As I was pondering on how I would approach my professional experience I became aware of the excitement of approaching teaching classes with a new armory of resources and a new attitude to ICT (ever so slightly). I am and have always been quite in favour of utilizing ICT in any manner I can. I am usually the first one in my team to take on new processess, forms or Learning Management Systems. However there are also some difficulties I have become a little complacent about over my time working at TAFE. The primary issue is I have learnt long ago to rely on my own resources as it is 8 times out of 10 that the computers, internet, log on, projector and other such items are often not working in the classrooms. I found this not only frustrating but very stressful as I might have prepared a (what I thought) really great power point presentation with lots of interaction and hyperlinks etc and found that once I arrived at the classroom, there was usually something not working or it was going to take up a large part of the class to get it working. The silver lining is I have become quite proficient at solving minor ICT issues, AND I always turn up for my classes early!
So as I move into this subject I am currently completing and incorporate the content into my classes so as to develop ICT rich lessons, I realized I must have a change of attitude so that I could freely explore the subject content and ways to assimillate this into my classes.
Below are my answers to one of our forum questions for those who may find Vocational Education a little different from their practical experience:
- How many days long is the EDC3100 Professional Experience?
15 days (25 hours BVET)
- How much teaching must you do?
BVET – 25 hours of direct group instruction (fully responsibility under the Mentors instruction).
Day 1 to 5 – 1/3 of each day
Day 5 to 10 – ½ of each day
Day 10 to 15 – 2/3rds of each day with 1 full day.
- Where is the lesson planning template must you use for all your lessons?
The lesson plan template can be found under forms at
- How many of the lessons you implement on Professional Experience, must you submit for Assignment 3?
You must submit 5 Lesson plans including reflections.
- My mentor is helping organise the school’s cross country and has to be at school at 7:30am on the day. Do I need to be there?
- What feedback on my teaching should I be gathering and what should I do with it?
Weekly Feedback (on template provided) Completed by student and Mentor
Professional Experience Report (on template provided) Completed by Mentor
EDC3100 ICT Statement (on template provided) Completed by Mentor
I should be discussing any feedback given by my mentor, with my mentor and where possible and appropriate, make changes according to that feedback. If not possible to make changes immediately, then note feedback and strategies to implement appropriate changes for future planning.
- There are very, very few ICT resources in my Professional Experience context, how can I possible develop ICT-rich lessons?
Ensure I am utilizing the resources currently available, fully. Develop a Personal Learning Network to further develop my Personal Knowledge Management in order to source quality ICT resources appropriate to my area of teaching the students’ needs and my content area of expertise.