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Bad end to a good week

Oh my… what a mess!

This last week I’ve been really diving into taking an active role in the numeracy lessons – I had to plan this week which I did, the week before half term. It was supposed to be a few days of co-ordinates, followed by the start of a sequence of lessons on, um, sequences. However, in the grand tradition of all best laid plans (see what I did, there?) it had to be amended on the fly. Between by MB (my class teacher) being impressed with how much the children were enjoying the main activity on Monday and then being in college on Wednesday the whole week ended up on co-ordinates (leaving me with only three days to plan for this week… which was nice).

Wednesday was… interesting… too. Seems the game is most definitely afoot now, with a great number of fellow students starting to come under varying levels of pressure. Some personal (a big blog shout out to Darren whose girlfriend has been rather unwell), some professional (again, a big blog shout of encouragement to Helen, who had a nightmare of a link tutor visit) but above all, mostly just stressful. Plus, between Darren and myself, I worked myself up into a “bit of a twizz” about my own upcoming link tutor visit (which between us we managed to bring forward by a week). And so I came back to school, still panicked, and it took me until lunch time to realise why I was feeling so jittery and get over myself.

The maths (I think we can call it maths again, as I’ve just noticed that the newly launched “Primary Framework” talks about literacy and mathematics) went well – very well, actually. My interactive whiteboard (henceforth, IWB) battleships was very well received, the use of the scale map of the acropolis that we’ve been using (note the cross-curricular links to the history topic) was suprisingly successful and the tangrams were rather fun (only one pupil managing to actually solve a tangram before we gave them the solutions so that they could do the actual co-ordinates work).

ICT on the other hand… eep! There I was… I’d been through the actual introduction, showing the children how to use the drawing package (OpenOffice.org Draw, actually, given that it’s free) and then got them seated where we wanted (for the differentiation, don’t y’know) and got to the first, brief, point of the main activity – get the children to copy the relevant file from the network into their local folder ready to start work editing… and… then the lesson ended. Yup. Th-th-th-that’s all folks. So, just to spell it out, I spent about 30 minutes trying to coach 29 children into copying a file from a shared folder on the network. Aargh!

On the bright side, I have a perfectly good lesson plan for this next ICT lesson; which, given that I’m being observed, can only be a good thing.

*sigh*

2006
09/30

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A week of firsts

So this week I not only led a (very small part of) the weekly staff meeting, explaining and demonstrating the use of shared folders on the school network; I also took my first class (in ICT, as I mentioned earlier) – which went as well as can be expected, all things considered.

There were, of course, things on which I could build. But overall, it was apparently quite passable. My dozen (or slightly more – who’s counting?) years of experience as an IT developer do indeed help. Being completely at ease with the software does mean that I can concentrate on other things, like making sure the children are actually working.

So there we go. I survived.

2006
09/29

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Currently thinking…

“So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.” — Willy Wonka

So, where to start? Well, to kick things off, tomorrow I take my first full lesson – the whole class, the whole lesson. That’s the bad news – I’m terrified – the good news is that it’s in ICT (computing to those of you not involved in education at the moment) so I do at least consider myself somewhat of an expert in terms of subject knowledge.

Today marked my first planning session with my class teacher. Very productive, personally, although I don’t know how much use I was to them 😉 Also, I had my lesson plan for the afore-mentioned ICT lesson “vetted” – postive feedback, no amendments suggested – so that’s all set for tomorrow.

Then, this afternoon, my mentor returns from a training session at the university (on how to mentor) informing me that the course co-ordinator (whom, I think, still forgets that they are no teaching a class of primary children when they deliver any kind of talk) is apparently very impressed with me… something about “intuitive” questions (and “insightful”, I think, or was it “relevant” – as usual, when faced with any sort of compliment, I turn bashful and my brain shuts off all cognitive faculties so as not to let my ego cotton on to what’s going on). I’m not sure how I get away with these things, but there y’go… intuitive questions, huh? I wonder what that actually means?

And now to go away an obsess about how much I do or don’t know ready for tomorow.

*sigh*

Post Collegial Blues

A couple of days of lectures ended the week nicely. A bit more on planning (which, actually, did help – and provided some useful outlines on what to put in a lesson plan), followed by what was possibly the most tedious ICT lecture I’ve ever had the misfortune to attend (and stuggle to remain awake for). At the risk of appearing in any way to be suffering from “professional snobishness” the lecturer was a classic case of the self-taught “expert”, ie they’d dabble with computers from when they first hit mainstream, then his initial interests and requirements had been met by various bits of software… which they still use. For starters, having a presentation prepared on Microsoft Word (as opposed to, say, Microsoft PowerPoint) and not even neatly paginated, to boot! I mean, I ask you!

Friday’s lectures more than made up for the drab end to Thursday, however, with an introduction to a series on numeracy by a truly inspiring lecturer – honestly, we all had fun doing some fairly elementary mathematical games. Well, I was inspired and that’s what counts most for me. Then our final behaviour management lecture (a series I’ve enjoyed and which I find especially relevant given the “challenging” nature of some of the pupils in my clas) and a rather fun (more of a workshop than a lecture) session on voice management rounded us off nicely.

Ready for next week? Not ‘alf!