Monthly Archives: October 2008

Day Six – Placement One

Highlight of the day: One lesson to observe therefore plenty of time to finish those all important focus tasks. Some of the students have finally started to recognise me and have stopped mistaking me for a sixth former. Observed a year 10 lesson, finally a meeting with the ITT coordinator. Persistently approached host teachers and mentors to get the all noteworthy data required to decipher over half term.

Activities undertaken today

Observation of the year 10 lesson; although now gradually they are developing more into supporting sessions with the students which inadvertendly gives a better insight, as I will be asked to take over the lesson. It also provides an indication of the shrewdness and craftiness required with that specific class and certain SPECIFIED students.

As half term is right upon us, gathered essential information in regards to the the expectations and work that the subjective host teacher might have. No surprises that the only teachers that were prepared and aware of this transition were the two mentors which will also morph into the role of host teachers. One of the teachers’, I still havent met yet and the other one; although mentions that there is tonnes of work they would like for me everytime we talk, has failed to provide me with any assistance or information in regards to this.

The best way to deal with this issue is to heavily rely on this beautiful thing known to us mere mortals as e-mail. Besides the small glitch all the information now is safetly stored in a spreadsheet.

A meeting with the ITT coordinator has revealed further information on how to completely renovate ourselves into replicas of actual teachers such as dealing with duties and many more voluntary things that we should do.

In regards to lesson planning over the holidays, the mentors have provided us with details on how to get a hold of them therefore any additional queries or glitches that might arise in the midst can be settled.

Short Term Plan: Finish all focus tasks.
Medium Term Plan : Start lesson planning for the weeks to come.
Long Term Plan : Thoroughly going over QTS standards and learning theories that might be linked to ICT.

“Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.”
G.M.Travelyan

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Day Five – Placement One

Today is the day when host teachers believe that I am suitable to be unleashed on creatures that are else wise known as students. Today is the day of the plenary.Despite other very fundamental activities that were occurring around school, my plenary seemed to take precedence over everything else; in my world.

Activities undertaken today
Initially observed a fellow colleague who was equally as nervous as myself, deliver a plenary on publisher, which was done with great bravery and poise setting the bar tremendously high for myself.  Next lesson, met the year & group I will be teaching publisher to after half term.

Received advice from the host teacher regarding the delivery of the first lesson back, the advice included significant information such as enforcing a seating plan, thinking of the rewards and sanction policy and some details about myself so their curiosity is dealt with initially.

Now the nerves were in over drive as it was time to do my plenary to year 8s on spreadsheets. A quiz on spreadsheets was created which was to test the prerequisite knowledge of the students, since I was unaware of the name of the students, a randomiser was created with the class list inserted in the spreadsheet which randomly choose a student to answer the quiz question. Before delivering the plenary I picked upon the naughtiest child to press the button to generate the name on the laptop. ( The laptop was there as a contingency plan as the formula would not work on office 2000. Yes that’s correct . Office 2000 latest version).  Feeling my heart pound within my chest, I managed to stay composed whilst delivering my plenary. Overall the plenary went well and received praise from the host teacher and some feedback on how to improve it.

Finally a sense of relief.

Short Term Plan: Information about lessons to come.
Medium Term Plan: Discuss the lessons that need to be taught after half term.
Long Term Plan: Learning Theories.

‘You see things and say ‘Why’? But I see things and say ‘Why not?’
G.B Shaw

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Day Four – Placement One

Gradually, settling in to the new environment. Surprisingly don’t get lost too often although still cant remember the special code used to enter the sacred place; toilets.Routine as usual, firstly a visit to my extraordinary form group that manages to conjure up; immensely quickly, bad feedback from other teachers.

As my mentor distributed the timetables today, structure was in order, a sense of direction swept over me, which was soon taken away when I was told that they were only temporary.

Activities undertaken today
Observing a year 7 lesson where myself and a collegue were offered an opportunity by our mentor, to dive at the deep end and attempt to do a plenary for tomorrow. The plenary had to include keywords used for spreadsheets and making the activity interactive. Ideas were brainstormed to deduced the best approach necessary to convey this information to the students.

