So much to learn…

Another post from fellow students – Morphed and Teaching the unfamiliar

I definitely felt the same way as they did. I felt quite nervous and unprepared even when I had done my preparation days before… I sometimes think-aloud wrongly or the things i write down wrong does not match what i was talking about, students corrected me for my mistakes..

I am always wondering if I am doing it correctly – content and teaching.. Massive thank you to my mentor, she taught me that there is no correct or wrong way to teach, we need to adjust our teaching as we go – to meet the students’ needs, we need to be flexible as something worked today might not work tomorrow.

Although I have mainly shadowed my mentor’s behaviour management and teaching strategies, i think that’s a good start for a fresh student-teacher in a primary settings.

Two useful websites my mentor have used for homework instead of giving worksheets, which I think i will use these in my future teaching. Studyladder and ReadTheory. The good thing of studyladder is that teacher can sets different activities to suit students’ needs, and also if students achieve points – students get to get merit certificates – which will encourage them to use it.

another reflection on my teaching

Just like this fellow student, in her post Teaching Conundrums, i can relate to her so well.. me too have a lot of trouble teaching something I know well.. Just like her, I had to do research before every lesson I will teach – just to make sure that i am teaching the students the correct knowledge, and also of course to be able to demonstrate the AITSL standards – know the content and how to teach it…

Being a teacher is high challenging, however rewarding and worthy. You are not only teaching, but also learning from the students.

more sites…

So… what if students started to tuned-out while you’re teaching at the front, or students not listening / not paying attention while you’re teaching?…

I have tried this, and it worked amazing. a random name selector..

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Students will know that they will need to listen as there is a chance that they might get pick, and it they’re not listening, then they won’t be able to answer any questions the teacher asked.

Very unfortunately… I have this planned and on that morning, the school’s internet broke down and I wasn’t able to use this! I had to change, so I used paddle pop sticks instead.. Although I didn’t get the chance to use this, the children loved the idea of paddle pop sticks.. They kept asking me to use the paddle pop sticks when I want them to answer my questions (instead of put their hands up..)

 

Some useful sites i used on PE

So….. the touch function of the IWB in my classroom was broken… what to do….???

Here is a website that David gave I found really useful.

I have mainly used the IWB for PPT slides and showing videos. However, my ppt slides incorporate more than just showing/presenting information (which I’m very proud of). My mentor have asked to give her all the resources I have created so she can use them in the future. Some of the ppt slides I made were shared with other classroom’s educator because they liked them a lot.

I have used ppt for all the lessons I have taught. I have taught mainly English and Maths lessons, and small groups lessons.

I’ve just stumbled across Emma’s blog post, it was great to see that she had a great PE. She mentioned that this prac is her best prac ever, I can say that i feel the same way as she did! As I have already mentioned in my previous post, the positivity and supports that I receive made a huge difference on my learning (I had some friends who had their prac with dodgy mentors – i know i shouldn’t have use this word, however it was just bad luck). It’s nice to see that she only have 35 days more!

I am not far away to complete my prac days. 45 days more – 25 days PE and 20 days internship. I can only hope that i will be able to return to the same site! finger cross…

To get 5/5 marks for learning journal

After receiving the learning journal report from David, here I am to catch up the missing marks!

I have just completed the very last learning path, so first 5 marks checked!!!

I still need to write a few post with links as I only achieve 3/5 marks – 50% of my post contained link, can’t remember how many posts I have included links, would be so helpful if David have included the number of posts that have links. So to get more than 60% – that would just another 2/3 more post with links…

I only had 1 post linked to other students. According to the last learning path, it says “Included links to another EDC3100 student’s blog post in more than 2 of those posts, so two more to go….

and then I’m done!! 5 marks secured!!

 

 

The end of PE

The last two weeks of PE went so quickly. I was so busy that I didn’t have time to write any blog post. I enjoyed this PE, my mentor was really great, the children as well. Although there were times where the behaviour are challenging, however, the school’s behaviour management works well to keep students on track.

