Encouraging students to reflect on their experiences throughout second level. this is important for a variety of reasons. Reflecting on work they have done ( with a checklist) allows them to realise how much content they have covered since beginning.
the checklist can be done at the end of each term and is a good way to show students they have finished another chapter in their school.
Reflecting through meditation. Bringing the students to a retreat location such as an oratory or even just swapping chairs around in the classroom. Give a spoken meditation after settling the students and getting their ‘zen’ on, have them think about how far they have come since they began in education and even how far they have come socially. Reminding them about new and old friends and the new relationships they have or haven’t started had in their current lives. Meditation is a great and relaxing lesson for the class.
Journal work. Having the students keep their own reflecting journal is not an easy task to encourage the pupils to do. There is a necessity that we appreciate their privacy here but if we were to provide the pupils with a series of questions about what they have achieved and have them keep it on a word document so it it is electronically saved for them (possibly a great blog if your class are involved with some of the great blogging websites).
Overall reflection is a vital aspect of social and personal development that can help them overcome stress and understand how to amend their previous mistakes.
The following are a series of quotes relative to ICT and teaching:
“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”
‘I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.’
This weekend I began correcting students mock exams. Although CSPE and RE are not extensive exams as leaving cert English, they require time and effort like any other subject.
Here are my first few tips for marking exams.
First up: Be fresh. Don’t mark exams tired because you need to ensure you give your full attention to detail. So after good brekkie and warm coffee ensure you go into it eyes wide opened.
Second: leave the best to last. Always mark the best class or students last so you finish marking on a good note and somewhat satisfied that the students listened to you
Thirdly: mark the same section all at once. Don’t go through every paper restarting marking at every student. Instead, mark the first section of all students, then the second of all students, that way the marking scheme is still fresh in your head and it’s easier to keep your perspective on the marking scheme at the same level. I was advised to do this by one of my old teachers and it works wonders. Made Every thing, from my focus and speed at which I corrected all the better and if anything is the best method for producing results.
Why did William build Castles?
Label your Motte and Bailey Castle:
- Palisade Wall
|Features of the motte and bailey castles
||Function of the motte and bailey castles
Describe the key features and how you think each of the features would be good for defence
How effective was the motte and bailey castle?
Think about the strengths and weakness of the motte and bailey castle:
- The defensive strengths of the motte and bailey were…
- The defensive weaknesses of the motte and bailey were…
- The motte and bailey castle helped William to control England because…
My preface and initial draft for my thesis I have started in college.
Education is the most powerful tool we can use to change the world. Throughout the years there have been significant developments in technology. These developments have revolutionised and have enhanced almost everything in our day to day lives. Shopping, exercise, transport and communication have come much further in 10 years then they did in the past 100 and education is not different.
Teachers in schools all over the world have seen a new influx of technology in the classroom and, for many; it has changed the way we plan for a lesson. Whether it is by using PowerPoints, YouTube, Social Media, Podcasts, the methodologies of teaching has changed thanks to technology but many would raise the question is it or the better or does it make any difference whatsoever.
When I first started out as a student teacher, I found that using technology had many benefits, but I also felt them almost a stabiliser for my lesson planning. This was certainly not a bad thing but it did raise the question am I myself relying too much on technology as a teacher in the classroom, especially even since when I was a child technology has only recently developed. Therefore I decided to further examine the area of using technology in the classroom but more specifically, examining how teachers find using technology and whether to not it has changed the way they teach. Some may say it is a tremendous benefit for any subject, especially when teaching topics which require many visuals. However many might argue it takes away from traditional learning methods which are not frequently used as a result of this flood of technology.
The OECD report certainly helps us to receive and intriguing understanding on where the world is going with technology in education. Ireland is not at the top or bottom of the poll of countries using technology in the classroom; instead we are in the middle. Is this a sufficient level for pupils in their learning environment, especially since so much of their home life is filled with technology, or should Ireland increase the usage of technology in the classroom, as the NMA Horizon report of higher education stated that 90% of jobs will require some ICT skill by the year 2020 and we need to ensure students are equipped to deal with such needs when the time comes.
Therefore I derived three question; what are the benefits of using technology in the classroom for teachers?
- I will begin my first chapter by examining the reports of the OECD on use of technology in modern countries as well as the 2014 Horizon Report on higher educatio4n which examines several areas and the use of such new ICT (or Web 2.0 technologies).
- How do the OECD and 2014 Horizon Report indicate there is a need for ICT in the modern classroom?
- For my second chapter I aim to survey several teachers of different generations and from different types of schools if possible with a series of questions around the enhancement of schools using technology.
- What are teachers’ perceptions of ICT in the classroom?
- Finally, I will deduce all of my work in the third chapter and illustrate the findings of my research and possibly answer the question I set out to answer.
- What do my findings tell us about the future of ICT in the classroom?
Holocaust and Modern Culture, Lecture 1 reflection.
The first lecture for the module of Holocaust and modern culture saw an in depth look into the reason and cause for the holocaust. Social history is in my eyes the most vital aspect of historical events as it depicts as to why people followed a certain belief or ideology. In this case, during the Inter-War period the Nazi party and other fascist groups around Europe rose to power for a variety of reasons. This in turn led to the scapegoating of the Jewish community and furthermore led to one of the worst genocides in modern history.
The lecture began by examining the reports and statistics of both the deaths of the Jewish holocaust but also several other genocides recorded throughout history. The numbers were incredibly thought provoking, and reminds us about the failures of humanity are not too long ago. 1.5 million Children were killed out of the millions killed by the hands of the Germans between the years of 1933 and 1945. These deaths came as a result of the dogma of people who victimised a minority in their society in hopes that it would change and improve the society they lived in. Tomi Reichantal and Philip Biaowotiz, Holocaust survivors from two different parts of Eastern Europe frequently speak of how they were subjected to abuse and discrimination in their day to day lives as Jewish children and from the images we were shown that was clarifying as to what they were subjected to.
The series of provocative and thought provoking images encourage strong reactions for all us in the lecture hall. The images of the cattle carriages with and the explanation of how people forced into incredibly claustrophobic and horrendous conditions was eye opening. These harsh scenarios resulted in the deaths of the passengers before their arrival to the camps. Images have a way of illustrating the severity and bringing us into the severity of the conditions that people were subjected to. Burning of synagogues and churches and homes spoke volumes and reminds us that failures must be accounted for.
The Rise of the Nazi part after the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 and the fall of the Weimar Republic saw the failure of democracy in Germany and the rise of the ultimate fascist party led by Hitler which would go on to result in the deaths of over 6 million Jewish people alone throughout the course of the 1930s and the Second World War.
Overall, I find social history to be of great relevance and without a shadow of a doubt a vital aspect to the Holocaust in order for us to receive a clear understanding of such. However this raises many questions leading in the next lecture. How can such a tragic event promote such intriguing culture and how is it still perceived by the next generation descended from the Jewish persecutors.