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The end of the line

Well, I have finally finished this subject. It has been great getting to know everyone in my Personal Learning Network and watching their journey alongside mine during this semester. Although this subject was tough to get through and the workload was extensive, I think I have learnt some valuable lessons. I hope everyone has a successful rest of their semester.

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Day 15 – Reflection – EDC3100 Prac

Today just finished off yesterday’s lesson objectives, and I finished recording each of the students voiceovers for their advertisements. It was so great to work with the kids, and I’m so happy that they all got to record, and I’m excited to create the video for the class.

My mentor reiterated her joy at my use of ICTs in the classroom, and asked me to give her all the resources I created over the past 3 weeks, so that she could use them in the future. She loved the idea of using PowerPoints for each lesson, as it quickens the pace and ensures students actually get more work time than worrying about fussing over rubbing off the whiteboard to write up new concepts. It is definitely a much more efficient way of doing lessons, and she said she will be using it for the future. I have decided I am going to buy the Scratch for Kids for Dummies book as well, as Scratch is something I really want to incorporate when I finally become a teacher. I found Sabeeca’s post interesting to read, as Quality ICTs integration is something we can all strive for.

As today was my last day, I went around and spoke to all the students about their time with me in the classroom, and got lots of positive comments about the use of ICT. One student even said that I had made her love English again, which was something that really touched my heart. I feel as though this unit was very successful, and I can honestly say this was one of my best pracs ever. I now have only 35 days left out of the 100, and 20 of those are my internship, so it’s great to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!

I hope everyone else in my PLN has had a great prac, and to those who are still going, I hope it goes quickly for you!

Now I’d better get onto the assignment, as I only have 5 days left to do it!

Day 14 – Reflection – EDC3100 Prac

Today, I was able to continue a lesson on the creation of the advertisements by the students. They were also able to start creating their scripts for their voiceovers. Students were incorporating ICTs into the lesson by using computers in the lab, and it was great to see them learning about all different types of methods to create their posters and make them interesting.

My mentor was very excited by the work we were seeing from the students, and found that it definitely enhanced what would have been a very boring C2C unit. The students all made positive comments about being able to use the computers for their posters, and I felt as though today’s lessons worked really well today.

Tomorrow I will make sure all the recording is done for the scripts so that I can create a video for the students to showcase their work.

Day 13 – Reflection – EDC3100 Prac

I’m so happy to see others in my PLN having a great prac, like Sabeeca. We are at the pointy end of the year now, and very close to finishing off this subject!!

Today was another day of observation for me in the 4/5 class. I was able to help out with their spelling test, and also assist with editing of work for a short story they are doing. I spent the day marking as well, and had the opportunity to speak to the teacher aide in the room about the young girl she shadows, who has a severe case of epilepsy. She has worked with her for 5 years now, and it was so humbling to speak to such a caring person who just wants the best for her students.

I also had the opportunity to go back to the 3/4 class for their session in the computer lab to do more coding work on Scratch2.

The teacher gave me a ‘Scratch for Dummies’ book to read through, and there are so many amazing things you can do with the program, so I will definitely be buying it for myself for when I become a teacher. I have downloaded it onto my computer so I can play around with it and figure out some great ways to use it for future lessons and classes I take on. The possibilities are endless!!

Two days to go!

Day 12 – Reflection – EDC3100 Prac

Today commenced the start of my proper ICT lessons. I was able to get students to start the design of their layout on a piece of paper, and then transfer this to a word document. I took them through the process they needed to go through to create an appropriate layout, on the overhead projector, while they copied my steps on their own computers. It was a simple process, and once I completed the demonstration, they were all off rearing to go, and had a great time getting creative in their computer lab session.

My mentor was very impressed with today’s lessons, and only had good things to say (which is the first time that has ever happened in any of my pracs). She is really impressed by my use of ICTs in the classroom, as it helps the class run along much quicker than when she uses the whiteboard. In each lesson PowerPoint, I have displayed a WALT, WILF and TIB for the class, as this is common practice for them. We went through the requirements for the layout and she praised me on my clear and succinct instruction. She has commented on my ‘lovely, calm manner’ and my ability to manage behaviour in the classroom well, with strategies such as tactical ignoring, to limit disjointedness within the classroom.I decided to utilise this strategy, as I have noticed that when my mentor or I give certain students more attention, they act out even more.

I feel as though everything worked well today, and the students were very excited to be able to use computers to create their assessment. I have also told them that anyone who finishes their advertisement can create a script to go with it, that I will help them record, to put on a video that I will create for the class as a sort of ‘gift’ for them (also to be shown at their Art in the Dark presentation night).

Tomorrow I am on another observation day (as it is Friday), an then I have two more days next week!! It’s great to see that everyone else is getting through the prac quickly, and I have loved reading Tam’s strategies she is looking at implementing.

Day 11 – Reflection – EDC3100 Prac

Today the lessons went really well. I taught my class alliteration, and got them to say tongue-twisters. They loved being able to have a go at it. I then got them to create a name for their products, a catch phrase, special offer, four facts, and a celebrity that they could use to endorse their products.

I had a discussion with my mentor about using the ICTs for this week and she is excited to see the work in the computer lab. The kids will be doing their advertisements and it will be exciting to see how they go with it. I will be getting them to create a script as well to go with it (typed up) that they will record for the class to hear. I’ll end up making a video for the class so that they can see the end result.

The behaviour management today was a bit iffy, as the students always seem to get out of control (which is something my mentor constantly reminds me isn’t my fault), as they are quite rowdy. I have changed the seating plan once again, and feel as though this will work well now, as the three students that misbehave the most are now far apart from each other and not about to take the ‘stage’ so to speak. It will be great to try out this new seating plan tomorrow when I do my lessons.

I am excited to see what the next four days of teaching brings!

Day 10 – Reflection – EDC3100 Prac

Only 5 days left of prac! I hope everyone else is going well with theirs.

Today was a great day. I was able to do two PDs and also moderation at one of the local schools nearby.

In the first PD, we focused on Classroom Procedures and Routines, and Classroom Expectations and Behaviour. It was based on the Virginia Department of Education. It was really great to listen to the experience of the teachers at my prac school, and learn some great (and surprisingly obvious) ways to help with creating routine within the classroom.

The middle session was when we did moderation at one of the other local schools, and it was great to see how it worked, so I know what I’m in for when I become a teacher (if I’m in the state system). I then got some valued time with my mentor to speak about my progress, and as per usual, she was full of compliments and was happy for me to do further experimentation with the classroom. I will definitely consider it next week with the lessons I’m still yet to plan.

The last session today was quite interesting. It was about resilience as a teacher, and it taught me a lot about myself and how I can create a Wellbeing Master Plan. I tested myself on the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, which measures your level of stress and how at risk you are of becoming ill in the near future. 300+ points means you have a high or very high risk of becoming ill in the near future, and my score was at 355 points, so it was a wake up call to me that I need to make sure I am implementing coping strategies so that I don’t let that stress ruin my flow that I’ve got going on. I found it very beneficial to do this PD, and am glad I had the opportunity to go along.