As the second week of my prac placement draws to a close I have been reflecting on what I have learnt so far and what I am going to improve on during my final week. I am thoroughly enjoying my time in a Prep classroom, the children in my class are beautiful and my mentor teacher is amazing. I could not have asked for a better first prac in a school. I am pretty proud of myself for learning all 24 names within 3 days! I am feeling a lot more confident to teach lessons in my second week and if I forget anything such as rhymes or whats next, they excitedly remind me. Bless.
The school I am at follow the C2C, I am lucky enough to be able to adjust some of the lessons as they are a bit dry. My mentor has allowed me to make adjustments to the lessons to make them a bit more engaging for the children and they have loved it. I am going to miss the children once prac is over but it has definitely reignited my passion for teaching (I work in childcare management so I haven’t worked in rooms with children as such for many years). I hope everyone is enjoying their prac as much as I am and learning valuable insights into the world of teaching.
Part of this week’s requirements is to complete a table as an overview of all the theory’s we have learnt in our course so far and how we might use them in our Assignment 3. Below is the table I completed with some ideas on which sections of the Assignment I can include the theories into.
||Application to Assignment 3/Professional Experience
|| Help understand how to learn about a new ICT and how to use it to enhance student learning.
||TPACK helps to identify knowledge required by teachers for ICT integration in their teaching,
||This will be useful for Part D of my assignment
||Method of designing learning by setting goals before choosing instructional methods and forms of assessment.
||I used this in assignment 2 and would like to use it again for assignment 3 possibly
||Useful for teachers to assess how ICTs are being used in the classroom.
||The SAMR model could be helpful for Part B
||Assesses student skills and capabilities with ICT’s to determine how to use the ICT to enhance education.
||The 5 E’s is a model which builds or contructs on learners old ideas with new ideas.
||I find the 5E’s useful when planning lessons
|WALT & WILF
||Useful for developing lesson objectives.
||Theory similar to Vygotsky’s ‘zone of proximal development’ (ZPD)
||I like connectivism for designing lesson plans, and Part A of the assignment
||refers to a classification of the different learning objectives that educators set up for students.
||I will be using this theory in designing my lesson plans and Part B of the assignment
|Postman’s 5 things
||A framework useful for identifying if ICT has been beneficial in students learning
|Toolbelt theory/TEST framework
||Used for deciding which ICT’s can be used effectively for learning experiences and learners. Task, Environment, Skills and Tools –
||Not really sure how to explain this one
In preparing for prac, I thought it would be a handy idea for me to look up how to actually use an interactive whiteboard. My interactive whiteboard skills consist of a 10 minute introduction by my mentor after I expressed my interest in their whiteboard as I had never really seen one and certainly never used one! So it’s safe to say that my skills are fairly limited. I decided to Google interactive whiteboards so that I could learn more about them after sparking my interest after the study desk reading. I came across a PowerPoint presentation created by Tom Barrett called 33 interesting ways to use your interactive whiteboard. This is a really useful slide with links to online applications that can be used with the whiteboard to enhance teaching and there is also links to YouTube videos that demonstrate how to use interactive whiteboards…which is great for newbies like me!
I am preparing my lesson plans for my prac, I have not previously been on a prac in a school so unfortunately I do not have any previous lesson plans I can use. I am really lucky because I am going to be planning lessons for Prep Geography from the Australian Curriculum and I had used this for my Unit plan in Assignment 2 so at least I have an outline I can use.
I have found this course really challenging at times but I have to say, learning how to use Diigo has really made my studies more organised as I no longer have a thousand pieces of paper with websites and online readings scribbled down for later reference. No longer am I having heart attacks when I lose those pieces of paper either! Diigo allows you to organize and tag websites that you find useful so that at a later date you can see all the resources you have tagged relating to that topic. It has already been such a help in developing my lesson plans as I am able to use great resources that I have found weeks ago and had forgotten about which means one less stress in preparing lesson plans!
So it’s been a week since I met with my mentor that I will be completing prac with. And I feel a little bad that I really haven’t progressed to far on developing my lesson plans. I hope you all have an amazing mentor, my mentor was able to send me a copy of the planning (Backwards mapping) that she had completed for the previous Geography unit that was completed 2 terms ago. This has been a huge help to see what they have been learning, and I am a little jealous that we have to put so much information into our lesson plans yet it doesn’t seem that when we are teaching in schools we won’t have to follow such detail. But then again, I understand that it is important for us to complete whole lesson plans as we are learning the ropes and need to understand all aspects of planning an effective curriculum for children’s learning under the Australian Curriculum.
I did find it interesting as well that my mentor sent me the C2C curriculum for Prep Geography to have a look at to get ideas for planning my lesson plans. My mentor did explain that she doesn’t follow the C2C as it is very dry and consists of a lot of mat time learning for the children. After reading it, I did get some ideas which was really helpful but I have to agree that the lessons definitely need jazzing up. Goodluck everyone on your prac!
So it’s been a little while since I have blogged and I feel a little behind the eightball with module 3. Trying to get my head around all the requirements for assignment 3 and preparing my lesson plans for prac….ah I feel like the end of semester is approaching but there is still such a workload to get through!
I thought I would share a resource that I have used in my work in Early Childhood centers to support educators with reflection. A big part of Assignment 3 is reflecting on our prac and lesson we have learnt while teaching. I have found the Reflections resource from Gowrie really useful. The Summer Edition from 2011 has an article on critical reflection and layers of reflection that educators/teacher should use when reflecting on their teaching practices. If you are wondering how and what we reflect on after reading through the weekly studydesk readings still, have a look at this….hopefully it might help.