GTPA Lesson Plan

Hello fabulous Earthlings ❤ ❤ ❤

I am currently completing my fourth (and final) student teacher placement. Part of this final professional experience is the completion of our GTPA (Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment) – a gruelling 5000 word assignment which is basically a compilation of everything we have learnt over the last 4 years.

To support our claims within the GTPA we need to provide evidence, such as lesson plans, that demonstrate our ability to align curriculum, pedagogy, legislation, policy and theory. To make this entire process a little easier on myself I developed this lesson plan template… gtpa_lesson plan_template ❤

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The entire plan is VERY EXPLICIT and I would not recommend using it UNLESS you are completing the GTPA yourself. On a regular day-to-day basis there is just TOO MUCH there, and as a teacher you would not have anywhere near enough time for that..

The post lesson reflection section has a total of 50 potential questions, explicitly linked to the sections of the QCT Evidence Guide to help when putting together the final assessment piece. It was never my intention to answer every single one of those reflection questions following each lesson, I would simply pick and choose the ones I felt related the most and use those as the basis of my reflection.

Do you have a different method of collecting lesson plan data during student teaching? I would love to hear what you’re doing! My methods are constantly changing and evolving as I learn more about the practice of teaching so I am always interested to find out what other people are up to ❤

Have a blessed week!

Namaste x

The Student Teacher Diaries Ep. 7

Good Morning lovely humans ❤

So this year I have decided to do something a little different with The Student Teacher Diaries. Last year, as many of you know, I recorded my experiences and created a series of Vlogs. This was a lot of fun… but VERY VERY time consuming. I am considering creating a seperate series of Vlogs, perhaps to discuss smaller day-to-day issues faced by student teachers, but as far as The Student Teacher Diaries is concerned, from now on I will be creating one blog post per week, similar to a journal, which lists my daily lesson reflections, thoughts and difficulties.

I would like to offer a massive thank you to everyone who has been a supporter of The Student Teacher Diaries (you know who you are) ❤ and I promise you I’m not going anywhere – I’m just changing it up a bit ❤

So without further a-doooo …

Week 1 (aka Planning Week), 2019

Monday 21.01.19

Today was bananas. For most of the returning teachers it was their first day back for the year and the staff room was chaotic. I loved the energy and the excitement I was feeling as a little student teacher was very closely mimicked by many of those around me. There was a mixture of people in the room, teachers from all different disciplines, backgrounds and experience levels were all thrown in together, creating an uplifting atmosphere of egalitarianism and comradery.

Our day was broken into 3 sessions. The first was prayer followed by the annual workplace induction.

I have never experienced prayer in such an open group setting before, and I found it to be a very peaceful way to start the day, especially after leaving the slightly over-crowded staffroom.

The middle and final sessions were focused on professional learning practices, or PLPs. Each teacher had an existing PLP from the previous year, incorporating individual goals for their personal pedagogy, curriculum and whole school ethos. I created my own PLP, based on my experience as a student teacher and I hope to use it as a reflection tool in the coming weeks.

Tuesday 22.01.19

We began the day by discussing Growth Mindsets and what it meant for students (and teachers!) to have good wellbeing.  After lunch we went over the Code of Behaviour and classroom expectations and values. The remainder of the day was spent coaching the teachers who were new to the school on how to use assorted computer programs and functions. I found this really informative and took a few notes.

Wednesday 23.01.19

Today we revisited the school’s mantra for the year … Gratitude. There was a guest speaker in attendance who coached us on the “attitude of gratitude” and illuminated a few key wellbeing factors that were key to running a successful team. This session was slightly awkward at first, because as a pre-service teacher I was (by definition) the most temporary member of the team – however the teachers around my quickly took me under their wings and it didn’t take me long to get wrapped up in what the guest speaker was saying. The day went very quickly.

Thursday 24.01.19

Today was amazing!! We began by going over the school pedagogical framework (PF) and discussing what it meant to be a part of a Professional learning community (PLC). Marzano (The New Art and Science of Teaching) and Hattie (Visible Learning) were both key players and discussed in depth (I think I’ll do a seperate blog post / summary on both of these frameworks). After lunch we had a presentation by the head of inclusive education and revised why it is so important to have a classroom that supports and fosters all students, regardless of socio-emotional, physical or cognitive ability. I spent the afternoon planning and getting my timetable in order – and I think I’m going to spend the evening getting a head start on my lesson planning. I developed a new lesson plan template – specifically to meet the requirements of the GTPA data collection brief – I will upload it HERE. PLEASE do not use this template unless you are preparing for your own GTPAit is very in depth, has a lot of writing and is definitely NOT PRACTICAL for everyday use!!! (But if you need to collect evidence for your GTPA it is fantastic ❤ ❤ ❤ )

Friday 25.01.19

Lucky last day of week one!! We began the day with a whole staff Mass followed by morning tea. Mass was lovely and a really positive way to start the last day of planning week.  The remainder of the day was spent in meetings with various heads of department and Pastoral leaders. My SBTE’s and I decided on which classes I was to teach and I did a quick outline of my official week 1 tasks.

 

Overall this week was incredible. It was so useful for me to attend all of the different PD’s and get a taste of what planning week is like. Not many student teachers get a chance to experience the hustle and bustle of school on day one of the year – I’m excited for next week to get here! I’m going to spend the weekend lesson planning and GTPA prepping ❤

Until next week!!

