Monthly Archives: April 2012

HELP! Calling all English teachers

So here’s the thing.  The dreaded assignment came back.  The good doctor must have been feeling sorry for me because (although the mark is not my usual) he has given me a higher mark than expected.

BUT (and it’s a big BUT) I need to absolutely nail the next assignment to keep my average up.  It needs to be flawless.

What I’m asking for is ideas on how English teachers use ICT in the classroom.  I’ve got some ideas but I’m not sure how it would work in the classroom. 

One idea is to explore advertising and how marketers manipulate language to sell products.  Part of the exploration would be to have students look at various ads on youtube and websites and then script, film, edit and publish their own ad on youtube.

Another idea is to explore narrative and the way narrative changes dependent on the genre.  It would include video games and having students perhaps create their own game?

My other idea is exploring a text, and create a class facebook page.  Students are given a character from the text (a different character for each student, obviously with some doubling up).  Students are to do regular status updates and tweets about the text and the events in the text but in the voice of their character. 

Would any of these work?  Are students allowed to have facebook and twitter accounts?  I’ll need to research the age limits I think.



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It’s a strange thing to receive an assignment back and know you should be very happy with the result yet somehow it disturbs you.

Don’t get me wrong, it is an exceptional result.  Yet I submitted 2 assignments on the one day, one that I knew was great and one that was not so good.  I had in my mind the mark that I would get for the great one and the mark that I would get for the not so great one.  Now I did get a great mark for the good assignment, but it was a few marks short of what I had marked it in my mind.  Which has me thinking that I’m probably a few marks over for the not so good assignment which has me now even more stressed than before over that result.

I know I’ll get the mark I deserve and if you don’t submit quality then you don’t get a quality mark.  But still it is going to be a blow for me when it does finally arrive.

In the meantime the one that has come back is a nice massage for the ego, yet it does not say where I went wrong and it kind of irks me that I don’t know where those missing handful of marks went.  Nonetheless it sets me up well for the rest of the semester for that particular subject so I can’t complain.

But now I’m on to writing 2 more assignments.  The types of assignments that I’m really bad at – lesson plans.  Give me an essay any day of the week, but please don’t ask me to sequentially place in my ideas in 10 minute time slots.  Yikes.

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To be or not to be … targeted

We hear about targeted teachers all the time – pre-service teachers whose transcript is so good, schools line up for them.

It is always about getting the right mark, but what is the right mark?  When you talk to teachers in schools they deny it, but principals don’t.

What I want to know is what needs to be displayed to be a targeted teacher?

I happen to have a very nice looking transcript so far, however, due to time constraints, have just submitted possibly my worst ever assignment.  An assignment worthy of a 1st year student who has no experience in writing essays.  It is one of those things when juggling work and family that the time necessary to submit something half decent just doesn’t exist.

So I have submitted this poor excuse for an assignment.  I have assessed myself against the marking criteria and am thinking Credit, if I’m lucky.  Which means on the next assignment for the subject I need as close to 100% as possible just to even scrape by with a distinction for the subject.

Ultimately it means that if I did have a chance of being targeted, I no longer do.  Quite depressing really.  But then, did I have a chance?  Is it even real?  Is it based on being a HD average student or 95+ average student?  Maybe I wasn’t ever good enough, or maybe it’s all just a myth anyway.

Really, its quite depressing.  Or is it more that I’m just really vain when it comes to my transcript and I don’t like the idea that it will be tarnished?  It’s quite ridiculous actually because I spend so much time sprouting the usual “Ps means degrees”, which it does – just not for me.

I possibly could have spent more time on it – I have a few more hours up my sleeve, but my children are now home from school, they have sport to get to, we have Mass to get to and my sister has her own uni assignment that she wants me to proofread, so it had to be submitted.

I think we just have to face reality that I will be quite depressed on the day that these results come back.

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