Another video that I came across on YouTube.
Friday was the last day that I will be helping out at the school for a while. Tomorrow I will be starting at Uni again.
Friday was a nice last day to be helping out in the classrooms. I spent the first part of the day in one of the 1/2 classrooms then the second part in one of the 3/4 classrooms. The last part of the day I spent in one of the Prep classrooms.
In the 1/2 class I helped with their reading activity and in the 3/4 class I was there to help with spelling and reading.
It was a very hot day so the last part of the day was fairly lazy and the preps played dead fish and did a easy light numeracy activity and sung a couple of songs; one was to learn the days of the week.
The very last thing on the agenda for the day was a whole school assembly. The Prep students were all packed up and ready but there had been some confusion about the time the assembly started so they had nothing planned. Their teacher decided on an activity however there was some trouble getting the interactive whiteboard to work. The Preps were getting restless sitting on the mat doing nothing so I played Simon Says with them so that they didn't start mucking around. I thought that it was great they all had a fun time playing and the teacher thanked me for doing something with them while she was busy. I thought that it was great as it showed that I can use my initiative in the classroom and not just be passive looking for direction all the time.
At the end of the day they had their weekly school assembly. After introducing the new school captains and the house captains who then handed out the awards the 3/4's put on a presentation about the multiple intelligences.
Part of the presentation was a dance to one of the songs in the Little Mermaid film, the song 'Under the Sea'. I loved seeing the presentation.
I will miss being at the school but I also love being at uni.
I would like to say thank you to all of the staff at the local primary school for having me at the school (again). I have had a great time at the school helping out and I have learnt lots. I would like to say a special thank you as well to Miss. V for the lovely card and chocolates.
Today I enrolled for my tutorial times for my education subjects. I am very fortunate that I know quite a few of the people who are in the same tutorials as me. I always find it nerve wracking meeting new people.
I love my education subjects. This semester I will be completing a topic on teaching science, another on teaching humanties and another about teaching reading and writing.
At the moment I will be at Uni a total of 16 hours a week. Once I am able to select my elective subject's (English) tutorials I will be at Uni for at least 18 hours a week. Still not much is it? Ahh the hard life of a Uni student.
What's in a name?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 1
When I went to my first placement in a primary school last year I was shocked to find that some of the teachers allowed the students to call them by their first names. When I say some I mean the two Prep/One teachers. These teachers (lets call them Teacher A and Teacher B' because I cannot remember their names) also shared a classroom and team taught.
I just saw this picture on Ashley Azzopardi's facebook page Dedicated to Primary Teachers and I had to share it here.
What do you think?
What makes a good teacher?
A Good Teacher Should:
Be able to relate to the students and enjoy working with them,
Be able to adapt to a situation,
Have a passion for teaching,
Be someone who truely cares about her students,
I love this video, If you haven't already seen it you should check it out.
I have a very good rapport with the teachers at the school that I go to. At the start of the school year it was all "Ah your back again" and I reply "Yeah I must be crazy". Most people who are not edcucators would probally think that I am. I'm not crazy, far from it my fellow educations students and teachers will agree because we can see the appealing aspects of teaching. It's seeing the students faces when they have learnt something that you have taught them, the wonderful, truthful, insightful and slightly inane things that they say. These all balance out the hard work and the stresses of the job. I hope!
_When I was a student there was very little use of ICT as a learning tool. The only use of ICT that I saw when I was in primary school was when we had to use the computers to type up a project, or to research something on encarta, I can't remember much use of the internet. We also used it to play games during wet day timetables and free time. In high school we used the computers to research, to type, and when we were taught IT in year 7 and eight we spent alot of time on Mavis Beacon learning how to type and making spreadsheets on excel. The only other use of technology that I regulary saw was the use of the projector and many of the older teachers had no idea how the technology worked at all and had to get the students to help them, simple things like turning up the volume could be baffling. Actually I lie there was also a system that allowed teachers to make a quiz, all the students would be handed a remote and then they could answer the questions like in a game show.
One thing that I have observed while helping in the different classrooms are the ways that the teacher calls the students to attention. I like all the different ways that teachers have to do this one thing. So I have compiled a list of all the ones that I have seen/heard and I am going to list them here and i which grades I saw them being used.
1. The teacher will ring a bell or motion for a student to ring a bell which then prompts all the students to look at the teacher hands on heads. -Prep
2. The teacher says "Okie Dokie" and the students parrot it back to her. -Prep
3. The teacher says "1,2,3 Eyes on Me" and all the students turn and look at her. -1/2
4. The teacher says "Snap Crackle" and together teacher and students say "Pop" -3/4
5. The best on that I have seen was during a Prep Library lesson (their first). The teacher taught them the song 'Did you feed my cow' which involves the singing of a question from the teacher and then the students singing the answer. At the start of the lesson he taught them this song before sending them off to complete an activity, when he wanted the students attention he would sing "Did you feed my cow" and the students would all sing back "Yes Man" effectively bringing their attention back to him.
I wonder what method I will use when I am a teacher, maybe the method that you use is effected by what grade you are teaching. How would grade 6's respond to having to sing "okie dokie"? I doubt that they would respond well to the 'Did you feed my cow song" mainly becuase they might feel that they should be above that and act accordingly and they are not as happy and eager to please as Preps are.