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 ❤

 

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 ❤ ❤ ❤

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 )

Birthday Wall Template_Miss MillieMillie

Mindfulness: What does it mean and why is is important?

We’re almost back into the swing of things at Uni, classes are about to start and as of next week all of the new and returning students will be flooding onto the campus grounds – excited to get back into their respective degrees.

We had our mentor training session today – where we went over all the do’s and don’ts of supporting the new students. The thing that stood out the most for me was the little chat that we had about mindfulness. I found it really encouraging to see that such a simple concept was being embraced on such a grand scale; and as a result I was inspired to write this blog post.

What is it?

In a nutshell mindfulness is;

  • The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something (Google Definition)

 

  • “The unfailing master key for knowing the mind and is thus the starting point; the perfect tool for shaping the mind, and is thus the focal point; and the lofty manifestation of the achieved freedom of the mind, and is thus the cumulating point” (Nyanaponika Thera – Buddhist scholar and monk)1

 

  • A deceptively simple way of relating to experience, has long been used to lessen the sting of life’s difficulties, especially those that are self imposed (from the text Mindfulness and Psychotherapy)2

 

Three very different definitions, collected from three very different sources, but essentially all saying the same thing. Need a bit more? Below I’ve embedded a nifty little you-tube clip  (Language Warning!!!) that sums up the entire concept of Mindfulness in under 3 minutes 🙂

 

Why is it important?

Mindfulness is important because it allows us to examine the inner workings of our own mind and recognise when we might be overthinking, exaggerating, losing self-control or procrastinating.  By looking down on our actions and their consequences, as if through a lens, we are able to be objective and instead of acting on impulse – as we most commonly do – we are able to pick our actions based on whichever path we deem to be the wisest.

For example; imagine that you have a group assignment due on Monday, everyone has contributed except for one member of the group who has done the bare minimum the entire time and has now failed to submit their final draft.  Now everyone would react differently in this situation – personally my instinctive reaction would be anger and annoyance and I could be tempted to send off a nasty email or two. But a mindful person would rise above this primal urge and instead examine the situation objectively. Sure writing that nasty email would give me a chance to vent and temporarily make me feel better BUT it probably won’t encourage that last group member to submit their work, and could even make things worse. A mindful person would recognise that maybe there are circumstances beyond the other individuals control that they haven’t shared with the group at large, and that perhaps help and support should have been offered by the remaining group members earlier to ensure that each group member had an equitable (yet fair) workload.

This final clip is one of my all time favourites – it’s simple, short, to the point – and I think (for some of you) it will do a much better job than me at explaining why mindfulness is essential for human happiness.

This is just an example – and by no means am I suggesting that to be mindful you have to let people walk all over you and do the bare minimum. Rather it is the way we deal with these situations, through wise decision making and not raw emotion, that makes us mindful, empowered individuals.

Final Note:

I hope you enjoyed this post. A few people noticed that I took a little break from the internet over the christmas period but I’m back now and I’m planning (hoping) to upload at least one post a week this year. So stay tuned 🙂 Exciting things to come !!

Namaste xx

 

References

  1. Kabat-Zinn, J. (2015). mindfulness.Mindfulness, 6(6), 1481-1483. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-015-0456-x
  1. Germer, C. K., Siegel, R. D., Fulton, P. R., & ProQuest (Firm). (2013). Mindfulness and psychotherapy (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Magnetism

Hi everyone,

So these are my summary notes on Magnetism. I didn’t include any examples but the concept is pretty simple and it kind of just ties in with all the other topics we studied this semester so it should be fine. However if you need any more clarification or you’d like an example sheet drop me a line in the comments and I’ll make one up 🙂

Magnetism

Pdf version: Magnetism