All entries for November 2010
November 22, 2010
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.
November 08, 2010
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.