Don’t stress!

So after scrolling on WordPress, I’ve noticed that a few people are starting to become nervous, anxious, scared and worried about commencing their professional practical experience for university, including Courtney Green. A major factor that have lead to this is that individuals are worried about how they will incorporate digital technologies within their learning experiences, and how well it’s going to turn out. I believe the main reason individuals may be freaking out about using ICT within their lessons is the lack of knowledge and skill acquisition they may have. To overcome this technical barrier, there are numerous things people can do to develop and enhance their ICT comprehension and skill acquisition. To assist learners, there are a wide variety of online websites that offer handy tips and tricks, including this great website.

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So, I hear you wanna be a teacher.

To become a great teacher, you have to do more than studying at university and receiving High Distinctions and smashing out your professional practical experiences. It involves extending and continually developing your pedagogical philosophy. This could involve listening and accepting other educators and their philosophies, in order to expand learning and acknowledgement of theories, which can later be influenced and reflected during practical experiences within classrooms and when completing university assessment tasks.

A recent blog by Courtney Green highlights a key and interesting point; “Push student teachers harder, stick with them once they’re in the classroom, and integrate them into their schools’ communities.”

Online, there are numerous website that outline key characteristics of being a great teacher, including this one fantastic and friendly website.

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Incorporating ICT in lessons and assignments.

We all know how effective the use of digital technologies (ICT) is within lesson and unit plans, but what about when creating assessments for students? By implementing ICT within students assessments, it will create countless opportunities for learners to display their overall comprehension and skill acquisition learnt throughout the unit. Therefore, by providing students with the chance to incorporate the use of digital technology within their assessment, will ultimately increase the learners opportunity to achieve high results.

In a recent blog post by Maggie Stevens,  it highlights exactly how beneficial the use of ICT within assessment is. In addition, there have been numerous studies on how effective the implementation of ICT is within assessment in order to enhance student achievements. Such studies includes Mary Lincoln’s study, focusing in the middle years of schooling.

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Just a little bit of stress relief.

Stressed out with university, assignments, work, friends and family? Does the thought of professional practical experience for university just make this worse and overwhelming? Then it’s time to stop, close your eyes and take a deep breath in. It’s time to take a little time out fro yourself and relax, but you can’t relax for too long otherwise you’ll never get those assignments done!

So breathing exercises don’t work for you either? That’s ok! Maybe try having a laugh by watching something funny; it could be as simple as a small video you find on Facebook or YouTube, which Maggie Steven mentions in her recent blog. There is so many different things you could do to engage in some stress relief, which can be read online. Various health organisations offer pointers on relieving stress including this great website.

So remember to take some time out from work and your studies to have a quick breather, otherwise you’re going to become too overwhelmed and exhausted!

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Stop getting distracted!

Are you stick of getting distracted when you’re trying to complete your university work and assignments? Maybe it’s because you procrastinate way too much, you have an extremely talkative study buddy or maybe it’s because your study space contains too many distractions for you! Elly McCulloch‘s recent blog post talks about what you’re ideal study space is, including some outrageous spaces such as a blanket fort! There are numerous online websites that offer pointers when it comes to establishing an effective study space. This particular website provides ten key pointers when it comes to creating and maintaining an effective study space for you:

  1. Kill distractions.
  2. Tidy up your act.
  3. Light up your life.
  4. Get settled…
  5. ..Or get moving.
  6. Find the right background noise.
  7. Be equipped.
  8. Shut out the outside world.
  9. Some like it hot.
  10. Stop trying to build the perfect study space.

Just remember, everyone is different, so your study space will be different to someone else like your friends and family!

Reference:

Brightside. (2016). Ten ways to build the perfect study space. Retrieved 27/04/2016, from http://www.brightknowledge.org/knowledge-bank/study-support/homework-and-study-skills/top-tips-for-the-perfect-study-space 

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Struggling with time management?

We all know that teachers have to have great time management, to achieve this organisational skills are highly recommended to utilise. Therefore, as pre-service teachers and being university students, it’s important to put these skills into practice! Not only will this help in the future once you are an educator, but it will also help ease the workload and ultimately decrease your levels of stress. Sophie Lofthouse’s current blog post highlights excellent examples of how teachers can implement organisational skills to assist in time management.

Online there are numerous websites that offer and provide help and pointers to assist you in developing and enhancing your time management skills. This great website provides a few key points that can assist anyone with struggling with time management:

  1. Know how you spend your time.
  2. Set priorities.
  3.  Use a planning tool.
  4. Get organised.
  5. Schedule your time appropriately.
  6. Delegate: Get help from others.
  7. Stop procrastinating.
  8. Manage external time wasters.
  9. avoid multi-tasking.
  10. Stay healthy.
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Task Sheet Mania!

When creating assessment for students, teachers are faced with two things; creating a task sheet and a criteria sheet. When writing a task sheet it is important to cover these key factors, in order to provide students with the best possible chance to achieve high results:

  • Provide a section for the student to write their own name, so you know who’s assignment you are reading and marking!
  • Have sections for the task name, unit name, year level and final result.
  • It’s SUPER important to have a description of the task, clearly outlining what students are expected to achieve (this includes naming your task).
  • All due dates, including draft dates, are clearly written.
  • Also, have a description of the process that will be undertaken for the task, alongside the conditions and materials that will be utilised to complete it. If students have to follow a specific process that will assist them to produce appropriate evidence, then educators may have to employ some form of scaffolding to support students.

Assessment examples, including task sheets and students responses, can be seen on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website.

Courtney Green also made a very good point for educators when creating task sheets:

  1. Identify how you assess each individual student.If students work as a group to complete your task, then when developing the rubric for the task you need to identify how you will assess students individually even though they have participated in group work.
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