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Last week of placement 2. Last week of uni to come.

Monday was incredible. I had my triangulation meeting and will be graduating next month as an ‘Outstanding Teacher of English’ in every standard. Incredible. I couldn’t have done any better. I also got all of my reading done so there is very little left for me to do … we’ll see how I manage to fill my time.

Tuesday was also good. I taught my last lesson with year 8. It was ok but not great but I let it go. Mrs H got me some flowers and a card from the kids. They were nice in the end. Next time I definitely need to take the hard behaviour line with a class like that.

Wednesday was good too. Just supervised for two hours and the rest of the time did job preparation. On Thursday I read all day too and on Friday I taught my last lesson and said goodbye. It was a real wrench leaving. I really enjoyed my time there and would definitely go back if I could.

Over this weekend I’m not sure what I’ll do. I’ve done everything. Just prepare for university really and try and get Greg to take me out somewhere.

I feel really sad that this is coming to an end now. I only have one week left of University and then I start my new job for three weeks before summer … I’m really going to miss the support and the friends that I’ve made. I think I’m still processing things to be honest.

Looking forward to our University reunion tomorrow.

TTFN X

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Half Term – Three weeks to go.

Over the weekend we mainly just chilled out. I actually got quite a lot more done than I thought I would but really out of just wanting to do it rather than needing to get it done. I marked both the year 10 and year 8 assessments and organised myself for the coming week.

On Monday I really needed to get out of the house so Greg and I went for a spontaneous walk nearby and ended up having a lovely sandwich in a pub. It was really nice to spend time together and not worry about everything. I feel like I’m managing everything well at the moment.

I do keep feeling a bit ill but I know that’s just because I’m relaxing and ‘on holiday’ it happens every time – feeling woffy, sick and moments of exhaustion. I don’t normally nap during the day but I have been doing recently.

During Tuesday Greg was back at work so I took the opportunity to really get to grips with some things I needed to do. I went to town and took my contract items to be scanned. That all seemed to go fine. I cashed a cheque and went shopping. I got things that I’ve needed for a while and it was nice just to go on my own, spend as much time as I wanted in places without having to worry I’m inconveniencing others. I also got some marking done, the shopping was delivered and I did a whole load of ironing which was to be continued the following day.

Wednesday was a good day. I wasn’t sure what to do with myself and couldn’t really make a plan but anyway I managed to wash my car, dig a bed, do pleanty of assessment marking and catch the sun! It’s been a glorious day and hopefully tomorrow will be the same.

On Thursday my parents came to visit. I had a really good day. I got nice things in for lunch and made a shepherd’s pie for dinner. I was excited to show them how the garden’s progressing, the food we’re growing and my plans for it over the summer. I really wanted to sit out on our new garden furniture and to be able to offer them gin and tonics – like a real adult and we did. It was really nice. I also took them to our local garden centre and my mum and I had naughty cream teas. I had a lovely day.

Friday was a little rainier which was good as a) the garden needed it and b) I needed to sit inside and polish off my assessment marking which went fine. I also had a bash at getting through my campus pack and teachers’ standards evidence which went fine – just time consuming.

Over the weekend my brother was coming to visit which was nice and I hoped that sometime in during the weekend I’d be able to have a go at finishing off my to do list which only consisted of Campus Pack and PSHE admin. They were only type up jobs but they’re the kind of jobs that have been hanging around for ages and keep getting put on the back burner because they’re not that important but nevertheless they need to be done at some point over the next three weeks.

Now that my assignment will be done and handed in this weekend hopefully my weekends will be freeer so I might be able to get things done then.

In other news I got my supply teacher contract through so that’s all official and I should start work in four weeks!

I’m looking forward to going back to school tomorrow but I’m not looking forward to the get up time!

TTFN X

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The Last week – ‘Outstanding’.

Hi Everyone,

On Monday I managed to get my observed lesson plan started and sent for feedback which my CM and I discussed on Tuesday evening and I started my end of placement report form. In the evening I focused on marking year 10 mini mocks.

Tuesday was a hectic day. I managed to finish marking two sets of books and got half of my EOP form done. That needed to be finished by the end of the evening so I had all on to get that and everything else done ready for the turn around.

Wednesday was another full day but managed to get everything done I wanted to. Still, I arrived home with half a class of books to mark and the hope that I’d get the other half done on Thursday afternoon, after my triangulation meeting.

