Under 8’s Day at Prac!

Today was a busy day! Under 8’s day was a success! We were using new technologies so it was exciting to be involved. We had an activity map and it was like attending a theme park. So much planning was involved and I liked how organised the school was. There were back up plans when the ipad cameras froze and we had technical difficulties with the printers. I was a play photographer so I got to experience each station, take shots then post them on the wall for parents to take home. We even had food! Everyone was supportive and positive I would love to work in such a relaxed and caring environment. The theme was EVERYONE CAN PLAY! Teachers and principals were doing the activities it was great to enjoy a day in the park with our students and see children and adults laughing together!


IWB the possibilities are endless!

After completing this weeks learning path about IWB’s (Interactive Whiteboards) I thought I would share some video clips to learn more about them. The videos highlight Smart Notebook and Activ Inspire software used on interactive whiteboards that share the world of possibilities. Its amazing!

This is my first time to use IWB’s and I am keen to prepare myself as much as possible.
Questions that I will ask my mentor teacher will be:
What type of IWB do you have?
What peripherals are available? peripherals are devices you can connect to the whiteboard.
What software do you use?

Visit Kiera’s blog who is also new to using IWB’s during professional experience. Thanks Kiera for sharing an article about Success for All Students: Leaving No Child Behind in the Digital Age.

Backwards Design fan!

I am a backwards design fan as a Mum of a child with Autism, going backwards comes in handy because thats how they learn best!! Thanks to Denise’s post with a captivating title: Caution, Im reversing it was definitely appealing to me. Planning with the end in mind seems odd at first but after planning numerous lessons it has made more sense  with experience. I have found it to be an effective approach to planning engaging lessons that meet the objectives of the curriculum. By planning the assessment task first then building the lesson sequences to ensure the skills are targeting first before students attempt the task it has various benefits. Backwards design allows teachers to reflect on what they have planned and ensure that the lessons flow and align to the summative assessment. 

If you haven’t purchased the textbook Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe I highly recommend it! All the best for planning success during prac.


Frameworks, Theories and Models

Thanks to Tracy’s blog for sharing how to create a HMTL table. With more time and practice I am sure I could improve how it is displayed.

   THEORY                               PURPOSE           APPLICATION/PLANNING
CLEM model Help Understand how to learn about a new ICT 
and how to use it to enhance learning.
If there are any new ICTS use it to help explorations
and useful as part of the planning process. 
TPACK framework Technological Pedagogical & Content Knowledge. 
Ways of thinking about different types of knowledge
that help to select ICTs to enhance learning. 
Identify how ICT would benefit and enhance student
learning. Experiment with ICT before inclusion. Could also be 
used as a reflection tool. 
Backwards Design  Creating assessment items working with the end
in mind then follow on to plan learning experiences
that build students ability to complete the assessment.
Planning assessment first working backwards. Check 
the curriculum requirements then plan from the end to 
the beginning, used for planning a unit of work or a stand
alone lesson plan. 
SAMR model The SAMR model represents Subsitution, Augumentation,
Modification and Redefinition helps to integrate technology in the classroom.
Assist planning to consider how ICT’s will be used as a 
tool to enhance learning. Consider the capabilities of what 
else the ICT offers. Could be used as a tool to evaluate how  
success was the ICT integrated. 
TIP model TIP represents Technology Integration Planning the purpose is to design

appropriate integration of ICT’s in lesson planning. 

Use in planning to enhance learning experiences
to determine advantage, relevance, strategies and 
The 5e’s The 5e’s instructional method is a planning tool that aligns with 
purpose for students to engage in the inquiry process. 
1. Engage 2. Explore 3. Explain 4. Elaborate 5. Evaluate
Plan lessons with the 5e’s helps to embed the 
inquiry process within the sequence of lessons
and helps to structure and consider appropriate ICT.
WALT & WILF WALT refers to the learning intention. Used to explicitly identify
what students are being asked to do.

WILF refers to the success criteria. Used to assist students to 
make decisions on how they attempt the task. 

