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.
What to do when I have an assignment due which isn’t even half completed…. Anything but the assignment.
I am the queen of procrastination. It makes me feel a lot better to know other students are also the same. Reading Courtney’s blog makes me feel a little justified knowing I’m not the only one who goes shopping or watches TV instead of doing assignments. In fact, even writing blogs has been a great procrastination tool as I can easily write one on 10 minutes and feel better at least crossing one task off my list even though it’s not a priority.
One day I got so deep in procrastination that I was looking on Pinterest for ways to stop procrastinating. Procrastination level: Crazy… Should probably go do my assignment now.
Until next blog.
Like Mr Clancy I am still waiting to hear about my prac placement. This will be my 4th prac and I am hoping to be placed in early primary because I haven’t yet had any experience with that age. My last 2 pracs were at All Hallows and I feel like I was so spoilt getting placed there. What an amazing school! So many resources, so much support and such amazingly well behaved students. One of the best things being there as a pre-service teacher was that the teachers all got 7 non-contact periods a week! This is achievable because they have specialist teachers for several subjects and a classroom teacher who just teaches core subjects. It meant that I had at least one period a day to plan.. either in a group planning lesson with other teachers or individually with my mentor teacher.
I can only hope to have such a positive experience with my next prac!
After reading Courtney’s blog I thought I would too share some ideas about my study space. I am someone who is very organised and tidy so seeing the pictures of Courtney’s desk impressed me. Although my desk isn’t always completely tidy while I am studying as soon as I am done for the day I always put everything away and back in its place. Having a tidy work space allows me to have a clear mind when I begin my work. My desk also has a window right in front of it, giving me a great view of west end (and some things to look at when I can’t focus).
Although this is my study space where I sit when I am watching lectures and attending tutorials, I don’t pretend to be the prefect student. I also do some work with my laptop on my lap, while I am sitting on the couch with the TV on in the background…. Which is what I am doing right now as I write this blog.
Just submitted my assignment for EDX2190 so I can turn my full attention to assignment 2 for EDC3100 and have it ready for submission next week.
Until next blog.
I was glad to receive results for assignment 1 yesterday. I find when I go well in an assignment it can give me so much confidence and motivation to try that much harder with my other subjects. However, If I am not happy with assignment results I usually feel pretty ordinary and lose all motivation for Uni.
I was happy with my results for this assignment and think the marking was fair. I think the feedback they gave me was justified, however, it does make me wish I had have looked over my assignment one final time before submitting it and maybe I would have picked up on those things myself.
Receiving marks for assignments and going over the markers feedback reiterates how important it is for all teachers to give quality feedback to students and how much of an effect it can have on their learning.
Here is an interesting info graphic I found about the value of feedback.
Until next blog.