Monday, 22 August 2011

Reflection of Topic 3

Fantastic! The pressure of Assignment 1 is behind me, I have pressed the submit button and sent it off into the clouds somewhere.

My own teaching degree is still fresh in my mind so revisiting Topic 3 was like being back at uni again (oops I suppose I am!) The constructivist theory, Bloom's taxonomy, all old friends.

I still can not help but make comparisons with what is being offered to the students in the school I work at and what they should be receiving. Library lessons are more than sharing a book and a colouring in!

Library lessons are more than just offering teachers release time, they should be a valuable learning experience for all students.

August 8, 2011

Leaving behind all the theory and discussion of the forums and discussion boards, today I had a wonderful reminder of why I am undertaking this journey. We were setting up for a shared Prep and Grade 1 lesson so there were 120 children sitting on the mat. Blindly grabbing a book to give the other teachers time to organise last minute bits and pieces I launched into a reading.

It is so easy to communicate a love of reading and books. I revel in it. Today it was one of those magic moments when you just know that you have every child there engaged. The book helped, it was the right book for the right occasion, not too long and unusual enough to make a difference.

I understand that my ideal job is more than simply reading picture books to young children but it’s a wonderful springboard. Sharing reading and providing a little entertainment can demonstrate that reading can be a pleasurable activity.