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November 16, 2010

Thank you Lord for the invention of De–Icer

Coming live, from the Myton Science FAC OFF, on this slightly foggy, chilly, grey, depressing Tuesday morning.....

I'm feeling rather jolly. Worked pretty hard yesterday, but I've churned out half a dozen lesson plans during the day and evening, and have come up with a scheme of work for my year 7 class to teach them circuits. Here, they squeeze KS3 into years 7 and 8, so I have 6 lessons to teach the topic instead of the recommended 10 or so. And of course there is the real issue of working out what they already know. The class have come from 10 different primary schools so they will have potentially very different experiences and understanding. Lesson 1 will be completely based on finding out what they know. Then we'll go from there.

Also got my plans together for my Thursday observation now, which is good I guess. Will eb practicing the demos and experiments in my weekly mentor meeting tonight. These meetings are becoming a lot more practical based, doing different experiments to improve my repetoire and understanding of certain topics. If you are struggling for things to discuss, I'd recommend looking at specific lesson plans / experiments etc and getting advice from your mentor. They've no doubt taught it a 100 times before, so we may as well use that resource of knowledge and experience?

This Thursday, along with my observation and debrief session, includes the first time I would have solo taught 4 lessons in a day. Guess this will be my first real glimpse/indication into the highs and lows of full time fully-qualified teaching. And that will be followed by a GCSE revision class I'll be doing (my turn on the rota) and then the school production of Cinderella, starring half of my form group. Should be a quality day?!?

Ok, I'm off to find Frank Lampard and sort out his leg injury. We miss him badly...... I miss him badly :-)


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