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My Teacher Tree

My growth from childhood to teacher, and in between.
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Michelle Thompson

on 14 June 2013

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My Roots
Motherhood
Work Experience
Assessment Examples
The Fruit of my Labour
Support
Uni has been a whole new chapter of my life - exciting, challenging, full of learning and rewarding. I have had a huge amount of support from my family, friends, lecturers and church fellowship. If it wasn't for them, I don't think I could have continued my studies or done so well. They are all such a blessing and help me over the humps...
I was born Michelle Alice Thomson (yes, it's not a typo), in Innisfail, in April 1962, with English gypsy royalty heritage, and German/Danish, Scottish and French roots. The eldest of four children, my parents were 18 when I was born and struggled financially, but we made it through. You wouldn't know it now, but I was extremely shy...and slim!
I love gardening and like the analogy of sowing into the lives of my two girls. I 'cultivated and watered' them, by investing copious amounts of time and energy at their school, until I was forced back into the work force due to my marriage break-up.
My Teacher Tree
Uni lecturers, students and long-distance friends
From seed to fruit...
I was married at 19 and finally became a mum at 30, after 10 years and much trouble and heartache. So I decided to be a stay-at-home mum, and gave up a promising retail career when my eldest daughter was two...
I've had a lot of various jobs since leaving school: waitress; car detailer; night filler; personal secretary; Target Chermside's stockroom 2IC (second-in-charge); top Queensland salesperson in Country Road Clothing, and special needs aide for six years. But I'm starting to see the fruit of my teacher tree, as I've always wanted to teach children...
I volunteered heavily at Merinda's high school and then did my Certificate III in Education support while beginning as a special needs aide there. While working, I realised my childhood dream to be a teacher could become a reality, after several unsuccessful attempts to gain permanency as an aide. So I enrolled in a BEDU at Springfield USQ. My old TE score and Cert III were sufficient to gain entry, which surprised me! So begins a new chapter...
some members of
Burning Lamp Ministries
My family 2012
Merinda
Jessie
Me, Elliott & Lisa
Lisa, Me, Elliott & Matthew
...then five years later...
school camps
I am foremost a mum, and also wear the hats of fulltime uni student, permanent part-time special needs aide, volunteer and Teacher Education Centre of Excellence (Special Education) participant. Here are some samples of my developing ICT skills...I have improved audio techniques since making the Home story, and you can view my full WebQuest at http://tinyurl.com/a6oltwd, if you want...
Merinda graduated as Dux
Jessie in Year 7
Home-grown corn
Atmospheric dust [Image]. (2003). Retrieved March 15, 2012 from http://www.noao.edu/education/gsmt/geography
Australian Academy of Science. (2011a). Primary connections. Available from
http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/science-background-resource/data/index.html
Australian Academy of Science. (2011b). Primary connections: Beneath our feet. Retrieved March 18, 2012 from
http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/curriculum-resources/resource-sheets/beneath-our-feet/bof-alignment.pdf
Australian Academy of Science. (2011c). Primary connections: Push-pull. Retrieved March 18, 2012 from
http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/curriculum-resources/push-pull.html
Australian Academy of Science. (2011d). Primary connections: Smooth moves. Retrieved March 18, 2012 from
http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/curriculum-resources/smooth-moves.html
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2009). Shape of the Australian curriculum: Science. Retrieved March 10, 2012
from http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Australian_Curriculum_-_Science.pdf
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2011). Year Four Science work samples. Retrieved March 10, 2012 from
http://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/worksamples/AC_Worksample_Science_4.pdf
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2012a). The Australian curriculum v3.0 science foundation to year 10
curriculum. Retrieved March 3, 2012 from
http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/Curriculum/F-10?y=4&s=SU&s=HE&s=IS&layout=1
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2012b). The Australian curriculum v3.0 Science: Content structure. Retrieved
March 25, 2012 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/Content-structure
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2012c). The Australian curriculum v3.0 science: Cross-curriculum priorities.
Retrieved March 21, 2012 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/Cross-Curriculum-Priorities
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2012d). The Australian curriculum v3.0 science: General capabilities in the
Australian curriculum. Retrieved March 24, 2012 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/General-capabilities
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2012e). The Australian curriculum v3.0 science: Overarching ideas. Retrieved March 24, 2012 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/The-overarching-ideas
References
The meanings of “weathering” and “erosion”

The three types of weathering and four causes of erosion

Layers of sediment and rock are formed over thousands of years

The Earth is constantly changing
Students Learn…

Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)

(ACARA, 2012a)
Science Understanding:
Earth and Space
Sciences
Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance
(ACSSU076)

(ACARA, 2012a)
Science Understanding: Physical Science

The marble has a push force

The glass has a push force

About uniform circular motion

Centripetal force is greater than the force of
gravity
Students Learn…
Using a range of methods – tables, graphs etc.