Thursday was my last day at my placement 1 school. I also had my formal observation and my triangulation meeting and I got 1: Outstanding for both. I am so over the moon! In fact I got ‘Outstanding’ for all the teaching standards apart from 4 – Plan and teach well structured lessons and 5 – Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils. So they are definitely something I need to work on however, I feel like I still need to work on all of them but needless to say I’m still over the moon with that result.

On Friday my friend Becky came. It’s the first time she’s visited my house since I moved in with my partner. We gave each other our Christmas presents – she bought me a print from one of my favourite artists Neil Simone – and we had lots of tea and cake and it was such a lovely day. We both really felt like spring is on it’s way.

Over half term I have lots to do such as tidying, filing, reading, job applications, assignment re-submissions, gardening, washing my car, washing, ironing, cooking and getting back in touch with friends – all those things that I haven’t been able to do while working. But first a rest.

This all starts on Monday this weekend I intend to read and relax and reflect and just be myself and do what I want when I want. This morning as a nice start I spotted a buzzard hunting over the fields and being mobbed by other birds. It’s been a while since I spotted anything and it’s made me feel really reassured.

Thank you so much for all of those still sticking with me. I honestly thought at Christmas that I wouldn’t finish this course or this placement but thanks to the support of my wonderful friends and family. I’ve made it this far … half way. Here’s to the next 5 months – wish me luck. No really, wish me luck!

TTFN X

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2 Weeks to go …

Hi Everyone.

Monday was an ok day I taught two lessons and felt fine about it. Then during training in the evening I found out my Grandad died. I had Tuesday off as I was feeling quite delicate but also got loads of work done because I wanted to keep busy but it was comforting to do it with a cup of tea close at hand and in my pjs.

On Wednesday I had a Drama observation first thing which was new for me as I hadn’t actually taught a full drama lesson yet but I was eager to give it a go. Turns out I did really well and it was nearly ‘Outstanding’ I will re-do this lesson next week and make the changes necessary. Hopefully it’ll be outstanding then.

On Thursday I had my three full lessons again and also pretty much finished both schemes of work I was doing – which means I have two weeks worth of lessons to fill. 6 for year 10 and 5 for year 8 but after a meeting with my CM I know what I’m doing and just need to plan them. I also applied for another job – finally.

On Friday I was, of course, at uni and we continued our session on ‘the best lesson I’ve taught so far’ and also some admin on meeting the teachers’ standards. At least I’ve started this but I need to complete it over half term and I also have to make a start on the end of practice form sometime over the next two weeks :/

Over the weekend I need to lesson plan, although I managed to plan 3.5 lesson on Friday leaving only 4 to do.

My formal observation will be next week on Thursday – wish me luck for that.

TTFN

 

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‘Review of Needs’, Reading List, To Do List & Other News.

After sorting everything out for my ‘Review of Needs’ at my Undergraduate University I have now received this email.

Hi Katherine

I just wanted to mention that after you booked in for your DSA assessment, we contacted SFE about changing your assessment from a review assessment to a full assessment.  This is partly due to the length of time since your previous assessment, but also due to the fact that whilst your original assessment was undertaken in 2008 and we took over the centre in 2011 so have no details about your previous assessment, and indeed you were not actually assessed by us. SFE have agreed that this can now be seen as a full assessment.

This will have no bearing whatsoever on your appointment with us, in terms of date/time etc or even how the assessment occurs but I just wanted to let you know.

While this is really frustrating, I’m not going to re-organise to have my assessment at my new University. I’ll just go to the previous one and have done with it.

As regards my ‘to do’ list. There have been some changes.

  • Professional Skills Tests – DONE!!!😀
  • Visit a local Secondary School – I work there.
  • Conduct an audit and draw up an action plan to address an area of weakness – Completed.
  • Begin to address subject specific work suggestions – Tied in nicely with the Audit and action plan.
  • General course reading – I have now completed 2/3 of the set texts and am now moving on to ‘Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience’.
  • Familiarise myself with the Teaching Standards and the National Curriculum – I learnt these for interview.
  • Sign up for ‘useful websites’ – I have been doing this as and when an opportunity presents itself.

I am happy that I’ve made a really good start with all of these things and while it seemed like a mountain to climb a month ago, at present I only have the last book on my reading list to get through. Of cause when that is finished I’ll revisit my pre-course information and see what else I can brush up on. I won’t sit idle. I’m pretty sure there’ll be something to occupy my at least up until Summer, which is only just over 100 days to go … not that I’m counting.

