I survived my primary placement…

and even got a very nice report (and a bit of a sniffle) to show for it!

By the end of the week I had managed to:

  • Spend time in every KS/age range in the school
  • Tick off everything on my essay sheet
  • Talk to everyone I had to talk to
  • Get copies of EVERYTHING
  • Give a lesson to year 5/6

So it was all go; very exciting and very informative. I have learnt a lot and it will take me a while to put my thoughts down in a coherent manner. The thing that will probably stick with me the most is the way the primary school uses Building Learning Power and integrates it into everything they do. When pupils were writing their end of unit creative story they were constantly looking at their plan from the lesson before but also looking at the targets they’d been set. I don’t know about you but at school we never read feedback let alone acted on it. The pupils were also using post-it notes to give feedback and ask questions to the teacher, and the teachers were consistent in their use of the rewards and sanctions schemes. Overall it was a brilliant and useful experience, and was a really great school to have to write a ‘personalised learning’ essay about.

Secondary school teachers could learn so much from spending a week in primary.

Now for two weeks in uni doing lectures then on the secondary school…

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TES connect – an invaluable resource

When I was tutoring English and Maths earlier this year I found TES connect. It’s a fantastic site for teachers, and has sections for lesson ideas, new teachers, educational news, and forums. It’s nice to read about the experiences of new teachers, and advice on how to cope with teacher training. I think I’m going to be relying on it a lot more when my PGCE starts!

I have now completed all of my pre-SKE requirements, except for passing my maths test. I’ll take this next week and hopefully I’ll pass!

I’m getting excited about starting my SKE but I don’t know what to do with myself for 2 months. Well, aside from the huge reading list, that is!

Any ideas?