The latest

Well I’ve visited my school for the probation year, it’s seems very nice, it’s about 2 years old, the current crop of probationers have enjoyed it and done very well there so there’s a lot to live up to.

The computing department is kitted out with Dell Computers and the rooms are pretty spacious.

Onto the timetable, as it stands i’m going to be taking:
2 S5/6 Higher/Int2
3 S4 classes – Standard Grade
3 S3 classes – Standard Grade
1 S1 – general ICT

The computing department is part of a faculty with business studies

The one bit of news i didn’t want to hear is that the higher course is doing the AI optional module, this has always been a very weak area for me and so will be a big challenge.

So aside from the school i’m now focusing on flat hunting in edinburgh and it’s amazing how much RSS can help with that it just downloads adverts for me it’s “Stunningly Useful”.

I think i’ve bored you all enough now so i think leave it at that tonight.

Later.

East Lothian here I come!

Well about 6 months ago i ticked a little box on a form that said i’d go anywhere for money (Yes I’m greedy so sue me). The votes have been cast, the results counted and verified. I’ve been assigned to East Lothian. I’m still awaiting word on what school exactly but it’s gonna be one of six so watch this space…

That’s the APD assignment complete (Part 2 is ready to be handed in now) the C&P classes have pretty much wrapped up and everything else is a distant memory so to quote another blogger it does seem as if the “The guns … they’ve stopped!”

It’s been an insanely fast ride since august, and next year’s not gonna get any slower.

After speaking with the C&P tutors David Muir informed me that my new LEA are going to be giving every student in the area a blog so it looks like I’ve landed myself in a very ICT friendly authority.

Well when I have more information I’ll put it up here.

Until next time folks!

3 Days left!

Well thats the last of the tutor visits complete and the school report is already in so all thats left is to get assignment 3 completed.

In the hope that he reads this David when was it you quoted the phrase “Stunningly useful” originally? I’ve heard it many times through the year and would like to use it for this assignment and just want to make sure i get my reference right for the essay.

i’ve been looking at the internet with my S2 classes this time round, specifically Malicious software which I’ve quite enjoyed.

S3 have been going through a small section of Commercial Data Processing so that I could do a research project but they are now starting to work through the fan letter project on publisher.

It’s time to start the last week of placements and it doesn’t seem that long ago we were getting ready to start placement 1! i’m gonna be sad to leave the school once again but i’m really excited to find out where i’ll be going next year.

To anyone that is still to have their visit, what you doing reading this? (Only kidding) good luck.

The end is in sight!

It’s been a while!

it’s been almost a month since my last post so i thought i better put something up.

Placement 3 is now well underway, only 8 teaching days left for me, and in that time the 3rd and final assignment for the course. For me the assignment is all about ICT. I can hear the cries of “That’s easy for you” but knowing me I have to make my life difficult.

The crit date is set, and hopefully i’ll feel a bit better once that’s out the way.

Everything in the school seems to be winding down, the senior school are off for exams, the teachers are more relaxed, there’s still plenty of work to be done though.

the 2nd years are currently looking at the internet, and for all my grand ideas for lessons with blogs, podcasts the same problems keep coming up…
my account’s locked out,
I don’t know my username / password

so trying to teach about the internet and email when some of the class can’t actually use it becomes a slight problem.

As i’m writing this i’m working through 3 different things so I think i’ll leave this for now.

Later!

Easter, what a great time to have a holiday!

We’ve been off for the last 2 weeks and what have I done with the time…NOTHING!!!

This probably wasn’t the best thing I could have done with my time but I just haven’t been able to motivate myself into getting up before 1pm…lol

The deadline for changing my mind has passed and I’m now locked into going anywhere next year, well anywhere in Scotland that the GTC decide to send me (Providing I complete the course successfully!). It’s a pretty scary thought, to up and leave everything and everyone behind. The week leading up to the deadline I had a worrying feeling about it but almost everyone I talked to about it said it was a great idea and that I should go, I’m unsure if they just want rid of me for the year or if they generally think it’s a good idea…LOL.

So now I’m waiting to hear where I’m being sent before planning my summer. The GTC have said we’ll be told by the 26th of May which is a pretty significant day, the end of placement 3, recall day 3 and it’s the day assignment 3 is due…Talk about things happening at once!

Well if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go back to doing nothing.

Later!

Bullying

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/03/31/nbully31.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/03/31/ixhome.html

After reading the above article I felt like sharing my thoughts. Bullying in schools has always been a huge problem and it appears to be something that will never go away. Since the main theme of the article is centred around the use of technology it got me thinking (Very dangerous i know).

While out on school experience 1 there was an issue between 2 young pupils that at one time were best of friends. After a major falling out issues started to arrise outside of school, so the question is who’s responsibility is it to sort this out. The pastoral care teacher from my point of view did everything he could, he tried to report it up the school but as it was out of school there was nothing they could do about it, his next step was to explain to the parent how to stop the messages getting through on Instant messaging software (Which will remain nameless).

