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Last 3 Weeks: I Worked 1 day / 2

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Saturday, November 10th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

§ 1 I’m glad that these past three weeks, I’ve worked every other day. Therefore, since the very beginning, I now average better than a day on four. In fact, I worked nine days, on 33 work days. I hope the pace keeps up and even gets better…

Yesterday, Friday, 2007nov09, I went back to St-Louis Adult Center: it sure isn’t the same dynamics as high schools… Some students worked individually, others played the game Who wants to be a millionaire?, while yet others played Scrabble, in English, indeed, and we even played « au bonhomme pendu », in English too, of course.

On my way there, on the bus, I started reading again le Programme de formation de l’école québécoise, and that, specifically within the domain of English second language: those 50 pages, all in English, rather than in French for the rest of the Programme de formation, explain the reorganisation of English Teaching and Learning. The most striking fact is that from the four skills or competencies, they made three: speaking and listening skills instead became one competency, that is, oral interaction, whereas reading became reinvesting one’s understanding of texts, which could be textual, graphic, a video, etc. Finally, writing became writing and producing texts.

Some will say that all that terminology is only changing four quarters for a dollar, but it goes farther than that. However, for the moment, I will not get deeper into the subject, since I’m still digesting all those concepts, which actually are not so different from what was previously going on in English, second language, teaching and learning…


Week V: 3 Days worked on 5 :-)

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Saturday, October 27th, 2007 at 11:23 pm

Finally, this week I worked three days; if it could be like that every week, it’d be great. Yesterday, I travelled to Val-Bélair for the third and fourth periods: three buses and a good hour later, I got to L’Odyssée High School, more than an hour in advance. Friday afternoons being Friday afternoons, the first period was anything, but productive; secondary one students, being secondary one students, the first twenty minutes were spent asking student’s attention, meaning that you pay better attention when don’t you talk, about something else :-D

§ I felt sorry for the students in whose eyes, it was clear they were eager to learn something; some of them vainly tried to reason the disturbing ones; a lot of French had to be spoken: I must find a way to create order quicker; meanwhile, 30 little ones are busy digesting their sweets, running about, babbling and giggling ;-)

§ The second period went much better! A nicely productive class, during which we explored the world and his Human Bug Eaters. Since I’ve lived in Mexico and eaten grasshoppers and termites, my anecdotes became learning material, that motivated their attentive listening and participation into the material to be covered and into the subsequent final writing exercise, which they seriously worked on, in teams of two or three.

Before the beginning of class II, a student suggested 15 minutes of reading; I first offered it to all students, but requested absolute silence for those 15 minutes; I warn that class starts, if anyone speaks; someone speaks; I write her, his name on the blackboard and explain my expulsion procedure: two subsequent check after the name = expulsion: simple! Yes, I sent two students to “PASS”, the course before; I show the pile of expulsion forms I have with me; I explain: “every minute lost, we really lose half-hour, since you’re 30 or so”. I check a name on the blackboard: silence, for the next 15-20 minutes of reading, broken by me: “Who wants to read the first § ?” An option so as to get them to speak and listen to their companion’s reading and speaking”… We familiarize ourselves with the reality that allover this planet, people eat bugs.

§ The school was clean; no computers, no CD Player, no Projector in neither classrooms; blackboard, chalks.

Day 15 :: Sunny Week Ahead

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Monday, October 15th, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Even though cool weather is forecast for the coming week, sunshine will be ongoing, which for me is mighty good news, since I can walk to seven of the 14 schools I could work in: getting to work, soaked to the bones, likely wouldn’t be a plus for my career. As for that sprouting career, I sure hope this week will be busier than last, during which I got absolutely NO call, from any of the schools…

It now is 8h25; the only school that called me, so far, dis so at 8h37: I thus will be surprised, if I’m called today; it’s 8h37; 8h38… So, what can I do, so as to improve the situation? I did a first cont@ct through an em@il sent to 13 / 14 school directors; I did get feedback from the director I contacted separately, but got no concrete news from the others; I did get seven receipts, on 14, acknowledging that the em@il was received, but on those seven, two informed me that the em@il was flushed without even having been read… It’s 9h11.

The only answer I got so far, informed me that many teachers in that school have only part-time tasks: therefore, any substitute teaching to be done goes to those teachers. @ suivre…

DAY 11 :: Cool Morning

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 at 12:30 pm

Days are getting shorter; it’s 6h08 and darkness still reigns out there; I got up at 5h30, so as to leave at 7h30: that’s almost sleeping in, if compared to my previous job, for which, two mornings a week, I had to get up at 4h, in order to take the 6 o’clock bus. Even so, mornings are getting much colder: as morning rises, it will get down to 4°… Moreover, starting tomorrow, it’ll be rainy, as far forecasts now get to.

As I wrote last Saturday, I’ll leave at 7h30, for the Louis-Jolliet Center, just in case the teacher I replaced Thursday and Friday isn’t there again this morning; since I’ll have our cell with me, I won’t miss other calls, if any. It’s almost 6h30: getting ready now is my immediate goal…

See y@ later

King Snake Constrictor Aesthetics

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Monday, October 8th, 2007 at 1:16 am

My buddy Lucas sent me this photo of his pet King Snake female; if you click it, you’ll see Lucas, Julie and more of their friends: see lucas friends in new window

Who s DjO?

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 at 8:49 pm

joseph deneault 2007sep01Diplômé 2002 de l’Université Laval, avec quelques A et A+, dans le baccalauréat de quatre ans, en enseignement de l’anglais, langue seconde, dans le profil international, lequel inclue aussi l’enseignement de l’espagnol, Joseph Deneault a donc obtenu le 17 juillet 2002 son brevet du QC pour enseigner l’anglais, langue seconde, et l’espagnol, langue étrangère, aux niveaux primaire et secondaire. Ensuite, dès le début 2003, Joseph Deneault, Djeault, DjO, le nanoM@itre, entreprend une maîtrise en technologie éducative qui le mène au grade de maître és arts en technologie éducative, en mai 2005.

Pour l’année scolaire 2007-2008, il offre ses services, à Québec, QC : ainsi, le lundi, 2007sep17, il passe une entrevue à la CS de la Capitale ; le vendredi suivant, 2007sep21, le premier jour d’automne, il apprend que sa candidature a été acceptée pour enseigner l’anglais, langue seconde, au secondaire ou aux adultes.

Conséquemment, DjO ai mis mon CV à jour, ce 2007sep25, et,

conséquemment, DjO ai l’intention de publier ici, dans ce tout nouveau blogue JosephDeneault Djeault DjO Blog, ce que sera ma vie d’enseignant, suppléant, remplaçant, ces prochains jours, mois, voire 12 ans.

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