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Keeping Track of Professional Standards

Amy asked in her post, “How have you kept track of the standards?”.  Amy is referring to the ‘Australian Professional Standards for Teachers‘ which are defined by the ‘Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership‘.


Words taken from the Professional Standards

It’s important as pre-service teachers that we do keep evidence from pracs and other uni assessment for our portfolio.  An app I have recently discovered called ‘My Standards‘ would assist in collecting evidence for portfolios.  The app is available for iOS and android.  However, I have also found another version for Windows: ‘Australian Teacher Professional Standards Evaluator‘.  Do you think you would use the app?


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Engaging Assessment

As teachers, we want to engage students in their learning.  We also want to keep track of their learning.  It can be difficult to find enjoyable ways of assessing students.  Luckily EDpuzzle fills this brief.  EDpuzzle allows teachers to use their own video or existing videos (eg. Youtube) to create interactive lessons.

Teachers can add their own questions throughout videos:edpuzzle questions

Answers and other statistics can then be viewed by educators:edpuzzle stats

This resource also helps to create a self-paced learning environment.  I think this resource would be an amazing tool to use in the classroom.  However, I would probably need to wait until I have my own classroom.  This is because accessing EDpuzzle requires teachers and students to have a Google or Edmodo account.

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Survey Students in Real Time

In my first post on this blog I wrote about my first EDC3100 lecture and tutorial.  We used iPads to fill in surveys and our lecturer got the results in real time.  At the time, I thought this was a fantastic way of gaining student ideas’ and knowledge quickly.  I was unsure at the time how you could implement this technique in a primary school classroom.

I came across real time survey website ‘Kahoot!‘ when reading Daniel‘s blog post.  Kahoot can be used “to create quizzes, surveys or polls related to specific topics; either asking quick questions ‘on the go’ to get feedback or opinion, or more in depth questions for formative assessment.”  To engage an entire class, Kahoot can be projected on a screen at the front classroom, while students join in through their own internet connected devices (computers, laptops, iPads, iPods etc.).

I like that teachers can instantly “get an overview of the current knowledge levels of everyone in the room for formative assessment and can adapt their teaching accordingly.”  This is a great alternative to my thumbs up/thumbs down method.  I also think students would enjoy the colourful, game oriented format.

Below is a video example of a grade five class using Kahoot which Daniel linked in his post.

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Know Your Students

I was reading Gemma‘s post about the diversity of her prac class and the importance of knowing students’ differences.  Gemma linked to the video below in her post.

One statement from the video which stood out for me was:

“Sometimes you can’t get the scores or the academics or you can’t even get through a lesson, if you don’t…have relationships developed.”

Gemma believes that “the best way in the first couple days (of prac), to get students on your side, is to remember all of their names.”  I agree with Gemma.  It can be difficult to build relationships with the students in the short time you are on prac.  However, by beginning with learning students names, the children feel like they are important to you.  From there, the students are more likely to share interests, skills, talents and learning styles.  Strong relationships in the classroom can help learning prosper.


Prac: The Teacher’s Apprenticeship

Each professional experience allows praccies to make leaps and bounds in their learning to be a teacher.  This leads me to believe more and more that teaching should be learnt in an apprenticeship style rather than through endless, theoretical, university assignments and study.   This is something Taylor and Courtney touched on in their blogs.  Maybe we need to change our approach in training teachers.  I’d be interested to see how my fellow pre-service teachers stand on this.  Vote below!