Namaste ❤

 

New Year… New Perspective

Good Morning beautiful people ❤ ❤ ❤

I hope you are all having a very blessed and peaceful start to the New Year.

I’ve been taking some time away from Miss Millie Millie for the last few months. I found that towards the end of last year I had allowed myself to become too overly involved in too many things and as a result my sense of focus and overall wellbeing was greatly diminished.

I had stopped going to yoga regularly, I began eating meat again, and I developed a candy-crush addiction that my beloved fiance’ described as “riiiii-diculous” (bless his cotton socks).

With the start of the new school year fast approaching (marking the beginning of the end for my teaching degree), I have had to snap myself out of the candy-crush playing, walking-dead watching pillow fort I have come to call home and re-energise myself, change my perspective as it were, so that I am ready to be the best student teacher I can be for the brave little high-schoolers soon to walk across the thresh-hold of my classroom.

I realise that the less stuff I do, the less energy I have to do stuff.

For example, if I lie around in bed until 10am, then I take longer to energise myself, every little thing seems like a chore and the day is done and dusted before it’s even begun. However, if I get up at 6am, take the doggos for a run and do some yoga, I am more likely to want to keep doing stuff for the remainder of the day.

So with my new found energy I have decided it is time to come out of hibernation and set myself up for the year with an entirely new perspective. To accompany this new found train of thought I have developed a set of mantras that I will endeavour to live by in 2019;

  1. I will be kind
  2. I will be patient
  3. I will practice yoga everyday, even when I’m sleepy
  4. I will go to Church as much as I can, even when I’m sleepy
  5. I will write down 3 things I am thankful for every evening before I go to bed

 

As the year goes on I am certain that this list, like me, will grow and change until eventually it will have morphed into something entirely new.

Do you have any changed perspectives that will help guide your journey in 2019?

Have a beautiful day

Namaste

 

 

The Student Teacher Diaries Ep 6

Hi Everyone!!

So I’m going to start off by saying that last week was not my most enthusiastic of weeks! I was still super sick most of the week and as a result my motivation to film things was severely depleted!!

I was going to skip this weeks Vlog entry because I thought it was just too lazy — BUT I’m not about giving up so I pulled myself together, got my edit on and Ta-Da The Student Teacher Diaries Episode 6 came to life!!

I forgot to mention in the Vlog… our plans for Cambodia are coming along really well – time is flying by!! I just need to buy my travel VISA and then I am good to go 😀 I’m flying home on my own (because I have a wedding to get to) so Im a bit nervous about being at the Singapore airport on m y own for 10 HOURS!!! If you have any advice on things to do during a ten hour stopover in Singapore PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT THEM!!!! (not going to lie… I am a little bit scared ).

 

I also included a little entomology stuff this week ❤ (to make up for the fact that I forgot to film a concluding segment! – sorry guys … I did warn you that I wasn’t on the ball this week!). If you have any questions about my butterfly collection please let me know ❤ Entomology is one of my favourite things so I am always happy to talk about it :p

Until next week !

Namaste xx

The Student Teacher Diaries Ep 5

 

Hi Guys!!!

Wowsers… so I had another hectic week last week and unfortunately my body could not keep up with my brain!!

I got what I think must have been the worst flu of my life… it was so bad I couldn’t even move from my couch for 2 days 😦

Something I didn’t go into very much in this video (but I think I’l talk about this week) is how hard it is, not only working full time AND being a full time university student,  but being the partner of a FIFO worker. Normally I can handle Scott being away and it only affects me slightly but this week I really noticed his absence. It isn’t easy (if you watched last week’s blog you’ll know all about the pressure it puts on us) but we work really hard at our relationship and I’m so so soooo lucky that I found a man that loves me even when I’m crazy ❤ ❤ ❤  If you have any questions about how Scott and I keep balance in our relationship, please don’t hesitate to ask!

So without further a-do… here is this week’s Vlog ❤

 

That’s all from me this week guys,

I’m still recovering from my flu and, given my bed-ridden weekend, I’m also behind with my studies so most of this week will be spent playing catch up 🙂

Until next week

Namaste x

The Student Teacher Diaries Ep 4

Hi Lovelies!!!

So my life has been full on for the last couple of weeks – I’ve barely had time for anything which I why I didn’t ‘t upload a blog last week 😦

But I’m making up for it this week !!! With two weeks worth of footage all lovingly combined into one episode 🙂

It is a little long , so it’s probably a good idea to make yourself a cup of tea before watching ❤

Have a beautiful week everybody ! ❤ ❤ ❤

Namaste x

The Student Teacher Diaries Ep2

Good Morning Everyone!!!

So it has been a massive week  (and an even bigger weekend but I’ll talk about all that drama in next weeks blog). We have a new foster dog, Bear (who is literally a giant AND the cutest thing you have ever seen!). This is him ❤

img_0519.jpgI also had an EDSS (Education Student Society) trivia event that I attended this week and (spoiler alert) my team came 3rd (mostly because I was calling out the wrong answers to throw the other teams off (classic trivia mind games)).

So without any farther introduction here is this weeks video diary ❤ ❤ ❤

Have a beautiful week everyone!

I’m going to try and get some more resources up before the end of the week!

Namaste ❤ ❤ ❤