by Natural Math
by Natural Math
So I’ve been on prac just over a week now and had a variety of highs and lows. For some reason, I seemed more anxious going on this prac than any other so far and fought the butterflies for the entire first week. There is always some sense of relief after giving the first few lessons and getting that initial feedback.
Amongst the lessons I have been asked to design have been a sequence of lessons on sharing, numeracy focus lessons based on Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed with associated activities and Goldilocks and the Three Bears with associated activities. In addition to this, I am also running morning sessions using IWB activities and afternoon sessions using Priory Woods IWB activities.
I am new to the Early Childhood experience so it has been a great learning experience for me. Looking forward to some more new adventures …..
So the cat’s finally out of the bag! The word is out! The much anticipated notifications have been received (apparently a few of my peers are still waiting and I just feel so sad for you). Today, many of us found out where we are going to be teaching for our next professional experience, less than one week away! Luckily for me, I had a return placement and the school notified me of my mentor and class a little while ago.
Last week I had a meeting with my mentor and spent a couple of hours in the class getting to know the students. I must admit, I feel quite anxious as the year level is way out of my comfort zone but my mentor seems very supportive. I expressed my concerns to her about how I could incorporate ICTs into this diverse group of six students with multiple impairments as she reassured me that anything I could do would be useful. An article on Edutopia, 3 Tips for Integrating Tools at the Start of School offers some sound advice for incorporating technology. This is particularly useful for this context – to realise that “not all tools are going to end up as big winners”. That made perfect sense to me and I felt it take away some of the pressure I had placed on myself. The article supports what we have been told all along and that is, that we should be constantly evaluating all the technologies we use in the classroom – to make sure we are using them to their best advantage – to create a better learning environment for our students.
It seems that I misunderstood the requirements of this week i.e. to post a copy of the certification which verifies completion of the four on-line training modules discussed in my previous post. So now I will provide a link to substantiate my claim of completion and enable you to view a copy of the Connect.ed Cybersmart Certificate. Whilst I haven’t actually started working on my ePortfolio that I will hopefully use to gain employment when I graduate, this certificate will assist in providing evidence towards Professional Standards 4.5 – use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically. This topic is, of course, paramount in my mind as I begin thinking about my upcoming prac as a return placement in a special school.
Luckily, I have barely had time to give it the consideration it deserves, but like liv1609 I admit to feeling some apprehension too. This apprehension stems from a couple of sources – from within me (my ability to integrate ICT for young students with multiple impairments) as well as external to me. This is a return placement (I’m doing Special Education) and I organised it with the school before I finished up with them last time. I sent all of the required paperwork in to the Professional Experience Office in February (even before this semester had started) comforted by the knowledge it was a return placement and I had it completely sorted. The school have already allocated me a class. I’ve met the students. I’ve been in email contact with my Mentor …….. Now, today even, while checking InPlace, I still don’t have a placement – not even “coming up”! I am completely devastated by this and it only adds to the stress levels that I can’t even talk to someone in the Professional Experience Office until Monday. I have a meeting with my Mentor on Monday afternoon to work out the finer details.
I feel confident that I have done everything physically possible to establish a successful prac, but I just feel so let down and pretty insignificant.