What i’ve learnt …

Morning all! So following the example of some of my fellow students including Matt and Saranna, I want to share with you guys the things i’ve learnt over the last semester! Are yo ready for dis?

1. ICT really make a difference to student learning

ICTs help to maximise student engagement as well as help students to develop the necessary skills to participate in the world outside of school.

2. There are many different types of students

This is an slightly exaggerated, but the principle remains! Differentiation is vitally important in an educational context.

3. As an educator, it’s important to keep learning!

Knowledge is ever growing, ever changing and ever forming, it is important that teachers continue to expand their knowledge to ensure that they remain effective. This could be in the area of technology as well as subject knowledge.

4. Reflective practice is the best!

When we reflect that’s when we can truly examine our strengths and weaknesses and learn.

5. ICT can’t just be replacements.

They need to be amplifying and transforming knowledge as well!

Happy studying guys!

Kate

Semester 1 — TICK

Morning all! I can’t believe semester 1 is almost over! Much like Emma, i’ve found that this semester has had many ups and downs and most of what i’ve done in this course has been trial and error! Much like Matt, i’ve learnt that while ICTs are great, you definitely need a back-up plan!

using technology in the classroom is great! Check out this website for some great tips of how to use different technological resources. However a question that remains in my mind is do ICTs successfully support all learning styles? At the moment is both yes and no. Yes ICTs support different learning styles, but no not all learning styles and preferences can be accommodated at all times. Check out this awesome article for more information on this topic and let me know your thoughts!

Happy studying!

Kate

Prac done and dusted

Morning all!

It’s Monday and i’m not at school right now. I’m home. In my pajamas. Ahh the uni lifestyle! Prac is finished and the semester is almost over! Hence my prac reflection post. There’s been a heap of awesome ones from EDC3100 students over the last few days, including this hilarious post from EDUK8me, Robin’s reflections, Sara’s post and Courtney’s reflections.

So without further ado my thoughts on prac and teaching:

The more pracs that I go on and the further I get into my degree the more I realise that mainstream traditional teaching is not me. I’ve spoken about Montessori before, but I will once again bring her. I am not an authoritarian, I hate lecturing from the front of the classroom, I hate having to spoon feed students who are capable of learning for themselves. Montessori advocates that teachers should act only as guide or facilitators as students explore the world around them developing their own knowledge. consequently I use lots of group work and peer collaboration techniques. When I am just talking to a bunch of students about a topic they are not interested in at all, where is the benefit? Does one teaching method fit all? NO.

Secondly, I have become even more convinced through this prac as well as others that I will never teach in a mainstream Australian school. My passion is for struggling students, the ones who have been forgotten or written off as too stupid. ESL Teaching is also something that I want to look into. I want to teach in low-socioeconomic areas all around the world, helping the people there to break out of the cycle of poverty.

RANT OVER

To end, check out this clip! It has literally been my life for the last three weeks. It is crazy how stupid some students think we are and how much the think we don’t know.

Happy studying!

Teaching for Dummies!

Hola!

This evening, when I was not procrastinating! haha I came across this video: check it out!

It’s true though isn’t it!? I was talking to my sister who is a primary teacher and she said to me, “teaching is 90% acting”. This is something both of my mentor teachers have collaborated! It’s so true though and I didn’t realise until she said it. 90% Acting.

When something goes wrong, pretend it’s fine, need to get angry, pretend, actually having a bad day pretend you’re fine! etc etc etc.

Yet there are still other core teaching skills that I have come across in my pracs so far:

1. Planning

2. Class room management

3. Differentiation

4. Mentoring

5. Technology

6. Teacher-parent communication

7. Formal Observation

Check out this website for some more information on this.

Planning is probably one of the most important aspects of this that I have come across so far. Check out this article for some great examples.

Also check out these great posts from other EDC3100 students who are also on prac at the moment. Maranda’s is a reflection on her first lesson, Angela’s is likewise on planning and her lessons so far and this one also from Angela is about the lack of ICTs in her classroom, which I can relate to!

Adios!

Kate

Interesting Behaviour Management Techniques Direct From the Fountation of all Knowledge — AKA My Mentor Teacher

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Hola mi amigos!

