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September 28, 2010

Maths PGCE First Thoughts

So it's been over a week since we started the course and I have only just become (with the invaluable aid of a free diary/planner from NASUWT) vaguely organised.  This isn't a surprise for me, but apparently the PGCE can get pretty hectic at the best of times so being organised has suddenly become all that more important!!

Yesterday we had our first presentations to a group of around 16 other students.  The presentation was on 'a piece of maths you find interesting'.  I thought I might like to make things as hard as possible for myself, so I chose the topic of 'Algebraic Number Theory' and decided to try and make it accessible to people from various backgrounds of maths, from degree level to A-level.  Having not read much of the feedback yet, it's hard to say how it went.  But from the feedback I have actually read it seems I aimed the presentation at the right level.  This was my main aim as I wanted to make such an abstract topic accessible to everyone.  On the other hand I may have made it too simplistic for those with a degree (or more) in maths, and I don't think I covered enough subject matter.  Other things I need to improve on would probably be my eye-contact and not 'speaking into the board'.  I used to have a problem with not pronouncing my words clearly enough but I think this and my voice projection were quite good.

For tomorrow I have to get a lesson plan ready and I think we'll be analysing where we should have appropriate assessments throughout it.

I quite dislike the cheesiness of writing about what I'm up to in a blog, but also enjoy it when I get into it! Anyway, it's for my course so I have an excuse!


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