When did teaching become about money, business and quantitative rather than qualitative teaching processes?
Becoming a teacher had nothing to do with school holidays (although a welcomed perk), it is definitely not about the money (I’m not sure you would find any teacher that would happily admit to that), it’s not about business (however, some institutions will beg to differ- making money is the only way of life for them) for me it was because I wanted to make a difference and teaching was just a natural choice for me. Everything I did from work experience, to reading, to volunteering, to making connections professionally stemmed from my want to be someone who helped, did ‘good’, someone who is positive and forward thinking. Teaching was a fit for this drive I had. Added bonus, I loved working with students regardless of age.
However, recent events are proving hard for me to chew (or so to speak), I am hoping I am not alone.Is it me or are schools becoming more like businesses worrying about maximising profits and forgetting the clientele? Continue reading
Days of the good ol’ spelling quiz have all but eluded me.
Are the days gone when spelling isn’t corrected by an automated tool embedded in the app/program you are typing your document on?
~Image from Google Images, 2/9/14.
Are we teaching the ‘Spellcheck’ generation?
How much emphasis is placed on handwriting in schools?
With AusVELs rolling out their new ideals and guidelines for teaching and learning for the new generations of learners I have searched high and low for progression points that ascertain to handwriting.
I have found 3 mentions in Early Years; Foundation, Level 1 and Level 4. Does this answer the drop in student handwriting in schools? As I decipher yet another piece of students writing trying to find the elusive ‘finger spaces’ among other things is there much demand or emphasis on accurately forming letters?
Further questioning preconceived limitations with lack of Digital devices…What if the perspective is the problem and not the number of devices issue?
What if I’m questioning the wrong element?
I have been somewhat absent on TeachingLearningConnect in the past week, I have been busy planning thinking, eating, planning and thinking some more. Since my last unpacking of the first of my many questions I aim to tackle this term, I have outlined some ideas, possibilities and plans I have for my classroom based upon the ‘limited devices’ and ‘How to?’ question I have posed and devised a few points to help answer this question.
The question at hand is: Continue reading
The art of book flying through the air at the speed of light fuelled by liquid dinosaurs. No, only kidding.
After much thought and building exciting, I have decided to hash out some details ascertaining to the idea of ‘flying books’.
Idea: to send between 3-5 minutes of a story (digitally) or a 3-5 page chapter of a (print) narrative from one school to another, with an online tracking base to document planning, drafting and publishing processes. Continue reading
Here I am again with yet another insightful blog about my ideas, thoughts, practices, lessons etc. all relating to the topic of yes, you named it TEACHING.
I will soon be launching my Googledrive classroom with the students and tomorrow we will run through what it will look like to create a ‘stop motion’ film. I have thought ahead yet again. Something I would like to do in the classroom is have online collaboration with a students from around the world.
‘Flying books’. Continue reading
With some help from a very insightful and helpful band of twitter followers and after watching a string of student created ‘stop motion’ films. I have decided to add a new idea and device to ICT integration into my classroom for the remainder of this year. Continue reading
With my ramblings at the end of term2 and the realisation that I have been incredibly slack this year, when documenting my journey through the sometimes minefields of teaching. I have decided to be proactive and blog, document and report my practise on weekly basis. I understand this can be a task in itself, yet a challenge I am willing to rise too. Continue reading