Uni is a total balancing act!
Before the commencement of professional experience, the week 9 Learning Path asked everyone to write the top 2 fears or challenges you were feeling. I have tracked my response down and this is what I wrote:
The top two challenges that I have about my future EDC3100 Professional Experience are:
1. Having the ability to design at least 5 ICT-based lessons! I have no idea what grade level I am in, nor do I know what school I have been placed in. And I doubt I will know until a week prior. I hoped I would have been able to get a few weeks notice so I could meet my mentor and pre-plan the lessons and content that they wish for me to teach. Then, I could have actually sat down and plan these lessons with engaging and exciting ICTs. I feel if my mentor gives me one night to prepare for my lessons (which has happened on my last two PEs), I will have more of a focus on the content rather than ICT – but I am keeping positive that I will be fine.
2. Secondly, another fear that I have for my future prac is becoming really far behind with my uni work. I finish prac on the 5th of June, and I have three assignments due straight after prac. I just hope I have the time to design and create ICT-rich lessons and deliver the necessary content and also try and fit in assignment work at some stage within the three weeks.
Upon reflection, I made it! I successfully used ICTs in my professional experience, transforming the students learning. It was a big learning curve for me, especially using an Interactive White Board. I complete overcame this fear and feel like I am able to use and integrate effective ICTs into my future professional experiences. I had such a great time and learnt so much! I feel like I am definitely more aware of ICTs and technology in the classroom. I think one things teachers in general have to improve on is actually using the vast amounts of resources that are available to use – especially ICTs.
However, fear number 2 definitely came true. I was very, very, very far behind in my assignment work when I had finished professional experience. I just have to keep chipping away, one assignment at a time. This is now my mission – finishing all assignments!!! The light is at the end of the tunnel!!
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