Serial Days 2 and 3

Day 2 For my second week the children began with literacy in the morning and they were working on creative story writing. Previously the children had made story plans and the teacher recapped with the pupils of the standard and expectations of their writing. The success criteria and learning intentions were spoken aloud with the …

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Day 2

For my second week the children began with literacy in the morning and they were working on creative story writing. Previously the children had made story plans and the teacher recapped with the pupils of the standard and expectations of their writing. The success criteria and learning intentions were spoken aloud with the children and then stuck into their jotters for them to refer to when they were writing. I found this helpful to the children as they could refer to it throughout which continued to emphasise what was expected and the purpose of their writing.

After break there was a whole school assembly which involved children from every class receiving awards nominated by their teachers. This allowed the children to be recognised for their hard work and allow the school as a whole to congratulate them. The school is sectioned into houses and throughout the assembly their behaviour expectations are highlighted to encourage points to be won.

In the afternoon the children continued with their story writing and began to piece it together on paper, they were introduced to VCOP to encourage them to think how they can improve their writing skills.

Day 3

In the morning children worked on maths and their topic was 3D shapes. The lesson started with a quick recap and use of the interactive whiteboard to play a matching game of shapes to their correct label. The class was broken into 3 groups and they all had a different activity. Education city on the computers, 3D bingo and colouring sheet made from shapes.

As this was before the February holiday the school received golden time in the afternoon and they have the choice to chose the activity they would like.

Serial Day 1

Thursday 23rd January was my first day of placement in primary 3. I was very excited to be out on placement as after all my learning and use of previous knowledge since starting first year back in September it was exciting to see it all in practice. Throughout my day of observing in the classroom …

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Thursday 23rd January was my first day of placement in primary 3. I was very excited to be out on placement as after all my learning and use of previous knowledge since starting first year back in September it was exciting to see it all in practice.

Throughout my day of observing in the classroom I was able to take note of all the activites and learning that was carried out throughout the school day.

To begin in the morning the class worked on maths, they were working on how to subtract tens and units, before they carried out the sums they were reminded of their previous knowledge on tens and units sums. The teacher made use of the interactive whiteboard giving opportunity for individual pupils to carry out sums themselves and allowing their peers to watch the process.

Before lunch time as a whole class we went out into the playground and we completed the daily mile, I found this very beneficial to the pupils as after a morning full of maths it allowed them to get up and be active and to recharge.

In the afternoon the children were split into their 3 literacy groups and worked on phonemes, each group had a different activity such as making words with playdoh, typing them onto computers and using whiteboards along with magentic letters. I thought allowing the pupils to practice their words with different resources rather than just writing them out engaged the pupils well.

 

Situated Communication Workshops

Today in situated communication, we were learning more about how to use Glow and shown how to upload audio files and videos to our blogs. We also had a workshop in the performance studio where we got to practice our … Continue reading

Today in situated communication, we were learning more about how to use Glow and shown how to upload audio files and videos to our blogs. We also had a workshop in the performance studio where we got to practice our storytelling to group of peers, and they then gave us feedback.  It was nerve-wracking as I felt very conscious  of my body language and voice when I was standing up in front of my classmates but they were very supportive and I got really nice feedback along with potential opportunities to make the story better. I was so glad once I’d done it, and felt a real sense of achievement. I only have to emulate that in the actual assignment now!

Finally we took part in a role-play workshop where we had to act out certain scenarios given and reflect on how we would do them in the classroom if confronted with them.  This ended with a question and answer session on aspects of placement that have arisen that we wanted advice or feedback on, which was very valuable.

Today in Review

Today in Situated Communication we had the chance to perform part of the story for our assessment to a group of our peers. I was so nervous for this as I was scared I would forget my story. After telling my story I now know what I need to work on after receiving feedback from … Continue reading “Today in Review”

Today in Situated Communication we had the chance to perform part of the story for our assessment to a group of our peers. I was so nervous for this as I was scared I would forget my story. After telling my story I now know what I need to work on after receiving feedback from my peers.

Also, we went through a couple of scenarios of situations that may arise on placement or when we are teachers and how to deal with them. It was good to hear other people’s experiences on placement and how it compared to my experience.

A class teacher from North Lanarkshire came in to talk to us about how he uses blogs with the children in his class to display their targets, school work and achievements. He also showed us how to insert audio files and images into our blogs.

UWS

Today we are learning about how to insert pictures, voice memos and videos onto our posts.

Today we are learning about how to insert pictures, voice memos and videos onto our posts.

UWS

Today we are doing different workshops. One learning about GlowBlogs and how to insert audio, featured pictures and videos on to posts. We learned about different scenarios that we could be faced in school and how we should go about solving and dealing with them. Lastly, we will have the opportunity to tell the story … Continue reading UWS

Today we are doing different workshops.

One learning about GlowBlogs and how to insert audio, featured pictures and videos on to posts.

We learned about different scenarios that we could be faced in school and how we should go about solving and dealing with them.

Lastly, we will have the opportunity to tell the story we have chosen for our Situated Communication assessment to a group of peers and get feedback.

3rd Placement Day

I am thoroughly enjoying the placement serial days, I can’t believe it’s week 3 already.  As my class were undertaking Standardised Testing, I was able to spend some time in a P1 class this week.  In Literacy, they had chosen … Continue reading

I am thoroughly enjoying the placement serial days, I can’t believe it’s week 3 already.  As my class were undertaking Standardised Testing, I was able to spend some time in a P1 class this week.  In Literacy, they had chosen to talk about a time when they were happy, and had to write a sentence about this and why it made them happy.  The teacher made a word bank out of words the children suggested, and they had to do a black ink drawing to accompany it.  I was impressed by some of the sentences that were produced, and learnt how, at early level, to assist them with their spelling by letting them ‘have a go’ at spelling difficult words, then writing the correct spelling out underneath for them to copy.

