With teaching, comes experience. An awful lot of experience. So much so, that unless given permission to do so, talking about ‘little Billie’ and his ability to add two numbers together is forbidden outside of the classroom. Seriously considering introducing an “it’s okay to talk about placement right now” coupon scheme with my flat mates.
With having began my course of Primary Education here at Edge Hill University, I was so excited to finally be learning things actually relevant to my future, rather than all that trigonometry malarkey drilled into my naive head a few years back now. Terribly pointless – we’ve all been there.
Seminars and lectures cutting the small talk and getting straight down to business; safeguarding, the curriculum and placement.
Whilst feeling so vulnerable and raw, once having began what had felt like a whole new life, being informed that I’d be ‘shipped off’ to an unfamiliar school setting within just 2 months for 8 weeks.. 8 WHOLE WEEKS.. that’s 40 DAYS (*faints*). The thought was terrifying.. but I never thought I’d see myself where I am now.
Edge Hill University has been thoroughly supportive through this hectic yet super exciting time as I begin my journey of training, adapting and developing. I’ve grown so much already! Each morning, seeing my class walk in with a seemingly large smile on their innocent faces as they shout; “good morning Miss Pickering!!” never fails to put a smile on my face as I’m reminded why I chose to follow through with this stressful but magical career. (Although I must admit, it more often than not goes something like “Miss Pickerinsgings” – don’t ask).
So you’ve probably got a lot of questions – I know I certainly did. It’s a terrifying thought, but it’s so important in your self-development to become and outstanding teacher. I truly feel as though Edge Hill guided me through this process with their hand in mine, guiding me through the treacherous forest out into the yellow meadows. Ways in which they do this includes;
- A professional practice partner – another year one student just like yourself in either the same class or school as you!
- Edge Hill trying their best to make sure you’re in a school/location most convenient for yourself.
- Providing you with all the information and documents you could ever possibly need to fill you in on all of their expectations of you.
- Allowing you to claim back fuel and accommodation expenses.
- Excellent support and guidance from staff such as your visiting tutor and personal tutor.
- And much, much more!
Please don’t hesitate to comment below with any questions you may have!