Working As A Team

Good Morning Everyone!!

So last week was the official second week of University for semester 2 and my first week as a full time school officer (or teacher aid). It was incredible!! I have started a new blogging series called “The Student Teacher Diaries” to document my last year as a student teacher and so far it is going great – my camera skills could use some improving but for now (considering my budget) they aren’t too bad 😛

Working as a team is something I think that everyone, students and adults alike, are constantly learning about and getting better at. The resource I’m uploading this week was incredibly useful to me on my last teacher placement. I used it during an independent research lesson where I split the class into groups and gave them each a topic – then they had to go off and research it themselves.

The only prep required is printing and laminating. I printed 5 copies all in a different colour so that when I split the class into teams they had one colour each. It was a little bit tedious preparing 5 sets but now that I’ve done it I can keep them for future lessons.

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Download here….

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Thats all from me ❤ ❤ ❤

Have a good week!

Namaste x

The Student Teacher Diaries Episode 2

Hello lovely people !!

So.. my resolution to begin making video diaries has turned out to be a lot harder than I thought. I’ve been crazy busy this week !! With uni and work and organising a new foster puppy ❤ and having family come to stay I have not stopped – which is why this video is going up on Monday not Sunday as promised. But I got it done!!

 

Have a beautiful week everyone!!

Namaste ❤

Best way to improve student math scores? Change teacher attitudes!

Good morning peeps,

As a student teacher I am constantly researching, reading and watching to keep myself informed of the latest educational news and research. I stumbled across the below article by Carolyn Jones at Mercury News, on the weekend and (although at first I as a little bit offended) after reading through I realised a lot of what is discussed rings true.

The key message embedded within the text in centred around the idea that if a teacher dislikes, or dreads, a particular topic, then their students in turn will learn to dread it too. In my limited experience within classrooms thus far I have found this to be the truth. From what I have observed students can tell if a teacher is passionate about their craft and they will mimic this enthusiasm in turn.

“Changing the way teachers felt about their own mathematical abilities led them to like the subject, which boosted their enthusiasm for teaching it”

But with al the standardised testing and consequential criticism being placed on Australian teachers how can we possibly expect them to remain passionate and enthusiastic about their craft?

I love teaching and I can not wait to finish university and join the workforce – but I am young and inexperienced and yet to face the very real challenges endured by every day teachers. The ideal we are presented with at University is, I fear, a far cry from the real world of Australian education.

Here is a link to the original article:

The study, published in the journal Education Sciences, showed that student scores improved after teachers took an online course explaining how anyone can be good at math, math is fun and useful, and can be taught in a more positive, engaging way.

via Best way to improve student math scores? Change teachers’ attitudes, study says — The Mercury News

Perhaps the key to raising the standard of Australian education can be found within the minds of teachers in Australian schools. I do have to wonder if anyone has ever thought to ask teachers how to teach? Surely they would be the most logical choice when it came to choosing a leader for educational reform.

Food for thought ❤

Have a beautiful day everyone!

Namaste x

Histograms and Stem-and-Leaf plots

Good Morning Everyone!!!

So I have finally finished my 3rd year professional experience and it was amazing! I had the best time.

In my last week I put a lot of effort into the resources I was making and this is one of my favourites!! I was finding it really hard to source a good histogram / stem-and-leaf plot activity for my junior math classes – so I took a beat and made my own.

I hope you find it as useful as I did!

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Histograms S-L activity sheet

 

Have a beautiful week !

Namaste xx

The Student Teacher Diaries : Week Beginning July 30 2018

Okie Dokie….

So during my professional experience over the last month I was writing daily reflections and also reflecting after each lesson I taught and it was getting to the point that I couldn’t even remember what I was reflecting on anymore (#sleepdeprivedstudentteacherlife). So to save time I decided that instead of writing my reflections I would use my phone and record a quick clip of myself.

This is the best idea I’ve ever had because (a) I saved a butt load of time and (b) I was able to record myself straight away in the moment so my reflections were a lot more genuine than their original written counterparts.

I really enjoyed looking back over my past video diaries so I have decided to continue to create video reflections throughout my last year as a student teacher so that in years to come when I am an experienced teacher I can look back and see how far I’ve come.

I created a youtube channel (because I can’t afford to pay for the fancy WordPress account where you can embed your own videos #brokestudentlife) to upload my videos and will create a blog post to accompany each video every week.

As always any advice or feedback you wish to give would be massively appreciated (especially considering my camera skills are far from great).

I hope you enjoy watching my reflections as much as I enjoyed making them ❤

 

Have a beautiful day!!

Namaste xx

The History of the Periodic Table: Rotating Group Work

Hellloooo Every one!!!

So I am just about to embark on my third and final week of placement and I have spent the entire weekend lesson planning, laminating, cutting, pasting and prepping like a mad woman #studentteacherlife

For my year 10 science I attempted to teach them to balance chemical equations last week and it was (no word of a lie) the most boring lesson ever! So I’ve decided to attempt to shake things up a little this week by running our first lesson of the week as a rotating group activity.

The three activities involve;

  1. Reading a text and pulling out key dates / people to create a timeline that details the history of the periodic table
  2. Balancing chemical equations using molymods (after the difficulty they faced balancing equations using multiples, I decided a more tactile, visual approach was in order)
  3. Creating a categorical system to organise given elements. Students will be given a random assortment of elements and be required to find a way of categorising them.

 

I used a number of resources for this activity, some I created and 2 I found online and dowloaded. For you convenience here they are…

 

To make things simpler I printed the assorted sheets on coloured paper (a different colour per activity) and laminated them –> then I created instruction cards that could be read by the students to explain how the activity would run (these are included at the end of the lesson plan). All work would be completed in the students workbooks, with the exception of the timeline which would be completed on a piece of A3 paper, and then hung on the classroom wall.

 

Well I hate to be blunt, but I still have an enormous amount of lesson planning to do for the upcoming week ❤ So I’m going to end this post here.

Have a beautiful week everyone !!

Namaste xx

The Sweetest Birthday Wall : #PunIntended

Good Morning all of you amazing people ❤

WHAT A WEEK!

I have just finished my first of three weeks placement and it was intense 🙂

I have a lot of adjusting and lesson planning to work on so this week I’m going to do a nice simple post and share with you all my “sweet” ice cream birthday wall template ❤

I’ve seen a lot of variations of different birthday walls in classrooms, but the ice cream version has always been one of my favourites. I  used this one for the students I work with at my part time job (Outside School Hours Care) and they loved it (not to mention it looks really groovy pinned up on the wall in our building )

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