Mentoring Post

I was blessed with the oppurtunity to mentor two classes, each with a different approach  to technology in the classroom. Firstly, I was able to blog with Chris Harbeck’s class. They had a daily scribe who wrote about what happened that day as well as the assignments. It was really well done. It was apparent that a lot of thought went into most of the posts. The students used colour, links, diagrams, explanations, and anything else they could think of to explain what the concepts were and how to tackle the problems. Each scribe assigned another scribe for the following day. This was exciting because I got to see the progression in student work as well as what they were doing. I really enjoyed commenting on the blogs. I got to play “cheerleader” leaving little messages in each classroom saying positive comments like “I really liked when you did this, and I thought it was interesting how you explained that. Good work and I really enjoyed how you made use of this. I also thought that that was really well done.” I love being able to say things like that to people. I know how much it means to me when I get comments like that (especially when they have a criticism attached), so I want to give that joy to other students (minus the criticisms, of course). I found that I learned a lot about interesting assignments (who knew that poetry and math went so well together?) and how the progression of a class goes.

I think I was helpful because I encouraged students to be creative and think out side of the box. Having someone there soley to say good work and keep it up is important because it provides the students with someone besides their teacher and parents who read the blog and take time to actually reflect on what they were doing and saying. I feel like I was contributing to the class, which was a really good feeling to have.

Thank you so much, Mr. Harbeck. I really appreciated you letting me into your classrooms. Thank you to your students as well for being to so kind as to let me partake in your after hours classwork. I really appreciate it!

The other class that I got to mentor was Sophie Rosso’s class. They had a wiki. I found that it was cool to see how the class site was more kept up by Mrs. Rosso than the students, but it had lots of useful information for students. Had I been in her class, I would have found it great, but as a third party, I found it confusing and hard to use. I really didn’t know where I was supposed to comment, what to say, or how to say it. I didn’t want to start editting the wiki because I don’t want to mess up other people’s work. It scared me off a little bit because I found it really intimidating. I left a few posts, but nothing to in depth. I really found it difficult to connect to the students because everytime I went on, not a whole lot had changed, at least from what I could tell.  The stuff that was on the wiki, however, was really good and I really liked reading and learning about what the class was learning.

It was great to see the different styles of the websites for each classroom. It helped me think about how I want to run my class blog in the future. I want it to be something that is easy to use for parents, students, other teachers, as well as anyone else who wants to look at it.

Thank you, Mrs. Rosso for letting me into your wiki. I really appreciate your generousity.

 

Outside of physically being in a technologically “advanced” classroom, this was the best experience I could have asked for. Seeing the development was very important and getting to participate was more that great. I really loved this project.

As for my self-assessed grade, I would say I think 7 or 8/10. I think that I did a pretty good job with Mr. Harbeck’s classroom, but I feel like I let down Mrs. Rosso. Thanks Dean for organizing such a great experience!

28 thoughts on “Mentoring Post

  1. Hi! I just want to say thank you for commenting on our posts/scribes. And you are right you encouraged students be more creative and be better. It’s good to know that someone takes their time to look at our posts and comment about how good we did and how the posts can be better. Having someone do that is like having an audience who watches you and cheer for you and after they tell you how well you did and how you can be better. Thank you so much!

  2. Hello, I am from room 8-41. I thank you a lot for helping us out with our first blog site. we make a lot of mistakes and with your comments that you leave behind each day it helps us fix them. I would like to thank you for being our “cheerleader” in our classrooms blog. It’s nice that you put in your time to comment everyday on our blogs! Thank You

  3. Hello Sara, I am from room 8-17. I am in Mr. Harbeck’s homeroom. I would like to thank you for being our “cheerleader” in our blogs. You comment on all of the classes’ blogs and you do a very good job on it. You have inspired us to do many intelligent things on our scribe posts. We all our happy that you are one of our blog followers. Thank you ma’am.

  4. Hello! Thank you for mentioning us to your blog. And for commenting to our posts. I think you should change the mark to 9/10 because you did a great job and you really worked hard on it!.

    ~ Carlos™

  5. Hello ! Thanks for looking at our blog, mentoring us, and commenting on our blog. Everything was neat and very organized, but i think you should give your self a 9/10 for working hard. Wish you the best of luck when you start teaching.