I have gained a lot of experience and insights with my mentor and other teachers at the school. My class swaps with the class next door for Science and Geography lessons, so I get to see different teaching strategies and I also get to teach one Geography lesson (next door’s children), and it was a great experience. I have also involved in Music, PE, religious and You Can Do It! program.

I have had a chance to participate some training on the pupil free day – which was again, great experience – I get to navigate around (together with a teacher from the school as my mentor was away that day for PD) the one school and one portal, and did some students protection training.

I took the classes as much as I can, and my mentor was very supportive and gave lots of feedback to me.

I am really glad that I had my practical at this school (hoping to return to this site for the next PE and internship), and a great mentor. It really does made learning so much more easier!

With all the positive experiences and supportive environment, and mentor for my very first prac in a primary settings, I can say that I really look forward to teach in primary settings in the future!

 

 

Day 3-5 prac

Had a busy week last week, my mentor settling the children from school holidays, getting the time table fixed (as there were some changes) etc etc. 

Officially completed the first week of prac, I can say that I’m very glad that one week is over (don’t get me wrong, not that I’m not enjoying it). Last week I was taking small groups activity during the classes, and didn’t have much ICT integrate in the lesson plans. 

My mentor asked me to run small groups to get to know the students better as the students are at different levels and there are a lot of differentiation going on in the classroom, for example there are students who are really strong in maths – different kind of activities or worksheets will be given to the students, and student with special needs will also have a different activity and extra support will be given too. 

Last week for English I had to teach aw and au sounds, so I thought that it would be a great idea to put a video up for my group of students to watch – aw au sounds and oddballs. Had it all planned out nicely – will be using the classroom’s computer at the back as my group of students will sit down on the mat at the back area. 

So… First problem: I didn’t know that YouTube is not allowed (statewide block by QLD government) until I logged on the computer and tried to get into YouTube. So I had to ask my mentor to log in with her details as she can access YouTube, so i will be able to connect to YouTube and show the children the video. 

Second problem: when I was about to play it, surprise surprise the sound icon has a red x on it, means it’s not working. Clicked on it and saw – no speakers or earphones are detected!!! Bummer!! My students were quite excited that we were going to watch something on YouTube! Some of the students suggested that: “you need to press this/that (pointing at the computer)”, and one of them come up and show me “I’ll do it, I’ll do it for you, it was on mute.” Clearly the students thought that it was on mute, however the issue was that there were no output -speakers. So I was not able to show the videos and had to jump straight in the activity worksheet. My mentor said we might be able to show it after lunch time at quiet reading time, however when the students came back from lunch, the students got really excited for quiet reading time – as there will be a group of students (with 20 or more ticks/stickers for good behaviours) to have free time. 

On Friday (day 4), I mainly focused on observing my mentor teacher and take some small groups my self. As my mentor had a very busy and rush start for the week, she wasn’t able to show me the ways that she always run a lesson. The school and teachers use a specific lesson procedure. (I will not include here as I think it is consider as confidential information.) So my mentor asked me to observe on Friday so I can have a good idea of how she runs the classroom and the lessons, so I’ll be able to take the class next week. 

Day 5 

Whewww.. So I was in charged of the class today and took most of the lessons. Most of my lessons today include the use of ICT – IWB and PowerPoint slides. 

I think using ppt slides have engaged students as it gained their attention. Pro: colourful, pictures and animated. 

My mentor has the clicker and asked me to use it so I can move around the classroom while I’m teaching. It was really handy, so I can move around the classroom to ensure students are listening. 

Problem: I accidentally clicked too fast and had to go back to the previous slide. Tried clicking the arrow thingy but just won’t work. Had to walk back to the table and physically press the button and standing there and pressing because the clicker doesn’t seem to work!!! Had the same issue in all lessons that involves using ppt slides! Might have to check how to use it! 

Overall, the use of ppt slides really gained students’ attention and they were engaging with the content. So I’m really happy!