Over the holidays I had a goal setting conversation with my teaching mentor about goal setting for the next Teaching Experience.
During my first TE my areas of strength identified during my appraisals were:
- Taking on feedback
- Using evidence to inform teaching
- Classroom management
- Use of ICT in teaching
Areas for development:
- Being clearer with communication with learners around learning intentions, also giving effective formative feedback.
- Making the most of ‘teachable moments.’
- Time management.
- Asking for direction and guidance from associate.
- Literacy – yet to teach any English classes.
I know that making the most of teachable moments is impacted on with time management. During my last Teaching Experience the thought zooming through my brain was ‘ZOMG how am I going to keep the students interested and engaged all day’ rather than realizing that actually time zips by and there’ s a risk that while watching the clock you miss out on those moments when they occur.
English worries me as I haven’t yet put theory into practice. I think I will have a steep learning curve when I go back into the classroom in this area. However the flip side of not teaching any English classes is that I’ve had 3 weeks of teaching almost exclusively teaching maths so that would probably be another area of strength.
I suppose it is a good sign that I take on feedback so if I ask for it a bit more often then I should be well on track for having a great Teaching Experience.
My goals for Teaching Experience 2 are:
- Being proactive with my associate by making sure that I regularly check in to seek specific feedback.
- Check in halfway through my teaching experience on the relationship with associate so that I can make the most of my learning opportunities
- Getting associate’s help with putting literacy theory into practice
- Sit down and get feedback from associate about learning intentions and get feedback afterwards on lesson
Definitely run with ‘excited’. They will be lucky to have you:-)
Thanks for your kind comment Karen, sometimes this learning to be a teacher thing involves a huge rollercoaster of emotions!