My new favourite website!

While on prac there are always lessons to be planned that require lots of resources that you may not have yet. So of course there are usually many, many hours spent trawling through Google sites. There is one site that has become my favourite, and I am definitely considering paying my membership so I can join. At the moment I have been getting lots of free downloads, but there are certainly many, many things that I want and for those I need to be a member or pay for them. The site I am referring to is Teachers Pay Teachers . It pretty much has everything that you can think of. Basically you type in what you want in the search bar and it comes up. There is anything and everything that you can think of. And if that site doesn’t have what you want (for free) then a close second (as my new favourite website) is Pintrest! I cannot believe that I have never really known how this site works… now that I do, I am ALWAYS on their looking for stuff… I recommend that you check it out.. actually both of them.. they are amazing!

4 visual guides to Bloom’s Taxonomy Apps

There are many different ways to use Bloom’s Taxonomy and now there are 4 different visual guides (apps) that can be found and downloaded. If you click on this link below it will take you to the following pictures with some background information behind each picture. I personally love Blooms and try to incorporate it in my every day teaching and learning episodes that I plan for my students. And by being able to easily download these aesthetically, visually appealing Apps makes a big difference, especially for my visual learners. I was able to download some of these apps onto the laptops at the school where I did prac, and I used them on several of my different learners to see what the response that I got from each of them. I would definitely recommend these apps to anyone who likes to incorporate Bloom’s into their teaching and learning.

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50 apps students will be using…

I stumbled across Nicole’s blog and found this link about apps that students will be using. The article lists the apps in different categories- Productivity and Organisation, Reading and Writing, Reference, Safety, and STEM. It is a great article that really gets you in the same train of thought as many of your students. The apps are incredible, a real eye opener, just proving that the jump in technology from when I went to primary school (in the 80s and 90) is amazing. I remember when I was at school, we have half a dozen old mac computers in the school library. I think we just to be able to type on them and use floppy disks with information.. and that was about it! Nothing like what the kids these days have….


Classroom Blogging

When reading through Teresa’s blog (- a colleague) I came across a post that she wrote about classroom blogging. I followed the link she had and was really impressed with what I saw and heard. I had never really thought about having a classroom blog once I was out teaching, but after looking at this video clip and really getting into blogging, I think that establishing a classroom blog would be something that I would definitely like to consider. There are lots of teachers that have blogs in their classrooms. Here are the best class blogs for 2012. I suggest you take a look… they are well worth it!





Day 15

Tomorrow marks my last day of prac for semester 1, 2013. I am both excited and sad by this. I have so much work to do between now and the end of semester that I will be happy to be home to get it done, but I will also miss my mentor and my class. I have become quite attached to them and reality of uni work doesn’t seem as nice as hanging out with my beautiful class of 22 kids. Tomorrow I have planned many fun lessons hopefully that are ICT rich!

First up we have a whole school assembly and Reconciliation Mass which should be good. Then we have literacy. This week I have decided to test the kids with their spelling online with the IWB and have them do their sight words with this resource. The students will also have an opportunity to use the iPads to do reading eggs sight words.
After this, the students will be doing their literacy mini lesson on “Where are you going, Manyoni?” where they are inferring through pictures.

Then its maths, the students will be doing addition strategies on BrainPOP jr, IWB, interactive games and worksheets.

Should be a fun, interesting, ICT rich lesson.

Reconciliation day

Yesterday our school started to prepare for National Reconciliation Week which starts on Monday. In order for the students to understand what Reconciliation Week is all about I created a mini lesson for them to give them some information. I was able to google some information for them, show them clips on Youtube and I even found some video clips in the schools database with some important Indigenous People for the students to listen to. As a school, the children had to go to the oval and lay a sea of hands in recognition of Reconciliation. To incorporate ICTs further into my mini lesson, I decided to take some pictures on the digital camera to record the event. I then printed out the pictures and have displayed them around the classroom for further discussions next week. I was pleased that my almost non existent lesson, was able to be an ICT rich mini lesson which the children throughly enjoyed.

Under 8’s week

During this week, my school celebrated under 8’s week with a special day “Barefoot in the Park” planned for all the students in Kindy- grade 2. What a day! The children had a wonderful day doing activities of all sorts. Even though a lot of the activities where crafty, I was able to give suggestions to different teachers on how to incorporate ICTs into the day. For example; we had a disco for the students where we used the IWB to display Youtube  dance music and videos for the children to dance to. We also used a digital camera and set up a photo booth to take pictures of the students. These were then printed on the laser printer and the children were able to take them home. These were just a few examples of how I helped incorporate ICTs into the day. The children had a magnificent day and I am sure will talk about it for weeks to come!

fight the fidgeting

This week with my class I have found that they often get ‘over’ sitting for too long so I have been trying hard to plan lessons that incorporates them having to constantly moving. Although this has been working, I have been searching for other ways for the children to have some fun, ICT incorporated, ‘time-outs’, where they can have a brain break. I was reading through a post that a colleague posted “The beginning Teacher” forum on Facebook that focuses on fighting the fidget amongst students.

After looking through them, and considering my class I have decided that I am going to try some of them next week. Here are the ones I plan on trying. If your a kid, I like to move it, and the Ice Age- sid shuffle. I think my kids are going to love it!


Incorporating ICTs into prac- Reader’s workshop

During this weeks prac, I tried to incorporate ICTs into every lesson that I had to plan and teach. During Reader’s workshop this week, the children were learning about inferring. I was only in charge of teaching mini lessons most days, and they generally lasted for 20 minutes. I was able to use the IWB to project our pictures we were making inferences from. This week we used the visual pictures of Horace Pippins. As a group we made our list of evidence, inferences and thinking stems. During tech tank time, the students were asked to use a Word program to type up the information that they had found. Next week we will continue on making inferences, but this time with written passages, rather than visual.

Incorporating ICTs into my prac- maths

This week I have been trying to incorporate ICTs wherever possible into my teaching and learning experiences for my class. This week during maths we were learning about time. To incorporate ICTs into my time teaching I used things such as interactive clocks on the IWB. The children loved using this clock as they could see what I was trying to explain to them. They did a lesson on BrainPOP jr  that helped cement their knowledge, which also included a quiz, which they aced! The children ended up doing their time assessment on friday in the library on the internet. They were able to completely incorporate ICTs into their assessment (thanks to my suggestion) which worked out well