My School’s Daily Routine

When I first started my prac I was really anxious about knowing where to be and when to be there. As Corey points out, there are so many things running through your head when you start prac, so I decided I needed to make it easier to remember and consolidate what I knew with an infographic. I made this one in easel.ly. I have really been loving my infographics during this course, I didn’t realise how easy they are to make and there is a variety of websites (linked throughout my blog site) that provide templates and software for a range of infographic purposes. Through this experience I’ve learnt that I am a visual learner, sometimes it’s like I take a photo in my mind of the things I see and it makes retrieval from my memory so much faster. Learning this about myself has also helped me to form a deeper understanding of my students.

DailySchoolRoutine

Theories, Models and Frameworks

Theory Purpose Application to Assignment 3/Professional Experience
CLEM Model Help understand how to learn about a new ICT and how to use it to enhance student learning.  planning process for Part B.
TPACK framework Technological pedagogical content knowledge framework used to assist teachers in reflecting on the intersection of their teaching, content knowledge and integration of technology.  Part D
Backwards design Used as a process for planning

 

Lesson plans and Part B
SAMR Model Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition – used to classify and assess the use effective of ICT’s in lesson planning

 

Part B, C and D
TIP Model (Technology Integration Planning) A flow chart used to assist integrating technology into planning

 

I won’t use this model
The 5Es Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate is a framework used for inquiry based teaching and learning Part C for lessons that use inquiry
WALT & WILF We Are Learning To & What I’m Looking For are ways to engage learners in what they are going to learn and what aspects they need to concentrate on Part C for lesson planning – explicit teaching
Connectivism Used as a learning theory that emphasises the impact and role of the social and cultural contexts Part D
Bloom’s taxonomy Used as a framework to structure planning Part B and C
Postman’s 5 things My blog on postman’s 5 Possibly part A – winners and losers/positives and negatives
Toolbelt theory/TEST framework A theory used to support the use of ICT’s as tools. Task, Environment, Skills, Tools
PKM Used to understand own learning processes and procedures Follow this to actually get the assignment done

Connect.ed Modules

As a fellow student Sandra has pointed out there are many concerns about child safety addressed in the Connect.ed course modules available online for free. I was particularly interested in the simulations of social media interactions from a teenager’s perspective. There seems to be a lot of pressure on teenagers when school follows them home through social media. Teenagers are dealing with public comments and interactions with other adolescent’s who may not be mature enough to put enough thought into the consequences of the things they say to each other. Yet it was interesting that in response to the adult opinion that there is too much pressure on teenagers who are using social media, the teenager responds that there would be more social pressure on them if they weren’t using social media sites.

Here is my certificate of completion for the course: Professional Development Cybersmart

Time for Reflection

My mind is still reeling from the whirlwind of prac. I lived and breathed that school, that class, this subject from the time I started planning with my mentor during the school holidays, through weekends, late nights and now it’s all come to a sudden end. Breathe. It ended with a sneaky surprise farewell party in the library, laughs and stories of how it was orchestrated without me knowing, cards, drawings and an amazingly beautiful arrangement of roses and carnations. So many things are coming back to me now and I’m finding myself following a train of thought “what will I do next?”, “how will I address this?” and then realising I won’t be addressing anything next… it’s over. It’s over? Woohoo! What a feeling of success, what a great milestone to reach! I am looking forward to this final assessment task of reflection so that I can sort out my crowded mind. I am feeling prepared for my 4th year prac, I feel that I learned and developed lots of skills and I’m really on my way to becoming a teacher 😀

First Week Nearly Down

Today was another great day on prac. I have an amazingly supportive mentor who is keen to integrate ICT’s where possible and dedicated to teaching his students – including me! I feel so blessed to have landed such an awesome teacher! 😎

I’ve taught a few lessons, one on copying and pasting images from Google images (including searching for images that are available for reuse) into an information report, handwriting, introducing area (2 lessons), ordering 3 digit numbers, and tomorrow I will teach grammar conventions and religion.

My first biggest hurdle has been behaviour management but thankfully I’ve managed to nip that in the bud. Half way through one of my lessons during group work the kids all started asking to go to the toilet, then they all wanted drinks and then it just got ridiculous! My mentor suggested that the very next time I had a lesson I start off with how I felt disappointed last time with their behaviour and explain it to them, I did, and it worked.

I am utterly exhausted at the end of every day. Cheers to tomorrow being Friday!

How do you feel about all those eyes on you?

This is for you Mason Goad in response to: Getting ready for Professional Experience.

I can relate to fellow EDC3100 student Mason who compares getting up in front of a class and being on the starting blocks at the pool. I am a swimmer. I’ve been always been a fish in the water, growing up in Sydney I was trained by Doug Frost in Padstow. Every Friday night was carnival night, but do you think I could get on those blocks? I did it once and got stage fright & couldn’t finish the 100m, buckling under pressure I stopped after just 50m. You see, I felt like all eyes were on me, I always felt like that, and I hated it!

But over the years I started to realise that thinking like that was holding me back from reaching my potential and achieving goals in my life. I looked at people public speaking and wondered, “how do they do that? Aren’t they worried about all these people judging them? What does it feel like to be up there with all these people looking at them, aren’t they nervous?” And then I had some realisations.

  1. Most people I talked to about public speaking felt nervous just like me
  2. Whenever I observed a public speaker making mistakes, the audience generally didn’t seem to notice or didn’t care
  3. Good public speakers make the audience feel like they’re the only person in the room and the audience get absorbed into the moment
  4. If you can have a one on one conversation with a person, then you can speak to a larger audience

Then I started to talk myself into pushing the boundaries and I started to experiment with talking to larger and larger groups. I learnt the following things:

  1. Always be prepared to find all eyes on you and realise deeply that it’s ok
  2. When children are staring at you seemingly emotionless (even when you’re smiling at them), they could actually be laughing inside, loving you inside or feeling any other emotion that isn’t evident by the looks on their faces
  3. Make eye contact with as many people in the group as possible, to connect with your audience – it helps to encourage them to participate and respond to you
  4. You have to practice self-talk when you’re in front of an audience and tell yourself positive things like “they love you, you’re doing great, breathe, relax, let go, it’s ok”

Now, I still get nervous but I’ve learnt tools that help me to cope, and that means I can endeavour to reach my goals and move on to bigger and better things without that public speaking issue holding me back.

My goal is to one day have something profound enough to share, and present in a TED talk. I want to do this because it would push me far outside my comfort zone, and for some weird reason, I like to do that to myself from time to time. I think it’s the great feelings of success that come after you’ve achieved something that you once thought you would NEVER dream of doing.