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.

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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.

OH MY GOSH – How am I ever going to get all of this done???

I was checking through my emails just now and I came across this chestnut from James titled Time Management.  In his blog he talks about feeling overwhelmed with going on prac and all the assignments that he has piled up back to back that need to be completed.

I feel the same way, completely overwhelmed, concerned I’m not keeping up with everything, but I’m giving it a red hot go.  I have lesson planning to do for next week, an online quiz for 2400 that I need to get done today, I have a 2000 word assignment due and an upcoming exam that I really have not prepared for at all.  And let’s not forget this 3100 chestnut due 10 days after prac that I’ve barely started. 

But, I’ve been at this whole uni thing for a few years now and I always seem to get through it all – don’t know how I do, but I do, and I’m determined to do it again this semester. 

Those (insert expletive here) USQ Lesson templates….

What can I say?  I understand that we need to know all the things outlined on this template as we are learning to be teachers; however, in the real world I am not going to:

  • Type out my strategies to facilitate, guide and enable students to achieve the learning.
  • Type out how I need to synthesise learnings.
  • Type out which authoritative pedagogies I’ve supported, etc, etc.

This lesson template is over complicated, expects too much and is incredibly time consuming.  Whenever I have used this template the only part I ever use is the Resources, Introduction, Lesson Body and Conclusion sections.  All other parts are pretty much ignored and have no impact on my lesson.

So, what about something like this as a lesson template?  I know it’s very simplistic, but, it will work for me.  And, once I’ve finished this whole uni journey, I feel confident in saying that I will never, ever, ever use the USQ lesson template again.

Great resources that will prove rather helpful.

I know that USQ probably isn’t too fond of the whole ‘Facebook’ pages that we uni students love – and at times loath’.  However, they’ve proven to be incredibly helpful to me in my quest for resources for my teaching.  Here’s a few you tube clips that are simply fabulous, and are sure to keep the kids engaged and eager to learn.

Then there’s the resources, ahhh the resources.

This site is a Survival kit for casual teacher and does cost a mere $15, but promises to keep the kids busy and engaged with their learning.

And the old word search, probably not the most innovative resource out there, but it’s always great to have a few of these on hand.  Really easy to create and there’s a variety of shapes that are sure to delight our little cherubs.

Here’s hoping that these gems can help in the future.

Week 1 reflections.

Well, what a week it’s been.  These little grade oners are certainly giving me a run for my money; however, I’m loving it!!!

On the Wednesday I got a visit from my USQ liaison officer.  Quite a shock actually.  I was out the front of the class with my little ones lined up ready for me to teach them and my mentor says ‘The Vice Principal is coming this way, and he’s got some USQ guy with him’.  Far out I thought.  As if I need this added pressure.  Then my mentor says ‘They’ve got no record of you being here, have you been signing in each day?’  Well, all this in the space of about 15 seconds.  Pressure!!!

Anyhooo, it all turned out fine, the Vice Principal was just showing the USQ dude where to go and then the  Vice Principal just turned and left.  The USQ guy was just making sure I was fine and was only there for a very brief time.  After class I went to the office and said ‘I have been signing in’ and the lady said ‘Oh yeh, that’s right, it’s all fine now’.  Man.  They weren’t looking hard enough to see where I HAD been signing in each day.

I was reading through Saranna’s blog and saw a lovely photo of a lady with her feet up resting on the couch.  This will be me in a very short space of time.

I was reading ‘Ramblings of a Preservice Educator’ and was pleased to see that this blog gives a great spin on prac and a helpful mentor.

Anyhoo, off to write a few more blogs then up my feet will go.  Hope you’re all loving prac…

What does it matter about ICT if you don’t have great Behaviour Management?

So, first lesson was quite the experience.  I had the PowerPoint ready for use on the Interactive White Board, thought I was quite savvy in my presentation – and so did my mentor because she gave me a ‘very good’ for preparation – was chuffed with that.

However, what’s the point in teaching kids if they’re not engaged in learning?  I had them in the palm of my hand to begin with, then had them once again in the palm of my hand while using MAB blocks to add, then it all kind of turned a little bit sour.  Kids lost focus, I had difficulty pulling it all back together again, but I eventually got there.

I have worked one thing out today, and that’s how to make kids listen.  One particularly charming child decided to spit on the floor – yes – spit on the floor.  But it wasn’t just a simple spit, it was a long slow spit like the one from the very old movie Flatliners with Julia Roberts.  Yuk.  Anyhoooo, I pulled out the ‘Mummy voice’, and I tell ya, this little fella who does not listen to anyone – like eva – listened to me and cleaned it up immaculately.  My mentor and I later had a giggle about it all, albeit a bit grossed out.

So, apparently that’s the voice I need to harness when it all turns bad – scary Mumma Bear.