Phew... its always exhausting getting back into work...My voice is on the verge of disappearing and i just want to lie down and have a nap :
It was great finally getting to meet and remeet the students though and being able to think a little more clearly about what we can achieve this year.
Most of the classes today were spent explaining how my class operates, some do and dont's of eating tuna in the class and explaining the features and how my website works. We attempted to get the laptops working in my yr10 history class but ended up having issues with a lot of the laptops not working and students not being able to log in to the internet. I think given the issues we have with the internet and resources we will have to go back to using books this year ( last year my yr10's all used online portfolios) Its not ideal but i would have rather have books then have students get get frustrated and fed up with computers that don't work effectively for what I want them to do- online portfolios can be quite time consuming. Obviously we will still do quite a bit of work on the computers but it will be more group and research based work rather then creative work.
The classroom design seems to be working out ok - although the lounge at the back has created a black spot that students can hide behind...... this isnt such an issue as i'm usually wandering around the room - but will have to see how well it works out.
So now I'm going to go back to my website and rejig a few assignments to account for the change back to books..... might be a long night :)
Bye for Now
This blog is a record of the day to day classroom activities for teachers, parents and students. This is also a bit of a personal record for myself on how things are going and what each class is working on.