Hello and welcome to my blog, where I will be sharing my views and experiences of my 3 year BEd Primary teaching course, specialising in Digital Literacy and studying at Plymouth University.
The first 2 weeks induction were a strange but pleasant experience. We were given the task of performing a song from Jack and the Beanstalk, which told part of the story. This involved singing and acting, 2 skills that had me firmly out of my comfort zone. I was delighted that I was able to engage in something, which made me feel a bit anxious because it allowed me to gain some confidence straight away and is a sign of some of the tasks and subsequent emotions, which will be put in front of me throughout the next 3 years. Im pleased to say the peformance went smoothly and the audience seemed to enjoy it.
After these first 2 weeks, I had now fully settled in at the Uni and was beginning my core subjects and Education studies lectures and seminars. These have been interesting and interactive, with a couple of highlights being the dissection of a heart and kidney in science and performing a pecha kucha presentation on Professionalism. Being professional in everything we do, both inside and outside of the classroom, is a key topic from these first few weeks. The sessions have raised some fascinating questions and I’ve particularly enjoyed the opportunity to use twitter to interact with lecturers and fellow students off the back of what has been discussed in sessions.
My digital literacy work consisted of an early visit into Montpelier Primary School, where we were privileged to hear from a well known figure in education, Bob harrison, who firmly planted some important sayings in my head. ‘We may not be able to hange policy, but we can change practice’ stands out. This has definitely shaped my attitude towards this course and how to approach evereything i do. During this visit we also had our first interation of the course with some children, whom we asked questions about their use of digital technology to support learning, both at home and in school, as well as about their awareness of E-Safety etc.
Overall, it has been an extremely positive start to this course and I already feel part of the teaching profession and I look forward to the years ahead.