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 🙂

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 🙂

 

A week and a half into placement…

So I’m a week and a half into my placement and in absolutely loving it!

I’ve got two year 7 classes, two year 9 classes and one year 10, 11, 12 and 13 class an have a year 10 form.

I spent last week just sitting back an observing, taking note of the pupils and just watching how they behave and how they work best.

This week I am integrating with the classes essentially acting like a teaching assistant – I love getting to know the kids and even though it’s still really early on I feel like I am forming relationships with the pupils.

I’ve been given the topics that I will be teaching when I start next week and have begun planning in preparation.

It’s all so exciting!!

If there is anything you would like to know about being on placement don’t hesitate to ask and I will try and include it in my next blog!

Until next time,

Jen 🙂

How to get classroom experience…

So you’re thinking of training to be a teacher? One of the main things that Universities look for among the thousands of applications they receive, are students with classroom experience…

Getting classroom experience isn’t always the easiest thing… but the following tips may help you to gain some invaluable practice based experience…

1.    Are you still at college or university? – Ask your careers service if they can help. Some have mentoring and classroom assistant schemes, but even if they don’t they might be able to put you in contact with schools in the local area interested in taking observations or volunteers.

2.    Do you know any teachers? – Do you have any friends or relatives who are teachers? Use any existing contacts you have and ask if they might be willing to take you in and observe lessons.

3.    Ask your old school – How long is it since you left school? If you are in touch with any of your old teachers or they might remember you then they might like to see that they have inspired a love for teaching in an ex-pupil!

4.    Ask your children’s school – Do you or your friends have children who are at school? You could approach the teacher and ask if they need helpers or volunteers.

5.    Be brave and ask. – If you don’t have any existing contacts then just ask! Look on Edubase for schools in your area and email or phone them to ask if you could come in and observe lessons. They will be used to getting requests so don’t worry about asking, but it might take time as it is popular.

6.    Be as flexible as you can. – It is not easy if you are studying or changing careers to find time to go into a school but you do need to be as flexible as possible. You might need to travel a little further than you wanted but if you can be as flexible as possible then you have more chance of being helpful to the school.

7.    Register with the TDA – If you want to teach a shortage subject including physics, chemistry, maths or modern foreign languages (MFL) you might be eligible for their School Experience Programme. They can help you get experience.

Why Teaching?

Why did I become a teacher? I’m guessing that many teachers ask themselves this question on a regular basis. There may be days when a teacher is so overwhelmed by the task in front of her, that she asks herself “What on Earth am I doing?” Teaching is, without doubt, a challenging profession, and one which in order to do it well, you must have a passion for. Teaching has to be something that you love to do. If not, the negative effects can be extremely long lasting, for both you and your students.

Have I always wanted to be a teacher? Yes and no is my answer to this question. Since a young age I have always “played school” taking on the role as teacher, but I also was very interested in becoming a dentist. Then I got involved in netball coaching at the age of about 14 and was sure that teaching others was what I wanted to do, and knew that I would teach either Science or Physical Education. My year 11 work experience was in a high school, and I think it was this experience that made me realise that teaching was the profession for me. Through college there were moments where I had other career paths in mind, but then I began to study psychology for the first time, and absolutely loved it and thought that I wanted to become a psychologist in a prison.

With this new career path in mind I went to University to study psychology, and although the course was very enjoyable, it just didn’t feel right; I couldn’t get the idea of being a teacher out of my head… Now I’m sure you’ve all heard the cliché “If you can’t get something out of your head, maybe it’s supposed to be there.” Well I took this on board and after two years on my psychology degree I decided that teaching was 100% for me, so I began to look for Universities that could offer me the course that I wanted, and that’s when I came across Edge Hill University and it sounded perfect to me, so I ended my degree at my first University and set along a new path at Edge Hill….

I began to volunteer at a local school on the run up to the start of my course, and that’s when I noticed the positive effect that I could have on a child’s life. I began to notice that I could encourage even the most challenging of pupils to complete work by introducing interesting and exciting ways to get them to think about what they were doing. I’ve had two placements for my course now too, and it’s amazing watching the kids grow and become confident learners.

If I had to pick my favourite thing about being a teacher, it would definitely be those “light bulb” moments, when you have explained something to the pupil and you can see that they understand it.

Now, I can’t wait to qualify as a teacher and have my own classroom and classes, but does my enthusiasm and passion for becoming a teacher mean that all of my students will always like me? No. Will every day be a brilliant success? Definitely not. However, I know that during my time as a teacher I will have a massive impact on students’ lives and will have influenced my pupils in a positive way.

If you are interested in teaching in a secondary school, Edge Hill are running a Three Day ‘Taster’ Course for Secondary Teaching. This is a chance to experience a career in secondary teaching before making a decision. You will be able to talk to practising teacher, spend a day observing lessons, receive advice from the school’s training team and discover the best route into teaching for you. If you are interested or would like more information follow the link http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/careers/TeachingZone/TrainingTeach.htm

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter to keep up to date with life as a trainee teacher at https://twitter.com/#!/jen_ehu

Something to think about…

“If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.”  ~Donald D. Quinn