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 🙂

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 🙂