I am doing this post as part of my tutorial for week 5 – where I am to present my thoughts on how I learn. For the purposes of this, I will be talking about how I learn today, as an autonomous learner. For those of you who do not know – there are three types of learning styles; visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. It is to be noted though that there can be an overlap between two and then it can combine all three together.
For me, I am a mix of two types; auditory and visual.
For me this means that I like reading about topics and making notes, most of my notes tend to be in an outline method. I have switched to an online notetaking system in OneNote that I am finding really helpful. As my prefered way to take notes is electronic this suits that method, also I like colours and I have a colour coding system that I have online and with my textbooks.
Finally, as a flashcard system, I discovered through College Info Geek the scientific study app called Anki. This app uses spaced repetition in practice, for the best way for people to remember something just at the moment they are meant to lose it.
To compensate the visual side of my learning here is a Crash Course: Psychology course. This specific video topic is The Growth of Development.
As last week was busy, hence no post, I thought I would talk to you about what I was learning. I have quickly found out that while I adore all my classes, my two favourites are Foundations of Teaching and Foundations of English. Both touch on the importance of the understanding how children learn and the development stages in children. So I thought I would touch on the language development stages that was covered this week.
Stages of oral development are:
One word (holographic)
Two word (telegraphic)
This is the stage that covers the first year of a child’s life. Through that year, at different stages throughout that year, they will be able to start comprehending more and more. Between 2-3 months of age, the child will start responding to sounds. When they hear a sound they will turn their head in the direction. From 4-6 months they start responding to specific words, eg: no. From 7 – 11 months they begin to recognise their own name.
One word (holographic)
This stage lasts the age between their 1st and 2nd birthday. The child begins developing the understanding to point to objects that are named in books. Their vocabulary ranges between 100-300 words. They gain the ability to use one-word sentences. Finally, throughout this year their comprehension of language improves.
Two word (telegraphic)
At this stage, the child expands their one-word sentences to be around 2-3 words. It is at this stage that they love songs and rhyming. It is referred to as the telegraphic stage because it refers to the time in history where people used telegrams. They had to convey long sentences into 2-3 words. The sentences usually have verbs in them. Also by the time they reach 3 years of age is that the child will know up to 1,000 words.
It is from this stage onwards in which the children begin school and thus need to start using complete sentences. From my experience in the classroom, there are students at various stages of language and development. Some are able to express themselves better while others need assistance. Students become frustrated when teachers do not understand what they are trying to say, which I have observed. Also, they start using tenses although past, present and future tense may be mixed up. Finally, students begin to understand that others have feelings,
The final stage in which we learnt about last week. This stage continues throughout the students’ life into adulthood. It is in the early stages of this stage that students learn that language needs to be used differently in different contexts. It is also at this stage that they begin to learn and understand grammar. This includes parts of a sentence and the parts of a sentence.
We are already halfway through the first term and it is time again for the annual school photos. They were held on Thursday last week and that isn’t my usual day of work; however, I came in for them, I also made an appointment with the numeracy head of the school so it wasn’t wasted. The main point I want to make is that school photos have gone through a weird evolution.
When I started in primary school, I loved school photos. I loved the memory that they gave me, remembering my class. However; as I got older I found that as I was teased and felt less and less like I belonged, I hated them retrospectively. It wasn’t just the students in my class, but also the teachers and aides that I had which made me feel like an outcast.
It has only been since I started working at my current work that I have felt a sense of pride. I am in an environment that makes me want to continually better at what I am doing, they make me feel included and want to work with them. I have gone from working alongside them to starting a Bachelor degree because I have realised there is so much more than I can do to challenge myself and impact the students in a positive way.
On Monday my subject portals opened and I am more excited yet nervous then I have been for a while. I recently binged watched The Good Place (new favourite show) on Netflix and I feel like Eleanor at the start of the show. I am very much blindsided by where I find myself but nonetheless, I will roll with it.
Foundations of Teaching
This unit is what it says on the tin, it is all about what teaching is. Aside from that this unit focuses on looking at yourself as a developing teacher as well as introducing students to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. After we look at what learning and teaching is, we then look at what a teacher actually does. How they go from understanding and comprehending the material through to planning and teaching the material in an appropriate and understandable fashion.
While this unit looks at how to become a good academic student, this is looking at personal literacies, academic integrity, academic literacies, literacies in action and literacies in the digital age. This takes my existing literacy skills and brings them up to be able to meet the new literacy challenges. I also have to take the Faculty Literacy and Numeracy Competencies Test.
Foundations of English
This unit looks at the foundations of language and literacy as well as understanding texts. In the first part, we will focus on language and culture, systems of language and the two types of language learning: oral and written language. It will finally also shed light on language variation and change. In the second part of the course, we will look at the features of texts which include purpose and structure, knowledge about language, process/verb groups, participants/noun and adjective groups, adverbials/circumstances and finally teaching text types and grammar.
Personal and Professional Numeracy
The final unit for my first semester is about numbers and maths, one subject that I hated in school and never considered myself good at; however, I am open to learning new things and discovering something new about myself. I must say this unit does seem like it is working in reverse order from what we cover week to week. It looks at numeracy in the media, data representation, descriptive statistics, uncertainty, correlation and causation, looking at maths and numeracy in early childhood, pattern, algebra, number and computation, proportional reasoning, measurement and geometry, financial literacy, NAPLAN and finally finishing on the history of mathematics.