Reflection on the start of PP1
Today is my first day of my block placement at my first school. From now on I will be taking complete control over a Year 10 2nd set and a Year 8 lower set, including setting and marking all homeworks and end of unit tests.
For the past week I have felt overwhelmed at the amount of responsibility I am taking on and the feeling of comparative unpreparedness, although today I am relieved by the reduction of lesson observation time, allowing plenty of time to plan, prepare and organise myself.
On Friday I taught my first ever complete solo lesson, observed by the head of maths. Despite feelings of intense nervousness, I managed to stay calm and deliver a coherent lesson, but not one without areas for improvement. In the feedback there was a clear common theme of behaviour management. From keeping the noise level down to giving out more warnings; although this is to be expected for my first lesson. So overall I'm happy with how it went, but I would like to get used to teaching very soon, as there's only so much lack of sleep I can take this term!
As I start to plan lessons for the rest of the week, the main thing brought to my attention is my lack of knowledge about the group. For future reference I've found it is incredibly helpful to know the names of the students, to know the range of levels they're working at, and to know the seating plan. Hopefully these are things I will pick up quicker as I continue teaching.