ICT Issues!

Prac was amazing, tiring, sleepless and so much fun. The sleepless nights came from trying to incorporate ICTs into my lessons in a way that wasnt just replacement, finding relevant, appropriate sites that would amplify a lesson and then hoping the following days those sites would work at school – most outcomes were NO!

Sites that i could use at home didn’t work at school, or the iPads were all flat, the students didnt know their passwords for the class computers – EVER – and they weren’t going to be updated until after the new computer lab was built which is sometime next term (last term teachers were told sometime this term) the IWB was the only consist ICT that worked without fail, oh no thats right it decided enough was enough on the second last day and refused to respond, completely frozen in time AARRGGHH As 

If not for ICT the prac was fabulous, my mentor has asked for me to return for my internship, he even wanted to offer me a contract for next year when he’s off having an operation (but i will not have finished uni in time) and the school co-ordinator said she has heard nothing but good things, so come back for my internship and maybe there will be a job waiting for me (im sure they all say that) but overall im feeling great!

I found this article interesting “How to find a job when you graduate” not just teachers but all uni students – the one that stood out was have a squeaky clean digital footprint – very relevant for teachers, as i had a couple of year 6 students ask to be my friend on facebook! ummm not gonna happen.


Final day done and dusted

OMG prac has finished – what will i do with all my free time – thats right i have a mountain of uni assignments to do !!

After loads of hugs from the kids (all day) and them telling me im the best teacher ever (next week it will be someone else haha), presents from my mentor and a lovely card, As 

The last day was so much fun my mentor decided to throw me a farewell party, (i called it a celebration, be called it a mourning)  the kids brought in a plate to share and morning session was set with games and balloons and lots of party food – only to discover on friday morning as i walk into the classroom my mentor looks at me with a oh no i have to tell you something face! The school is having some special visitors and our classroom is being audited! party out – impromptu punctuation lesson instead :(( i thought the kids would throw a huge tantrum but they took it well and i had to think on my feet to create a 1 1/2hr literacy lesson – so we reviewed all the punctuation we had be learning over the week and nouns and verbs were from the week  – NO ICTs in this lesson as the IWB had thrown in the towel yesterday and is yet to be fixed, iPads were all out in other classrooms and the classroom computers hadnt worked since day one, we made it thru, the auditors DIDN’T show up as they had spent their 2hrs in a meeting with the principle and didnt even make it out to the classrooms and we decided 15mins before the lunch bell to PARTY – what a great little class!!!