Nearing the end of the first week of Professional Experience, and it has been so full on already!
I have been put in charge of a whole unit called Media Arts, which is where I will create my 5 ICT based lesson plans. So, basically the unit is: The kids have to draw or collect or create a series of pictures to tell a family story – something that has happened to them. Once the pictures are completed they get to upload them onto a computer and make it into a PowerPoint presentation. (These are year 1-2 kids, so I actually get to introduce them to PowerPoint!) In the PowerPoint presentation, they get to put the picture on the slide and put sound effects and annotations over the top, and then present it to the class.
I’ve realised that when at uni we get to write unit plans all the time, and so we get good at writing all the right things, and knowing what to put in. However teaching it is a WHOLE other kettle of fish! Using appropriate strategies, that really work in the classroom is so important. I’ve found that one of the teaching strategies the kids respond really well to is the “I do, we do, you do” approach, as also mentioned in Jacqueline’s blog . I’ve used this strategy a lot in the planning stages of this Media unit.
I am excited to see how the rest of it goes! Hope everyone else’s Pracs are going well!