So.. The time has come.. For the purpose of the EDC3100 course, this will be the last blog that will go towards my assessment. For this reason I thought I would do a short reflection on my experiences with this course. This course has been a valuable course to be engaged with, learning about new ICTs and expanding my knowledge. As we near closer to graduating and becoming Teachers, it is important that we are engaged with ICTs and are able to integrate ICTs into the curriculum in this current day and age. I believe after taking this course, I will be confident to integrate ICTs in the classroom to allow an enriched learning experience amongst our tech savvy students.
During my time on prac I can say that I have had a rewarding experience. I feel extremely lucky that all that pracs I have engaged with so far during my journey of Primary Education I have had amazing mentors. My mentor was filled with a wealth of knowledge, experience and compassion for teaching. My mentor having these traits have benefited me by her passing on some of this invaluable knowledge, experience and compassion. At times it was a challenge in the classroom because of the diversity of students in the classroom. Having finished now though and reflecting on my experience, I can see how rewarding it actually was having a classroom filled with a range of diverse students.
During my practicum I was asked by my mentor to follow the independent structured lesson plans for C2C. This obviously saved a lot of my time after school as it didn’t require me to do as much planning. However, there were still 2 important factors that I needed to consider. The first factor was I still needed to cater for the different levels of learning abilities within my classroom and apply differentiation. The second factor was being able to access the resources so I was prepared each day for delivering my lessons. To do this we needed to be able to access The Learning Place. This was a problem because students are not given access to this application unless you applied and paid for access. I felt that if we are expected to teach from the C2C that requires access to The Learning Place so we can access resources, access must be given to us prior to our prac commencement. Perhaps this is something the prac courses can look into for upcoming practicums…
For my professional experience I will be in a composite 5/6 class. This means that during my first week of prac, I will be part of the National Assessment Program- Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). I have never been in a classroom whilst NAPLAN was being undertaken, so it will be a great experience to witness this in the classroom for the year 5 students. To learn more about NAPLAN, click here.
Thinking about my upcoming practicum, completing assignments for other courses, juggling work life and home life, I started to forget about some of the websites I had joined to expand my Personal Learning Network (PLN). Whilst checking my emails I had several emails from Twitter telling me what was currently trending on Twitter, what other sites may inspire me and asking me if I knew certain other people. This inspired me to get back onto my Personal Leaning Network wheel and continue following and tweeting in Twitter. Click here if you would like to follow me on Twitter.
During professional experiences I have been asked by my mentor to teach English, Science, Art and Technology lessons. The Technology lessons that I have to teach are based around the International Space Station (ISS). After teaching the students about the ISS, students will be creating a module out of household resources. I am looking forward to these lessons because it will allow students to be involved in hands-on learning. I can’t wait to see what some of my students create! After trawling though other peers blogs, I cam across a fellow peer, Corinne Owen, who had also blogged about the International Space Station.
Today I’m feeling nervous about starting my professional experience with my first ever composite class. So many questions are running through my head “Will I have to teach both year levels from the curriculum? Will I be teaching 2 lessons for each one to cater for the two different year levels? How would I do this if that is the case? Can I do this?”.
Upon trawling though other peers blogs I came across Jennifer Vellacott’s blog that was about composite classes. It was very insightful to read as she has completed all her previous pracs in composite classrooms, and therefore has some knowledge on this context. Click here to read more on composite classes through Jennifer’s blog.
After speaking with my mentor about my upcoming practicum, I know I will have access to an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) in the classroom. This weeks course material speaks about the IWB and gives links to resources that may benefit us students when commencing practicum. This link here was given to us by the EDC3100 team, that tells us some brief information about the IWB. I have utilised an IWB before in previous pracs, but it is nice to read some background information to prepare me for my upcoming prac. I have always had a positive experience with the IWBs, as most students love being engaged in anything interactive!
This week we have been asked to look at different topics of interest before we commence prac. Proivded by the EDC3100 is this google doc which allows us students to post our ideas. Two topics that I was drawn to was about Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) and Composite classes. The reason I was drawn to these two topics, making them my topics of interest, is because in all of my pracs I have always had an IWB in the classroom to utilise and it has always been a positive experience, for both me and the students. The reason I was drawn to Composite classes is because my upcoming practicum will be a year 5/6 class. This will be my first experience in a composite class! 🙂
This week I have been looking a little further into TPACK. TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) is a framework that identifies the knowledge teachers need to teach effectively with technology. At the heart of the TPACK framework, is the complex interplay of three primary forms of knowledge: Content (CK), Pedagogy (PK), and Technology (TK). The TPACK approach goes beyond seeing these three knowledge bases in isolation. TPACK also emphasizes the new kinds of knowledge that lie at the intersections between them, representing four more knowledge bases teachers applicable to teaching with technology: Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), Technological Content Knowledge (TCK), Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK), and the intersection of all three circles, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) (Koehler, 2013).
Click on the image below to learn more about TPACK.