I enjoy my classes at Uni, I really do. I also really enjoy helping out in the classroom, helping students and observing the teachers, seeing how they teach, deal with problems and what activities they do to help the students learn a particular topic. I believe that this is really valuable to me to be able to go to a school outside my proffesional placements and gain this experience.
During the second semester of my course one of the classes was about Mathematics. Before the first lesson I was extremely apprehensive; I was never really good at maths and I certainly did not like it. However that first lesson and tutorial made me feel ten times better about maths- teaching it and doing it myself. Over the course of the unit I learnt alot of things that I wished I had been taught when I was in Primary school or even high school.
At the start of the school year I helped in the Prep classroom of a local primary school. Before I started helping in the classroom I had never really considered teaching Preps, I had always thought I would prefer teaching 3/4s. Helping out in their classroom was fantastic though and it really made me think and now I think that I would love teaching the Preppies.
Once I had finished my first semester of uni I went back to help at the school and in the prep room I could see the differences from the start of term 1 and the 2nd to last week of term two, the preps had greatly improved.
I have to admit that the thought of going to a school even if it was just for observation was a little nerve wracking but after the end of the day I was over that feeling, in the end I felt that it was really no different to when I help out at the local primary school. My first observation placement was in a primary school. It was a bit confusing though being thrown out into schools during week three when we had hardly even started the semester, I had no idea what I was supposed to be looking out for or doing so I wrote allot down, anything that could be important, or what sorts of questions I was supposed to be asking.
For my first year of teaching I spent 7.5 days in schools, both primary and secondary. This placement began in the third week of the course.
The idea was that even though I am doing my degree in primary school teaching by having those in the degree go to both types of schools it would achieve the following: making sure that we were certain that teaching in primary was what we wanted to do and that we didn't want to change to secondary-even more generally having the placement do early on in the course was to make sure that we still wanted to be teachers after seeing what it was like; No problem for me when I had already been helping out at a local primary school for a while by that point. In fact before the uni semester had started I had spent three weeks assisting in a Prep room.
The following is a copy of another blog post that wrote a while ago for uni, I thought that it would be suitable to post here:
I’ve been thinking about ICTs and how they are used in the classroom. Penpals was what came to mind, in high school we had a sister school in Japan and in primary school we had penpals from other schools. When I was at a local Primary School Upper Plenty Primary helping out at the end of last year I noticed that they also have something similar, the program that they had in place allowed the students to talk via videochat to a school somewhere in another country. These sorts of programs allow the children to connect with others there age in another country and so learn about another culture. When I am a teacher I am hoping that they have a similar program in place that my class can take part in as I think that it would be a really fantastic chance for the students to be able to learn about another country not just through reading and watching videos but to actually have the chance to hear from someone of a similar age to them and ask questions.
I have never known a classroom where ICT has not been used, granted in my early years of schooling it