3/4 Years Completed

WOW! I only have one year left of being a pre-service teacher.. To say that went quickly would be an under statement!

The last 3 years have had some extreme highs and lows and all the rest that falls in between. I am looking forward to my final year at Flinders University and completing my final placement during the first half of the year.

I have learnt so much over these last years including what to do and what NOT to do!

Some of the most important lessons I have learnt so far include;

Noise isn’t necessarily always a bad thing. Noise can mean many things, it may mean your students are sharing ideas, collaborating and assisting each other. Noise does not always mean that your students are being off task and being silly.I feel as teacher we have to remember they are kids so we need to let them be kids. How can we expect them to sit still for an extended period of time; adults have trouble doing so how are kids meant too 🙂

Talk to your students; Do not sit yourself behind a desk all day, move around the classroom. I learnt this from my mentor teacher at Braeview Primary in 2012. Move around the classroom, this lets them know that you are approachable and that you are available to help them if needed. Not only does this help the students it also allows you to see where the students are up to and how they are going with their work; because it isn’t always about test results.

You need to be flexible! I experienced this a few times while teaching my placement class; and it was one strong message from my mentor teacher that has stuck with me. As a teacher you HAVE to be flexible and you have to be able to adapt quickly and easily, while not freaking out! 🙂

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One question I am constantly finding myself wondering is; Do my assignment results determine what sort of teacher I will be? Do I need to get all HD to be an excellent teacher. Then I think to my self, NO! Just because you didn’t do as great as you wanted to go in that major essay or in a mock newsletter article doesn’t mean you won’t be a great teacher. Writing something on paper and conducting yourself in a classroom are total opposites. I found myself to be confident and comfortable on my placements and then when it comes to writing an essay and receiving a pass I find myself second guessing myself..

But NO MORE!! I know what I am like in a classroom and I just need to remember so. Yes University is important but getting a HD compared to a PASS doesn’t necessarily mean you will be any greater of a teacher. In my thoughts anyway.

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A Professional Development Day: George Couros

George Couros Professional Development Day Begins 🙂

I’m going to admit i’m not a morning person, so this was early for a uni student (me). I had a coffee in my hand, and as i walked past this sign, i got EXCITED! Selena had been talking George up all throughout our workshops and on twitter, so he had a lot to live up to.

So i headed for the lecture. Firstly I will note this was one of the most inspiring, engaging and exciting lecture i have ever viewed!

Keynote Address

Here are a few photos from the lecture as well as videos that were shared with us during the lecture.

Barack Obama Singing Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson

This video shows just what can be done with technology these days. Take the words of a president from all different speeches and turn them into a Carly Rae Song.

YouTube is a great example of how anything can go viral.. This man was arrested and was extremely drunk and this is what the police car camera caught.

Having a conversation with yourself in the past.

I love this idea, could be done with a whole school. Students record themselves in reception asking questions, then they answer those questions during year 7. Brilliant!

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After the Lecture we move to the first workshop of the day. George introduced us to many wonderful things 🙂

Google Chrome: Which i installed on my laptop as soon as i got home and it is amazing!

Tweet Deck

RT Old School: Installed on twitter

and Flick CC Attribution Helper you can add to Google chrome.

George got us all on twitter and helped us form connections with educators all around the world. AWESOME much!

After the first workshop we had a break 😦 but it was OK cause we had a second workshop.

4:15 = Time for second workshop 🙂 This one was all about blogging. Which to be honest i didnt have much interest in, but George can be convincing. He got us all to set up our own blog and went through it step by step with us. As you can see I now thoroughly enjoying using wordpress 🙂

It is fair to say that every member of the last workshop could have stayed there all night learning along with George, unfortunately the day had finished 😦
But not before some photos 🙂 and a present for George 🙂

Some of the attendees of the workshop with Selena and George

George and Myself

Present Time 🙂

Here are just a few tweets from throughout the day (and yes i mean it a few, there would have been a few hundred on the day!)

Couros, G. (2012, October). A Professional Development Day: George Couros. Flinders University.

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Are Schools killing creativity?

To Quote Sir Ken Robinson

All kids have tremendous talent, and we squander them, pretty ruthlessly”.

“…My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy”

If you haven’t watched this video; I highly recommend you to.

As one of the future teachers of Australia, and of the world. God I hope we don’t kill creativity! And personally I know I won’t kill it!

With the current Australian Curriculum being developed and used in schools, there is not expressive arts as a learning area. However, does that mean we can’t teach our students that in schools. Of course not!

I small word can make such a difference – Integrate!

For example you are teaching science does that mean you can only focus on Science. NO! Math, English & The Arts can be integrated into the unit, not only to integrate but to help engage the students on a deeper level.  You can use Role Playing (drama), still drawing (visual arts), story writing (English) to make the Science unit as exciting as possible.

If you think about it.. Would you like to be sitting at a desk writing in tables, measuring liquids and looking down a microscope.. Or would you like to be doing these things as well as for example writing a story of the life of a plant, from the plants perspective.

Knowing your content and the curriculum is key, so many learning areas can be integrated to make learning that much more exciting. As well as knowing what you are teaching you need to know HOW you are teaching. What pedagogical strategies will you use in your classroom? And yes they will change, depending on topic area and students.

Knowing your students is just as vital.. Have you catered for all learning styles in your classroom, do you know how your students learn best? Making your students fee safe in the classroom can greatly help in their willingness to engage and learn with the rest of their classmates.

So integrate, engage and inspire your students to be creative! There are so many way to gets creative today and so many resources which can help you along with the process, you cant be afraid to look and even ask for help.

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Developing my PLN

This is my very first official blog post thanks to George Couros.

This day has opened my eyes to the possibilites avaliable for my Personal Learning Network. From twitter, to google chrome features and Blogging.

Out of my comfort zone a little but willing to put myself out there.

Click on George Couros to go to his twitter 🙂 It is well worth it!

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