Monthly Archives: October 2013

Reflection on my 1st week on prac

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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. 

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My Interactive whiteboard resources!

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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.