My First Placement

 

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I am fast approaching the end of my first placement, and I couldn’t be more devastated. I have adored every minute and I could not have asked for a better class, class teacher, or partner to be on my placement with.

The school itself is a Church of England school and it is heartwarming to see so many children getting involved-including those from different faiths. I couldn’t be more pleased to see that none of the parents excluded their children from the RE or worship lessons, it really gave the school a unified, diverse feel. The behaviour of the children is impeccable, and the staff are fantastic. My first impression of the headteacher really set the tone for my whole placement, never before have I seen such an active role being taken, even down to menial tasks such as photocopying. I sense genuine passion from the headteacher and being a part of the school for two months made it clear to me that this filtered down to all members of staff. I also have to commend the teaching assistants, the work they do goes above and beyond any other assistants I have seen-they are truly invaluable to the school and their classes.

As for the other student I was on my placement with, I couldn’t have wished for better. It is so lovely to feel so comfortable in a school with a person just as eager as you are to do the best for the children and to bounce creative ideas off. We discussed everything from the education system, politics, Pinterest, and our love for what we are going into. Having somebody beside you to split the workload, offer help any and every time and to be happy to do the same for them is really great, especially on your first placement.

The children come from a variety of different backgrounds and I feel privileged to have been a part of their education even if only for a short time. Their personalities are absolutely at their peak and no two children are the same. If I could give any advice with regards to the children it would definitely be to talk with them and really get to know them-this helps when it comes to guiding their behaviour, knowing how to engage them in class, and where to place them in mixed ability groups to benefit everybody.

My placement has taught me a lot about different children, my opinions on the education system, what to expect from a great school, and most importantly myself. I have found what I am supposed to be doing, and I have found my purpose. If you have read my previous posts you will see that I have recently rejoined my long desired path of teaching, and following my heart was the best thing I have ever done. I could never imagine loving or finding another job as much as I do this one. I’ll be honest when I’m lying in my warm, comfy bed I remember how much I hate early mornings, but as soon as I’m on my way to school I am filled with nothing but excitement and positivity thinking of what the day will bring.

If you have any feelings/stories from your own placement or teaching experience or have any questions please feel free to message me privately or comment. Feel free to follow my blog, and my various social media accounts: TES, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest.

In my next post I will be discussing cheap and easy gifts to make or buy for your 30 surrogate children for the end of the year, and gifts for teachers/teaching assistants as a thank you (if you’re a student teacher).

Maths Resource Set!

First of all I’d like to introduce you to my latest TES resource upload: Year 6 Geometry-Properties of Shapes. This resource comes complete with the lesson plan (with learning objectives and outcomes, starter, main activity, timings, worksheets/task lists and differentiated worksheets/task lists). This set can be found here.

Year 6 Geometry

 

There is also a free ‘taster’ of the activity itself here, the worksheet/task list does fit best with it’s differentiated counterpart as well as with the lesson plan, however it could be used on its own if given the right context.

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Another TES Resource Uploaded!

How and with who you work bestWhat you'd like your teacher to knowYour favourite genre and things to doWhat you'd like to achieveWhat you need most help with (1)

I have today uploaded my 8th TES resource. This most recent resource is much like the previously uploaded Rainforest theme resources in terms of the detail. The resource is made up the lesson plan itself (with learning objectives, outcomes, materials, activity description and timings, links to other areas of the curriculum, new vocabulary, and science process skills). The subject is Science and the topic is Uses of Everyday Materials, the Year Group this resource is for is Year 2.

Please feel free to follow this link to purchase and download it (currently there is a TES sale so it’s cheaper than the original price), and there are also a variety of other resources (some of which are FREE) of mine that can be found on TES here. You can also just type in ‘amy092’ into the search bar.

I would greatly appreciate any and all reviews on any of my resources that are currently up and on there, so if you could find a spare minute to leave a quick review I would be very grateful!

End of Term!