One week of prac done! Yay! Two more to go :)) My first week has been GREAT! Not at all like I was expecting (see my previous post about my practical experience anxieties). I have learnt so much from not only my mentor teachers, but also the other teachers around me, who are amazing teachers (obviously they must be, most of them taught me!). A number of other EDC3100 Students have written awesome reflections of their first week of practical experience. Check out Saranna’s post, Jessica’s post and Jill’s post.

After a week back in school I can definitely relate to this video!


There are some many different types of teachers. But it’s important to remember that just because someone has a different teaching style to yourself, doesn’t mean that they are an ineffective teacher. The mark of a truly good teacher is how they manage challenging students. I don’t know if you’ve come across any, I know I have come across one or two.

And that brings me to:: Interesting Behaviour Management Techniques Direct From the Fountation of all Knowledge — AKA My Mentor Teacher

These a a list of cool behaviour management techniques that my mentor teacher has either shared with me, told me about or I have figured out for myself!

1. USE YOUR INDIVIDUAL SENSE OF HUMOUR. Using your sense of humour will help to build relationships with students. My mentor teacher often shows internet memes or random video clips at strategic intervals such as the beginning of the lesson, as well as the middle and end. It is actually a really effective technique for helping the students to settle down after break or other classes and focus on the content.

2. USE TONE. Changes in tone are really useful. You don’t need to yell at students to show that you are angry, just change your tone of voice to let them know that you are serious.

3. GET ANGRY BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY ARE. This was some advice from my sister who is a primary teacher. She told me that you should never get angry when you actually are, but rather when a situation is starting to get out of hand snuff it out quickly by changing your tone to let the students know that you’re serious!

I’m sure that they’ll be more to come!

Happy studying!

Day One of Prac

Afternoon all!

How are we all going? Day one of fifteen is done and dusted! Yay. A number of other EDC3100 students have also been posting about prac both yesterday and today. Check you these awesome posts from Amanda and Kate.

So today for my first day I eased into prac by attending an all day excursion to nearby Rainbow Beach for my year 8 geography class. It was a great way to get to know the students (that I don’t know … I already know most of them! Check out my post from last week for more info), and spend some time with my mentor teachers (One of whom taught me in grade 12, again see this post!). But most of all it reminded me of my strong belief in the benefits of multi sensory learning.

According to this article, the multi sensory approach can be defined as

an approach that teaches reading and writing (including spelling) through using Auditory (hearing), Visual (sight) and Kinesthetic (movement/touch) pathways. This gives multiple pathways for the information to reach the brain. It is diagnostic as it involves constant testing and reflection on the knowledge of the student.

Check out this clip for some more information on multi sensory approach.

Multi sensory approach also fits with my philosophy of education as it is an important aspect of the Montessori Method. For more information about the Montessori Method check out this youtube clip.

The reason that I advocate both multi sensory approach as well as the Montessori Method is because we won’t always have only visual learners in our classroom, or only auditory and so on, rather there will always be a mixtures of learning styles in any given classroom, therefore, this approach ensures that all students can realistically be catered for. The second reason is that we cannot expected child to grasp concepts when they have no idea how knowledge can be transformed from an abstract idea that they learn in the classroom to real life application. ???

I’d love to hear your thoughts on multi sensory approach as well as your first day of prac!

Happy studying!

Kate

Prac – revisited and revised

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Morning all! I wanted to take this chance to update my post from monday about my prac. A number of other EDC3100 students have likewise been posted the last few weeks about our upcoming practical experience. For instance, check out these posts from Sara and this post.

On Monday I was panicked, and expressed my anxieties about returning to the school that I completed year 6 to year 12 at and graduated from four years ago. Even though four years might seem like a long time, in a small town it isn’t; I still know and am friends with the majority of the students that attend that school. I know them from youth group and church and sport. I meet with my mentor teachers yesterday afternoon after work, one of whom taught me in year 11 and 12, and expressed these anxieties to them; they encouraged me that instead of my already strong relationship with many of the students being a weakness, it will be a strength that I can channel through the right behavioral management techniques.

So, my anxieties have abated, a little, as they are still present. In the four years since  I have been at school, enough has changed that it’ll be weird, like coming home and finding that your sister has stolen your room. Enough is the same that I know my way around and stuff, but enough has changed that i’ll be thrown off. The year 8s that I hung out with and mentored in year 12 are now in year 12…. scary right.

Anyway, check out this site, it offers a heap of great behavior management techniques.

Lastly check out this video, it offers some great ideas.

Happy studying!

Kate