Teacher Tube

I thought I would share this app that I found on Facebook – where else? I find so many useful apps, resources and programs on Facebook as a member of many teacher groups. I find these groups a wealth of information and I am able to talk to people to “get it” who can offer advice and is a place where we can all share our knowledge and information. So it was in one of these groups where I found this app called Teacher Tube. I am yet to check it out myself (I really MUST get the last assignment for semester 1 finished, throw a big party or sleep for 3 months, not sure which yet) then I will go back and check out the resources I have read about in my fellow bloggers post. I am sure we have all learnt so much from each other as well as from USQ teaching staff. All the best everyone as you smash out the last of your assessments.

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Internship offered!!

I feel like screaming this from the rooftops – but thought I would blog about it instead! On Day 10 of my professional experience for EDC3100 I was offered a placement for my internship next year! I was on duty with my mentor when we were talking about my lessons and how much I want to be a teacher – I explained it’s more than just that – I want to teach just as much as I want to breathe. It has created a fire in my belly that I haven’t felt for a long, long time, if ever. I know this is what I must do with my life – I now understand when people say they have a “calling”. My mentor then offered me a placement for my internship, which I will complete in Semester 2, 2016. To say that I wanted to jump for joy is an understatement!

I found these links which gives more details about the teacher registration process – something that I will be doing in the not too distant future! It’s been a long, hard road but one well worth it.

iPad, I see, I do, I learn

I am extremely lucky in saying that my prac for EDC3100 was one of the best experiences of my entire life. I had the most amazing mentor who was supportive. She let me teach using my own style, using my own ideas and behaviour management strategies. One of these ideas was to bring my own iPad into the classroom to be used for various reasons such as an early finisher activity; a timer; a camera but most importantly my iPad was used by my student with Aspergers as not only a tool for alternative learning but to also help him in social situations where there were a large gathering of students. He was able to engage in apps and games to momentarily escape the challenging situation that surrounded him. This article talks about this technique in more depth and provides an insight as to how helpful an iPad can be for a child with Aspergers. My fellow blogger and EDC3100 student Jessica discusses here how she used her iPad for her students to listen to music during a power outage – another way in which technology helped to settle students.

Flower power!

I am so very fortunate to have an amazing mentor, she is always happy to see the students and I and genuinely cares about those around her. She is also a great lover of flowers and is so happy when she has new flowers to look at, which is why I have decided to give her a big bunch of flowers when I leave as a thank you for having me in her classroom. I also plan on getting the students a small gift as well, they have all worked so hard and made me feel so welcome. I feel very blessed.

Ellison Chair in International Floriculture highlights how flowers can generate happiness, can lower stress levels and anxiety. Ellison Chair in International Floriculture goes as far as saying children who are educated in an environment with plants learn better and show an improved ability to focus and concentrate. So I plan to include flowers in my classroom and even study gardening if the curriculum permits! It can only be good right?

It’s almost prac time!!

I really enjoyed reading Jessica’s post about her first day of prac. Jessica reminded me to make sure I take a thermos so I can have that caffeine “hit” to look forward to at morning tea time. Like Jessica, I too am so exhausted before I even start prac so I am taking a day off before prac starts to get back out into the “real world” and going to the cinema, treating myself to lunch and allowing myself the luxury of having a day time nap. I cannot wait! This semester has been so all-consuming though I must say I cannot wait for prac to start! This week I am stocking up on every immune booster known to mankind with the aim of not getting sick this time. I have already spent a session with my prac class and have been lucky to get to know the students and teacher a little before prac starts. I know for certain this will help with my first day prac nerves. It also helps hugely that I am going back to the school where I had prac last year. Year 3 here I come!

What the EXIF?

I am seriously freaking out after finishing Week 10’s learning path for EDC3100 and learning that every time I take a photo on my phone – mainly of my beautiful children – there is a service that can provide location data of where the photo was taken. Is this putting my children at risk of online predators? It makes me physically ill. Before I did the Connect.Ed professional development about cyber safety I thought I was already very savvy about cyber safety and have always taught/preached this to my kids. Now after learning about EXIF am I putting them at risk because I want to share photos of my kids who I am so proud of? I have this article about how to remove EXIF, what a great idea!

Connect.Ed

I have just completed the Connect.Ed professional development about cyber safety and I must say it was a very enjoyable and informative session. If you’d like to check out my certificate it can be found here. It will also make a great addition to my portfolio as well as earn me points towards my Phoenix Award. I found many great lesson plan ideas as well in Module 4 which I intend to use during prac with my Year 3 class if my mentor approves my plans. Overall I learnt a lot from completely this professional development and look forward to teaching the content to my students in the bid to raise their awareness about online safety.

Resource hunting on Facebook

Like Brooke McEwan I have found many valuable resources on Facebook. There are so many groups that are run by teachers and I am frantically trying to find a way to keep track of all of them for future use on prac and in the classroom. I have found lots of freebies in the QLD Prep Teachers group and have made many resources from ideas I have found in this group. But the most valuable resource I have found are fellow pre-service teachers and teachers who are already “out there”. Most people seem all too happy to help and make suggestions. Facebook can provide a great base to collaborate with others on the same “mission” as I am – to teach, support and nurture children so that they can reach their full potential.

I have always loved animals of all shapes, sizes and species and have raised my children to be carers of animals. I used to be a wildlife carer for the National Parks and Wildlife, though I had to leave this when I had baby number three, life just got too busy! In saying that we still rescue animals when we see them – or when they somehow manage to “find” us. The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne  states that pets play an important part in a child’s life and caring for a pet can develop skills such as empathy, responsibility, respect and communication. I have seen all of these attributes in my own children andAlex and Peaches plan on having a animal of some kind in my classroom one day. Animals are known to relieve stress and increase relaxation which could only be beneficial in a classroom.

I love this photo of my daughter and her cat, Peaches – both inspecting their foot! Peaches is Alex’s best friend, she always listens to her and never judges – one of the things that I love about animals the most!