After 2 weeks in a prep classroom, I can say I am loving working with the younger students. They just provide so much entertainment! I have to make sure I keep the lesson going because half the time I feel like I could just sit and listen to the students tell me funny stories. I never would have thought of myself as a prep teacher but this prac has definitely changed my mind. It helps having a great mentor who has been giving me valuable feedback. On our interim report from last week the decided upon goal was for me to work on was essential skills. This is a program used by the school which focuses on behaviour management strategies. I am looking forward to this last week of prac although prac finishing means that I have to start my 3 assignments which are due next week! It’s going to be a big week but I am looking forward to it.
Until next blog.
I feel so much better after reading fellow students Leah and Lana‘s blogs and seeing I am not the only one that is absolutely exhausted after our first week of prac! I come home at the end of each day wanting to go straight to bed but have lots of lessons plans to do! I am wondering where I am going to find the time to start my 50% assignments that are due a couple of days after prac finishes. My first week went well, some lessons went much better than others. After teaching a couple of ok lessons on Wednesday, I had one go amazingly on Thursday which really boosted my confidence and I couldn’t stop smiling. Had a couple of lessons go just ok on Friday as well so confidence isn’t quite as high. No major fails just yet, but lots of good feedback which will help me to improve. So far I have used the IWB for 2 lessons and the kids absolutely love the interactive activities. I have been finding a fun activity to do at the end of lessons, which helps me get a gauge on how well students understand what they have learnt. The school I am at has a set of bee-bots and I have borrowed them for maths lessons on location this week. I have never used them before so I am lucky the school has them available.
One really cool ICT that the deputy principal introduced me to is called osmo. It is a great tool that you connect to an iPad and has its own set of apps. It can be used to transform teaching many subject areas, my only concern is it is mainly a one student activity. Unless students are taking turns I am unsure how to use it in a whole class lesson.
Busy weekend ahead!
Until next blog.
What an adventure.
My school is amazing, the classroom is amazing and my mentor is amazing but I have realised after the first day that I really didn’t think enough about how different prep is to upper primary. My previous pracs have all been in upper primary classes and I felt really confident with my teaching ability. Because of this, I went into today mainly feeling excited. After watching how the prep classroom runs, I am now very nervous about teaching. My main concern at the moment is simply how to teach prep students, without even considering how I am going to transform learning through the use of ICTs. Any people with prep experience out there, I would love some pointers!
At the moment the teacher uses ICTs for programs like reading eggs, mathletics and literacy planet. There is an interactive whiteboard and a couple of class iPads.
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After finally receiving my placement at 5pm on Thursday I have today to get ready for prac. I worked all day Friday and my placement school had the Ipswich show holiday so I have not had any contact with the school at all. I know will be with a prep class but that is all. I feel very under prepared going in tomorrow but am hoping after seeing the classroom and meeting my mentor and the students I will have a better idea of what I need to do. The youngest class I have worked with before was year 3 so I am very anxious but excited about working with prep. As it was a last minute placement the school is a long way away meaning I will need to be up early tomorrow morning for the drive!
I’m hoping to be productive and use my time well today to prepare, but it is the first Sunday I have had off work in months so I really want to just relax… I’m reminding myself of the saying ‘If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail’.
One week out from starting and I am still waiting for placement. I understand the prac office has a lot to do and don’t place any blame on them, It is just frustrating trying to get myself organised when I don’t know where I am going and what year level I will be working with. I’m really praying they do place me and I can start on Monday!
I am doing my best to be organised with what I can while I am waiting to find out, so I have almost completed the week 9 and 10 learning path…My priority right now is my EDX3280 assignment, hoping to get majority of it done the next few days so I can start the other assignments I have due the week following prac. Whether that happens or not is another thing.
There is way too much going on at the moment. This semester has been crazy!
I’ll continue checking inplace every 10 minutes…..
What a relief…. After a very busy two weeks at work I submitted Assignment 2 yesterday! It definitely wasn’t to a high level and I know I will be mad at myself when I receive results but I have just had way too much going on the last couple of weeks. Now for the next one, EDX3280! It feels good to know I only have 5 more assignments, 1 prac and 1 exam then the semester is done but the next 7 weeks are going to be very busy! I usually continue working on weekends throughout my prac because hey, I’ve got to pay rent. However, this time I have taken the whole 3 weeks off work, mainly because I need a break. One weekend of prac I am heading down to NSW for a family event and the other weekend I have my best friends hens weekend at the coast so I don’t know how much lesson planning will be happening.
Now I should probably get catch up with the week 9 and 10 learning path.