Third Year Prac

Over the past 4 weeks I have been on my third year prac. I was lucky enough to be placed in a fantastic year 4 class with two amazing supervising teachers.

This proved to be a very beneficial prac for me as I feel like I have learnt a great deal of knowledge in such a short space of time. Being in charge of 50 students for the first time was a very daunting experience, however I quickly learnt the importance of consistent, quick behaviour management and enforcement. 

The learning space was an open plan, double room with the use of ICLT in everyday lessons. 

Lesson Incorporating the Aboriginal 8 Ways of Learning

This lesson was designed for my prac class (Year 4).

Lesson Name: 

Learning outcomes:

The nature of contact between Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and others, for example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions on, for example families and the environment (ACHHK080) 

Lesson Objectives:

1. Students will compare the European concept of land ownership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ relationship with the land and sea 

2. Students will understand how this affected relations between them

 

8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning

Land Links – students have the opportunity to compare and contrast the different relationships of others with the land and the sea

Community Links – students have the opportunity to compare different communities and their relations with the land and the sea

Story Sharing – students will have the opportunity to share their findings in a whole class discussion

Web 2.0 Tools

Web 2.0 refers to the world wide web; it’s a series of websites and applications which people from around the world have access to which make sharing information and ideas possible to family, friends and to the world wide community. You also have the opportunity to interact with people through social networking sites, blogs etc, and find out different information and opinions on specific topics.

Web 2.0 can be described as a learning space as the websites and applications make it possible for learning through online interaction with others from around the world with differing knowledge and experiences. Just as learning in a classroom is interactive with teachers and students Web 2.0 now facilitates this through its own similar interaction and learning space which is made available 24/7.

Learning in the 21st Century

In the future I believe that classrooms to an extent, will remain the same. Classrooms provide a formal teaching and learning environment where instructional learning is significantly different from learning in any other learning environment. They provide students with a chance to learn social and intellectual skills with their peers from a more capable person. Therefore classrooms are an essential part of learning. However, I believe the learning spaces and learning that occurs within the classroom will change. With the recent development of technology and online learning resources, the electronic learning space is a relatively new learning environment in the classroom which is still being implemented. I believe this learning space will continue to expand and dominate students learning in the classroom. Technology is always changing and who knows what will be invented and implemented next (Kaur, 2012).  

 

References

Kaur, B. (2012). Understanding Teaching and Learning: Classroom research revisited. Rotterdam, NLD: Sense Publishers 

The Classroom

The teacher should design the classroom with the students learning in mind and ‘ensure the layout ensures for a smooth transition between activities, grouping arrangements and learning spaces. The teacher must also be mindful of the dynamic relationship amongst learning spaces, social interactions and learning pedagogies when designing their classroom’ (Churchill et. al., 2011).

Overall, the classroom should:

  1. Be physically and emotionally safe
  2. Be supportive and inclusive
  3. Be child centred
  4. Provide choices for students
  5. Ensure students are active participants
  6. Have relevance for students
  7. Have a real-world focus
  8. Involve non-trivial tasks
  9. Be challenging but achievable
  10. Be adaptable for different skill levels
  11. Have a task or problem focus
  12. Be collaborative or group based
  13. Involve ongoing assessment
  14. Accommodate differences
  15. Allow for creative and engaging use of ICT

(Adapted from Churchill et. al., p. 300, 2011).

References
Churchill, R., Ferguson, P., Godinho, S., Johnson, N., Keddie, A., Letts, W., … & Vick, M. (2011). Teaching Making a Difference. Australia: John Wiley & Sons Australia

My Personal Taxonomy

Being a self-directed learner is a hard task for me. I would describe myself as a procrastinator and would do any other fun task before sitting down to work on any assignment. I would also say I’m easily distracted and always find myself leaving an assignment piece to do something else more interesting. Therefore to be a successful self-directed learner I always find myself setting goals and rewarding myself after completing these set goals. 

Before I even start writing an assignment I usually go through these steps:

1. Read and highlight the important information regarding the assignment piece 

2. Read the criteria sheet

3. Make a list of key points which need to be included in the assignment

4. Research, research and more RESEARCH – I like to do alot of reading before I begin putting down ideas

5. Write down key ideas/points/findings

 

Once I have completed these steps I am usually ready to begin writing my assignment

1. Start with an introduction

2. Begin writing body paragraphs from key ideas/points/findings

3. Is any additional research needed to back my ideas up? If yes, I go looking for more specific quotes

4. The last thing I always write is the conclusion, and I usually write the conclusion seperately to the rest to make it makes sense by itself as a conclusion is generally a breif summary.

5. I then begin proofreading and editing. I always get another person to help in this stage too as ‘fresh’ eyes are always beneficial – usually my dad is this lucky person. 

Then my assignment is ready to submit smile.  

I always reflect on my marks after I recieve an assignment peice back and ask myself, “could I have done better?”.