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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