Weekly Reflection: Teaching (Re)Experienced

One thing I’ve noticed about being on placement is that the week just zips by. On Monday morning I was trying to find my way to the brand-spanking new classroom I would be completing my Teaching Experience and all of a sudden it was Friday and I was saying goodbye to the class.

I had some trepidation about venturing in a year 1/2 class and am willing admit that juniors challenging at times but they are quite delightful. So yes this isn’t my first choice of age group to teach, but being in an awesome school with a great environment are now far more important to me than the age of the children in the classroom. There’s a good chance that out in the workplace I’m not going to get my ideal year group in my ideal school and it’s up to me to make it work so I might as well start at placement.

Natural to compare this placement with my previous one and while they are both different but I can see how they are complimentary to me learning.

  • Probably a bit more of a big picture thinker with a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude to details. With juniors the details matter,  this is good for my learning.
  • Literacy is one of my weak teaching points, with juniors I’m getting lots of practice teaching reading and writing. This is good for my learning.
  • Time management was a bit of an issue for me last placement, with juniors it is important to keep an eye on the time because it can easily get away on you. This is good for my learning.

There are three student teachers at my school who all come from different institutions. I feel very fortunate to have a great Associate Teacher and have somehow have ended up with a leader again. So yes this placement is gearing up to be a cracker however right now I’m feeling a bit the worse for wear.

After a full day of teaching on Friday I launched myself into a massive cake decorating mission for my sister’s baby shower followed up with #educampakl on Saturday. I am now paying the price for taking on too much as my throat is feeling a  tickly and I’m a bit feverish. I have to keep reminding myself that I need to pace myself for a marathon rather than a sprint.

Right someone pass the orange juice!

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