Mrs A's Blog

My Rambling Thoughts on Teaching and Learning

What does It Look Like in Your Classroom? (Part 2)

ICT Capability is one of the general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.  One element is “Investigating with ICT”.  This element involves students developing an ability to Define and plan information searches Locate, generate and access data and information Select and evaluate data and information.   So, what does this look like in your classroom? Using […]

What does It Look Like in Your Classroom? (Part 1)

ICT Capability is one of the general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. One element is “Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT”. This element involves students developing an ability to Recognise intellectual property Apply digital information security practices Apply personal security protocols Identify the impacts of ICT in Society So, what does […]

Game On! The Use of Gamification in the Classroom

Gamification  is an interesting concept that if implemented well can chanage the way your classroom works.  Below is the resources I have put together for my presentation at QSITE. At a time when we are all trying to provide individualised and differentiated courses for our students, finding ways to engage and give our students choices […]

Leading Ambitious Teaching and Learning (LeadEd501x)

Earlier this year I started a course on edX titled “Leading Ambitious Teaching and Learning”.  The title intrigued me.  I want to be considered an ambitious teacher.  So I started the course. Module 1A looked at Ambitious Instruction in Elementary Literacy… It covered ideas like higher order discussion and project based Literacy Learning.  My takeaways […]

Tick Tok Tick Tok

Time… Tick tok tick tok… As educators we seem to always complain that we don’t have enough of it.  Between marking, planning, teaching, administrative work, tutorials, duty, parent meetings, co-curricular, phone calls, meetings, email, observations, professional development… Times 6 (or the number of academic classes you have!) Tick tok tick tok… I often hear the […]

#FutureSchools Day 3

After 3 days of conference, my brain reached capacity today!  It was day two of the Future Schools Future Leaders Conference.  (If you want to read, my ramblings from day 1 click HERE) There were a number of ideas that I connected with… Pedagogy before technology – always! Fitness coach instead of a HPE class Teachers […]

#FutureSchools Day 2

I often walk away from conferences exhausted.  My brain is full, ideas are slowly forming, and I usually have a long list of things I want to try or at least research a bit further.  I wonder if this is how kids feel at the end of the school day.  Exhausted, brain full and a […]

#FutureSchools Day 1

Today was a whole day master class in Teaching Kids to Code.  I have dabbled in code in the past.  Tried scratch, tried Bits Box, tried various iPad apps, learn to code sites and it just never seemed to make sense.  I find drag and drop programming frustrating partly I think because I lose track […]

Personalised Pathways Take 1

2016 was a difficult year. It was one where I have questioned myself on a number of levels including professionally.  I have doubted my abilities, and even my career path.  I have wondered if after 12 years in the classroom that perhaps it was time to leave.  The pressure and the stress got to me. […]

It’s Time to be Cyber Savvy Citizens…

I am often asked how does one keep up with the pace of the online world and make sure that I really am safe online.  Reality is – no one can.  Every other day we hear a story in the news about another cyber issue we need to keep ourselves and our kids safe from.  […]