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And I thought I was busy before?

Wow-ee! What a week! I feel confident in saying that even tho’ it is only Thursday.

For starters, my class teachers has a little boy (who incidentally, as it turns out, managed to poke himself in the eye with his drinks beaker on Thursday with sufficient force to draw blood and to warrant a three hour stop in ED) who had been very poorly all weekend, so when their GP said to take him back to hospital, in case of further complications following his bang in the eye, she understandably went with him.

Which, of course, left me high and dry!

Thankfully, cover was found for the morning as we had an off-site activity (planting at a local park with the “Streetwise” council group), but it meant I had to lead the afternoon again (thankfully ICT and a story time) on my tod. Ah well – all good experience.

Turns out the little fella has gastro-enteritis (and a fairly bad bout, by the sounds of it) so my class teacher duly turned up again on Tuesday morning, back to a normal routine, so I got to observe an RE lesson and a literacy session on riddles (at Y2 they aren’t very difficult, don’t worry) then lead the afternoon for mathematics and another story time (yup, plenty of them, which is nice).

Wednesday was interesting again, however, as my class teacher’s husband duly caught a dose of said g-e from their “little darling” which meant that my mentor (the head) had to take the morning session, then observe me teaching literacy after the break! Joy, oh joy! After feedback (best summarised with her quote “don’t get me wrong, it was good – but we can make it very good”) I then led science – an investigation into forces and movement – and my first ever “show and tell” (which was scary, but I escaped with only minimal maulings, thankfully).

This morning, still no class teacher – so the head once again stepped in and led the class in PE, then thankfully arranged for another teacher to come and assist for the rest of the morning (numeracy then break, followed by literacy).


I was due to be “non-contact”this afternoon, which I had hoped to use for writing some of the assignment which is due in just under a fortnight, but after a quick meeting with my mentor I was “persuaded” to stay on the premises and catch up with the heaps of paperwork (lesson reflections, planning for tomorrow, etc) in which I had fallen behind.

The meeting wasn’t bad – my mentor was concerned that I was lagging with the paperwork, feeling unsupported and generally having a miserable second placement. Thankfully I was able to then state my position and between us I think we both left the meeting content that the situation wasn’t as bad as she might have feared.

I was able to mollify her further by pointing out that I knew I must have done better today as two of the children in my class came and gave me a hug at lunch time.


One week down – stress levels up

Well, that was the week that was… interesting. And a little, um, rushed.

It all started well, with an “inset” on Monday which saw me once more assuming a default position – in front of a computer! Tuesday went relatively smoothly – I had to cover story time at the end of the day, which went well (discipline is a lot easier at this level).

Wednesday was in college; a truly depressing lecture on applying for jobs. Basically, I need to be applying now and, in Nottinghamshire at least, the competition level will be high with some applicants being last year’s batch of NQTs. Eep!

Thursday started well enough, the literacy lesson was okay (I missed out a section, but the children won’t know as we covered it all in the plenary anyway) but the day ended with a particularly dreadful migraine. Ugh!

Friday was okay, I guess, with me actually managing to see my class teacher teach all morning before I then led the next literacy lesson and a further story time in the afternoon (as my class teacher had a review to attend in her role as SENCo).

So next week the fun begins in earnest!






Today was a definite milestone.

I’d asked my class teacher to assist in a particular part of the lesson as I’d had to miss a staff meeting the other week where our head (a literacy consultant in his previous life) was demonstrating a particular technique for getting children to think about what they’re writing (he has them wear one of two hats – a “reader” and a “writer” hat – according to what they’re currently doing, and then gradually gets them to merge the roles until the children become aware that they need to wear both hats at the same time, really, as they work).

Although my class teacher had tried to explain it through for me, I wasn’t sure enough to stand up and try and teach it.

But, for the first time that I can remember, as I was watching them teach I realised I was also evaluating it and thinking how I’d have built on that, done it differently, and generally made it in some small, way, “mine”. It’s kind’f a nice feeling, to be aware that I’m starting to evaluate other teachers in that way and not just “soaking up” the experience.

*grin* A good day.





1 down 2 to go

So here it is, “Merry Christmas”… and that’s one term down and two to go. I’m shattered, but in a good way trust me.

The school production took up the great majority of the final few weeks – lessons were fit around rehearsals, although the sequence on “The Charge of the Light Brigade” that I’d been working on was squeezed in a fair bit (along with a few maths lessons on negative numbers to be sure that the children had met their targets for the term) with the odd ICT lesson on posters and presentations.

It’s so hard to know what to say, here. The situation has changed so much since I started, that I’m not totally sure which way is up any more. I’m petrified at the thought of qualifying, yet desperately concerned that I’ll never be ready and so won’t pass muster when it comes to assessment time. (This was mitigated to some extent when my mentor assured me that he still wasn’t convinced he’d ever be ready by the half-term in the summer term of his PGCE training).

This has been a wonderful first term – the school is excellent, the staff supportive and helpful and the children… well, most of the time they’re lovely, too.

Now, next term, I just have to get my head around all of the paperwork hoops through which I need to jump in order to qualify! Wish me luck… eep.

The force is strong in this one…

Just a quick post (by way of a slight brag) as I had a cracking literacy lesson today… we’re in the midst of a sequence on “The Charge of the Light Brigade” as an example of narrative poetry and I’m taking the class through creating a summary of the poem, so that they get a feel for what the story behind the poem actually is.

We got to the point where “theirs not to make reply/theirs not to reason why/theirs but to do and die” and I was trying to explain the whole “do or die” concept… and struggling a little… when I was struck by a rather odd thought… taking a deep breath I tentatively asked “who remembers that part in the second Star Wars film (episode 5) on Dagoba in the swamp with Luke and Yoda” and went on to talk about when Yoda basically says “don’t try… do or do not” – and it worked! Pretty much everybody knew what I was talking about (with the exception, perhaps of my class teacher, who was rapidly reconsidering all the nice things she’d ever written about me) and we moved on.

But I finished the day on a complete high – not only had I managed to explain the poem to them, but I’d done it using Yoda! I even threw in a (lame) Yoda impression (always one to push my luck) when getting them to put their books away at the end… it was also well received.