My first blog…
I guess I’d better start by introducing myself. My name is Jen Eardley, I’m 22 and I’m from Stoke-on-Trent. I’m currently studying on a Science Secondary Education with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) course at Edge Hill.
I’ve just started my third year and even though we’ve only been back for a few weeks it honestly feels like we’ve never been away. It’s a scary thought that there are only 58 days until Christmas, then I have a 55 day placement and ultimately I have finished my journey on the QTS course and will be ready to become a fully-fledged teacher! It’s a scary but exciting thought.
This year is a really heavy and hard-going year, but I know it will be worth it in the end. I have 7 modules in the first semester and these are: Ecological genetics; Environmental physiology; Physics in action; Physics concepts and models; Personal and professional development and Research Methods.
The research methods module is where we get support for our dissertation. Mydissertation title is “Pupils’ attitudes towards their science lessons” and hopefully throughout my dissertation I will establish the extent to which pupils enjoy science; pupils’ perception on the importance of science; pupils’ views about how difficult it is to learn science and pupils’ attitudes towards practical activities in their science lessons. Sounds like a lot but I have devised a questionnaire including questions that give insights into all of my research questions.
Along with all of our subject sessions we have a placement on each year of our course. Last year on my placement I went over to the Isle of Man for 9 weeks and joined the science department in one of the high schools; it was one of the best experiences of my life and I would definitely consider a career over then when I graduate. However this year on placement I’m hoping to get a school a little closer to home, so that when it comes to my NQT year if I get offered a job in my placement school I will be close to my family and will be able to stay with my mum and dad until I save enough money for a deposit on a house.
Okay, so I think I’ve talked enough for one week. Please do follow my blogs, I will try to write them as often as I can! I have a Twitter account @Jen_EHUwhere you can keep up to date on what I am doing and how life as a trainee teacher on a QTS course is. Please follow me and feel free to ask me any questions.