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January 28, 2011

I am Exhall–sted this week.

Well that was a manic week....

In total I was observed 3 times by a variety of people. The feedback was often critical, at times constructive, and surprisingly conflicting. Over the three lessons, I have been too safe, as well as being commended for my creativity and brave lesson plan. I have been told a real asset is my assertive discipline, and also that I am too soft on low level disruption. I was also told my modelling was exceptional, instructions clear, and in another lesson my instructions were not suitable and short of detail.....

So yeah, an interesting week. It is expected that each person has their own take on what is good and not, and my subject mentor clarified that I just need to tweak a little here and there and bring all the components together. So that's what I am working on next week.

Had a really good session at Uni today, Gill was great. Not sure she enjoyed the hug I gave her to create a diversion whilst I changed the slides, but we needed the info! Will definitely be looking to introduce some of those ideas into a lesson this week.

The Exhall Grange visit was fantastic and the school was quite an inspiration. I have never taken down so many notes, and there were so many little things that they do in modifying equipment to make it functional for all, it was class. My mum heads up SEN in Solihull, and used to in Warwickshire, so through her glowing reports I knew Exhall was going to great. It was a great training day, so well done Warwick for sorting it. However good that was, Alison's driving there was not that good :-)

One other thing to reflect on. Teaching when ill. I've been feeling pretty rough the last two days and had pretty busy days (4 lessons each day) too. I took on elesson at a time, and tried my hardest not to use my voice. Getting students to read important text from the slides you present seems to work well. The class were much more willing to listen to a peer than me! And I guess this would promote literacy in Science, so perhaps a simple way of getting that standard ticked?

Anyways, job applications to complete, and about a 1000 lesson plans to write and prepare for.

Have a good weekend guys and girls!

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