Category: STS1 reflections


I thought it was interesting how every pair interpreted our oral presentation assignment differently. There have been complaints about how the assignment instructions were a little vague and we were unclear of what was expected. The marking rubric helped clarify things but people still developed their own interpretations of the assignment.

This is by no means a criticism. I actually found it really interesting to see how different groups presented. Some groups pretended they were the teacher in the class and taught using one or multiple techniques in the ten minutes. They did not mention specifically what the technique was, however it was generally clear to see what they were doing. Others spoke about the technique and the research and application of the technique and then gave an example about how to teach it. I am still not really sure which was the best way to do it, however I believe that we all learnt a lot of good practical ideas from the presentations so that is great!

I do think that this is a very important lesson in how it feels to be a student. How interpretation can vary from student to student. For high school students I think as teachers we will have to remember to make things very clear, and even if they seem clear to us, it may not be clear to all students. If the aim of an assessment is to get a specific result or understanding, then the instructions must be explicit.

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I am really enjoying the practical theme to each tutorial in STS. I find the theory we are doing in all our subjects is so relevant and will really help us to develop who we are as teachers, in terms of learning style and pedagogy. Having said this, the theory can sometimes be hard to put in a relevant practical context. This is what I’m liking about the STS tutorials- we can talk about any situation in theoretical terms and then discuss how we would apply it in practice, within the quality teaching framework. We have also talked about different simple behaviour management strategies. It is great to be getting the experience from a teacher who is teaching in a highschool right now. I will be very interested to start watching everyone’s 10 minute teaching presentations!!

I thought a lot this week about the idea of finding a balance between teaching your passion and not showing bias. My ideologies as a history teacher will be helpful, but I am in the classroom to ‘lead’ students towards critically thinking for themselves. 
I believe students do all learn at different rates and will respond individually to various styles of teaching. While I also believe that every student can achieve, I also believe that we are born with different strengths and abilities. I also believe that no matter what the teacher is doing in the classroom- a students home life and socio- economic background will effect their abilities to focus and achieve at school. Not every student can achieve highly in an academic sense. Instead I think my role as a teacher will be to help students learn how to learn and to see the value of learning, so that they will have every opportunity to succeed after they leave school. 
As David Halpin(from the lecture) put it we are enabling, and facilitating students with the abilities to ‘pursue worthwhile lives’