As part of the learning path for my ICT and Pedagogy course, we were asked to complete four modules of work on the Connect.ed Cyber Safety website. I have to say that I really enjoyed it.
Since I am only 23, I did use technology throughout primary/high school, which is very fortunate as it helps me to draw on my own experiences as I consider students today and how I can help them as a teacher.
I think my favourite part of the website was actually the two simulations of a fake student (a 14 year old girl and 11 year old boy) on a made up social network and interacting with their “friends”. I few times I felt like rolling my eyes at the responses, but I had to try and put myself in their shoes and respond to their friends as I would at that age.
Kids today have so many little social nuances that it is really difficult to think what the “correct” answer would be- without getting someone angry or upset!
I also really liked the Hector’s World videos- they were really cute!
No, I am not considering leaving my studies behind (as the title may suggest), but I am considering going in a little bit of a different direction.
On my last placement I had two mentor teachers, and therefore two teaching areas- one with a Grade 3 class and one in the library. My mentor teacher in the library was great and I really enjoyed the new experience. She also mentioned that a lot of the new teachers coming into schools after graduating are not going into librarianship and that most school librarians are getting closer to their retirement age.
That gave me a lot to consider. I really did enjoy being able to work with students across the whole school (I worked in a small school, so by the end of the three weeks I knew about half of the students by name), and I’ve always loved the library, so I’ve started looking into courses that I could take after graduating.
One I found was a Diploma of Library and Information Services that only takes a year to complete.
So many options….
This has been a bit of a late post, but I have finally finished my two (!) placements for the semester. I know that I was really nervous coming into this semester as I’ve previously had some bad experiences in the past with my mentor teachers and the like, but I am happy to say that I did much better this time around!
That’s not to say that I didn’t have some… let’s say… “miscommunication issues” with one of my teachers, however, I think I handled it much better than last time.
Now I’ve worked out that I have one more prac to do and then my final internship!
The end is getting so close now….