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Day 3&4: Relief

As a student, I was always very eager and that does not change when I am observing. I feel my fingers itch and think about all the things that I want to when I get in front of the classroom. It is always good to see how other are teaching as you can copy or adjust it for your own lessons, but the best lessons are learned when you are teaching yourself.  Continue reading “Day 3&4: Relief”

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Day 1&2: Observations has started

When your first practicum school has been a private school and you follow it with a regional practicum, people tell you to expect the worst. I mean like flying chairs, harsh language and students that are reluctant to do whatever you say. So far, I have not experienced any of it. On the contrary, I feel much more relaxed than during my first practicum.  Continue reading “Day 1&2: Observations has started”

Book Review

Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I tried really hard to finish the whole Harry Potter-series before I relocated to Karratha for my second practicum. Unfortunately, I did not manage to finish the last book so that one has to wait until I come back. The pre-final Harry Potter book marked my memory as one of explanation. As for those who have not read the books are left with too many questions after watching just the movies. Continue reading “Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

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Relocating Weekend

As I wrote last week, I have gotten a regional practicum. This means that I am after 10 hours of driving, somewhere halfway between my university and the school I will be working on for the coming six weeks. As you can imagine, I am flat out right now. Therefore, I will keep this blog post nice and short. Continue reading “Relocating Weekend”

General, Research

To Teach, or Not To Teach Grammar?

For a long time, grammar was not taught in secondary schools in Australia. It was believed that grammar instruction was unnecessary as students would acquire the grammar rules automatically. According to the Australian Curriculum, teachers should now teach several rules during secondary school. However, these teachers often never had a grammar lesson in their lives. Therefore, grammar lessons are still not often done in Australian secondary schools.  Continue reading “To Teach, or Not To Teach Grammar?”