I honestly can’t think of any other steps he could have taken. It is possible that if the school had gotten more involved at an earlier stage the problems could have been sorted out but when it is not happening in school hours what can they do?

In a general sense what more can be done to protect children online, Should an internet security class be a mandatory thing for parents as well as pupils?

Any thoughts?

Playing Catchup

Well that’s assignment 2 done, all thats left to do is hand the damn thing into the office along with everyone else in the morning.

Looks like we’ve got a bit of an easy week coming up, The final principles class on monday, a day trip to the universities main campus on tuesday, coupled with a long lie and finally APD on wednesday then I’m off until the 18th of april WOOOOO!

The really scary thing is that we’re so close to the end of this course. With 11 weeks to go, two of these are holidays, four are on placement and we all know how quickly those weeks will pass, where has the year gone???

I also should make note of the fact i’ve now had over 100 people check out my blog so thanks for reading, I hope I’ve not bored you too much!

Not really much else to report for now i’m afraid

Good luck to everyone with Assignment 2

Andy.

Placement 2

So here we are, the end of placement 2. It’s quite scary but on the
brightside I’m looking forward to a “break” when we return to jordanhill on
Friday.

Anyone who has read the first few posts I made will be aware that I was quite
worried about this placement, but I have to say it’s been good for me.
I’ve had the chance to work with pupils using macs and not PC’s with
windows, I’ve had many server problems, Lost my temper a few times and
that’s just been today…LOL

I have also had the chance to try out new techniques and new ideas, I’ve
seen some work well, I’ve seen some fall flat on their face but overall
I’ve enjoyed this placement.

With 2 fourth year classes I tried some peer assessment.
The class were to make up questions for the other tables to answer.
With one class it worked quite well, with the second some of the pupils
responded well to it, others didn’t.
What I have taken away from these lessons is that when I try it again take
more time to explain the task and have more support in place for any
pupils not interested or not taking part.

With my second year classes I introduced a five second countdown, they had
five seconds to stop turn around and face the board, rather than having me
shouting at them to all turn round and be quiet. With all classes it
worked well but I’m sure I can make more refinements to it

Third year was an experience I’ll not forget in a hurry, one class were good, the other was nuts. I really wasn’t sure how to tackle the class and when I did what I tried didn’t work. Did anyone else encounter a class like this?

Well that’s all for now, only 4 more classes to teach then it’s all over.

Later.

Update time

So the crit is done, I managed to get through it with a little help from a friend known as the robosapien. I used an interactive worksheet during it and david asked me to post it for others to use I haven’t forgotten about this i’m just refining in before putting it up for the world to scrutinise. *EDIT – Posted on first class 28/02/06*

This week was quite interesting. Although it was week four it was only the second full week at the school. The PT of the department as just gone off sick and it looks like he won’t be back by the time my school report is due so it will be interesting to see how this gets sorted out.

The school is getting a visit from the charter mark people on monday and have decided to visit my class period 1, the the class that always has network problems.

There are 3 computing classrooms in this school and they’re furnished as follows –

1 PC room with 20 PC’s ( Do not get to teach in this room )
2 Mac Rooms
– 1 with 20 Imacs
– 1 with 20 Emacs

Now the Imacs work perfectly but the Emacs for some reason just don’t want to work. the school has bought all new pc’s but are waiting until the higher programming coursework has been completed before converting the remaining two rooms

Not all the pupils have problems with the network which poses the question what do the pupils who have problems do if they cannot access the materials to do the work? how do i make sure all members of the class can do the same work? and with no ICT co-ordinator to help sort the issues (The PT has been doing that job) I’m slightly worried!

Well I’ll stop boring you all now,
Later!

PS – I’ve edited the blog links at the side so they should all now be in alphabetical order if I have missed anyone from the list please leave me a comment and i’ll be happy to add it.

Holiday!!!

Friday was an in-service day in the school which was cool but it’s a very eery feeling being in a school when there are no kids there. The best comment of the day goes to my old physics teacher who said “I bet you thought we did nothing on these in-service days” quite frankly i did think that, and given that all we students did was spend the day in meetings I still think that! I know next year I’ll be working more on days like that though and that we didn’t get to see all the work being carried out.

We were given talks about the probation year, discipline and behaviour management which were all very informative as well as that we were given the chance to participate in discussions regarding new policies for the school, most of the students ended up in the same room.

I’m trying to plan my lessons for the week which include spreadsheets for second year, automated systems for 4th year, word processing for one of the 3rd year classes and my crit but i keep getting distracted…(Damn internet). If anyone has any advice on spicing spreadsheets or automated systems up please let me know, the best i’ve got so far is a short video of Wallace and Gromit to try and grab their attention.

I have however today managed to get video’s ready for the classes to watch but i’m not sure how much use they actually are.

I’m quite worried about taking over one of the 3rd year classes, they’ve been up and down like a yoyo over the past 2 weeks and it’s been very difficult to step in, even the class teacher has trouble with them and has co-op lessons with the class.

Anyway i best get back to work!