Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Reflections: Practicum Day 1

You know when you've been away from some familiar place for a long time and you think you've forgotten everything but when you get there the old map of the place keeps asserting itself? It's like that.

It's been a hectic weekend: spent a chunk of it in hospital, coming in sleep deprived etc etc.

Reception is warm ... the atmosphere is laid back, focussing on meeting people and re-establishing old contacts.

Proper reflection re module 2 to follow. It says;
  • You are also required to provide evidence of effective practice and reflection in your e-portfolio. EVIDENCE MUST BE ACCOMPANIED WITH ANNOTATION IN RELATION TO TEACHER OR STUDENT LEARNING

New source: NZIP

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Wait... wait... PANIC

Disaster - I got distracted with personal issues and missed the deadline for assignment 2!!!
I am 1 day 19 hours late getting it in because of this... I can only hope it's going to be OK. After all, had I submitted two days ago, incomplete, I'd just have got an extension past today.

I am having a hard time understanding the exemplars - don't know why. Everyone else seems to just get it.

Mean time - I am supposed to have started practicum last week ... all ready to go, with a school lined up, but a burocratic snafu is delaying things. Probably just as well considering crisis.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

1st module compete (sort of)

I am in the Coffee Club on Commerce street using their wifi because Imperial Lane, which is comfier, has a jack-hammer running right outside their door. Just proofed and tweaked the assignment for module 1 ... at some stage I have to stop and submit the project to the client for feedback.

It's more a discussion of a unit than a formal unit plan like I'd normally do ... so it is almost all annotations - so I just stuck them in the body. This may make it hard to mark.

It's also a physics investigation into the forces involved in saving an egg from breaking in a 1 story fall. This may be a little short ... may have been expected to run a whole unit on "collisions" or something to last 5-10 weeks. But that seems excessive to me - just from a teaching perspective: that's about half the available course time or something. There are other subjects.

I'm probably panicking for nothing.

Worst case: I get it back for resubmission ... inquiry teaching right?

Monday, 2 May 2016

Reflection on Assignment 1

Worries about a friend have been distracting me and now I'm concerned my unit is not the size of the others. It's a physics investigation... I wonder if science units tend to be small?
I'll have to get something basic finished so I can get feedback.