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Having a Plan B

Some of my plan B’s include:

  • Using my hotspot on my phone if the school should lose the internet.  I have an iPhone and this is how to connect to your hotspot.
  • Download any youtube video to my laptop.  See how to here.
  • Ensure that iPads/laptops that I will be using are fully charged.
  • Connect with the technology teacher at my school where I will be for Prac.
  • Ensure that the resources that are needed are available and booked out for my use.
  • Check that any apps that I want to use are installed and working.
  • Check the compatibility between my mac and the school’s computer system.
  • Always check with my mentor that the ICTs I have chosen comply with school policies.
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Scaffolding for Assignment 3

More scaffolding being built by Augapfel, on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License   by  Augapfel 

Wow, there is so much content in this course.  Feeling grateful that I am only doing two courses this semester.  I have to say while it is scaffolded very well, for me there is too much reading.

In this weeks learning path I read about the breakdown of the assignment, which was very helpful.  However, something that struck me, as it did with assignment 1, was the allocation of marks to the work involved.  As I was reading through the breakdown about the lesson planning, I couldn’t believe that they are only worth 1 mark for each lesson plan, our reflection and mentor feedback.  In the advice of where people lost marks one of the dot points said,

They submit fewer than 5 lesson plans.

With an allocation of 1 mark each where is the incentive to include any?  I will of course include all five of my lessons, my reflections and mentor feedback because I want those 5 marks!  Someone else who recognises the amount of work for these assignments is Brittany and Carolyn’s blog reflects on the course in general.

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Biggest Challenges on Professional Experience

Having completed learning path week 9, I was relieved to see that the challenges that I face are similar to those that others are facing. Kate’s blog here has some awesome advice while on Prac.

My planning has been ongoing since the start of the course. I have been saving a list of interesting websites that I might revisit on Prac.  This week I began to downloaded and print copies of the feedback forms that my mentor will hopefully fill out for me.  There seem to be an awful lot but I wont feel guilty. A friend of mine who is a teacher once told me that she likes being a mentor because the pre-service teacher does most of the planning and teaching but the mentor teacher is the one who gets paid!  So hand those feedback forms in early fellow students!!