I have been thinking about writing a reflection on my first week of prac and not getting there. Crazy isn’t it for everyone out there. My only advice is to keep going. The teacher I usually work with always says “It’s never ending isn’t it?” and well, she is right. I have been very busy working out what to do next and planning my every move. Unfortunately my mentor teacher’s father passed away the night before my prac started so I have been with a relief teacher this week. My mentor won’t be in until Tuesday and my relief teacher has another school booked, so tomorrow I am with someone else!! – And it’s my first day teaching for two third’s of the day!! – But with all of that things are all good. I am loving everything about the school and have had lot’s of support.
My lessons have been going really well. I have taught Literacy, Maths and Science and this week I will teach Religion. The students are following directions and questioning, when they have any difficulty. I did an art lesson on Friday and although the relief teacher and I thought it might be quite difficult, the students were completely absorbed and actually took some material home so they could do more. We made “Eye of God” pieces and played the you tube clip from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HKU1h3pkjc. We played this once, then repeated it whilst I made one in front of the kids. We had all of the materials on their desks, before lunch as we were concerned about the time. the children came in from lunch, went straight to their desks and didn’t even need instructions. They just sat down and started working. – Yes, they all needed help to start off, but most of them, even those with issues did about 2/3.
I am also working on a display wall at the back of the classroom with words and pictures of what we have been doing, which has been exciting. We already this week have doen poems about ‘Water’ and put them up in the room on cardboard hanging like drops of water. – All to add to our theme of ‘Water’.
Reflective teaching ideas is the page that David has asked us to review for Assignment 3 and this knowledge has also helped to remind me to keep a view of how the children in the class respond to my teaching pedagogy. I will keep reviewing my pedagogy and note on the response the children are giving me, for now I am very pleased with how they are connecting with the learning experiences I am providing. I hope everyone is having a good prac experience.
During the process of sorting through week 9’s book, I have discovered 2 resources. The first is a Maths resource which I am hoping to use. I will be introducing my students to division and this flipchart explains it all in detail. This is from Smart Exchange. The second is from topmarks.com and offers ways to learn about types of sentences, from topmarks. I did look at promethean planet, however my computer wouldn’t allow me to download the required programme. I will endeavour to explore the teacherhub.com website more over the next few weeks, as it offers some great ideas for interactive learning. I enjoyed reviewing other blogs about resources found, such as jlitwinczuk and Teagan, who will also use promethean planet on her prac placement. I am looking forward to discovering more about these websites as my prac placement begins next week.
Today, I have found another 2 resources that I may be able to use in my prac as resources. I would certainly use them in a classroom as an educator. They are interestingly both about Maths, which is certainly not my favourite subject, but I do find that when teaching Maths, if you make it interesting and engaging enough students will want to know more. Isn’t that one of the keys to teaching well? The first is all about a number and the ability to use that number in several different ways. – This type of activity invites a creative sense in children’s learning and I am hoping to use it during my prac experience. The idea is from teachthis.com, which is a teaching website with wonderful ideas available. This idea allows for knowledge of a new number to be written, drawn, added to, then subtracted from, then added to again, developing knowledge in several different ways! The next idea is from the teaching channel and offers 3 new ways to solve problems, encourages collaboration and the building of joint ideas.
- Magical Maths (mrwilliamsmaths.wordpress.com)
I’m really enjoying having access to some of the great teaching and education websites I take this journey with ICT. Some of the websites that I have accessed, I have linked to my facebook page and I am constantly building my skills. One of the websites that I have access to is Mindshift and the article that I was particularly interested in is; Four Ways to Think like a Scientist with Science Notebooks. The benefit is to have all of the knowledge at the tip of your fingers, as a gentle reminder or a skillful educating reminder. The unit I am working with during my prac is all about Water, year 2 primary connections and I am sure the science information I have gathered from Mindshift will help a great deal. There are Maths ideas and many more available, that I will continue to explore as I develop my Personal Learning Network.
Tonight, I am finishing activities on being Cybersmart. I have been viewed by a very strange man, who was watching me through the computer screen. My son standing next to me while I was doing this activity and it scared the heck out of both of us. I then went into the Cybersmart website as a part of the connect.ed resources. Although I am familiar with most of the practices, I found that they were far more extensive than I had thought. I particularly like the activity that helped Sammie and Jo work their computer. I believe this would be suitable for prep and year one children. Zippep’s Astro circus looked like an interesting game to play as well.
This was a great learning experience and I found myself looking forward to the next thing. Wendy also found the experience worthwhile and Roslyne found some useful resources and lesson plans on the website, which I will explore more over the next few weeks. Catherine posted some interesting information about fear and how it is a barrier that holds us up. – Yes, I can attest to that one. Not for myself, but I do know people who are overly concerned about using facebook, yet I have also dealt personally with unsafe computer use within my own family. There definitely needs to be a lot of common sense. Cyberbullying seems to be rife in the world today, it’s the knew type of bullying where you don’t actually have to see the bully’s face. – What chickens bullies have become!
I had an amazing meeting with my mentor last week. I have been concerned about prac, as have many others I am sure but was relieved to met her and felt very welcomed into her school. Rosaria, also expressed a good meeting with her mentor as did Hayley. I am lucky to be going into a school that is close to home and I have been there previously. Because I am in the school system, working as a Teacher’s Aide, I have some inside info as well, which is always a good thing. I was terribly nervous and year 2 seemed like it would be a huge jump from prep, but I am getting used to the idea, have lessons planned already and my mentor has given me so much information I have a wealth of info to work from. I have met with my mentor twice and have missed out on meeting the children as yet, but I am eagerly waiting for time to tick on. Bring it on!!!!
I have been busily thinking about how to work ICT into my prac, and I came across Tyahnie’s weblog, which discussed teaching with ICT’s and the repetitive nature of learning. The cartoon used specifies that teaching is repetitive, although we have changed the way we teach. I feel that yes, some teachers who refuse to grow and change may teach like this, however I good teacher who choose to grow and learn with their students update their teaching skills, growing and changing their teaching strategies constantly. A teacher I used to work with once said to me, we are all learning and this continues every day of our lives. – Helen also discusses this topic and states that she has little experience with IWB’s and has not seen teachers using them effectively, due to their individual skills with technology. – I have been working as an Aide for six years and I must admit that I have seen both. Teachers unwilling to use IWB’s well and teacher who have the capacity to use them to create wonderful new interactive lessons that inspire. These are the sorts of lessons that I will endeavor to teach. This is why I want to be a teacher, an educator of the future, to inspire future learners! I felt blessed, when I met with my prac mentor this week as she had everything outlined for me and obviously has a sound knowledge of the ICT world. Em Perri also makes an interesting discussion about the use of ICT’s in her working environment and how she hopes to use them during her prac. Em states that using an iPad in the class significantly saves on time. I would like to back this statement and say that …If you know how to use IWB’s and ICT technology that is efficient, it does save time and make teaching so much more accessible to all, creating inclusive learning opportunities for all and activating learning!