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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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