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 ❤ ❤ ❤

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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Have a beautiful week !

Namaste xx