Interlude- I want more prac time!

I echo ‘s sentiments- is 100 days professional experience really enough? Is it enough experience to prepare us to be the best educators we can be? Is it enough to decide if this is the career we are best suited to? Is it enough to establish and maintain relationships with our students, mentors and schools? I know some students vounteer at their local schools for the extra experience and to increase their employment opportunites. Education Queensland states that volunteering at your local school (as a parent or preservice educator) helps build positive relationships between you and the school community.

My question is, do you think you are at an advantage both professionally and in a learning capacity if you are able to volunteer at your local school?

My first day of prac- in retrospect…Part 1.

Long time no see, hello blog. I am sorry I have neglected you. I am been so very busy with prac, trying to show my children a decent amount of love and keeping up with other course loads. I remember feeling guilty about watching the State of Origin game the other week. Even so, this prac was a WONDERFUL experience.

This is a recount/reflection of my first day…

My day began with sitting nervously in the office reception hoping I was smiling nicely+professionally enough without coming across as a crazy- I had no idea what my mentor looked like. I wanted to make a good first impression.

Mentor is lovely! She immediately made me feel at ease and introduced me to other staff. Her classroom is a delight. The behaviour management strategy she has in place looks positive and easy to adopt. The students have their names on pegs and move up and down a series of behabiour models (such as; outstanding, great day, ready to learn, think about choices, teacher’s consequence choice and parent contact).

The clock was ticking closer to 8:45, I would be meeting my Prep class at any moment! I am hoping my ‘get to know you’ activity is going to be a success!

Until next time…

Prac!

Let’s bring prac on! I am anxious and impatient like everyone else. I do realise the work the PE office has to do in order to find our placements etc…but I’m keen! I’m usually not a naturally organised person but I have high hopes to be prepared before I begin professional experience on the 11th of May. Olivia Arthur is also ready to begin- I liked her question “My question is, do any of you have any suggestions on what works for you on PE for your resources, lessons plans, etc?”. I’ve read the Professional Experience Handbook but it is those tried and tested suggestions for remaining organised while on prac that will ensure we spend maximum time teaching and learning to the be the best educators we can be.

Equipping our students with the right skills

The Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians [MCEETYA] (2008) states that in this technologically-advanced age, young learners need to be aptly equipped with the skills to use Information Technology Communications (ICTs). It is the role of the educator to ensure that learning experiences within the classroom acknowledge the continuing changes in the methods people communicate, share information and further develop innovative technologies.

Melbourne Declaration

Scootle Resources

The resource is titled, Alphabet Town.

This resource focuses on giving students the opportunity to know that spoken sounds and words can be written down using letters of the alphabet. The game is bright and engaging and requires the interaction of the student to recognise letters and sounds through engaging illustrations and graphics. They are then able to learn how to write some high-frequency sight words and known words from our own vocaulary.

The resource aligns with the Australian Curriculum and allows the student to recognise the most common sound made by each letter of the alphabet, including consonants and short vowel sounds.

On an unrelated (ish) topic- I have to thank Mandy for her assistance with attributing images in Wix. I was having a panic today and her post was a lifesaver!

Technological Assumptions

I enjoyed reading Postman’s “Five things we need to know about technological change” and hope to keep the ‘things’ in my mind the next time I catch myself spouting some indignant rant about the use of social media or other child-related technological garble.

Funnily, I agree that technology and media can become ‘mythic’ and the assumption that current advances have been around forever or have evolved from something else is very apparent in my household.

I am a mother of two young boys, aged two and three. We have two laptops, one television and two mobile-phones in our household- so a modest accumulation of devices, I hope? My technologically-stubborn husband tried to explain to the boys that ‘back in his day’ having a computer was considered a luxury and that they were usually bulky in size and not portable. He went on to add that most households had a phone that plugged into the wall and that if you needed to contact someone- you rang their telephone and continued to ring them back until you reached them. The boys found it difficult to imagine an existence where you are rooted to one physical area to communicate and be entertained. For them, the convenience and accessibility of technology has always been ‘on the go’.

Time for a blog plug! I have enjoyed reading Tanya’s blogs these last couple of weeks and like that you try to engage your reader by asking about their learning progress- a sign of a good teacher!