I am both so excited and so nervous for my second placement. By the time I start in April, I will have been out of the classroom for over a year and so I have increasingly mixed feelings about being back in one. Nonetheless, I had an absolutely fabulous placement last year, and that’s what I’m going to talk about today.
Edge Hill have a massive variety of placement schools scattered across the country, which is one of the reasons that I chose the university in the first place. I didn’t want to be confined to one area and getting to experience lots of different places was one of the most exciting things I could think of. This year, I have friends travelling to Luton, Wales and the Isle of Man and they’re all incredibly excited to go on what we call remote, or regional placements.
So, what did I do during Professional Practice Phase 1A?
I learned more on practice than I did throughout the rest of the year; I spent time consolidating the theory I had learned at university, and had my eyes opened to things I had never even considered before. I got to teach a lovely Year 6 class in Telford and it broke my heart to leave at the beginning of February last year. I had created such strong relationships and made such a positive impact on these children during the time I was there, and they taught me just as much as I taught them, if not more.
During practice, there are a variety of tasks you have to complete for when you come back to university. Some things are necessary for when you’re actually teaching, such as reading the Behaviour Management Policy, finding out who the Safeguarding Lead, etc, whilst other tasks are to help you to reflect later in the year. One of these included finding out how the school was implementing the computing curriculum, for example. When I was writing my assignment about why the curriculum had changed, having that knowledge really helped me.
Of course, I spent my time on practice teaching. There is no bigger reward than hearing someone shout out ‘I’ve got it!’ with glee. There is nothing better than the ‘Thanks Miss!’ comments written at the end of a lesson, complete with a smiley face. My favourite lessons were the ones where we had really open discussions and I was taken aback by the nature of their empathy and understanding of others. Despite the early mornings and the long days and the stress, it was these moments that I lived for.
So yes, I am incredibly nervous to start my next placement, but it is 100% my favourite part of the year, and the reason I am here.