C2C

On my prac I completed a 10 lesson Health unit with the children and on the last 2 days completed that assessment with them.

I used this unit to integrate the 5 ICT lessons. To do this I used the Curriculum to Classroom to plan my lessons and gain my ICT lessons from.

I found that the C2C unit plans and lessons plans were fantastic to gain ideas from for my lessons. They allowed me to know what the children needed to learn by the end of the lesson and what steps or resources I could use to guide the children towards that learning.

The C2C provided ICT resources that connected perfectly to the unit of work and the lessons. The children learnt from the ICT resources which was their purpose and they offered great ways to introduce new concepts and engage the children or plough back to previous lessons to connect them to new learning or what they have learnt in that lesson.

Overall I found the C2C unit plans and lessons to be a great tool to help me in delivering successful lessons where children learnt what was required.

ClassDojo

On my prac I was fortunate to experience the teacher using ClassDojo.

We used it to reward children positive behaviour, doing the right things, making great choices and correctly doing the weekly expectations.

When students did this they were given a point for different things, including:

-listening

-making good choices

-politeness

We also used it as a behaviour management tool for those who were not behaving correctly or not as expected.

Once a week or when time allowed, children names were moved up the rainbow and once they passed ten points they got a large star which meant that they could buy a prize with the star. Children loved getting points and worked there hardest to gain more points.

I completely agree with the websites statement that ClassDojo is the easiest way for teachers to encourage students.

Practical Experience

With practical experience just finishing, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reflect.

Firstly I was in a year 1 and 2 classroom with 26 students in the class. In the class there was a divide in the students’ academic and personal ability levels.

There were some low year 1 students who were working at a prep level and some at the lowest prep level. There were also some lower year 2 students, with one being identified and being on her own Individual Curriculum Plan (ICP).

Every Friday morning the lower year 1 students went next door to the prep room and completed a Polly Program. I was lucky enough to be able to experience this program on one of the days. The children rotate around groups and focus on their sounds. In the group I was with they looked at different pictures and had to tell me what the beginning sound of that picture was. For example: pizza starts with p. It was incredibly interesting to see the differences in the children’s abilities.

The class I was with a was a majority of boys meaning that there were groups or pairs who could not sit together as it lead to behaviour issues. Over my time at the school I had to increase my behaviour management skills. I loved my little class, they were lovely. However I did have times when the behaviour became too much and I had to stop the lesson to remind children of their expectations.

I was also fortunate to experience the school going through a review process. It was interesting to watch the teachers and school prepare for this process and to see them go through it.

I fortunate to be given a heavy teaching load with a lot of control. I was given a health unit to do over my prac including their assessment for it. I also taught many mathematics, science, handwriting and sound waves lessons. I had a fantastic mentor who provided me with extremely helpful feedback in how I could improve my teaching and lessons. I was also lucky enough to have many teachers observe my teaching and giving me feedback. I had my mentor, another teacher on Wednesdays, the principle and the Head of Curriculum.

Reading Rockets provides many fantastic apps for teachers and parents. The best part is that they have put the apps into categories;

  • Comprehension. Provide practice with specific comprehension skills, including sequencing, fact and opinion, word awareness, mind mapping apps.
  • Dyslexia and Learning disabilities. Help students who struggle with phonics, pronunciation, spelling, handwriting, word processing, etc.
  • Multimedia composition. Use different apps to practice using multimedia tools.
  • Phonics. Practice basic phonic skills.
  • Print awareness. Build better understanding of letters and sounds.
  • Spelling. Developed to help children practice spelling and vocabulary.
  • Vocabulary. Children engage in crosswords and scrabble type games.
  • Writing. Help children with the steps of the writing process.

Art and ICT

I have provided many links and ideas about using ICT in other lesson. However I have never considered how to use it in an art lesson. I came across this website that provides five different apps that teachers can use in the classroom for an art lesson.

  1. Imagination box
  • The app lets children create with play dough. The best thing is that it is clean no mess afterwards. Children can create pictures using a combination of different play dough shapes, in a variety of colours. Children can also change the background colour and add their own pictures. They can change the size or rotate the spaces. While they can no print from the app, they can take pictures and it go in there photos.
  1. ColAr mix
  • Is a colouring app that brings pictures to life. It allows children to create their pictures and then write their story behind the moving pictures, so it can be a literacy app.
  1. Doodle buddy.
  • Has a variety of different brushes, brush, chalk, glitter, you also get a smudge option.
  1. MoMa Art Lab.
  • From the Museum of Modern Art.
  1. Kids Doodle
  • Children don’t have a control over the colours, but there different brushes to most art apps. You can tap the video button and watch you drawing being created.

Practical Experience

After coming across Natasha’s post titled PE checklist I thought I would do one of my own.

Before Prac

– Work out where the classroom and everything in the school is.

– Look at the course requirements.

– Read the documents provided by the school. Eg. Behaviour management.

– Find out where to park.

– Print out anything needed.

During Prac

-Lessons with ICT integrated.

– Name tag.

– Classes and teachers timeline.

– Play ground duty.

– Staff meetings.

– Prac book.

– Pencil case.

– Hat.

– Any pertinent information on the students.

– Knowledge of any serious medical conditions on students from around the school.

 

Professional Experience

In the next few weeks I along with many other will be going on Professional Experience. Unlike many others I have known where I am going for a few months as I am returning to previous practical experience site. However last time I was at the school I was with a different mentor teacher and an older class being year 2 and 3 last year.

This time round I am with year 1 and 2 and am really looking forward to it. These grades are the youngest I have had so far on prac with my first two pracs being in year 4-7 and my last a combined year 2 and 3 class.

I am really looking forward to this prac, however I am a little scared about incorporating ICT into my lessons so students enhance their learning.

Good Luck to all my colleagues who are also preparing for Pracs.

 

Assignment 2

I have just submitted Assignment 2 and decided that I would reflect on it. Like Amba I have discovered a lot of new things through completing this assignment. These include:

  • Constructing and Transforming Knowledge
  • Backwards design
  • Embedding ICT rich pedagogy approaches
  • Connecting to general capabilities

I quite enjoyed this assignment, even though at times I had trouble thinking of new and exciting ways that I could include ICT in my unit plan. It has helped me enhance my skills of integrating ICT into lesson plans.

Now that I have finished assignment two it is time I turned my attention to other course assignments and the upcoming prac.

Playful Sight Word Activity Ideas

Sight words can be a boring process to try and learn for some students. Children ofte find it boring to repeat words and ask why they may have to learn these words. As I pre-service teacher I am always looking for new and exciting ways to engage children in their learning, especially when they consider it to be boring. I came across this link on Facebook and thought it provided some fantastic ideas and activities to make learning sight words more fun for children.

Some of my favourites from the link include:

  • Sight words twister
  • Swat it. Sight word
  • Threading sight word
  • Sight word chatter box
  • Sight word toss
  • Storytelling with sight words
  • Sight word bingo (I have done this before and know that the preppies live it)
  • Sight word building blocks
  • Simon says sight words
  • Sight word bean bag toss
  • Sight word, word hunt
  • Musical sight word
  • Sight word tic, tac, toe