Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my massive new venture. I am going to University to train to be a primary school teacher. I will be trained to work with 5-11 year olds. It’s known to be a very, very stressful time so I’m hoping I can channel my thoughts and feelings into a blog post. It gives you an insight into what’s going on in my life and hopefully it’ll be incredibly therapeutic for me. I will NOT be naming any children, schools or teaching staff. I won’t even mention what University I’m at. I hope that’s understandable. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind!
I have spent this week at my school for the next few months! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The school is SO welcoming.
I was nervous to go in, but luckily the staff have welcomed us all so warmly. They’ve been incredibly helpful and I left on Monday feeling incredibly welcome and not at all like a spare part. I’m working in Year 4, where they are 8-9 years old. I am paired with another student, so some of the time we will ‘team teach’ so plan and carry out lessons together. I think that’ll be a great learning experience.
Tuesday was a funny sort of day because we weren’t in the classroom much. We were going through the timetable, policies and procedures with the class teacher. We also had some time to think of lessons that we’ll be doing the week after next.
On Wednesday I spent some more time in the classroom. It was really important for me to get to know the children. I think this will stand me in good stead for when I begin to teach them. I have been given responsibilities this week, but I’m really looking forward to taking leadership and control. There’s a teacher within me itching to get out!
Thursday was another day when I got a lot of uni based tasks completed. It’s been useful to have this preparation week because I feel like I know more about the school, the class and the way it runs rather than going into it blind the week after next. I’ve also spent some time supporting Maths and English. I’ve certainly had my times tables refreshed!
Friday brought a Phonics workshop for prospective parents for children starting school in September. We attended the workshop to learn more about the phonics system used in the school. It was very informative. Later in the day I experienced a violin lesson! It’s not as noisy as I had anticipated and the children seemed to love it!