Looking back on Week 10 course content

I feel that from my professional and personal experiences I had a good idea of the risks and benefits of using ICT in the classroom. This was confirmed by the success I achieved in the quizzes at the start of the Week’s course content.

Due to the late notification of my Professional Experience site I was not aware of their existing policies and processes related to the safe, responsible, and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching prior to my commencing Professional Experience.

Reading the learning continuum for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability provided me with information that I was not previously aware of. However, with my placement being just prior to reports being due, all assessment tasks had already been decided upon leaving me with limited opportunity to design lesson plans to fulfil the Level 2 requirements for Year 2 students.


Digital Citizenship

  1. My knowledge and experience with digital citizenship and the safe, responsible, and ethical use of ICT in your personal and professional lives;

Email: I have received spam and phishing emails

Facebook: I have seen friends have their accounts duplicated by people pretending to be them

Work: There have been occasions (fortunately very few) in which students have cyberbullied other students via Facebook and Instagram. I am always very careful with the comments I post as I will be considered a reflection of the school I work for.

Personal: My children are not allowed to use their own names, personal information or place photos showing their faces or school uniforms. They are also not permitted to use the chat option on online games or friend people they do not know.

  1. My results for each of the quizzes

What do you know about bullying? 3/4

Cyber Smart Kids: 24/25

  1. My critical reflections on those quizzes, their content, and what it says about what you thought and wrote for point 1.

What do you know about bullying?: With the constant media attention surrounding cyberbullying I was surprised to find that it was not the most common form of bullying. This lack of understanding may stem from the fact that I see very little bullying at the school I work at

Cyber Smart Kids: As a parent with children who are constantly requesting to play online games and attend a school with a compulsory BYOD program I am very aware of what they should and should not be doing. The question I got wrong relates to my insistence of knowing all my children’s accounts and passwords so that I can check on if they are following the conditions they agreed to when I allowed them access sites.

Week 1 of Prac

Well, it was an interesting start to the week.  After only finding out the location of my placement on Tuesday night and then spending all weekend with debilitating back pain I certainly did not feel terribly organised.  Quite frankly I was just happy that I managed to start prac on the Monday, albeit heavily medicated with Panadine Forte and Nurofen.  That being said my week has been great with a brilliant mentor teacher and fantastic students.  I am really looking forward to my remaining two weeks of Prac.

Like Jacqueline‘s mentor, my mentor uses the “I do, we do, you do” process.  In addition, she completes a WALT poster for each new learning outcome which also details what the students will know to be successful.  This chart is then referred to during related lessons to remind students of why we are learning what we are learning and the specifics of what they need to know.

I have a Prac!!!

After weeks of waiting and spending most of the day checking InPlace I finally found out where I will be for the next three weeks.

My first thought was to work out how to get my children to school. My son is extremely happy because, as his school is on my way to my Prac school, he will be getting a lift to school for the next three week. Not so easy is getting my two daughters to school however, after looking into school bus routes and chatting to friends it looks like we have Plans A, B and C ready to go, all depending on what time I will be required to start and how bad the traffic will be getting there. Its times like these I remember how lucky I am to work at my daughters’ school just 7 minutes down the road.

Once that was settled the excitement really hit. I love doing Pracs because despite the steep learning curve and huge workload I get SO much out of them. I am a sponge, soaking up every little idea, strategy and piece on information that I can while being constantly reminded that teaching IS what I want to do……as opposed to typing assignment after assignment with perfect APA referencing.

Now…..back to one of those pesky assignments 🙂

Hey procrastinators…check out Mr Clancy’s plan

Well Mr Clancy, I must say that I LOVE your plan of writing only 300 words a day – that makes so much sense.

After reading your post…sleeping on it…then…waking up at 4am thinking about all the Uni work I need to get done over the next two weeks I think I have recognised a root of my procrastination problem! Perhaps it stems from me (as a perfectionist) expecting myself to sit down and write a perfect 1500 word assignment in one day.  Then, at the end of the day (or middle of the night, as the case maybe), being shocked, disappointed and frustrated when I don’t achieve that goal because it was just too much for my overloaded little brain to deal with in the first place.

Have you got any other ideas that you don’t believe are ground-breaking; because this one certainly was a light bulb moment for me?

Ten Sum App

My 7 year old daughter’s favourite app at the moment is Ten Sum. She sits on the iPad for hours completely enthralled and I am finding it difficult to insist that she stop playing. Not only does this app develop her ability to and 2, 3 and 4 digits together to equal 10 but it also develops her problem solving skills. There have been times that she has found the solution to a level that I was finding difficult!

Growth mindset

I appreciated Tanya drawing my attention to Carol Dweck’s TED talk. My children have always been told that I didn’t care what grades they got on their report cards do long as they tried as hard as they could, that is, their effort grade was very good. Carol Dweck confirmed that this way of thinking, focussing on students’ effort ahead of grades, was the way to develop a growth mindset.

Students can be guided to becoming more effective learners through teachers encouraging them to try different learning strategies which make their brain work smarter. Rather than mistakes being branded failure they can be reflected upon and used to formulate a new plan of attack.

There are some fantastic Star Wars themed posters which encourage students to relate a growth mindset to the Force and relate a fixed mindset to the Dark Side.