Finally….The END is near…….

welcome back again Bloggers,

I would like to just say a BIG thanks for following e this semester.

I hope my post have been insightful and helped you in someway, if not hopefully they put a smile on your face. ūüôā

I know this semester has been tedious for most, however I believe the resilience most have shown is a great credit to those enrolled in EDC3100! great work team, you should be proud of yourself.

I would like to wish all of you good luck in your results for this subject, others subject this semester and for the rest of your educational journey.

Until the next time………when that may be is a mystery! who knows we might continue using the EDC3100 blogs?????

Cheers

Justin

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A bit of FUN!

Hi all again bloggers,

This blog is a light hearted blog for you.

Here is a link to a Flickr picture. I would be interested for any replies on what your thoughts are on the ICTs that are in this picture.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you can see. Also comment on how you would personally best utilise these resources if it was your classroom. I am interested to see how different teacher interpret the same situation. I guess as an online student I am setting up my own online tutorial. Sorry I Know its getting close to the end of semester,¬† but I thought this would be a fun way to see out the semester. ūüôā

Until next time…….

Cheers

Justin

EDC3100…….

Welcome back Bloggers,

Well it seems EDC3100 is drawing to a close for the semester. It seems to have been a tedious course that has seen many highs and lows. I sure all students have learnt something from this class. I know have. I think form all the discussions on the numerous different social media channels we have been introduced to plus the ones we already used, I believe we have been given a great insight into how ICT can and cannot be used in the classroom. Some forms can be rather useful and others just should never be though of for teaching. I feel that has shone through in this course.

On a side note, I am sure David would like all student to go to the evaluation page on the study desk and complete opinion surveys on the course. As we have learnt from placement feedback is great for us the learn form. I know I have enjoyed this course, although challenging it has been fun.

Onwards and upwards.

Until next time……

Cheers

Justin

Prepartion…..IS THE KEY!

Hello all fellow Bloggers,

This blogs topic is on preparation.

Whilst on Prac I was teaching a number of different subjects, so as some would think there may have been a class where I was under prepared. And you guessed it! It was the worst class that I taught out of the whole placement.

It related back to my preparation, it was period 5 on a ‘6 on’ day. I was under the pump and didn’t get as much time to plan as I would have liked. I would suggest to all pre-service teacher to make sure you do not fall into the situation, whether it be while on placement or when you are qualified. Its was a daunting feeling and one I hope it never happens again.

So how do we stop this? make sure we are fully prepared for lesson. make sure you know the content and have a well planned lesson. Here are also some tips for successful class preparation.

I hope this blog has been useful.

Until next time……

Cheers

Justin

 

Maths Test….

hello again fellow Bloggers,

While on placement this time, it was the first time I was able to see the start and finish of a whole unit of work including final assessment.

This was in teaching year 7 maths. The unit I taught was fractions. It was a really great feeling to be able to watch students work through the entire unit of work, then when you see the students learn and achieve is amazing. It was challenging to work through with differing levels of ability and allowing for this in classes, but was rather enjoyable.

Not only that I also learnt about the importance of preparation, more on that in my next blog.

It was also great to sit my first maths test. On other placements I have always missed the test. So that was an interesting learning curve. Monitoring the students on strict test conditions was tedious¬†and an eye opener, especially with year 7’s.

Finally for any aspiring maths teachers if you are ever wondering on way to present maths content, have a look at the Khan Academy website, it is a great resource for any maths problem you have, wether it be great or small.

Until next time……

Cheers

Justin

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2 – Health Class – Part 2

Welcome back Bloggers,

In this blog we will continue on with reflection of the health classes taught while on placement. Along with the ‘Amy” Video from my previous Blog, which focused on self indemnity. We took the unit of Identity further by looking at self esteem.

In the next lesson we looked at different reason for different levels of self esteem and what effects these levels. Students also participated in a classroom discussion on ways to overcome low self esteem. They also watched this on self esteem, which engaged students in further discussion on the issue.

The use of these interactive videos were really effective in getting the students to concentrate on the issue and open up on the issue. Some students were not overly keen to open up on some¬†discussions which was fine. My mentor made it clear that students didn’t have to say how they felt if they didn’t want to.

Again this lesson was very interesting to be apart of, and I learnt a lot in presenting this unit on identity.

Until next time…..

Cheers

Justin

Week 2 – Health class

Hello again fellow bloggers,

This post looks at the content of a health class within a unit of work of Identity.

I was lucky enough to help with the presentation of this unit with my second mentor. It was a real eye opener not only for students but my self and I found it could even be used for adults.

I have attached a link a video used during one of the classes. It brought about some very interesting classroom conversations with students. I suggest you have a look. It is rather interesting and could be of use to any HPE teachers out there.

Stay tuned for more post on this health unit.

until next time….

Cheers

Justin

ICT+SPORT+GOLF=PROFESSIONALS

Welcome back Bloggers,

Today we are looking one of the ICTs I used on placement in a golf class.

It is pretty high tech ICT that most schools wouldn’t have. However this school has a special sports program so it has access to a few special gizmos and gadgets. That part of prac was really interesting.

The ICT used was golfs ‘TrackMan‘. The software allows students to look at many different facets of there game and how to make precise skill adjustments to perfect their game.

The fact that the school had access to this ICT made it like winning the lottery when trying to incorporate ICT into the classroom. I enjoyed using and learning how to use this new technology I never knew anything about. My mentor was really helpful in teaching me the basic functions so I was able to use ‘TrackMan’.

If you get a chance have a look at the link above, it gives you an overview of the technology and if you like it you can navigate your way around the website to find more in depth information.

Until next time…….

Cheers

Justin

ICT IDEA!

Welcome back to another blog,

this afternoon I will introduce you to an effective piece of technology that I find students to really like and engage with.

A great form of ICT is the use of Kahoot, This interactive online quiz is great for students of all ages. It allows you to create your own quizzes, use ones already made from other users or even adapt others quizzes to suit your needs. There are endless quizzes on there data base and has the use of a search bar to search quizzes with key words associated to you subject methods or current unit of work.

If you are looking for new and creative ideas for ICT in the classroom I suggest having a look at this. all you need is an IWB or similar and an ipad or computer per student or group.

Hope this has been another useful blog.

Until next time……

Cheers

Justin

week 3, Mixed up!

Hello again bloggers,

It was the start of week 3, Year 10 and 11’s had exams so I lost a few classes. That’s where the mix up began. due to this I was thrown around a bit. However this was great as I learnt a lot about time management and how you have to be really prepared when you are a teacher. As things can change at the drop of a hat and need to make sure you are not planning a the last minute.

I was able to go see a lot of different classes in week three. which gave me an insight into different teaching strategies and methods and working with a broad range of students.

 

Back to time management, and its importance. I have attached a few links to interesting management theories that might help in preparing for those days when it seems like all is falling apart and how to try be prepared for these days!

Time management strategies is a web page brought to you from the Queensland Government, and is a great starter for you.

Time Management has 10 strategies to help you in the best management of you time.

The last link  provides you with an in depth look at multiple tips, ideas and strategies for successful planning and management.

Hopefully this has been useful for you.

Until next time…….

Cheers

Justin