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Last week of uni and preparing for work!

Monday was great. It was strange and lovely to see everyone again. There were just over 20 of us and we started out with just under 40 of us …

Tuesday was raining and I wasn’t looking forward to carting my folders over to university in the rain but it was ok. The conference was kind of useful and my tutorial was a success. All signed off and only have to go in for Friday! Amazing.

Wednesday I wasn’t due in to uni so I had a little lie in, although Greg needed to go to work, and I had booked a haircut. So I got up, showered and went off. It feels so much better to have a fresh cut for work on Monday. I called my new school but information was not very forthcoming. I got quite a lot of admin stuff done and made a start on my massive pile of ironing!

Thursday was also a free day so I spent the majority of it baking lemon drizzle.

I finally heard from the school I’m starting at on Monday and learnt that I have 3 lessons to teach on Monday – two year 7, set 2 and 3 and one bottom set year 9. I’ll be teaching report writing and analysis of Lady Macbeth’s A4 S3 soliloquy (except there isn’t a Lady Macbeth soliloquy in that scene … she said the famous one so I’m assuming it’s Act 1, Scene 5. But who knows really. Apparently I also have a year 8 class who are studying poetry from other cultures and traditions but I don’t have them on Monday. It sounds like I might have my own classroom … but again not sure. She doesn’t think I have a form but she’s going to check and email me …

Friday I was in uni due in a conference all day. It was goodbye and yet I knew I would see everyone again in three weeks. It was a really strange experience but not I’m just focusing on getting myself prepared for work on Monday.

Over this weekend I’m going home to see my dad. I feel like I’ve not seen him for ages and really want to take the dogs for a walk and chill as much as possible and it’ll take my mind off things so that I’m not stressing too much.

I’ve decided to keep this blog running at least until the summer holidays so that those who’re interested can see what my experience of induction is like.

TTFN X

 

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The First (short) Week Back.

On Monday I woke up and got lots of housework done. I’d taken down the tree and all the decorations the previous day. I don’t much like having them up after New Year and take them down as soon as possible. I also got some assignment and job application done.

Over the next week I planned to work on lessons during the day, during my free periods and work on my assignment in the evenings and weekend. I’d also found a job to apply for which was nearly done – it just needed cutting down.

Tuesday was quite a relaxed day as I had two free periods and a meeting – so only two lessons to observe, nevertheless I felt anxious. I used the time to print what I had to do and go over my two lessons for the next day. I also planned what I was going to do when in my free periods.

After school in my meeting my timetable was edited to give me some more free time which has made me feel a little bit better. I’m closer to teaching 50% now than I thought.

During Wednesday I was due to deliver two lessons but the drama teacher was ill and had set written cover work so I actually had quite a lot of time to do planning. I delivered a year 10 lesson which went fairly well and progressed a lot with my work. I have had an awful lot of email to attend to and admin to do which means I finished late but I felt less anxious afterwards and hope I can stay afloat till the evening.

On Thursday, like Wednesday, I delivered two lessons. I actually really enjoyed them and anxiety was kept to a minimum. I also felt like people at school responded to me better. A good day.

On Friday I was back at uni, which was nice. We had a conference on assessment which could have been really dull but we had some excellent speakers. I also managed to get a bit of lesson planning done.

Over the weekend I intend to work on my assignment for the most part and get my job application sent off.

TTFN

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Uni all week.

This week I’ve been in Uni all week.

On Monday I had a really good day. I had a couple of lectures on catering for the more able and  EAL pupils but also finished my assignment and wrote 500 words of the next as well as spending time socialising with my course mates.

On Tuesday we had no sessions but I did have my tutorial with my course leader. I also spent the morning in uni working on my Subject Knowledge Assignment with my course mates and met Greg for lunch. In the afternoon I caught up with some admin and got on with my subject knowledge assignment.

During Wednesday I had a completely free day. I spent it tidying up my lesson plans and jazzing up my presentations. It sounds silly but just by doing that it makes me feel like I’m being more myself and giving more of me to them. I’m now really looking forward to teaching these lessons and I feel like I’ll be more myself and at ease when I’m doing it. I’ve also re-arranged some lessons to allow time for a visitor to come in and talk to the pupils about the armed forces (which ties into the action adventure topic).

On Thursday I went to a ‘Secondary Partnership Conference’ which was really informative and useful. I now feel like I have more of a grip on the type of school I want to work for.

On Friday we had an employment and SEN lecture then we handed in our Critical Reflection Assignments and got back out Planning Assignments. I got a level 7 (masters level) commendation (one below a distinction) so I was very happy with that.

Over the weekend I intend to chill, clean and catch up with house jobs. Maybe a bit of preparatory planning/editing but all in all I’ve had a good week. I just love being at University.

Next week I’m off again but will be still working on my assignments and planning. Let’s see what I get up to.

TTFN X

 

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Up and down but feeling more settled.

On Monday I delivered a starter with the Y10s. The starter went really well but the plenary was rubbish. After school I had a meeting that went on until 5.20 so I didn’t get home till gone 6.

On Tuesday I had my meeting with my CM which was good. I had some really positive feedback and some good pointers however, she did ask me to plan pretty much half a lesson with less than two days notice … that was a pain but I got it done although that meant working till 8.

During Wednesday I gave my Drama starter that also went really well. I observed a really great lesson with year 11 doing a carousel which they really bought into. I also observed some modelling of annotating an extract which was really useful considering that’s what I’m going to do with the year 10s next week – I’m looking forward to that one.