Comparing results with predictions

Suggesting possible reasons for findings

Reflecting on investigations

Representing and communicating ideas and findings in various ways (diagrams, physical representations, reports)
And also by…
With guidance, familiar contexts and scientific investigations

Suggesting ways to plan and conduct investigations

Finding answers to questions

Safe use of appropriate materials, tools and equipment
Students Development of These Skills…
Questioning and Predicting
(ACSIS064)

Planning and Conducting
(ACSIS065/066)

Processing and Analysing Data and Information
(ACSIS068/216)

Evaluating
(ACSIS069)

Communicating
(ACSIS071)


(ACARA, 2012a)
Science Inquiry Skills
Marble Gravitron
Gravitational force
Experiment: Force and Energy
Sorting sediments
Transportation by Water
Beneath Our Feet
Experiment: Natural Processes and Human Activity
Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance
(ACSSU076)

(ACARA, 2012a)
Science Understanding: Physical Science
Atmospheric dust [Image]. (2003). Retrieved March 15, 2012 from http://www.noao.edu/education/gsmt/geography
Australian Academy of Science. (2011a). Primary connections. Available from
http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/science-background-resource/data/index.html
Australian Academy of Science. (2011b). Primary connections: Beneath our feet. Retrieved March 18, 2012 from
http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/curriculum-resources/resource-sheets/beneath-our-feet/bof-alignment.pdf
Australian Academy of Science. (2011c). Primary connections: Push-pull. Retrieved March 18, 2012 from
http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/curriculum-resources/push-pull.html
Australian Academy of Science. (2011d). Primary connections: Smooth moves. Retrieved March 18, 2012 from
http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/curriculum-resources/smooth-moves.html
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2009). Shape of the Australian curriculum: Science. Retrieved March 10, 2012
from http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Australian_Curriculum_-_Science.pdf
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2011). Year Four Science work samples. Retrieved March 10, 2012 from
http://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/worksamples/AC_Worksample_Science_4.pdf
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2012a). The Australian curriculum v3.0 science foundation to year 10
curriculum. Retrieved March 3, 2012 from
http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/Curriculum/F-10?y=4&s=SU&s=HE&s=IS&layout=1
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2012b). The Australian curriculum v3.0 Science: Content structure. Retrieved
March 25, 2012 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/Content-structure
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2012c). The Australian curriculum v3.0 science: Cross-curriculum priorities.
Retrieved March 21, 2012 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/Cross-Curriculum-Priorities
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2012d). The Australian curriculum v3.0 science: General capabilities in the
Australian curriculum. Retrieved March 24, 2012 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/General-capabilities
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2012e). The Australian curriculum v3.0 science: Overarching ideas. Retrieved
March 24, 2012 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/The-overarching-ideas
References

Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)

(ACARA, 2012a)
Science Understanding:
Earth and Space
Sciences
With guidance, familiar contexts and scientific investigations

Suggesting ways to plan and conduct investigations

Finding answers to questions

Safe use of appropriate materials, tools and equipment
Students Develop These Skills…
Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships
(ACSHE061)

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions
(ACSHE062)

(ACARA, 2012a)
Science as a Human Endeavour
Research shows that many students have misconceptions of scientific concepts such as movement and force, and
weathering

(Gilbert and Watts, 1985; Gunstone, 1987, as cited in Skamp, 2012)
Misconceptions
Engagement