Prior to creating the resources, it was essential to gather information in regards to the topic, the class and the specific ability group that the plenary would be addressed to.

Short Term Plan : To create resources for the plenary. Finish a lesson plan.
Medium Term Plan: To finsh all the focus tasks for wednesday.
Long Term Plan : Get information about the lesson that need to be
taught after half term so lesson plans can be written up during
the two week break from school.

Target for Tuesday
Deliver the plenary and get feedback from mentor.
Play around with the animation suite for the lower ability.

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”
                                                                Albert Einstein

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Day Three – Placement One

A normal day (As normal as it can be). Started off with a mini briefing by the mentor, then off to the designated form group. Observed pastoral duties and witness my first disruptive student being punished. Viewed a Year 7 lesson in progression and then focused upon the various focus tasks. To wrap the day up, an insightful meeting with the ITT coordinator.

Activities undertaken today

Observing another year 7 lesson that is covering the same topic, reinforced the numerous aspects of the lesson that are neglected and missed the first time around as other dynamics of the lesson are emphasised upon.  Whilst the students’ were engaged in their specified task, both mentors answered any queries myself and a colleague had regarding various focus tasks and about the differentiation required between the range of students in each year group.

Most of the emphasis today was indicating, identifying and recording the assorted focus tasks which required acting upon the three keywords.

Short Term Plan : To finish most of the focus tasks.
Medium Term Plan : To finish all the focus task for next Friday.
Long Term Plan : Start thinking about lesson planning for the specified topic assigned by the mentors.

Target for Monday  – Ask mentor regarding FT2, F13,F14. Plan scheme of work for the low ability
group(animation suite).

“Don’t try to innovate for the future. Innovate for the present.”
Peter Drucker

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Day Two – Placement One

The day was a bit more structure providing a sense of direction.

Hilarious Teacher. A curriculum for very low ability students. home made lunch. timings. pastoral activities. taking attendance. helping students with work. finding out about the school hierarchy. Lesson plan for publisher year 7. Observing lessons. No office 2007. Only 2000. Digressing.

Short Term Plan: Take part in pastoral duties.
Medium Term Plan: Finish focus tasks.
Long Term Plan:QTS.QTS.QTS.

A belief is not a belief until you can visualize it, unless you can create a picture of it in your minds eye, especially if you have no doubts that reality can be – or is – possible.
Hedley Beare Aust Educationalist

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First Day – Placement One

Utter confusion to say the least. New school with a building which could easily be a fantastic place for crystal maze. On the up and up mentors are fantastic extremely helpful and since both of them finished their pgce just a few years back their knowledge regarding the QTS standards, focus tasks, IDP, absolutely impeccable.

Activities undertaken today
Lesson observations consisted of a year 12 group and a year 9 group with every student part of the SEN programme. Being assigned a form group to understand pastoral duties.

The day mostly consisted of another ITT teacher and I to get the gist of the varying ability groups and a strong need for differentiation. It was also to view how experienced teachers deal with the groups and diverse range of situations that are obsolete to adults.

These observations were insightful and good for preliminary judgement of the type of groups we might be taking, therefore to be prepared to practice a variety of teaching and behaviour tactics.

As a set timetable had not been allocated it was difficult to roam around in a haphazard manner, understanding the structure of the school and schedule whilst being, lost.

Short Term Plan      : To find out where to be the next day. Remembering allocated form group.
Medium Term Plan  : To complete all the focus tasks within the two-week observing window.
Long Term Plan      : To start linking everything to the QTS standards.

 

“Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus.”
                                                 Edward de Bono

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Day Before Placement

Anticipation and curiosityare two words that best describe the mental state of the events yet to come[More precisely tomorrow]. The uncertainty mixed with the thrill of being completely eradicated from the accustomed surroundings is definitely making things more interesting and yet hell of a lot more challenging.

“There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns;that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns–the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”
                                                                       Donald Rumsfeld

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