  6. Thank you for commenting in our blog. And mentioning us there I really appreciate that you notice our hard work. I wish that you always comment on our blog and noticing our hard work keep the good work and always pray to God. Good luck!!

  7. Hello My name is Bea and from room 73 and i am in Mr.Harbeck’s room why do you put only 8/10 for hard working i think that you deserve the 10/10 for hard working,and thank you for giving comments to our class oh! once again thank you.

  8. Hi Sara! Thanks for commenting at our blog and thanks for writing all those nice things about our blog!🙂 well I left another comment I don’t know if you got it? sorry I put “anon” on the comment did know we had to put our name!:D well…. that’s all for today!:D

    bye

    p.s hope school goes well! ^^.

  9. hey my name is Vincent and thats for your kindness to talk about us. Also I like when you always commented on are blog Site. You helped us too, its just that i forgot how you helped us but you did. =D

    Well that all today to thanks alot

    Good – bye

  10. Hello Sara,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog and left comments behind. Thank you for such the nice ethings thant you said about the Sargent Park kids. I hope you had fun mentoring us. I wish you all the best in the future, and I hope that school goes well. (:

    Sincerly
    Sharmayne

  11. Hi, I’d just like to say thank you for looking at our blog and congradulations! It’s great to have someone looking at our blogs unstead of just the teacher and student. I really was excited to have someone comment on our work and it does cheer us up to get a comment, so we are commenting on your blog to say thanks. Bye!

  12. Hi Sara! I just want to say thank you for commenting at our blog and for encouraging us to be more creative when we are doing a scribe post. Thank you for cheering us on, and for helping us do better on our scribes. I hope that you should have given yourself a higher mark, because I know that you wroked hard and you really deserve it. I also hope that everything goes well for you. Good luck, and thanks again!🙂

  13. Thank you so much for commenting on our blogs! Also your comments were really nice and I agree with Bea you should have given your self a 10/10! Thank you for writing all the nice things about us, and you will be a great teacher!🙂

  14. Hey, Sara. I’m Joysie from room 8-17. I just wanted to thank you for reading and commenting on our scribes.

    I have a question though, why did you give yourself an 8/10? I think that you deserve a better mark. I think that you deserve a 10/10 because you partipated and read most of our scribes and our other assignments.

    But you were right that you encourage us and help us do our work better. I think that you really helped each and every one of us.

    Thanks again! ☺

    -Joysie

  15. Hello Sara! Now it’s my turn to be the “Cheerleader” !My name is Kim and I’m from room 8-17.Thank you for taking the time to post comments on our blogs! I really appreciated the comments you left behind on our posts.Your comments were really helpful to us!It’s always nice when someone leaves a good comment behind. I hope that everything goes well for you!^^

  16. Hi! Thanks so much for commenting on our blogs. We all really appericate, it’s nice to have someone still cheering us on, even if we made some kind of mistake! Thanks for helping us improve, and helping us become better writers. Thank you so much!🙂

  17. Hi my name in Jeff i am in room 8-41. I have really got to thank you for commenting at are blog and saying a lot of nice things in those comments😀

    Thanks

  18. Thanks for commenting and reading our blogs. I definitely think that you deserve better than 8 out of 10. At least you did well for our class. I take Mr. Harbeck’s class, by the way.

  19. Hi Sara! Thanks for commenting on our scribes, we really appreciate comments. It’s our turn to comment back on your blog! Thanks and I hope you enjoy mentoring our classroom blogs!

  20. HI SARA ! Well , I just want to say thanks a whole bunch for commenting on our blog and posting a bunch of comments for all of us we really appreciate it. Thanks for encouraging us to do better every time (:

  21. Hi Sara ! Thank you for commenting on our blogs and taking the time to read them, we really appreciate it! Your comments are very inspiring and helpful to everyone! They help us improve and to become better each time. Thank you for being our “cheerleader”, it’s really nice for us to have someone always there to encourage and cheer us on. You have really worked hard, it shows in all your comments and in your blogs! You truly deserve a 10/10! Thank you once again for all the encouragement! (:

  22. Thank you for puting all your hard work, time, and effort into this. I can’t believe that you had to go to 2 of the schools blogs, and leave a comment on each post. I think that you did a great job in what you do and hope you keep it up.

  23. Hi Sara,

    Thank you so much for commenting on our posts. It really meant a lot, and you did a great job. Keep up the good work.🙂

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