September 28, 2010

First few weeks of training

Well, as I exist on Warwick's system now I can finally write my blog!

The first few weeks have been particularly smooth in school. The first week consisted mainly of industion sessions to the school and training on new school policies and procedures. As it turned out many of the veteraned staff memebers also had to get used to the new Behaviour for Learning policy as well so we are all in the same boat. It seemed like quite alot of information to get used to at first but steadily I'm getting used to the amount of paperwork being sent my way. As Myton is a specialist training school as well, they offer great support when it comes to the actual training as well as support from the staff members. It was very daunting on the first day of term to see all the staff members as a collective body! However, they soon made all the new staff members feel welcome and helped out where they could.

The second week was still a week full of inductions and the like and we were still getting used to the school. However, it felt as if we had been here a lot longer! The second week I started teaching my first group. A top set year seven that I have resposibility over. Surprisingly, I wasn' t very nervous at all (I mean they're only year 7!) and the lesson went really smoothly, I had fun! However, the next lesson was a mess! I hadn't prepared with enough time and so I was still fiddling around with my resources at the beginning of the lesson for a starter activity. It was then that I realised that with those types of activities you really need to plan well in advance and have the resources prepared well in advance and on hand. Warwick sessions on Friday's I found particularly useful with Paul Evans and the other GTP's seem eager to get involved with the activities.

Teaching from the Third week was increased, I now team teach a few lessons of year 10 GCSE. I found this particularly daunting as I am not used to teaching GCSE. However, because I had decent subject knowledge and good ideas I was able to impliment them into a plan. However, as their regular teacher pointed out to me, no matter what part of the lesson I take I should always do a lesson plan. It became apparent that my structure was a little rough around the edges! Also in the third week I shadowed a year 7 pupil for the day. This was very insightful. He is registered as having Emotional and Behavioural difficulties and is in a low set for pretty much every subject. However, he was a joy to follow all day. It soon became apparent that he was working most of the time beyond the abilities of the rest of the class and often finished exercises and activities with relative ease. He was very eager to get involved in all the lessons by putting his hand up and engaging with the teacher. At times when he looked bored or lathargic it soon became apparent that he was actually paying attention and that he was listening to the teachers' instructions. This experience was particularly useful as well considering that I will be taking over the class at some stage. I got to see the key pupils with behaviour problems as well as the ones which can work at a decent pace. It was a warming experience in the last lesson of Drama to see that the pupil was fully engaged and had really good drama skills! I decided to take him aside at the end of the day to commend him not only for good behaviour but also for his work ethic and attitude. To me he seems to be held back by being in that class, he's not being tested enough and so in the future if he remains in that group he may become disruptive.

Just a word for my mentor as well: AMAZING! I'm sure that she will give even more outstanding advice and support as the year goes by.

Thats all folks

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