November 22, 2010

PP1 Update

At last the nerves of teaching are not affecting my sleep any more, I am now a whole lot more relaxed leading up to the lesson and during it.

Saying this, however, I am getting the increasing sense that I'm not a good teacher.  When the majority of the class look at you, straight after teaching them a method, and complain about not understanding, a feeling of inadequacy and helplessness sets in.  On the one hand, this could be something you just get used to as a teacher, but on the other hand, I could be confusing these young people way more than I should be doing!  Hopefully I'll look back and see the obvious mistakes I made, or perhaps I might even look back and see I was teaching really well and just took things too personally, I don't know.  But for now, I need to work on improving the level I aim my lessons at.  If I aim a bit lower, this could build the class's confidence and encourage them to attempt the harder questions I've been setting so far.

With behaviour management I still struggle.  I'm yet to hand out my first detention, which is relatively good considering it means no-one has been naughty enough to deserve it.  I feel that the more experience I have, the more time at the front of the classroom, the more I'll feel relaxed, confident and let my personality come over and hopefully inspire discipline itself.

Today I have my first revision session with Year 13.  It's Mechanics 1 so it should be pretty straight forward.  It will be interesting to experience this very different form of teaching.


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  1. Southam College

    Dan you are too hard on yourself. I have been in each of your Year 10 classes and the majority of pupils have not complained about not understanding! Some have asked for further explananation but thats what they do. Much better than not saying so! And I am sure I have heard pupils say things like “I get it now”! You have to listen out for the good comments too!
    I think you are probably right that occasionally work may have been pitched a liitle high, too soon into the lesson and you need to build up their confidence.
    Behaviour management is improving and you just issued a breaktime detention (he so deserved that!).
    However you have been feeling inside, you certainly come across confident to the kids which is the main thing and the sleepless nights havent shown during your time in school!
    You are doing great!

    22 Nov 2010, 15:10


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