Bullying – It’s not OK

Bullying is not something new. It has been around for a long time and unfortunately will be around for a long time to come. But the scary thing is, it is becoming easier to do and harder to detect through the internet and social networking sites. Bullying used to happen in the school ground or on the way to and from school, and teachers and adults could often see when there was tension rising between their students, as stated in the Expert Interviews of the second Connect.ed Modules. But as Leesa said in her blog post Connect.ed, bullying often happens in a child’s seclusive area, for example their bedroom and is harder to pick up the early signs of these negative interactions. 

My sister has a peer who committed suicide because of bullying… This boy was in grade 12… That is just not right! 

How can we as teachers detect these negative interactions early? How can we teach our students that bullying is not OK? How can we teach our students what to do if they come across interactions that they think could be classed as bullying?

I would love to hear other peoples thoughts, because bullying is NOT OK!!


What would you say if you were talking to the person face-to-face?

As I work through the Connect.ed modules, I am thinking about the affect that social media can have on communication and face-to-face friendships. 

It just reminded me of something that my Mum often says when having a conversation with someone on let’s say facebook or through text. 

“Would you say the same thing to the person if you were having the conversation with them face-to-face?”

It’s something worth thinking about, because I think it is so easy to hide behind the computer screen or behind the phone as you send a text message because you can’t physically see the person and the affect it has on them… But this doesn’t mean that it does not have the same affect.


Professional Experience… Only 2 weeks away!!

Today I found out my placement for professional experience and I am nervous and excited all at the same time, because it is in a very different context to what my previous professional experiences have been. But I am looking forward to new challenges and new learning experiences. 

I have started a list of things that I need to do to get ready for professional experience. I know the list isn’t yet complete but it’s a start… I can always add more 🙂 

  •          Print professional experience forms
  •          Read the step-by-step process for professional experience
  •          Contact mentor and find out about

                     Class – How many students, on-going teaching themes, any pre-planning information that could be of benefit

  •          Organise a visit to the school to meet mentor teacher
  •          During visit to school discuss:

                      Dress, parking, what time to arrive, planning and teaching

  •          Do part B of Assignment 3

What do I know about Lesson Planning?

I am working on Week 9’s Learning Path, and I was just asked to think about what I already know about lesson planning and make this knowledge explicit. I really got me thinking because I guess I have never really stopped and thought about my knowledge and understanding in regards to lesson planning. It’s one of those things you just do, I have found.

This is a list of things that initially sprung to mind, but I am sure if I spent the time to think about this further, I would think of a lot more things that I know about lesson planning. So here goes..

  •          Prior Knowledge: What do the students already know?
  •          How will I engage the students?
  •          What are the important points that need to be included in the lesson?
  •          What information do I want the students to understand?
  •          What behaviour strategies do I need to incorporate?
  •          What students do I need to differentiate for?
  •          What resources are available? What resources do I require?
  •          Will the students experience success throughout the activity and gain a better understanding of the subject?
  •          How long will each activity take?
  •          How has this subject been taught before? Did this work?
  •          Will this activity help the students reach the requirements of the Australian curriculum?
  •          Are there any other activities that will interrupt the teaching of this subject?
  •          How do I feel about teaching this subject? Do I fully understand the concept? What don’t I know or understand about what I need to teach? Do I have time to grasp a full understanding?

It’s amazing how much thinking really goes into planning great lessons for our students, isn’t it!! 🙂

How to fit it all in?!

I just read LOUMJ’s blog Struggling to Get it All Done and found it comforting that I am not the only one that is feeling very overwhelmed at this point in the semester.

With less than 3 weeks before professional experience, three assignments to complete in those three weeks, two assignments and one exam to complete after that three week professional experience placement, as well as working as normal, I am thinking how on earth am I going to get it all done?!

I know that I will but I think it will be with little sleep and little time for other important commitments like family 😦

I enjoyed having a quick look at the websites that Loumj posted also, with tips for time management and how to eliminate distractions. I really think that I can incorporate some of these strategies into my next 7 weeks of semester… Not that I’m counting or anything!! 😉

ICT’s in Year 1 History

I am starting to see my assignment all come together and can see that this unit plan is achievable!! So I thought I’d just pop in here and reflect on what I have done so far and how I have incorporated ICT’s into my unit of work… I hope I have integrated ICT’s in an engaging and positive way!

So these are my content descriptors that I am looking at…

Present and Past Family Life

  • How the present, past and future are signified by terms indicating time such as ‘a long time ago’, ‘then and now’, ‘now and then’, ‘old and new’, ‘tomorrow’, as well as by dates and changes that may have personal significance, such as birthdays, celebrations and seasons (ACHHK029)
  • Differences and similarities between students’ daily lives and life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods, including family traditions, leisure time and communications. (ACHHK030)

Historical Questions and Research

  • Pose questions about the past using sources provided (ACHHS033)

Analysis and Use of Sources

  • Identify and compare features of objects from the past and present (ACHHS035)

And this is how I have integrated ICT’s…

Videos from YouTube to help students gain an understanding of terms such as past, present, future. 

View an online illustrated story book of toys from the past

View and online Image Gallery of Toys

Use the online Read Write Think program to create online Venn diagrams to compare and and present

Students using Microsoft word to type surveys for their parents and grandparents to complete and also to type a description as part of their assessment. 

I am hoping that these ICT’s will benefit my students learning and help them to become successful 21st century learners!!

Blogging in the Classroom

I recently read Mshell Brown’s blog ‘Did you know blogging is the new persuasive essay‘ and found interesting the points she made about using blogging in the classroom to encourage students to become more creative writers.

It was only just prior to this that I was working on my assignment 2 and trying to work out what ICT’s I would use throughout it, how I would incorporate this into the assessment and how it would all pan out if I were to actually teach this unit. Somewhere in this thought pattern was blogging, but I skipped over this as I am planning a unit of work for year 1 students. 

I find myself constantly assuming that they would not have the word processing skills needed to be able to create blogs but maybe this would be a good way to get my students creating texts… They can easily change what they have written, instead of rubbing out and re-writing, they would get immediate feedback on spelling, which may help them to be more comfortable to have a go and they would also get feedback from their peers and teachers. 

I am interested to see what other people think about using blogs with year one students??