuss their progress.
I really enjoyed meeting the parents of a few of my students but was somewhat surprised that more parents didn’t show up. I am at school for a few hours tomorrow to finish up the conferences, but I was told not to expect too many more. I am somewhat surprised that more parents don’t come to join in a dialogue regarding their children and their progress in school.
I will write more at some point this weekend to elaborate on the conferences. I’m exhausted and relaxing, watching Carlton and Richmond play in the second AFL match of the season. No surprise that Carlton is winning in the fourth with only a few minutes to play!