I, Amanda, do hereby pledge to use ICT …

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According to my calculations, this will most likely be my last post.  I know, I know … but don’t be sad.  We’re all moving on to a better place. 🙂

Just quickly, I wanted to touch on the whole digital citizenship thing.  Having gone through the learning path about it, to become successful digital citizens we must strive to use ICT successfully, productively and safely.

In saying that, I only got 1/4 for the ‘What do you know about bullying?’ quiz, but then got full marks for the ‘Cybersafety Quiz’, so can’t be doing too badly.  With regards to the successful and productive side of things, I think, as teachers, if we are not doing this, we should hang up our hats now.  Whether we like it or not, use it or not, it’s here to stay.

On a final note, I hope everyone did well and at least learnt something from their pracs and this course, I know I did in both cases.  I didn’t even mind doing the blogs. I found them a great way to express myself (and get an easy 5 marks on each assignment).

And as BecTeacher2B says, that’s “another semester closer to becoming a teacher”.

I’m sure our paths will cross again ….

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Et tu, Prac!

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Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: Maximilian Schonherr

So this is my belated post on finishing prac.

I was in two mindsets when I found out about the year level for my prac.  Year 1 is definitely a level that I hadn’t even done close to, but my son is in Year 1, so I was keen to see if what he was learning was in line with what my Year 1’s were doing.

The first thing my mentor told me …. public and private schools are quite different.  Ok….

In the end though, I was happy with what he was learning compared to what my Year 1’s were doing.  I even picked up several learning strategies to help him out.  For example, ‘when 2 vowels go walking, the first one does the talking’.  Loved that one.

When I started teaching the Year 1s, I admit I struggled a bit, as I kept forgetting how much they DON’T know yet.  Then my mentor told me to teach each lesson like they haven’t done it before and once I got the hang of it, I actually started to enjoy teaching them.

I still don’t think the early years are for me, but at least I know I can handle it if that’s where I have to start out.

I can completely relate to Kraig’s post and can confirm that teaching as a career path is still very much on my agenda.  I too have also felt like I could just walk in and teach on previous pracs, but was the total opposite on this one.

I Came, I Saw, I Conquered?

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Via Giphy

 Week one of prac done and dusted…

Why do I feel the need to be counting this one down!?  I normally really enjoy my pracs, but this one is doing my head in.  Maybe because it is grade 1 and I really don’t want to teach the earlier years.  Is that bad?

I’m finding it to be a real challenge.  The content is so … basic!  I’m finding there is no intellectual stimulation and because the earlier years is not an area I’m keen on, I have no real strategies to use.  My mentor, I think, has picked up on this a little and advised that it is different to teach the earlier year levels, but I will figure it out eventually and all will be right with the world (of my prac).

I hope so.  I have two weeks left to teach my 5 ICT lesson, which I have yet to do!  Hopefully as my lesson teaching load increases, these won’t be a problem.

Here’s to a better second week…. (she says with doubt :-/ )

Here’s a TIP

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I’ve only just finished reading through the learning path for week 9, hoping that it would help me with integrating ICT into my lessons with my Year 1 class … alas, it hasn’t been much more help at all.

This isn’t TIPs fault though, it’s just the limited ICT access and use in my prac context.  I actually got to pick up the Ipads today to get them ready for some maths activities and my suspicions were confirmed … they were dusty from lack of use 😦

Looks like my ICT lessons are going to consist of viewing videos and hopefully, some online games or activities, but they will be very basic, as I am working with Year 1s.

I did find a new picture resource though (and many of you have probably already found it), but for those who haven’t, if you loved Pixabay then you’ll also love Wikimedia Commons, which is a resource of media that is available under the public domain or creative commons licenses.  Yay!

2 Days Down, 13 More to Go!

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So you’re probably wondering why the old school picture?  Well, it seems to be a good reflection of my first two days of prac.

Day 1 – Interactive whiteboard not working, internet not working.  24 Students and 5 Ipads to share and look like they’ve been gathering dust.  Come home and my desktop computer decided not to work.  I think it’s on it’s way out.  Just what I need! (Sarcasm by the way).

Day 2 – Interactive whiteboard now working and internet back on.  Internet freezing and can’t use either!  At least my home desktop computer has decided to come on (after some maintenance).

Does not bode well, to say the least.

On the up side, went over some online resource sites that my mentor uses, which I will be using for my ICT lessons (frankly because there just isn’t anything else :-/ ).

They are:

  1. Studyladder – an online literacy and mathematics learning tool, with learning games.
  2. The Number Crew – fun videos demonstrating realistic mathematical problem-solving scenarios.  Videos are available on YouTube.
  3. Spelling City – interactive vocabulary and spelling website.  Including students being able to access spelling lists created by the teacher.
  4. Story Box Library – Australian online storytelling resource.  Does require subscription, but cheapest is only $29.95/year.  Would be worthwhile once you are teaching.

Hope some of these are helpful to others as well 🙂

 

Prac is coming.

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Image (Only) Courtesy of Tony Beverley

So prac starts tomorrow, but I haven’t been given much information from my mentor, due to late contact, to start on Part B of Assignment 3.  After reading some of the comments on the Facebook page however, I don’t seem to be the only one in this boat.

This conundrum also makes it difficult to pre-plan too much, without knowing what ICT access will be available to the students, particularly as it is a semi-rural school.  Yes.  Another one.  That’s 3 in a row now, but I guess it doesn’t help that I actually live in a semi-rural area.

I am hoping in later pracs to at least get one “suburban” (for lack of a better word) and one private school prac, as I would be keen to see the differences.  Don’t get me wrong, though, love the semi-rural – they seem to be a closer knit school community and I love that.

Anyway … good luck everyone on their pracs.  Look forward to reading your blogs about what’s happening.

Practice, Practice, Practice

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So I finally heard back from my mentor today and she seems quite easy going.  Yay!  Happy for me to just meet her on Monday at 8:25am.

In the meantime, I have been working through the learning paths, as I am way behind and I am trying to catch up before prac starts and I realised, I haven’t even been through the 2016 Professional Experience Book yet to read through the outline of expectations for EDC3100.

Wow! The teaching load is quite high compared to previous ones, not that my previous mentors followed these to the letter anyway.  Makes it a little more daunting than previous years ones, but hopefully will all go just as well, as I have enjoyed all of my previous pracs.

Having the challenge of incorporating ICT to enhance and transform learning in at least 5 lessons is going to be … challenging, especially given the track record of my previous semi-rural schools with ICT “issues”.

Here’s hoping this one won’t be so bad 🙂