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

Goal Tracker

Hello hello hello!!!

It has been sooo long since I last posted 😦

I just finished my exams at university and I’m in the process of finalising all of my notes so that I can upload them for everyone 🙂

 

However I took a little time out today to make up this Goal Tracker… I’ve seen a few similar designs floating around and it seemed like an awesome way to keep track of all the little day to day things we tend to forget … so I jumped on and designed my own 🙂

Also, I re-did the decor for my blog :/ I hope you guys like it !! I was trying to make it less girly-girl!!

Anyways… enjoy 🙂 xx

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Language and Literacy Revision Notes

So at the moment at Uni we are begrudgingly working our way through the most extensive lesson plans we will ever write in our entire teaching career – our literacy has to be perfect (as it should be). The topic of literacy is a never ending struggle for teachers and although my teaching areas are Physics and Mathematics the literary education of all students is just as much my responsibility as it is the English and History teachers.

This prompted me to revise a few of the concepts surrounding literacy that we covered in our first year and I will be gradually uploading my summaries over the next few weeks as I go through them.

 

Here’s the first 3 🙂 Enjoy ! ❤

Defining LanguageLanguage Acquisition and DevelopmentLanguage as a Social Practice

And of course the pdf versions;

Defining Language

Language Acquisition and Development

Language as a Social Practice