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We’ve reached the Easter Holidays and I have officially finished my pre-placement. After we return for the start of the new term we begin our block placement and teaching one lesson a day.

First and foremost I’d just like to make a point of how lucky I am to have been placed with somebody so similar to myself and that’s so easy to work with and as enthusiastic as I am. This will only make it all the more easy when it comes to having to teach and having her as my TA and vice versa when she teaches.

I’m also glad that we don’t have a perfect class, but we also don’t have a class that is off the chart with bad behaviour. It gives the right balance to be able to thoroughly enjoy the class and every single one of their personalities, whilst at the same time having the opportunity to practise behaviour management. My only slight issue with that is due to the intelligence of some of the children in that it is very hard not to make a comment relating to behaviour, and be met with smart answers which draws me in to having a conversation and argument almost with them. I need to take time to stand back, remember my role, and not put myself in that position-I’m just grateful that I’m seeing and learning this now in my first placement to make changes.

We will soon be receiving the Class Teacher’s medium-term plan for this first upcoming summer term after which we can adapt those plans to implement different techniques and styles of our own for us to use to teach. I begin by taking all of the Literacy sessions, whilst my partner takes the Numeracy lessons (both in the morning), and in the second week we switch. It will be quite nice to have all of those lessons each day for the whole week for us to be able to see the progression and the start and end of a topic that we have taught and developed with them (also giving the perfect circumstances for us to assess their learning, as well as our performance).

We have had targets set already based on the teaching standards, and have been filling in a School Based Training Booklet filling out practical information with regards to the school (health and safety, safeguarding policies etc.), observations of lessons and weekly review sheets that need to be filled in when we begin our block placement. It’s all fairly straight forward and once you know what you’re doing and are familiar with the booklet it doesn’t take a lot of time to fill in. We’re also gathering as many worksheets, resources, lesson plans, and pictures of wall displays as we can to put into our PDP folder (Personal Development Profile) that contributes to our final QTS at the end of the three years. We’ve been lucky enough to have had an incredibly helpful Class Teacher who has helped us with everything we need, as well as arranging a variety of teachers and year groups for us to observe. So far, we have observed a Nursery class (although there wasn’t much observing being done, it was more a practical morning to say the least),  a Year 2, 3, 5, and a Year 6 class, all of which were incredibly beneficial in terms of how to teach children of different ages and abilities, as well as behaviour management.

Overall, I have had an incredible two weeks, and I could not have asked for a better experience. I am thoroughly embracing the two weeks off already, but I can’t help but find myself missing the class and wondering what they’re doing. It is rather strange to go from being around 30 children 5 days a week to all of a sudden not have any idea what they’re doing or how they’re getting on for two weeks. And I have no idea what I’m going to do when we finish our placement. It wouldn’t be possible to keep in touch in any way nor would it entirely be appropriate, but it is an incredibly hard pill to swallow thinking of a time when I will have spent so much time with those children and watched them develop and progress, and to never know how they get on or what they grow up to do or be like. I guess that’s something I’ll have to adjust to, and hope that during my teaching career at least a few reach out again to give me some solace.

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Another FREE Resource!

Get to Know Me

This resource is simply a sheet to get to know your children. It can be used at the start of the year, or even at the start of a new term. It encompasses getting to know your children and their personalities, and how and where they work best.

All of these things are key for tailoring activities to suit their personalities (where you have time and it is appropriate to do so), and rearranging your classroom set-up or seating plan to aid your children’s learning.

If you do decide to download the resource please leave me a review-I would really appreciate it!

Placement: Day 1

I feel really lucky to have such a lovely class to be placed with and such wonderful supportive teachers and senior management. As I’m sure you can gather my first day went excellently, and I could not have asked for better. It is beyond intriguing to see what the children of today are expected to, and do know, and it excels almost everything I was taught at school over ten years ago. The children keep up tremendously and in particular their desire and enjoyment of reading is thoroughly uplifting, and it really does translate into their writing.

