Reflections on the semester that is almost over and out.

Well, what a semester this has been – and it’s not over yet.  I work full time as a teacher aide in a local high school and silly me thought it might be a clever idea to do 3 subjects.  I looked at the time frame at the beginning of semester and thought – yep, that’s doable.  

So far I have submitted 7 assignments, done 2 online quizzes, 3 weeks of prac and I have an exam creeping up quickly this Tuesday.  It looks as though I have passed all 3 subjects, but I haven’t done as well as I could have if I’d only done 2 subjects – oh well, what can you do?

When will this semester ever end?

So, I thought about what I’m going to do when this is all over.  I think I might reconnect with yoga – oh my goodness I love yoga, but I’ve just been too dam busy to relax – maybe the craziest sentence I’ve said this semester.  And, who can forget the fabulous husband I have – seriously – wouldn’t have been able to do it without him.  And some calming strategies, ahhh, the calming strategies – how I will try and do some of these next semester. 

Anyhow, I think I might consider going on a holiday, somewhere exotic and way too expensive, something so far removed from my computer screen that I might have time to do said yoga…

Funnily enough, when I googled what I could do once semester is over, I came up with this link, enrol for sem 3 with USQ. Far out, just can’t get away from it..

Anyhoo, I believe I’ll be done on Tuesday – good luck to those of you still going.

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Holidays…. Come at me bro…..

Right, so here I am on the flip side of EDC3100.  I’ve submitted all of my assignments for EDC2400 and I have one exam for EDP2111 on 16th June.  I feel knackered just reading those few words.

I’m tired, I’ve got the flu, my kids have missed me for the entire semester…  I need a holiday.  I reckon by the time I have done my exam at that lovely warm and inviting exam centre – said no-one ever – I’ll stop via the bottle shop on the way home and get me some wine.

I think the bottle shop opens at 10am and my exam should be done by then.

Anyhoo, holidays….come at me bro….

Reflections on EDC3100 – the subject that nearly broke me…..

Well, the subject that was EDC3100 ICT and Pedagogy.  I’ve been at this whole study thing since the beginning of 2011 and way back then I heard the whispers of ‘oh geez, watch out for 3100, it’s so full on’ and it didn’t disappoint.  It was full on.

Lets reflect on the blogs shall we:

  • 30 blogs.
  • 45 links to web site and other students blog sites.
  • Approximately 3670 words.

And I’ll say it again, for 15%.

And then the assignments, who can forget the assignments.

  1. A presentation to parents, not hard, just fiddly – 19% (odd number)
  2. A whole unit plan, useful, we’ll need to do that in the future – 40%.
  3. Preparation and Planning, Lesson plans and evaluation and lessons learned – 40%.

And then there was Practicum – all for a measly 1%.

I think I can safely say that this subject has consumed most of my time this semester – have I learnt a lot, yes, but am I soooo over ICT….. YES…….

Over and out…..

Assignment 3 done and dusted…..

For Part B I tried really hard to get that done before I started prac, but that just didn’t happen now did it?  So, instead I tried to reflect back on how I would be integrating ICT into the classroom.  There really wasn’t a lot of chance to incorporate said ICT as my classroom really was low on ICT resources – oh well, you can only work with what you’ve got I suppose.

While I was on prac I ensured that I had my 5 lesson plans done so that I could tick of Part C of this assignment.  I have blogged about this before, but I found these lesson plans tedious and mind numbing, but they’re done now and I feel I understand all of the things a lesson plan should have.

Then Part D, the reflections.  Well, wasn’t that a treat.  I read somewhere (one of David’s blogs) that to reflect on your lessons cements your learning.  It’s funny, because while I was reflecting on what went well and what didn’t go quite so well, I relived each lesson and I can see where I went well and where I didn’t go quite so well, so there must be something in this reflection thing.

I just got the learning journal report back from David and I got 4.6/5, not bad, but I can do better, so I’m going to pump out another 3 blogs and that should give me 5/5 which brings me to almost a passing mark.

So, I’ve not submitted this bad boy, and my reward will be that I can focus on my other subject which has been sorely neglected.

Best of luck to those still going.

Prac is over – but the pain goes on and on……

Wow, what a prac it’s been.  They’re in Grade 1 but they’ve worn me down and exhausted me.  I did enjoy my time with this classroom, however, now that prac’s done, I have assignments to do, and exams to do, and blogs to do, and blah, blah, blah.

So really, the pain goes on and on and on and on……

Anyhoo, I plan to work until I’ve finished all the work for EDC3100 so that I can focus on EDP2111 which desperately needs my attention.  I’m back to work tomorrow and I’ve got a feeling that’s going to be pretty full on – teacher aiding is very hard work….

Wish me luck peeps.

Classroom games for kiddies.

Last week I went to the Year 6 classroom to check it out and see what goes on in there.  While I was there the male teacher was very aware of who was listening, who wasn’t and who just needed a few minutes to keep the brain active.  So, he started doing this game called ‘Do what I say, not what I do’.  He started saying ‘hands on heads, hands on shoulder, hands on elbows (but he’d put his hands on his head instead)’.  He’d then say things like ‘ahh, falling like flies, got you there, you guys are too easy, right back on task we go’.  And you know what, they all did – it was really awesome to watch.

Mrs Hill’s adventures with ICT blog site says that she’s been having some behaviour management issues.  She also said that they started to shut off and found that by ‘asking them to stand up and move around and playing a quick game is enough to get them energized and back to work’.  Awesome to hear this simple strategy has positive effects.

This website called ‘Go Noodle’ gives kids the opportunity to re-energize, do a bit of exercise and then come back into the learning zone.  Heaps of great games and activities.

Week 2 reflections.

Wow.  Grade 1 – what an experience.  The kids are now starting to get a bit comfy with me and me with them.  They are a delightful bunch.  Since I’ve been there we’ve had 2 students of the week, and I’ve targeted them to be my ‘special helpers’ – something they’re over the moon to do.

I’ve had a few naughty kids as well – one that goes out of his way to distract other, another that is really passive aggressive (the worst kind) and another who continually makes fart noises. 

I’ve also had snot issues – bit gross really.  One child blew her nose then licked the tissue – that’s the ultimate really isn’t it?  And the sniffing, the horrible continual sniffing of children with colds.   Bleerrrrkkkk….

Funnily enough, I am now sick as well – well, it isn’t really funny, it’s actually kind of annoying, but I’m on the mend now and determined to see my final week of prac completed on Friday.

So, there’s the good, the bad and the ugly of week 2 on prac.