On Thursday I had a less good day. My year 7 starter and lesson didn’t go very well. The pupils just didn’t get it but I also I don’t think I explained myself very well … something I really need to work on – explaining clearly enough and pitching it at the right level. On the other hand I’m trying not to beat myself up too much. A part of me feels that no matter how well I explained myself a majority of them wouldn’t have understood.

On Friday I was back at uni we had our cross curricular conference day which was good and then, after handing in our assignments, we were allowed to go at 12 so I had a long lunch with a friend and came home to catch up on filing and all the other little jobs that I’ve been meaning to do like backing up my files.

On Saturday I’ve planned to do some more planning (surprise, surprise!) and we have an engagement celebration meal in Liverpool which I’m looking forward to. Hopefully Sunday will be a day of absolute chill, providing I get this planning done.

Until next week, TTFN X

P.S I also found out I got 88% on my first assignment – feeling really pleased about that.

 

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The first week.

I can’t quite believe we’re here already. What has happened this week I certainly wasn’t expecting. I’ll get straight into it.

Monday – I was expecting to wake up at the crack of dawn but actually, given how well the drive on Monday had gone, I was fairly relaxed. I think that part of me was in such a state of shock that I was actually doing this that it forgot to feel nervous. I woke up just before 7 and got ready without a hitch to leave at 8. I was at uni by 8.15. Enough time to walk down to the Education building for 8.30 and meet with my course tutor. I got everything out and took everything in as people arrived over the next half an hour and then we got started.

We had an introduction talk by our tutor for half an hour where we were given lots of handbooks and then we had our first ‘Reflective Professional Practice’ session with the course leader until lunch time. We then had a two hour lunch, which gave us time to sit and talk with some of our colleagues and one girl, Becky and I went to the library to geek it up. Then housekeeping for the rest of the day. Nice and relaxed.

I arrived home early, hot and … invigorated. I had lots to read, file and organise but felt really confident in the abilities of my tutors and the course. I managed to do quite a lot of, what initially felt like, an unreasonable amount of admin for the first day but not as much as I had wanted as a couple of friends of ours had got engaged and wanted us to go out for a drink or two.

Tuesday – Was much the same although I set off 5 minutes later and did notice a small difference with the amount of tail back on the way. God knows what it will be like after next week when all the other students arrive back. Thank goodness I have somewhere else to park *fingers crossed*.

The morning session was ‘What is English’ followed by ‘Introduction to Learning Services’ in the afternoon. This is when I began to feel a bit overwhelmed by how much I have to read as we were handed curriculums and frameworks and lecturers kept dropping in, just read this, document and that policy and do this admin … Once I got home I had to push back myself imposed stop time form 8 to 9 but I know I definitely do need that hour before bed to decompress.

Wednesday – Was the ‘RPP Conference’ covering legal issues and safeguarding. All day. I’ll be honest I was dreading this one. It could have been really dry in a very hot hall but the lecturer kept up a good pace which made it accessible. By the end of it I also felt quite good about my level of pre-existing knowledge, having read the Prevent Strategy, Fundamental British Values and other safeguarding things at my previous school but once again (you guessed it) there was a lot to read!

Thursday – I was really looking forward to. The sessions were ‘Reading should be fun’ in the morning and ‘Introduction to SMART technology’ in the afternoon. SMART technology was really very useful and I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to practise. The session also ended early which I was really grateful for as it meant I could do some serious catching up on reading.

I did have a small breakdown in the evening though and ended up emailing my tutor for some guidance. In the end I got lots done, in no small part due to the fact that one of our friends came round to make us dinner. He also insisted I have a glass of wine with the meatballs which helped and then I went back up stairs while the boys went to the pub. After that I had a small break through! (Perhaps it was the wine.) I found a text for our first assignment which I’m now really excited to write.

Friday – The sessions were ‘Grammar: Back to Basics’ which I was looking forward to as it’s one of my areas of weakness. I talked to my tutor about feeling overwhelmed and she pretty much said “Chill out!”, that all the reading I was given I didn’t have to do now – they were for reference later and that I was probably well ahead of the game. I know that’s logical but it did make me feel so much better. I really want to be the best that I can be and not to disappoint her or myself.

After uni on Friday I pretty much packed up all my stuff and Greg and I traveled to my mum’s house where I’m spending the weekend and where I am now. I’m sat on their sofa with my laptop and my cat is snoring next to me. It’s nice.

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Magic ❤

One thing that Pete said to us on Friday is try to have at least one day a weekend where you do nothing – that is sacred and I’m going to stick to that. I think that day for me will be tomorrow as my brother is coming to join us for a games day. I’m really looking forward to being all together and being looked after so that I’m really ready to really hit it next week. God knows where I’ll be by the end of it!

I just want to say that while some could say that this blog is a waste of my time – considering how much I have to do and I’m sure at times I’ll agree with them, but I love writing and in particular I love writing this blog. It gives me a chance to consolidate what’s happened over the past week and how far I’ve come and progressed and what I can do better next week. It is one of those vital times when I can do what I want for me which must become sacred over this period.

I am so grateful for my friends who have offered those ‘unwelcome’ interruptions this week. They’ve forced me to pause and come out of myself for an hour which I think has been so beneficial and something that I’ve never had before. In particular Anton, thank you for bringing meatballs to me ❤ Forever grateful.

TTFN X

 

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