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 🙂

 

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 🙂

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 🙂

End of the half term holidays…

Time for another blog from me….

Last day of the half term holidays, and I should probably be feeling like I don’t want the holidays to come to an end, but strangely I am looking forward to going back to school tomorrow.

I’m looking forward to getting back into the hustle and bustle of school life. I love the excitement of it all. Don’t get me wrong I’ve enjoyed the break, even though I’ve spent most of it doing planning, University work or helping my brother with his University work; but I’m ready to get back into school.

I’ve only got six weeks left in school and I really don’t want it to come to an end! In this first week back I’ve got my interim report to complete with my curriculum mentor to see what grade I am at and I’ve got an assessed lesson where a visiting tutor comes in to observe me teaching one of my lessons. I’m being observed with my top set year 9 and I’m teaching covalent structures to them – I’m really looking forward to it!!

I’m in the process of searching for jobs at the minute too, I’ve seen a couple but I’m still looking for the perfect teaching job for September. I’ve also completed my application form for my Masters in Education and just need to submit this one day in the week when I can get back up to Uni.

I can’t believe how quickly the last three years have flown and that I’m nearly at the end of my degree – only six weeks on placement, three assignments and my dissertation left! I’ve started planning a graduation party for everyone on our course and their families and it’ll be here in no time!

But for now, I’m spending my Sunday planning lessons and preparing for school…

Until next time

Jen 🙂

 

That Sunday night feeling…

So it’s Sunday evening and this is the time people say you’re supposed to get that Sunday feeling… The feeling that the weekend has passed too quickly and the disappointment of the long week ahead… However, I don’t feel like that at all!

I love Sunday evenings. Sunday evenings to me, mean that tomorrow morning I will be back doing what I love… Teaching.

I was up at 8:30 this morning and by 2pm I had planned all of my lessons for the week ahead! So I spent the afternoon chilling out watching some films with the family.

Tomorrow I have 2 periods with my year 10 BTEC group and 1 lesson with my year 9 group. On Tuesday and Thursday this week it’s “funky day” where primary shook kids come to the school on a curriculum link day, we’re teaching them all about chemical reactions which will end in them making their own bath bombs.

Although I love teaching I’m also looking forward to the half term break next week and to get some more of my dissertation out of the way!

Until next time,

Jen 🙂

My first day of full lessons…

I have just finished planning my lessons for Thursday and Friday, and I have to say… I’m definitely ready for bed now!

All this getting up at 6am for school and then working til 9pm sure is tiring me out, but I absolutely love being on placement. The school that I am in is really nice and I couldn’t have asked for a better science department – everyone is so friendly and supportive!

I have lessons with all of the teachers in the department and all of them have been really helpful in preparing me for the next 8 weeks of planning and teaching!

Today was my first day of full lessons, starting with 2 hours with year 10s and later an hour with the year 9s – one thing I quickly realised is that a stopwatch can be one of a teachers best vices! It’s amazing what holding a stopwatch in the air can do to a class who don’t want to be quiet while the teacher is talking!

I’ve had an absolutely fantastic first day of full lessons, and can’t wait for tomorrow! I’m really looking forward to doing more teaching from now, for the next 8 weeks and getting to know the kids (and even learning from them!)

I will leave it there for now,

Until next time,

Jen 🙂