Recent trainee comment in AP3, read 'em and weep!
I feel that I have had a very successful year in training. I have tried very hard to reflect and develop my teaching and ultimately I have been rewarded. I work very hard to build up an effective and meaningful student-teacher relationship with the majority of the pupils that I teach and therefore have been rewarded with some fantastic comments from pupils who are inspired to achieve in my lessons. I have found a natural ease in teaching and thoroughly enjoy delivering lessons. I have become quicker and more adept at planning and now have a greater array of activities to choose from; however there are still some areas of improvement in regard to this. Sometimes in lessons I will play it safe simply because I am unfamiliar with the group dynamics mainly or concerned about behaviour but am trying to implement more adventurous and risky activities. One of the greatest qualities I have gained from this year is being able to take and respond to feedback. Whatever the style and type of lesson there will always be feedback and it has been really insightful to get a professional judgment on how things could be adjusted or shaped differently. Therefore, I strive to act upon all advice and feedback where possible and look for ways to improve the quality of my teaching. I feel that I also manage behaviour well and have had no major problems throughout my training, anything that has presented as a challenge I have dealt with, with the right people and the correct procedures. I feel that as a practitioner I have gained the skills to be able to know how to respond directly to the changing nature and pace of the lesson and can adapt my lessons ‘on the hoof’ accordingly. I also feel that I take on board other teachers styles and try to incorporate effective activities for example into my teaching and accordingly share my resources around to ensure collaborative working.
I feel that areas for development are to try and create a personalised routine for all my classes for next year so as to enforce and sustain the high expectations that I have of those who I teach. Once I get myself within that routine it will be easier to manage the learning environment. Also there were times within my training that I have fallen a bit short on some areas of subject knowledge. By and large this has been not with course content but being in response to questions that pupils ask during lessons that aren’t directly from the lesson. Having in depth subject knowledge will assist this and prepare me for many eventualities. I have also been very self critical from time to time during my training, whilst essentially this is good to be able to reflect I don’t see the things that I am getting right in lessons as they always seem to be overshadowed but the improvements. Therefore, it is important that I reflect positively on lessons more, which may even consist of making a list of areas that really worked well within the lesson before the areas of improvement are addressed. I also have to be systematic with my approach to chasing up homework and missing classwork to ensure that all pupils are up to date. This will bode well if in my NQT I have some exam classes with coursework.