In other news the spare room/office at Greg’s is drying as week speak and should be finished by the end of the week – ready for us to order the furniture (pictures to follow) and also I have received confirmation …

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In a way this feels like a bit of an anticlimax as I’ve known that I’ve been going for a while and been doing all this work towards it, I guess having it confirmed should be somewhat of a relief but with everything else that’s going on I haven’t really thought about it.

 

 

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Pre-Course Information!

What a day! So after an impromtue evening out for Mother’s Day on Sunday I came home to an email sitting in my inbox.

PGCE Secondary Pre-Course Information – NOW AVAILABLE‏!

Being a glass or two glasses of wine down I only skimmed the email to get a gist of the contents and duly forwarded it to my work email for printing this morning. I got to work early and printed all the documents, I even managed to read and highlight them all in and amongst work, students and classes.

The first thing to do was fill out some forms and email them to my course tutor which I’ve done this evening. I then found out the timetable of what’s to come.

  • Friday 2nd September – Enrolment
  • Monday 5th September – Programme commences (8.30 for 9.00 am start)
  •  26th September – 30th September – Induction week
  • 26th September – 13th October – Professional Practice 1
  • 3rd October – 8th December (Monday-Thursday) – Phase 1A Placement (a gradual move from observation to planning and teaching)
  • 3rd January – 23rd February  (Monday-Thursday) –Phase 1B Placement (developing competence in planning, teaching and assessment)
  • 13th March and 31st March – Professional Practice 2
  • 13th March – 17th March – Induction and Preparation
  • 20th March – 23rd June – Practice 2 Placement (consolidating competence and addressing areas in which to excel)
  • 26th June – 7th July – NQT preparation period
  • 7th July – End of Programme

So that’s what you’ve got to look forward to! :p

Now, here’s a list of the things I either need to do or have done. Having written it, I now realise that I need to prioritise it. I’m not convinced that even between now and September, with having a full time job and moving house that I’ll be able to have it all done so I’ve colour coded it Green – must do, Amber – do if possible and Red – do if I’ve done everything else because either I’ve already done it once, it won’t take too long or I can do it ‘on the job’.

  • Professional Skills Tests DONE!!! 😀
  • Visit a local Secondary School – I work there.
  • Conduct an audit and draw up an action plan to address an area of weakness. If you remember I was concerned about starting because I wasn’t sure if I was going to have to do in ‘en-course’ but it sounds like they want me to make a start so after I’ve finished ‘Teaching English: Developing as a Reflective Secondary Teacher’ I’ll make a start on that.
  • Begin to address subject specific work suggestions, now, when I received my interview feedback, the only thing they specified that I needed to work on was “Candidate is continuing to develop her Language Subject Knowledge. We would recommend that you also spend time looking at how teachers break down aspects of grammar for teaching at KS3 in preparation for your own teaching.” So that’s something I need to begin to address. My dyslexia is always going to be there which puts me at a disadvantage when it comes to spelling, punctuation and grammar and there can be no excuses for that but it’s certainly something that I will always have to  work at improving. I think that this will tie in nicely to the Audit and the action plan to address an area of weakness  though (see above) which makes me feel like it’s a bit more manageable: addressing four jobs on one.
  • General course reading, which I feel like I’ve made a good start on with ‘Teaching English …’, the revision guides and the exam syllabus that I researched for my interview but I’ll revisit them if I have time and also read some more general children’s literature and literature on the curriculum including Shakespeare. Having done an English Literature degree I feel that I’m pretty well up on Shakespeare and literature in general. I also took a British Children’s Literature module so some of the texts they suggested I’ve already read some of which I haven’t.
  • Familiarise myself with the Teaching Standards and the National Curriculum I learnt these for interview.
  • Sign up for ‘useful websites’ such as: Sec ed; Ofsted; The Times Educational Supplement (I even looked into subscribing but I couldn’t believe how much it was going to cost!) and The Guardian. They’ve asked me to keep abreast of current developments which I certainly did for my interview but I really don’t have the time or money to be buying these every week so I’m hoping that with all the other prep I’m doing and working in a school will keep me as up to date as is needed.

I have a lot to do. First things first. I’ll finish reading ‘Teaching English: Developing as a Reflective Secondary Teacher’ because I only have two chapters left and then I’ll make a start on my skills audit. Let’s see how that goes for now.

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