17. February 2016 · Comments Off on Training Students On Health And Safety · Categories: Student Safety

shopWhen I became a teacher, there were obviously many new steps I had to learn and new rules and regulations I had to know. One of the most important pieces I had to fully grasp was the importance of health and safety. This was especially important if you were planning on teaching a shop class or even home economics. You had to be able to identify the dangers of each tool or action and be able to explain what to do in certain situations. Now, this is even more important within a classroom full of students, sometimes them being young children. We had a vast array of information on health and safety that we had access to. We had to learn it all to able to start teaching.

Some students have such a hard time focusing on anything, so when you’re training them on health and safety, you have to extremely precise and clear. One small movement or a slip can have drastic consequences. To be able to prevent these occurrences, the importance of training for health & safety must be learned. Safety protocols not only for specific classes but also for the entire school should be known well and practiced often. The more training you provide to your students, the more prepared they can become in certain circumstances. Every student should also know the basics of CPR and first aid training. These are essential lifesaving skills that everyone should know and practice. The importance of health and safety should become a lesson that not only every teach learns, but the students learn as well.

28. January 2016 · Comments Off on Games To Play At Recess · Categories: Kids Games

kidsRecess time can be an enjoyable time or a boring non-active time depending on the kids around.  When I was teaching grade 2, I used to gather all my students together and every few months, teach them a different recess game.  One of the kids’ favourite games was STAR.

STAR can be played with as many kids as you want.  You need at least 3 to play but can definitely go up to as many as 15 or more.  The game is sort of like trivia and is best played on a parking lot or flat grass.  It requires some running so make sure all the kids are careful.  To start, draw two lone parallel lines about 4 meters apart.  Have one student stand on one line facing the other line and the rest of the student on the other line facing the one student.  Then, choose a category relating to either TV shows, movies, songs, song artists, etc.  Depending on the category, the single student will shout the acronym of a specific show or movie loud enough so all the kids on the other line can hear.  Then, everyone starts guessing the answer.  As soon as the answer is shouted, everyone on the line runs forward to the single student line and back.  The person who makes it back first gets to be on the opposite line picking the acronym.

This game can definitely be a lot of fun and is also great exercise.  Consider teaching your class or a group of kids this game and watch them get excited as they play!