1 Year of Teaching!

Hi,

1 year of teaching passes quickly. Very fast! Today marks the end of one contract at a school I have been fond of for many years. It was time to say goodbye to a school that has seen me grow and develop as a pre service teacher, then teacher. Another special milestone occurred today. I commenced a new contract at a familiar old school. I am now teaching at my old primary school for the remainder of this year. It is an extremely surreal feeling to be wandering around the 1 old building that remains. It is the trees in the school grounds that haven’t changed much at all. The seats surrounding them remain, albeit a little newer, the playground they surround has been updated but as a whole the feel or connections to memories remains the same. I went to school with most of my cousins on my fathers side; they are no longer there… A blessing is that I will be teaching my cousins child. I find it fascinating how life has a way of keeping us all connected. Already I am being challenged by different expectations and routines. I must admit that the idea of starting at a new school was daunting however I am confident that I will adapt to my new surroundings in an environment where everyone has been welcoming.

 

Regards,

 

Leah.

And so it begins…

Hi,

I have been teaching now for 8 weeks at a state school in a small coastal city situated on the Fraser Coast. The first month was a roller coaster of emotions than coincided with a steep learning curve. Strangely enough it was exhilarating! Strange thing is that no-one forewarns you as to how much learning will occur at such a rapid pace during that time. I like to compare it to childbirth for the first time. No-one can really explain or describe accurately enough what it will be like; it is something that you have to experience first hand.

Right when I felt like I was settling into a teaching routine to fit in with my kids (and yes it is true that the students really do become your kids) along comes assessments throwing my schedule into chaos. I have quickly learned to ‘roll with the punches’ as long as I am organised and feel prepared the rest seems to iron itself out. The term is passing by very quickly. It is little wonder considering that the days and weeks now pass by quicker than ever before. No doubt thanks to the hectic, busy lifestyle that comes with being a teacher; not to mention all the other mother and wife duties associated with busy families, social and sporting commitments. Planning and marking take up a reasonable amount of time outside the classroom, which does cut into precious family time however I still prefer to plan thoroughly as I feel better prepared in knowing where I am heading with the curriculum. I am hoping that a better work, family life develops. It the mean time I know this is only short term.

I recently attended my graduation ceremony through the University of Southern Queensland, in Toowoomba. Here is a link to some photos that were taken to commemorate the special occasion. The highlight of the ceremony for me was walking across the stage to collect my award in front of my husband, children, parents and dearest friends. Marching through the city centre was also a rewarding experience as I had time to reflect on my accomplishments across the past 7 and a half years.

I recently came across the following quote on my Facebook feed for TeachQld:

Teaching is not my job, it is my passion; getting better at it – that’s my job!

This statement rang true for me as I am passionate about teaching and providing quality education.  As an educator my job is to continually improve my pedagogical practices, gain better understating of the curriculum and the preferred learning styles of my students in order for my kids (students) to get the best possible education.

Regards,

 

Leah.

Done and Dusted…

Hi,

This week has seen the end of a long 7 and a half years of my Bachelor of Education – Primary degree. I finished my last day of my internship in a Prep classroom, attending ranking interview and accepting a full time teaching position in a Year 2 classroom. I feel extremely proud of myself for persisting with my degree across the years considering all the hurdles that life can throw at you to try and block you from achieving your goals. A long term goal has become a reality for me and now I can turn my attention to being the best teacher I can possibly be.

Regards,

 

Leah.

 

4th Little Piggy Needs a House

Hi,

I recently created a webquest in QuestGarden. It formed part of my assessment for EDX3280 Mathematics Curriculum and Pedagogy through USQ. Initially the thought of creating yet another digital resource was overwhelming however the course was very well run. I actually really enjoyed creating this resource that I think will be very beneficial to any Prep level classroom. The age appropriate topic takes students on a learning journey where they reinforce their prior knowledge of 2D shapes and develop new understandings of patterns. Please explore my webquest and feel free to provide feedback.

Kind regards,

Leah.

Final Semester

Hi,

Well my final semester of study has finally arrived. I will have completed 7.5 years of online study through the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

It has been a long haul. With determination and drive I have pushed through the challenging times. To do this I kept in mind the bigger picture at the end – completing my degree and becoming a school teacher. I am thankful for the ongoing support and understanding of my husband and young family. Without their encouragement to continue my degree I doubt that I would have completed it to such a high standard, if at all. It is because of them and for them I choose to follow my heart and undertake a degree in education.

I wish that I had some insightful words of wisdom to impart on those looking to follow a similar path to me however in all honesty I don’t. However I will say, Just do it!

I am hoping that my final courses including, EDC4000 bring together everything that I have learned as a pre service educator in readiness for the start of my new career as an educator.

