Friday, 8 June 2012

Friday Catch Up

My first week of placement has been delightful.  Lots of observing - lots of just helping any of the kids who need it.  On Thursday there were 12 kids at school due to a teacher's strike.  We had such a cruisy day.  It began with netball - we all had to play in order to have full teams and we had a great time.  We then set the kids to various ongoing projects and writing tasks that they had ticking away so it really just supervising more than teaching.  And today we all headed off to a sports day with other local primary schools.  In the rain and the cold.  Melbourne at its most miserable winter's best!!!

I'm still trying to come to terms with electronic rolls.  When the computer runs out of battery life or the program times out on you it's a bit frustrating!  Give me a piece of paper any day.  As if I needed to prove I'm no spring chicken, paper is my preference.  Next week I'll be teaching at least once every day, and the week after that the same, within which I will be planning a sequence of lessons for one learning area.  Probably maths or literacy.  I'm looking forward to it.

In the meantime I've an exam on Tuesday morning so I need to get studying.  I'm getting cranky and frustrated with the whole thing.  We've been told to revise everything from week 2-12.  Some of the readings are hundreds of pages long....and today we were told if that's too much just reread the lecture notes.  ARGH!!!  As if an exam proves my ability to implement what I've learnt anyway.  All this exam seeks to achieve is to find out how much I can fit in my head and regurgitate on demand.  I don't know about you, but there's not much room for extra stuff in my head.  The important stuff is always falling out unexpectedly.

OK...getting off my soapbox now.  Looking forward to breaky with my dear friend, Rel, tomorrow and the rest of the day putting together another friend's kitchen.

1 comment:

Left-Handed Housewife said...

So fun to think of you in the middle of winter as things heat up here. I don't envy your cold, rainy days, but I bet you don't envy me my hot humid afternoons, either! I'm with you--give me a piece of paper when it comes to administrative tasks. Too much can go wrong with computers at exactly the wrong time.