Use to plan learning experiences so students are informed
about the expectations of the task. Makes learning objectives
Connectivism Learning that recognises the social and cultural context. Considers
how people live, communicate and learn. You learn more when you 
connect with other people. 
Plan experiences that consider students prior knowledge so 
they have opportunity to connect it to new knowledge.Consider
planning lessons that allow students to make connections with 
each other and access the global community. 
Blooms Taxonomy  Helps to develop questions that encourage higher order thinking skills. Plan lessons that include design of questions that allow
students higher order thinking skills to be developed to enable 
deeper understandings. 
Postman’s 5 things Planning must encourage effective use of ICT. Consider and plan 
for technological change. 
Plan ICT’s that align with the technological changes in 
the classroom. Select appropriate tools. 
Tool-belt theory
TEST framework
A collection of resources that help to teach lessons effectively.
Purpose is to help you decide what ICT’s to use in the classroom.

Plan for diversity, differentiation consider options 
available that relate to real world experiences and 
what is appropriate for this age group.
PKM Personal Knowledge Management. Purpose is to acquire a
network of information, resources, connections to teachers that
help you to increase your knowledge in specific areas. 
Plan with access to a wide range of resources so that it will
enable the design of appropriate ICT rich lesson plans. 

Citizenship for Kids: Character education, social responsibility and more!

This week has been very busy as I met with my mentor teacher to find out about the context of my school and review an example unit plan. They use the PYP Curriculum alongside the Australian Curriculum. Oh! what a challenge, I am only getting my head around the Australian Curriculum now.  I am so glad I planned ahead so I could learn more about the way the school operates.

As I was delving deeper into the Primary Years Program I was drawn to the  learner profile tab and it was all about citizenship for kids which was fitting for this weeks topic on Digital Citizenship. When I was reading about the program I came across another acronym IB! Oh dear something else? I thought,  What is IB? IB is Inquiry Based Learning and the PYP implements Units of Inquiry (UOI) in their lesson planning.  

Then I find out about Trans-discliplinary learning within the PYP. What does this mean and how will I plan lessons?

Trans-disciplinary approach refers to learning that is authentic and relevant to the real world. Learning is not confined by traditional subjects but is supported and enriched by them. Each Trans-disciplinary Theme encompasses a vast swath of universal understandings common to all of humanity and open enough to embrace a variety of content areas. For example the theme; Who we are, explores the nature of self, our personal beliefs and values, our personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health, human relationships, our rights and responsibilities and what it is to be human. This Trans-disciplinary Theme is deeply investigated through different questions and explorations throughout the students learning journey, leaving them with a layered understanding of themselves and the connections they have with the rest of humanity. 

My professional experience school implements PYP and uses a trans-disciplinary approach to planning units of inquiry.  This is an excellent opportunity to see how students can access our global world through a school program that integrates ICT into almost every lesson!

My mentor teacher shared with me that only 400 schools in the world use this program and I am sure as time progresses many more will be drawn to it.  WOW what an opportunity! 



A letter to me on my first day of teaching!

Teaching Matters. This is a fantastic video about teaching on the first day, it fits in well with our upcoming professional experience.

If you’d like to read more about it this is the Angela Maiers blog post.

Important points to remember – 9 things Teachers do gladly.

No matter how many standards you need to check off, how many IEPs you’re monitoring, how many tests your students sit for, or how often you’re asked to shift gears:

1. You do what you are born to do. You do what you are called to do.
2. You do what students need you to do.
3. You make time to touch their hearts every day.
4. You look into students’ eyes, and they see in yours that you love them.
5. You serve as the voice of reason, courage and hope.
6. You assure them with your poise and presence that the world is a beautiful place, and that they are beautiful creatures.
7. You tell them that they matter, that they are geniuses, and that the world needs their contribution.
8. You choose your words carefully, so that those words help students envision success, stretch their thinking, and advance independent behaviors and actions. Well-chosen, impactful words will stick with your students the rest of their lives.
9. You TEACH.
You can make a difference, teaching matters!