Hey everyone, I hope you all are well and staying safe! As we approach a long break from university and start to forget everything we have known for the past 6 months, I thought I would share a few ideas on what you could do over the summer as a trainee teacher!
Teaching Standards Folders!
This is something that I have been trying really hard to keep up with the past couple of weeks so that I don’t drown in it later on in life. I like to sit and collect all my evidence I have picked up over my past two placements and work out where they fit into each standard.
At the beginning of the process, I thought that creating the teaching standards folder was going to be a little boring but once I saw all my evidence in front of me I really enjoyed looking through and remembering my placements which made it a lot easier to do.
As you will have quite a lot of free time, there is no better time than to squeeze in a little time to keep up with academic reading that relates to education and the subjects you will be teaching. You can find many articles on Google scholar and Discover More that would be great to keep you up-to-date with current educational affairs etc.
Reflect on Placements!
You will be doing a lot of reflection on placements whilst working on your Teaching Standards folder but it can be equally as beneficial to reflect on other areas of your placements such as; how your mentor taught the class compared to how you taught the class, things you would like to work on in the next placement or things that your course mates have shared about their placements!
I hope that some people found this useful! Time off from university and deadlines is really important for mental health reasons and sometimes physical reasons as it can be tiring but I think it is equally as important to keep your mind active and learning from time to time!
Thank you for reading, Lauren x
“LEARNING IS NOT ATTAINED BY CHANCE, IT MUST BE SOUGHT FOR WITH ARDOR AND ATTENDED TO WITH DILIGENCE.”-ABIGAIL ADAMS-