Kind regards,

Leah.

ENL1000 What I have learned….

Hi,

This semester, in particular ENL1000 Introduction to Literature has been an eye opener. Prior to participating in this course I didn’t know what a hyperbole was or how a hyperbole could be used to exaggerate my sentiments towards this course. I also learnt that a hyperbole is figurative language that can cause a literary effect. Murfin and Ray (231) state that a hyperbole is a trope employing deliberate, empathic exaggeration, usually for comic or ironic effect. When I read Doyle’s “The Adventures of the Dancing Men” use of the hyperbole ‘I will help you with all my heart’ (Doyle 3) it transpired, to me, as a caring characteristic of Holmes.  While Holmes may be self-interested in solving crime the description Doyle uses provides the reader with an indication of how much effort he will contribute to solving the mystery.

Kind regards,

Leah.

ENL1000 specific example and the whole of the text/’so what’

Hi,

‘Meanwhile, since it is too late to prevent this tragedy, I am very anxious that I should use the knowledge which I possess in order to ensure that justice be done’ (Doyle 5). I specifically selected this extract from Doyle as I feel it encapsulates an overarching connection to the whole text of ‘The Adventure of the Dancing Men’. The whole text suggests that Holmes seems less driven to prevent the murder from occurring and more concerned with solving the different aspects of the crime. This is evident when Holmes is ‘profoundly excited’ (4) upon the departure of Cubitt; Doyle uses a hyperbole to describe Holmes enthusiasm as he ‘threw himself into an intricate and elaborate calculation’ (4) of the hieroglyphics. Furthermore, Holmes delays warning Cubitt of impending tragedy instead, waiting until the morning. Cubitt’s death seems irrelevant to Holmes’ as he switches from cracking the code of the dancing men to establishing how his clients were killed evident in Doyle’s use of ‘meanwhile, since it is too late to prevent this tragedy’ (5) creating a sense of Holmes’ indifference. So what – Holmes’ failure to act on what seems to be foreseeable yet unavoidable circumstance of events has a catharsis effect on the reader. In addition Holmes character may actually take small pleasures in the tragedy ‘I anticipated it’ (Doyle 5) distinct from ensuring justice.

Kind regards,

Leah.

ENL1000. Evidence of independent reading of literary criticism about one of the texts – ‘The Adventure of the Dancing Men’ and ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’.

Hi,

In Doyle’s ‘The Adventure of the Dancing Men’ he portrays Holmes as a character who as a detective is content to work alongside police officials. In fact Holmes asks for permission to do so; ‘Will you associate me in your investigation’ (Doyle 5). However Holmes is merely being respectful to inspectors as he then goes on to state ‘or will you prefer that I should act independently’ (Doyle 5). The inspector obliges Holmes showing equal respect ‘I should be proud to feel that we were acting together’ (Doyle 6).

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Poe expresses a similar approach to investigation partnerships. Dupin is displeased with the investigation of the Parisian police labelling it a ‘shell of an examination’ (Poe 395) indicating disrespect for police and the methods they employ in their proceedings. Dupin does however seek out approval ‘permission was obtained’ (Poe 397) from the Prefect of police suggesting he too, like Holmes worked within his boundaries.

Clearly there is less of a mutual respect between Doyle and police than between Holmes and investigators. Literary detectives like Holmes and Poe ‘almost invariably act outside of, and often in opposition to, the police’ (Gillespie and Harpham 455). Gillespie and Harpham then use the platform of their critical review: Sherlock Holmes, Crime, and the Anxieties of Globalization to detail the rise of literary detectives in the nineteenth century.

Kind regards,

Leah.

Resource- Prezi, ACTDEK012

Hi,

Here is a link to a Prezi I have created for EDP4130 as part of an assessment piece. Or you can access it here http://prezi.com/ilaxct-f519i/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share  This was my first attempt at a Prezi. I found it easy to use and rather quick to learn. I referred to a variety of instructional YouTube clips for guidance. Resources within the Prezi are designed for a teacher to use for Year 4 – Australian Curriculum; Technologies.

Kind regards,

Leah.

Resource – EDP4130, ACTDIP009

Hi,

Here is one of my resources I have created for an assessment piece in EDP4130 Technology, Curriculum and Pedagogy. On this blog post you will find a Unit Plan, Task Sheet, Rubric, Student Sample and the Backwards Design Plan for a unit of work based on the Australian Curriculum Technologies, Digital Technologies. The resource addresses: Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills – Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems (ACTDIP009). In addition, the resource is designed for Year 4 and incorporates History from the Humanities and Social Sciences Learning Area.

Kind regards,

Leah.