Today had a primarily literacy focus in order to finish a piece of extensive writing to be completed for the term to meet the school requirements. It was so lovely to see the children not only completing their work, but also editing it, and following on and responding to the comments that had previously been written by their class teacher.

One tough area was the seating arrangements in that some of the children, one pair of children in particular could be very distracting with one another in terms of diverting from the task, however in the same token they were very intelligent and complemented each other well in terms of producing high quality work. To split them up would solve the issue of distraction, however the benefits of the support they give each other far outweigh the issue of them being seated together.

I look forward to trying to get involved with after school clubs and the beginning of a parent’s evening in the near future should the circumstances allow, in an attempt to try to get as much experience of all aspects of the primary education as possible.

I intend to update this blog every few days, however should it be the case that there are not enough points for discussion, I will simply write a post at the end of the week.

Please feel free to like this post, join the discussion in the comments, and follow me!

FREE TES RESOURCE

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My FREE RESOURCE is now available to download! Please feel free to follow me on the TES website, or my board on Pinterest. I would also really appreciate reviews!

 

TES Resources!

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I have now started selling my resources on the TES website that I have produced whilst on my course. All of which fall in line with the National Curriculum. At the moment my only resources up for sale are paid, however I do intend to release a free resource very soon. 

In order to try to increase the sales of my resources (sincerely, poor University student) I would really appreciate any and all feedback once you have downloaded one of my resources!

I would also recommend following me on TES so that you can keep up to date with me and see when I have released a free resource!

If you have any questions or input please feel free to comment or to message me directly. If you could like and subscribe that would also be greatly appreciated! 

Assignments

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This year I will in total have nine assignments on the following areas:

  1. English
  2. Maths
  3. Science
  4. Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding
  5. Child Development, Health and Wellbeing
  6. The Arts
  7. Working in Partnership with Families and Communities
  8. Principles of Learning and Teaching (Part A before placement and Part B after)

They have varied in difficulty however one thing I learnt eventually is that the key to the most successful assignment is to be prepared. I took the time to load all of the webpages and books on the reading list and find the relevant information. It is worth noting that I did not read through every page of the books, and that as I got further down the list and had gaps in my knowledge for the assignment, to simply search the books for the terms I needed, and this proved to be very effective. 

As of yet the assignment I have achieved the highest percentage in is The Arts, and I feel this is because this is the one I have enjoyed the most, being able to link three subjects to establish cross-curricular links and creating lesson plans for creative and effective lessons including the creation of a resource. The lowest percentage that I have received is Maths, and I believe that this is definitely due to the lack of time and effort I put into it, that is not to say that I didn’t put in any effort at all, but it is very clear from the assignment itself and the grade I received that compared to my other assignments, they are chalk and cheese. 

Again taking notes before starting my assignment writing the book, and all the information needed for referencing later on, and bullet pointing the information with page numbers incase I wanted to quote directly I found is the most effective way for me to write an assignment. It is so easy to then sit down to begin writing and know that all of the relevant information is on hand, and that if you need to add a little extra, you have the time to carry out that little bit of extra research on the spot. I also find it effective to then label/highlight/type those notes up into separate headings to really make my writing it easier. At this point it is usually more helpful for me to have typed the original notes in order to simply copy and paste them into the relevant pages, however very often I prefer a physical written copy.

Two of my assignments will involve group work, and one will include giving a presentation. In both instances I have had a great experience of working in groups, they have all been great to work with and have the same hard work ethic which is incredibly helpful when you’re working in groups.I also found the presentation relatively stress free in that we presented work we had created ourselves in the form of lesson plans, and so we were discussing our own creations that we were very knowledgeable about, making it very easy to discuss it during the presentation. 

Overall I’ve found that if you’ve engaged with the lectures and the reading lists that the University provides, and prepare yourself well with enough time to complete the assignments, you will be just fine.

If you have any questions or input please feel free to comment or to message me directly. If you could like and subscribe that would also be greatly appreciated!