This is goodbye….

Well…. This is my final blog for Edge Hill University.

I come to the end of summer and I am writing my final blog…

So, on the 17th of August I got a phone call from a school in the isle of wight inviting me to attend an interview the following week… I was working at a language school in slough, so went down to Portsmouth and got a ferry across the Solent to the island.

I arrived at the school and was greeted by a lovely receptionist and instantly felt at home, just the way I felt three years ago when I turned up to an Edge Hill open day!

After a tour around the science department, I was interviewed by the head of science and the vice-principal… They then told me I could go home and that they would be in touch.

I got back on the ferry and headed back for the mainland, as we got into the car to get off the ferry I received a phone call…. It was the head of science…. OFFERING ME THE JOB!!!

I could not believe it, it still doesn’t feel real… I start on the 10th September… So on the 8th September, I will become a resident of the isle of wight!! I’m so excited but scared at the same time…

I can’t wait to start my NQT year and my Masters… It’s going to be an exciting year ahead!

The last three years at Edge Hill have been the best three years of my life, and I would urge anyone considering studying here to go for it… You won’t regret it!!

I have had three amazing years, with people I will never forget… It’s impossible to put into words how great my experience has been or how grateful I am for all of the help and support that I’ve received.

Finally, I want to thank you for following and reading my blogs over the past year. I am got to continue writing a blog as I enter into the world of being an NQT, if you would like to keep up to date with my first year as an NQT, then you can read my blogs at http://diaryofasciencenqt.wordpress.com/

Until next time,

Jen 🙂

Exciting times!!

This last week has been a very exciting week indeed for me…
On Friday I was able to find out my final classification for my degree… I nervously logged on to the GO portal, hoping that I’d got the 2:1 that I was predicted… I clicked on to my transcript to find that I got a….
FIRST!!!
First class honours!! I actually couldn’t believe it an had to read it a couple of times to get it to sink in!

I’m even more excited for graduation in two weeks time now!!

At the minute, though, I’m down in Torquay… This is my home for the next four weeks (apart from coming back to edge hill for graduation) as I’m working for a language school.

I am head of pastoral care and have a team of four people that I will be managing over the next month. Some of the foreign children arrived yesterday and there is a wide range of nationalities… French, German, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish and Turkish!
The kids range from 9-16 and it’s quite nice to be acting as a “big sister” type role rather than a teacher.

I’m still on the hunt for a full time teaching job for September, and am keeping my fingers crossed that something will come up soon!

Jen 🙂

Something to think about…

Hey guys 🙂

Just something for you to think about…

You may be aware that you have to pay for your health costs when you come to University. This means that if you need to get a prescription or go to the dentist it could end up costing you quite a bit of money!

There is a form, called the HC1 form, that you can complete; which assesses you income (student loans and any part time employment) and reviews if you are eligible for any financial support towards these health costs. I have a couple of friends on my course who have been eligible for this and have found it extremely useful when they have needed to get prescriptions or have had to go to the dentist.

Even if you aren’t sure whether you’ll be eligible or not, it is definitely worth applying… the form is pretty simple to complete and can be picked up from most doctors and dentists and can be downloaded from the internet.

It definitely worth filling it in to see if there is any extra support available! If you are eligible it will save you some cash to spend on other things during your time at Uni!

Good Luck 🙂

 

Friday night and I’m working…

Well, it’s a Friday night and instead relaxing watching a film, or being out somewhere I find myself working…

I’m working on my career entry development profile, so I can get it done and not have any work to do over the weekend!

I have a meeting with my tutor on Tuesday to go through all of my “qualified teachers status” standards and check that I have achieved everything in order to pass the course and gain QTS.

So much to do, just pulling everything together in preparation for a job in September (hopefully!!) and looking back on all of the achievements ( and tough times) over the last three years!!

I’m searching for jobs at the minute, and hoping that I’ll find one that means I can stay at home for a while, so that I can save up for my own house!

It’s scary, but extremely exciting, thinking that in September I will be a “real” teacher. I’m also under no illusions that it’s going to be easy. I am only just beginning on my journey and have so much to learn and so many skills to develop and I cannot wait!!

Jen 🙂

It’s all coming to an end…

Hello again 🙂

So, I handed my dissertation in on Friday and I have to say it is a feeling of relief to have that off my mind… Here is what the end product looked like…

Although I do say so myself, I was pretty impressed with the end result!

It’s sad that my time on my course is coming to an end and all I have left to do is my Career Entry Development Profile with my personal tutor!

So just job hunting at the moment… I was invited to an interview at a school tomorrow, but went to have a look at whereabouts it is today and decided that it was too far to travel everyday, it took an hour, and that’s with no traffic on a Sunday! So, I’ve decided that I’m just going to look a bit closer to home! Fingers crossed that I will get something soon! I will keep you updated 🙂

Speak again soon!

Jen 🙂

 

Dissertation, dissertation, dissertation

Hello 🙂
Hope you are all revising hard for your exams and working hard on any coursework that you have left!
Not long until summer now and some of you will be preparing to go to Uni (hopefully Edge Hill) and getting ready to embark on a whole new journey starting in September!

Hopefully September will bring a new journey and set of challenges for me too… hopefully in the shape of a teaching job!! I actually can’t believe how quickly the last three years have gone, and despite being full of excitement for graduation I’m also sad… It’s hit me the last couple of days that it’s also the end of an era for me at Edge Hill with some of the best friends I have ever had!

