I enjoy teaching both primary and junior/intermediate divisions. However, a degree in Early Childhood Studies only enables you to be an Early Childhood Educator in a primary classroom, not the homeroom teacher.
I had to complete a Primary Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) course to be able to teach kindergarten-grade 3… And I just finished!
This fall, I balanced a new LTO with ABQ work. I found the course rewarding with practical strategies, helpful interactions amongst colleagues, and a challenging (but informative) final unit assignment.
The task was to develop a 5 day primary Social Studies or Science unit with cross-curricular connections. I chose to do an inquiry-based Social Studies Gr. 2: Changing Family Traditions and Celebrations unit and integrated mathematics, visual arts, and language arts into comprehensive lesson plans. I found great resources and practiced developing various assessment methods such as checklists and rubrics. View the unit plan here.
There were many opportunities for self-reflection which I find vital to be an effective educator. A significant idea in primary education is to plan based on students’ interests and I think this is important for all grades!