So today on prac I had an interesting discussion with my mentor teacher about the Australian Curriculum. This discussion all began because he was showing me the different elements involved in One School. For those that aren’t familiar with One School it is a website that all staff working in state schools across Queensland record information about students, locate different C2C lesson plans or unit plans, so on and so forth. Now while discussing this I asked why the C2C documents were created, and why these weren’t used in other states beside Queensland. He explained that the C2C documents were our interpretation of the national curriculum and that every state had their own view on what should be taught from it. Now to me this seems slightly bizarre as wasn’t the point of the national curriculum so students across Australia were taught the same content? Maybe that was just me. If you are wanting a closer look at the curriculum head to http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/
So now that I have finished prac I am able to refocus on completing the rest of my assessment pieces and I am not going to lie this does not please me one bit. The assignments that I have left are tedious at best, they have little relevance to the subject content and have absolutely worth to me as a pre-service teacher. There have been many times this semester when I have thought that it would be easier to just give up rather than carrying on and finishing my degree. Then I stop and think about all the hard work that I have already put in, all the tears that I have cried, all the lessons that I have created, lectures that I have attended and I think stuff it I am so close to the end that it is more effort to stop than it is to finish. Fingers crossed that I can actually finish all the assignments that I have left. I know that Anna has some interesting ideas about other factors to do with studying education.
The hardest part in a failed lesson is accepting you may have made a mistake in the planning. Likely that is not the case. Something slipped by you, and you discovered mid-lesson that you didn’t give it the weight it deserved. That is why this perfectionist looks at new lessons as experimental, rather than the version that must be successful from the go.
So for the last three weeks I have been developing lesson plans that are supposed incorporate ICT. The idea is that as teachers we have to understand how different resources are able to transform a student’s learning experience. However, what happens when 80% of the students being taught don’t speak English, 50% of those have never really had the opportunity to engage with ICTs of any form and the school itself has limited resources available. What then? Well, I will tell you what then… You wing it. You start at the end and work your way forwards. You look at who you are teaching and how you can create a lesson that is more engaging and interactive, one in which they take control of their own knowledge and understanding of the concept being taught. In my case it was about demonstrating how a skill should be performed and providing them with the opportunity and tools to analyse areas that they can improve their technique so that the next time they perform the skill, it is bigger and better than before.
If you are wanting more insight into other students prac experiences why not read Maggie’s blog.