THIS WEEK I:
THIS WEEK I LEARNT:
My Classes were finalised…
Throughout this week, consultation with my mentors took place to continue the planning process.
I have been interacting with students and planning for coming week’s lesson.
FREE Time is Important
I have seen the value in the free time within a teacher's schedule. My Week A timetable is more loaded than my Week B and the first three days are more packed. This is where my scheduled free time comes into play to help me plan and prepare for the upcoming day's lessons, even those that are coming up throughout the week. It is clear more than ever that a lot of a teacher job involves planning and organisation and without planning and organisation, it is hard for them to be effective and successful teachers.
Different Approach to Junior School
Most of my experience within a classroom is within Year 10, 11 and 12. So the year 8 and 9 classes, will be a bit more challenging. I when planning reflected on the different approach that would be required for Year 8s and 9s. I as a result when into my first lesson with the intention to step out the process more and give explicit constant instruction to enable the student's success in my class.
This is important for the success of a lesson.
I see teachers at my placement spending a lot of time setting up the lesson and providing learning intentions to students before they begin an activity. They also tend to give verbal and written instruction, my placement school has a high level of EALD2+ students. There will also be individual instruction once you have explained to the whole class, this helps with their own comprehension and understand and enables success within the task.
Once the student knows what they are expected to do, they can and will succeed. The setup needs to be strong.
Teacher as Mediator / Confidant
Through observations, it has been noted that teachers play a vital role in conflict resolution and management within a school. Teachers in the classroom will build up rapport and a strong relationship with their students and then in turn students will know that no matter the situation they can approach their teachers. I saw this occur during lunch whilst on duty a student approached one of my mentors and they confided some issues of bully and harassment. The teacher could then liaise and communicate with appropriate parties in order to resolve issues, I have seen it is important that the students want this action to occur and must be on board.
Parent Teacher Conversations
The general structure for a parent-teacher conversation used by a couple of my mentors is.
Reflection on Teaching Standards is presented within the Teaching Standards – uploaded after completion of placement and documented in notebook.
NEXT WEEK I WILL:
Damien Walker is currently studying a Bachelor of Education, Food and Textiles Technologies at University of South Australia. This is him engaging with readings and questions throughout his teaching journey to gain professional insight and knowledge.