Reflections on Week 52
This week has been far more chilled than the last! I've gotten used to the routine and of what is expected of us. I've met so many fantastic people who I'm looking forward to working with more!
I've learnt a lot this week. Firstly, my subject knowledge. I know a lot of maths. I like maths. So much so, that I don't need to be told why I'm learning it, what it's used for or what it relates to because I'm interested in it in it's own right. I've found this week that this is something major that I need to work on, as a lot of people need to know why for something to have any meaning to them. Robert W-P has especially picked up on uses of maths, and actually, it's fascinating! Ellipses for example. I have never known, or cared to find out, why those two dots we draw in them are called focal points. Now I know, and it's pretty cool! I'm now working on finding cool uses of maths from all areas of the syllabus. I've been flicking through a book "Maths in Action" which has given me a few ideas.
Last week I struggled with priorities. I've got much better at that. I only do reading the morning it is for, so I don't forget it and find I need to read it again! I underline print outs as I go. For books, I write a summary as I go. I make a real effort to do these quickly, as once I get to the end I realise I could restructure it in a much better way and have to resist the temptation to do so or I'd be there all day! I'm making a big effort to round off all the work we do in sessions at the time. Last week I ended up with odds and ends to finish off later as we'd spent too long faffing around at the very start. We've got pretty good at working as a team and so have completed some pretty decent work together.
On Monday I do my first proper bit of teaching. On Monday I go into my first school. As it happens, these are completely independent events. In the morning we go into school to do observations on questioning. In the afternoon we are back at university and I get to practice teaching on my lovely co-PGCEers (what a great word!). There are 3 topics - complex numbers, matrices and proof by induction. The cohort will be split into 3 groups and will get to spend an hour on each topic, rotating around all three. 2 people were chosen to teach each topic, and I was one of the ones chosen to teach Proof by Induction. I initially panicked. My brain mocked me by thinking up fun things to do with the other topic and coming up blank for mine. We were told on Friday to teach it for Monday. I didn't even know the person I have to teach with. Luckily, it turned out to be someone pretty cool, who lived nearby and who is free at the weekend. We met up yesterday and put together a decent plan in 2 hours. Easy-peasy :p.
I have more to say about this as I really discovered the importance of objectives as we wrote it. But I'm struggling to explain how without giving the game away so I'll have to come back to that after Monday!