When I returned to the P3 class, I was able to help a group with Maths.  The topic was money, and they had to work out how much change they would receive when given an item to buy and an amount of money to buy it with.  Resources we used were whiteboards, and plastic money.  It was interesting to see how different children engaged with the resources as some did a calculation on their white boards whilst for others it worked better to see the coins, and draw them out as the answer.  Then it was outdoors for muddy movers where they had to construct a bridge in groups and go over them. The children enjoyed this, and I saw great teamwork as they figured out the best strategies for using the equipment available.

Reflective Questions

Group and leadership Was there a group leader? In my group there was no clear group leader however I feel there were people who were more prominent in decision making than others.  How was this chosen? A leader wasn’t explicitly chosen If informal, how did you know?  What were the actions that marked them as …

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Group and leadership

Was there a group leader?

In my group there was no clear group leader however I feel there were people who were more prominent in decision making than others.

 How was this chosen?

A leader wasn’t explicitly chosen

If informal, how did you know?  What were the actions that marked them as a leader?

People who were more prominent in the decision making made this clear as they were more confident when speaking out and shared their ideas with ease. They also were not afraid to suggest what other people within the group should do or ask for help with what they were doing.

How did this impact on the rest of the group e.g. was there some underlying resentment/ did anyone feel excluded?

I do not think anyone felt excluded or pushed out. I think we all worked together as everyone shared their opinions, even if some were more confident and forward than others. The people who were confident however did ask everyone if they were in agreement with what we did.

What was most challenging for you about working in this group? (personal reflection)

The most challenging thing for me within this group was working with people I wouldn’t normally work with. This meant trying to quickly get to know them and understand their way of working

 

Explaining

How clearly did you think the group explained to you?

I think the group explained how they built their den very clearly with the right amount of detail

What made this clear or unclear?

They had one clear leader for the talking part which meant only one person was speaking and not everyone speaking over each other. She explained the ethos they used very well and pointed out difficulties they faced when building their den. This allowed for her to share their failures and how they worked with that to re-strategise and find a solution to their problem. The spokesperson also gave opportunities for the rest of her team to jump in and put their opinion to the group which showed their great use of teamwork. They all spoke with clear voices which were easy to understand and they all spoke with confidence

What stage of the 5Ps might have been missed out?

They may have missed out the preparation stage as there wasn’t much time to prepare. They possibly had time to quickly plan who was speaking but that person won’t have had time to properly prepare.

Environment

What was the impact of the environment on your communication?

The environment can cause a lot of distraction and background noise which must be taken into consideration when communicating. It is important to keep your audience in one area where they can all see you and hear you clearly.

What changes did you make when explaining to others that you might not have considered in a typical classroom?

Volume of voice may need to be louder and clearer.

How challenging was it so speak above the sounds in the environment?  How can we make this communication easier on both speaker and listener?

It is important to keep your audience in one area where they can all see you and hear you clearly. It is important to project your voice out towards the audience. Also if there is wind it is important to consider this when positioning yourself as the noise of the wind may inhibit your audience from hearing you.

When listening, did the environment distract you? How can we overcome this?

If the audience is looking out at a busy road for example it will be easier to be distracted so the audience should face away from the distraction.

Reflective Questions

Group and leadership Was there a group leader? I would say that we all took equal roles and worked together to create our den.  How was this chosen?  We all adapted and naturally ended up working together. If informal, how did you know?  What were the actions that marked them as a leader? How did … Continue reading Reflective Questions

  • Group and leadership
    • Was there a group leader? I would say that we all took equal roles and worked together to create our den.
    •  How was this chosen?  We all adapted and naturally ended up working together.
    • If informal, how did you know?  What were the actions that marked them as a leader?
    • How did this impact on the rest of the group e.g. was there some underlying resentment/ did anyone feel excluded? I don’t think so as we all had equal leadership roles.
    • What was most challenging for you about working in this group? (personal reflection)  I think working with new people I hadn’t worked with before was slightly difficult at first but I adapted quite easily and came out of my shell fast.
  • Explaining
    • How clearly did you think the group explained to you? I think there was good explanations throughout, I didn’t struggle to understand anything.
    • What made this clear or unclear?
    • What stage of the 5Ps might have been missed out? I think our Presentation was missed out as we didn’t really discuss with other groups how our den was built and how we built it, even though we had planned accordingly.
  • Environment
    • What was the impact of the environment on your communication? We mainly used our environment, we used minimal man made elements and used mainly trees and branches along with other natural materials.
    • What changes did you make when explaining to others that you might not have considered in a typical classroom? We were more informal.
    • How challenging was it so speak above the sounds in the environment?  How can we make this communication easier on both speaker and listener? We didn’t struggle as we built our den in an enclosed area, out the way of the other groups, so it was relatively quiet.
    • When listening, did the environment distract you? How can we overcome this? No, because it wasn’t very windy or loud outside.
  • Negotiation
    • Were your negotiations successful?  Why/Why not? They weren’t successful as only 2 of us went to negotiate and got distracted by the other groups dens.
    • What was most challenging about these? Our negotiation skills could have definitely been improved.