But when one door closes, another always opens… I am starting my Masters in Educational Leadership in September, at Edge Hill, so will technically still be an Edge Hill student but as it’s a distance learning course it will be very different from the past three years.

Right now i’m just working hard to get my dissertation all finished as the hand in date is Friday and I’m hoping to have it finished by tomorrow dinner time so that I have the rest of the week to make any alterations that I need to!

I’ll write again soon, one day next week!

Jen 🙂

May Day…

Oh my gosh…. I’ve just realised that it’s May…. I can’t actually believe how quickly this year is going!

I’m currently on the countdown to graduation – we’ve been given our date and time for graduation – 18th July 5.30pm – eeeee!! I can’t believe it, it all seems so real now! I’ve also organised a graduation party for everyone on my course, their families and our tutors following the graduation ceremony as a final thing that we will all do together.

I’ve also had some good news…. I’ve been offered a place on the Masters Educational Leadership course when I successfully finish my current course! So, understandably I am over the moon!!

I’ve been onto campus today to meet with a couple of friends to work on one of our final assignments. We only have 2 assignments and our dissertation left to write and then we are finished!

Until next time,

Jen 🙂

End of placement

Hey guys,

So, I finished my 11 weeks on placement on Friday as the schools finished for the Easter holidays. I decided that I would give myself a few days off to chill out before starting on my University work, however, that didn’t happen. I found myself wide awake at 7.30am on Saturday, thinking about what I needed to do on my assignments and dissertation, so decided to make a start on one of my assignments, which included a critical reflection on placement and evidence of and thoughts about assessment within the classroom.

When I was writing my critical reflection about placement, I thought I would write a brief reflection on my placement for this blog….

There were lots of ups and plenty of downs, but all in all was a really great experience… I learned so much from the teachers, both in the science department and across the rest of the school. I learnt a new style of teaching, which I will continue to use throughout my teaching career and started on the long road of self discovery as a teacher. Finding what type of teacher I want to be, asking myself questions, such as, how do I want to approach behaviour management? What style of teaching do I enjoy the most?

I am now in the process of applying for teaching jobs ready for September, I have had three interviews already, but at each one I was the only trainee teacher, coming up against teachers with years of experience, however the interviews have provided me with great opportunities to develop and work on my interview techniques, so hopefully it will be fourth time lucky for me when I get my next interview!

Until next time,

Jen 🙂

Placement is coming to an end…

Hi again,

Well I have 2 weeks left on placement and today I have spent the whole day trying to get all of my lessons for the next 2 weeks planned… I’m about 75% of the way there so hopefully by the end of the day they will all be done!!

I’ll be really sad to leave my placement school, there have been ups and downs, as you would expect, but I have to say there have been more ups than downs and I have learnt so much! In fact, I think in terms of the kind of teacher I want to be, I have learnt the most on this final placement than on either of my other placements. I’ve learnt that it is extremely important for the pupils to engage in independent learning rather than me just giving them all of the information and it is essential for them to be active and enjoy their learning.

I’ve come across a new style of teaching on this placement, called TEEP (Teacher Effectiveness and Enhancement Programme) and it is suggested that 85% of the learning that takes place in a classroom should come from the learners and actually only 15% should be the teacher standing talking to the class… When I began my placement I wasn’t so sure about the idea, I’d only really taught using PowerPoint and standing telling the pupils the information before setting them tasks that allowed them to demonstrate their knowledge, but now I wouldn’t teach any other way than TEEP.

I have seen how much the pupils enjoy a TEEP lesson, with one pupils saying that he ‘knew he was learning but didn’t feel like he was learning because he was having so much fun!’ It usually involves thinking creatively when lesson planning and having a great amount of trust in your classes, but I have found that by putting my trust in them, they have seen I have confidence in them, usually resulting in a mutually beneficial outcome, where I get to spend more time actually supporting the pupils rather than standing at the front of a classroom, very much in a lecture style manner and the pupils get to actually enjoy their learning.

Although I will be sad to finish my placement I am very much looking forward to a short break followed by some new challenges, I can’t wait to start a job in September and be a ‘proper’ teacher and do what I love; I’m looking forward to getting back to work on my dissertation and remaining Uni assignments and also working over summer at a language school. So I definitely have lots to look forward to over the coming months, not to mention graduation in July!!

Until next time,

Jen 🙂

 

Hello….

Hello,

I just want to start off by apologising for not writing a blog last week!!

I have been ridiculously busy, so I thought this week I will tell you what I’ve been up to…

I have three weeks left to go on placement now and have been extremely busy planning and teaching lessons. I was observed last week and got “Good with elements of outstanding” so I was over the moon with that.

I also had some physics results back – I got 73% in one module and 79% in the other!! I actually had to get someone else to read the e-mail in case I had mis-read it!!

I’ve also been busy with job applications, I’ve been applying for teaching jobs around the area where I live and these are more time consuming than you would imagine, often taking me around 2 hours to complete one application!

I love my placement school and will be sad to finish but I am looking forward to a break now, I am exhausted, but wouldn’t change a thing. I know even more so after this final placement that teaching is for me!!

Anyway, I would love to know what you would like to read about in my next blog, so please get in touch and let me know…

Until next time,

Jen 🙂