After two days on Monday and Tuesday of wrapping up semester one with meetings and prep time, semester two kicked off on Wednesday. I truly believe that it is important to build relationships with your students right off the bat. I invest the first few day letting the students get to know me, I get to know them, and we build a positive classroom atmosphere together. I made a very deliberate effort to get to know every students name right off the get go, try to learn and remember at least one thing about each student, greet and dismiss each student at the door, and try to understand as much as possible where each student is at and ask them questions on what a class and school looks like to them. Together we create mission statements, procedures, and a class prayer. My hope is to invest in a positive classroom atmosphere, have a unified approach to managing our class, instill family concept, and promote respect for each other, ourselves, and our classroom. It is very much an approach to be proactive and develop positive relationships that hopefully lead to a great learning experience for all. We had some good discussions about what school looks like, how relationships are important, and what it will take to be successful. I'm looking forward to working with these new groups and the journey we will take over the next five month together. I am excited about trying some new ideas, making new relationships, strengthening existing ones, and enjoying the blessing of learning. I am also blessed to work at a place that respects and loves all people, has a vibrant extra curriculum program, a love of learning, many dedicated professionals, and just an over all feeling of family and improving mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Also happy to be published in The Variable - Volume 2, Issue 1 http://smts.ca/variable-volume-2-issue-1/ … I submitted an article found on page 34 #codinginmathclass and in our division newsletter with my article on video analysis.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.