Exploration

Explanation

Elaboration

Evaluation
The 5E Instructional Model
Bybee, R. W., Taylor, J. A., Gardner, A., Van Scotter, P., Carlson Powell, J., Westbrook, A., & Landes, N. (2006). The BSCS 5E instructional
model: Origins and effectiveness. Retrieved from
http://sharepoint.snoqualmie.k12.wa.us/mshs/ramseyerd/Science%20Inquiry%201%2020112012/What%20is%20Inquiry%20Sciecne%20(long%20version).pdf
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. (2012). Ride the ocean currents around Australia [Animation]. Retrieved from
http://www.cmar.csiro.au/currents/animations.htm
Education Services Australia. (2009). Schools online thesaurus: Weathering. Retrieved March 24, 2012 from
http://vocabulary.curriculum.edu.au/scot/3859.html
Fletcher, N. H. (2002). A background to primary science. Retrieved March 10, 2012 from
http://www.science.org.au/pi/documents/background-to-primary-school-science.pdf
Krampf, R. (2012). Sorting sediments [Image]. Retrieved April 1, 2012 from http://thehappyscientist.com/study-unit/sorting-sediments
McCarville, K., (2002). Science experiences for all students. In J. M. Peters, & P. C. Gega, Science in elementary education (9th ed.,
pp. 143-165). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.
Skamp, K. (Ed.) (2012). Teaching primary science constructively (4th ed., pp. 99-215). South Melbourne, VIC: Cengage Learning Australia
Pty Ltd.
Spangler, S. (2012). Marble gravitron. Retrieved March 10, 2012 from
http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/marble-gravitron-sick-science
Spence, K. (2012). EDX2260: Lecture 4a: Rocks. [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from
http://usqstudydesk.usq.edu.au/course/view.php?id=24278&sso
State of Victoria (Department of Early Childhood Development). (2012). Search: Sedimentation. Available from
http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/science-background-resource/data/index.html
Transportation of Water [Animation].(2011). Primary connections. Retrieved March 18, 2012 from
http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/science-background-resource/data/Phy/sub/forcewater/flash1.htm
The Physics Classroom. (2012). Work and energy. Retrieved March 11, 2012 from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/#qt
University of Colorado. (2011). Work, energy and power. Retrieved March 12, 2012 from http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/
References
The meanings of “weathering” and “erosion”

The three types of weathering and four causes of erosion

Layers of sediment and rock are formed over thousands of years

The Earth is constantly changing
Students Learn…

The marble has a push force

The glass has a push force

About uniform circular motion

Centripetal force is greater than the force of
gravity
Students Learn…
Using a range of methods – tables, graphs etc.

Comparing results with predictions

Suggesting possible reasons for findings

Reflecting on investigations

Representing and communicating ideas and findings in various ways (diagrams, physical representations, reports)
And also by…

Six Overarching Ideas:

Patterns, order and organisation
Form and function
Stability and change
Scale and measurement
Matter and energy
Systems

Seven General Capabilities:

Literacy
Numeracy
Information and communication technology (ICT)
Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Ethical behaviour
Intercultural understanding

(ACARA, 2012e; 2012d)
Overarching Ideas and General Capabilities
Students are believed to “learn best when allowed to work out explanations for themselves over time through a variety of learning experiences structured by the teacher”

(Hackling 2006 as cited in Skamp, 2012, p. 116)
Social Constructivist Approaches
It makes us think – critical thinking and metacognition (thinking about thinking) are developed

It helps us understand how our world works

Many professions are science-based

Science is fun
Science is in Everything
Marble Gravitron
Gravitational force
Experiment: Force and Energy
Questioning and Predicting
(ACSIS064)

Planning and Conducting
(ACSIS065/066)

Processing and Analysing Data and Information
(ACSIS068/216)

Evaluating
(ACSIS069)

Communicating
(ACSIS071)


(ACARA, 2012a)
Science Inquiry Skills
Year Four work sample
Aim: To provide students with a solid foundation in science knowledge, understanding, skills and values on which further learning and life can be built

Year Four Focus: Recognising questions that can be investigated scientifically and investigating them

(ACARA, 2009)
The Aim and Focus of the
Science Curriculum
Science as a Human Endeavour

Science Inquiry Skills

Science Understanding:
Physical Science
Earth and Space Sciences

(Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2012a)
The Science Curriculum
Year Four

Parent Information Night

2012
Why is Science Important?
Sorting sediments
Transportation by Water
Beneath Our Feet
Experiment: Natural Processes and Human Activity
Introduction animation for maths WebQuest
Science PowerPoint
Friends at my 50th birthday party 2012
My precious Grandma, Jessie Thomson
(Sept. 2012) Died 25/12/12 aged 96 yrs
So, I'm a high achiever - which can be good but not so good sometimes. I love having a go and learning new things - this is my first ever PreZi. Hard work pays off: I've earned the USQ Phoenix Award; the Dean's 2013 Bursary for Equity for Continuing Students; I've been a meet-up leader, and I'm a member of Golden Key International Honour Society.



My participation in the TECESE requires 125 hours of added time with my personal mentor this year. It is very demanding but I am very grateful for the opportunity, as it will assist me greatly to become the best teacher I can be! Click here to view my blog: http://tech2students.edublogs.org
My beautiful girls
Click to play Home digital story
Conclusion animation for Maths WebQuest
(Song: Calling All Angels, by Train).
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