Soon the lesson was over and suddenly, I heard havoc outside the classroom; shuffling and loud talking. We slipped out of the lesson and saw Jacob make a few swift moves and he was quickly on the roof of one of the classrooms. It seemed a snake has crept onto the premises and he was trying to get it off the roof as soon as possible. I saw the yellow slithery creature on the end of his long contraption and one staff member got it off the premises swiftly. I was in so much shock I couldn’t manage to get a photo.
Once the lessons were over, my colleague Amy had her special session outside. At this time of day, the sun was blazing but it was a pleasant kind of warmth. During the session, Amy focused on using pictures and actions to tell a story or make a storyboard. The aim was to get the children to look at the pictures and create paragraphs in the sequence of the story. Her example was three little pigs aimed at primary students.
Next, Rob did a special session on different types of ways to praise your students. He has over 100 phrases and was explaining how praising differently can have different effects on your students. Once it was over, we joined our mentor groups to discuss the feedback from the lesson observations of the day, the topic praising your students and any questions the group may have had. I joined Amy’s group and teachers seemed to be shy, but they asked important questions about starter ideas which would work for all lessons. Amy had a lot of game ideas which they took positively and pr
omised they would try during their lessons.