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.

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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!!!

Sound Waves

Each Monday morning, my class and the class next door combine and are introduced to the new Sound of the week. It has been my task last week and this week to deliver this lesson and last week i was able to use an interactive game for the students to sort and match the “ee, ey, ea” words into their correct groups. This week the “mm, m & mb” sounds are proving troublesome to find a relevant interactive online task to accompany my brain storm/discussion. The students usually display their prior knowledge as each join me at the white board and write up what words contain these sounds. The school uses the Sound Waves program- a phonemic approach to learning – students in my class at are three different levels catering for the students individual learning needs.

And so begins wk 3

Week three is about to begin and i am feeling tired. The excitement of the first week has slightly washed away with the feeling of LOTS of lesson planning coming up in the final week! I do LOVE the classroom but i am just not used to working full time while juggling my usual responsibilities and i feel a little bit like my head is spinning!

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System Down

Dont stress if the system is down at school because i know we are all so over planned for that scenario that we will just pull out our back up plan – a wonderful hands on activity that we were hoping to incorporate anyway 😀

BUT what happens when the system is down at home arrghh! yesterday i had a big day of lesson planning and assignments all planned for when my internet at home crashes?!?! What this never happens, the babysitter is lined up so i can have a quiet house and theres no internet – how did teachers plan and uni students study before the internet?!  Im sure there was a lot more use of the library and school resource books must have been plentiful but i was not prepared for this obstacle. Luckily my mobile phone data was still working so i tethered the mobile hot spot to my laptop and went on my merry way… hours of sitting in front of the computer ahead of me. As 

P.s. When my internet finally came back on (24hrs later!) google couldnt even tell me how teachers taught before the internet – i got pages and pages of how the internet is helping teachers and found this blog proving how it can transform learning – nice story, my goal!79048233_2219077b

WALT & WILF

so heading into my literacy lesson my mentor says i would like you to use the WALT poster today… ummm ok i think unsure about what he speaking about?!?! Havent heard that acronym before, as i had of course seen the poster on his wall but had not seen him use it. I must have had a confused look on my face because he said have you not heard of it? haha no i say so he simply tell me it stands for  What We Are Learning To… and says what are the objectives of your lesson, after a million ideas flying threw my head i try to remember back to what i had written on my lesson plan and he just says your over thinking it! So after finishing my lesson and using the WALT poster (dont know how successfully) i had a big list of what im looking for written on the board to guide the students writing. When i get home i search WALT and discover this site  which informs me WILF goes together with WALT so i was on track without even knowing it – phew!

Lesson Plans

so after being told by my mentor what im going to be teaching during the week i rush home and complete my  EDC3100 Prac Lesson Plans  and email them to him. The next morning he kindly says he doesnt expect me to do lesson plans which i smile and say thanks but uni expects them of me. He has hanging on the white board a poster showing  “I do – We do → You do” as shared by 

Behaviour Management

I have found myself in a wonderful room where behaviour management isnt a huge issue. Of course i still have students trying to speak over each other every now and again but it doesnt take too much effort to bring them back to focus. There was one little boy who was testing me last week…. he has ASD and i asked him to write a dear diary entry in his journal book – now you think this would be very straight forward but to him this was a big deal as i was asking his to write about what he expected to see and do at the show (our class excursion for the next day) unfortunately he was adamant that the journal book was only for writing about their weekend (class routine is every monday they write an entry about their weekend) so that was it for him for the rest of that lesson he refused to work. As M

Week One – Done!

Finished week one of prac and have to say im exhausted! not used to this working full time stuff and running the kids around im like a headless chicken and my friends informed me i have fallen off the face of the planet but i sure did enjoy it! Done the Interim Report with my mentor on wednesday as thursday we got the pleasure of taking all the students from the SEP on a full day excursion to the show – and that wasnt all smooth sailing but i definitely did learn a lot from my mentor! Reflecting with my mentor about my first few days – relieved to say he was happy with my progress and we decided the key component for me to focus on in the next week is to keep the expectations of the students high – new teacher doesn’t mean slack off and have an easy ride they still need to put in their best work! Aparently im too nice haha As 

FUN!

egg carton addition.jpgOhh i do love being in the classroom, what a great day we had!! I totally agree with  i can get so overwhelmed when assignments are piling up that i think whhyyyy am i doing this and being back in the classroom reminds me exactly why!! The nerves went out the window once i arrived and i think i had the most relaxed day i have ever in a classroom, i think it was the energy from the mentor, very relaxed which the children in the SEP responded very well too.

So i had spent all weekend planning for my maths block to teach today (egg carton addition & an interactive addition game) but Unfortunately all the computers/internet were down in the whole region – luckily i had over planned and had a back up hands-on activity prepared (dominos addition), which the mentor was pretty happy with – i also fished out the IWB from behind a wall of stuff (for some reason i could get that working today but no other ICT ?!?!) so that was fun playing with and used it to introduce the lesson, and because it was out in the open and switched ON the mentor decided to use it too