Friday was both the final day of this year’s PGCE, and the Festival of Education, both taking place in/around the lawns of Grove House. Sadly this meant I only got to see half of each of them. Teaching Computational Thinking through marble runs / Unplugged I was very unsure how my morning session would go.
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Given my background, I know a vast amount about automated assessment of code correctness and have a great deal of experience of it. In programming lessons, I never use it. Hmm. Why? I suspect because: it’s easy to do, and could be done outside the classroom at least as effectively as inside – whereas there
I like Socrative. As a teacher, I love it – and largely because it’s free, and requires no account-creation by students. But that blocks me from supporting it in the most important way: by giving the owners some cash. Not that it matters for Socrative any more – they sold the company for $5 million
Back to my class… In part 1, I admitted that I’d locked students’ computers for more than half a lesson. I stated that I felt this was a good thing, despite my pre-teaching revulsion and horror at such actions. This week, I used CC in LOCKDOWN for more than half a lesson …why? How? On
I can’t get anything done. Each day, I perform one minor task – just one of: a load of washing, a 3-line email, buying some milk – but 4 hours fly past, empty, in reaction. It doesn’t take me 4 hours for the task – the tasks are slow but done in a reasonable time
Homework does not exist in a vacuum: you cannot do homework for a topic you haven’t learnt yet. I’ve realised (via the PGCE) there is a tightly interdependent triangle of Homework, Lesson, and Curriculum. As far as I can tell, the (never quite openly stated) idea in teacher-training is that a formal Lesson Plan is
It is easy, as a Teacher, to assume that everything your pupils learnt in the last lesson they will still know in the next lesson. For you – slaving over hot lesson plans, repeating the knowledge over and over, before delivering it possibly multiple times within a single week – it’s almost impossible to forget.
The sleep deprivation has reached migraine-inducing levels. And I’m still a noob at teaching. So take this all with a fair pinch of salt…normal service will resume shortly (posts on Computing and Programming and successes, ideas, and failures in teaching them) It’s about bad teaching, and bad Teachers Before teaching, one of my pet hates
2 weeks into teaching, and… …sometimes I don’t know what day it is any more. Is it Sunday? Or Wednesday? Where am I supposed to be in now? … in 10 minutes? What have I forgotten? The days and the lessons all blur-together. The commute – sometimes 50 minutes, sometimes 2 hours each way. The
All this time spent in school is regressing me to my own childhood, recalling many memories. At night, my dreams have switched-over to frequently include small scenes of schools and school-life. Normally when I hit a major life-change – new career, new city to live in, etc – it takes many months, even years, for