So, after a long journey to get onto the Schools Direct course (formerly GTP) – I am now one sixth of the way through. What a five weeks I have had so far, and I am loving every moment! (Please ask me again around the first deadline for the assignment!)
I started teaching Literacy and Mathematics daily, interspersed with PE and Science. I am probably doing slightly more than the course suggests teaching wise, however I am pleased with how it’s going. I had a lot of experience of teaching prior to the course, which has left me confident. A normal day for me over the last five weeks has been:
- Arrive at school at 7am
- Prepare lessons for the day
- Check marking
- Update pupil and class tracking
- Plan lessons for up and coming days
- Children start appearing in schools from 8.15am
- Registration 8:45pm
- Usually it’s either admin time, discussion, reading or assembly
- Literacy starts at 9:10 and runs till 10:10
- Sometimes I have break duty between 10:10 and 10:30
- Followed by Mathematics and sometimes PE
- At 11:30 I am usually finished teaching for the day
- The rest of the day involves marking, observing others, school training programme
- It’s non stop, and then you have an after school club to attend and run most days
- Home at a reasonable 5pm
I am looking forward to spending the next two weeks at University, where we are going to be doing a lot of work based on the NC. I presume that it will be based on the new curriculum.
I had my first three observations over the last weeks, two were from my mentor in Literacy (in which I got a good!) and Mathematics (in which I got a good, with outstanding features). Thursday I had my first joint observation (mentor and university tutor), and it was teaching the conventions of a newspaper to set four (out of 6) literacy. I felt the lesson went very well, and was expecting a good, however was pleasantly surprised to be told it was Outstanding.
What a way to finish my first five weeks teaching. Here’s to the rest of the year.