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November 19, 2010

Cinderella ella ella ella ey ey

Well I think this week I have worked for £4.57 per hour.....

Not sure when I last blogged, no doubt it was an epic read full of hilarity and insightfulness. This is a reflection of the last two days....

So Thursday, I think, represented my first really proper day as a full on teacher. Year team meeting prior to school, then I was taking registration with my awesome form group. Lesson 1 I was teaching some year 8's, space exploration was the topic. Lesson 2 was A-level intervention. Lesson 3 I was teaching year 9's, and was observed by my Warwick subject tutor. Lunch and lesson 4 was the debrief, with lesson 5 seeing me take over my new year 7 class for the first time, teaching them circuits! Galaxy Minstrels really won them over. After school I was on the GCSE revision class rota, with 5 very hard-working girls, and 4 boys.... All this was completed wearing 'all black, with a splash', a science department team building exercise. My splash of colour was my bright yellow shoes I own. Went down a storm! Was a good little exercise, all bar one remembered to do it! The day was rounded off with a Dominos Pizza in the staff room followed by going to the school's production of Cinderella, starring quite a few of my form group. I was so proud :-) It was pretty hilarious, and I was really impressed with the effort put in by all the students and staff involved.

Going back to my observed lesson, I think the best part of it, which perhaps I have been poor at previously, was being able to evaluate what I did, and what went well and what I would aim to improve. It was unanimous that an explanation I did between me, my subject mentor, and tutor, that an explanation I gave of the experiment I set the class, was too quick, but I was able to identify the problem quite soon into the practical and correct the misconceptions. I did get some very good ideas from my debrief, about trying to draw on the class' emotions and make them realise how useful this information is I am giving them, and how it is applicable to everyday life. Also I was made aware I should not make a practical more different than it has to be. I will consider that in the future!

Today's session at Warwick was cool. Made a poster of a SHEEP, and also did a bit of acting and poetry. Just a standard day of Core training!

Have a good weekend.

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