This is my final blog for EDC3100!

As I put my finishing touches on Assignment 3, I too like Kaylene am looking forward to the end of this unit and spending some quality time with my husband and two daughters who are always very patient and understanding when it comes to my uni work.

I have learnt a great deal throughout this unit and have broken down some of my barriers when it comes to letting down my guard a little to enjoy what ICTs have to offer.  This is not always easy to do when you are a mature aged student and have been cautious about personal information going onto the internet.

Although this is my last post under EDC3100, I intend to continue using my blog site for the remainder of my degree and maybe throughout my teaching career.  It’s good practice to keep up ICTs.

Until next time…happy blogging!

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My computer had a problem?!

So…over the weekend I was doing assignment work and while I was doing this, a message came up to say that my computer had a virus!  This seemed very strange to me as I have had my Apple Mac now for three and a half years now and never once have I had this message.  Needless to say, I was mortified!!  I had not access to support via apple as this was in the late hours of the night.  So, here I was, faced with this dilemma, and not sure what I was going to do.

After I had calmed myself, I started to look through my computer system to see if there was anything out of the ordinary.  I boiled it down to an app I downloaded through the internet, not the Apple Apps.  After about three hours of trying different things, and numerous amounts of Google searches, my computer is now finally cleaned and upgraded now with Avira (for extra virus protection).

I can honestly say that had I not done EDC3100 ICT & Pedagogy, I would have just simply waited until I could see an IT person about this.  I feel proud that I persisted with finding things out for myself.

Until next time…happy blogging!

15 days in Prep….Finished!

As there is only 1 day left for myself and professional experience, I thought I would reflect on what was the 15 days in Prep!  Like Wendy, I too have had an amazing mentor that genuinely loves her job and the children she teaches.  I have learnt so much from her…things I am sure to take with me and hopefully apply once I have graduated and started my own teaching career.

From my very first lesson that I taught to now, have have seen myself grow in confidence.  I was able to teach in a variety of areas, including English, Maths and Geography.  Although ICTs were at a minimum, I believe that I was still able to enhance the student’s learning.  My mentor gave me valueable feedback after each lesson I conducted, however the most valuable was this: when you do a lesson, always try to remember what you did RIGHT!  We beat ourselves up if something went wrong as it is easier to focus on the negatives.  Although there is always room for improvement, so to is there room to praise yourself with some positives.  I will always keep this in mind.

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So here I am, almost finished prac and can honestly say that I will be sad to leave.  The student’s have welcomed me and I just want to keep teaching them!  As for my mentor teacher, I hope I get to work with her again!

Until next time…happy blogging!

Week 1 Professional Experience Reflection

With week 1 of Professional Experience completed, I thought I would share my experience so far.  Let me just begin with saying that my mentor teacher is amazing.  She has welcomed me into her prep classroom with open arms and in just this first week I have learnt so much from her.  She has developed a lot of the resources that she uses in her classroom and has had no hesitation to give me access to them to use while on prac and beyond.  With my experience being so good, I do however feel for Kaylene when I read her post about her experience…my how mentor teachers can differ dramatically.  Hang in there Kaylene!

Like Charmaine, I too completed my first teaching lesson last Friday only mine was for an English lesson.  I was quite nervous to say the least when standing in front of a class of 25 plus prep children…they can be quite intimidating.  The lesson went ok but like anything there is always room for improvement.  Once the lesson was completed, my mentor teacher said to do my reflection while it was fresh in my mind.  She said to always start with what I did right because sometimes we are too hard on ourselves and just focus on what we did wrong or what can be improved, forgetting that we also did some good things during the lesson as well.

Now I’m in the middle of week 2 and now focusing on doing more lesson plans including maths and science.  I have been heavily involved with teaching small groups during English and Maths rotation groups since the first day of prac that my mentor teacher allows me to make judgements on how the activities are going and to adjust if needed.  Sometimes by doing this, it’s the best way to learn.

Until next time…happy blogging!

A technical issue in class today.

A couple of days ago, I got to class all ready to begin with the roll call and calendar. The roll is done via computer and needs to be collected by 9.30am at the latest. The teachers at my prac school have all been issued with new laptops and unfortunately my mentors computer decided not to work.

As many of the learning experiences are on her computer, she now had to go to alternative arrangements which seems to throw the class out of routine.  She found out yesterday that the new computer no longer works, so now has to wait for a new one to get issued which might take a while.  Like Brittany mentioned, it is essential to have both paper and computer records for such emergencies.  I suppose that is why it is good practice to source a multitude of resources not just ICT ones.

Until next time…happy blogging!

First day of Professional Experience done!

Well my first day of professional experience is complete and I must say I am feeling pretty good about how the remainder of prac will go.  My mentor teacher is amazing.  Her presence in the classroom is something to be reckoned with.  She is so calm and speaks to students with a great amount of respect.  I can see why the students really like her.  The students were surprising good all day considering that here I am, a new person in the classroom, which can have some distractions in it self.  After a short time, I have already put some students names to faces and I believe I will have this down pat by the end of the week.

The class is not very equipped with ICTs however my mentor teacher seems to do pretty well when delivering her lesson plans to keep the students engaged.  The classroom has an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) but unfortunately it’s not working at the moment and is unlikely to be throughout my 15 days in the class.  This will prove to be challenging however I’m not going to dwell over what I can’t fix, I will focus on what I can do.

During lunch break, my mentor teacher and I went through the weekly plan and discussed what I will be teaching and I must say I am looking forward to it. I will be in charge of doing the roll and calendar every morning and also will be helping with group activities for reading, maths and english.  Everything is so planned and organised and by the end of the week I will be delivering my first lesson plan to the students.  Let’s hope it goes well.

Until next time…happy blogging!

Prac is here…let’s go!

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I have finally found out where I am going for Professional Experience so I am able to now get the ball rolling on what is needed for both prac and Assignment 3 by making a list of things that I need to remember. I thought about also using Trello for keeping notes like Sandy however I decided that it would be just as easy to make up a manual list instead (which I keep adding to).

Last Friday, I had a chance to visit my mentor teacher and the prep class that I will be teaching and I must say with only having met her and the children for only about half an hour, I am very excited for this prac. My mentor teacher had lots of resources ready for me to look over prior to starting on Monday, which was great. Like Amy, this is also my first prac in a state school so I will be looking forward to how teaching will differ between Catholic and non-Catholic Schools. My mentor teacher introduced me briefly to the C2C documents that they use for teaching their units and this term the students are learning about Fairy tales.

From my brief visit, ICTs seem to be limited to the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) and iPads so I will be utilising these to their full potential to provide ICT-rich learning experiences during prac. Here’s hoping I can do it.

Until next time…happy blogging!