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 🙂

First day on placement…

Hello again 🙂

So today was my first day on my synoptic placement…

Even though this is the 3rd placement I have undertaken since starting at Edge Hill I was still full of nerves last night… What would the school be like? Would the kids be nice? Would I have supportive mentors?

When I arrived at the school at 8am this morning I realised that I had nothing at all to worry about! The school, the kids and the mentors all seem nice!

I started the day with meeting the science department and having a quick tour of the science rooms and staff rooms and was then straight into lessons. The first lesson of the day was maths (yes I’m a training to be a science teacher) but the science an maths departments work together as one faculty, so I sat observing a year 10 maths lesson.

Periods 2 & 3 were spent in the large hall of the school in a revision session put on for the whole of year 10 in preparation for their exam next week.

Period 4 I met with my professional mentor and discussed the expectations for the placement and what I hope to achieve by the end of my time at the school.

Period 5 I was in a year 9 science lesson where pupils were making models of everyday objects and describing how the use science and then going on to design a futuristic product that would use science.

Period 6 is for extra curricular activities and ends at 4.05 and staff are expected to stay until this time – so today I got a chance to chat with some of the other members of staff and get to know them a little bit.

All in all a good day – in looking forward to getting stuck in and doing some teaching!

I will try to write shorter more frequent blogs now I’m on placement, to give a more in depth idea of the life as a trainee teacher.

Thanks for reading

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.