Curriculum and Teaching and Learning

Benchmark Statement: 2.1.3 Have knowledge and understanding of planning coherent and progressive teaching programmes 3.1.1 Plan coherent, progressive and stimulating teaching programmes which match learners’ needs and abilities Rationale: As this is the first placement that will involve me planning … Continue reading

Benchmark Statement:

2.1.3 Have knowledge and understanding of planning coherent and progressive teaching programmes

3.1.1 Plan coherent, progressive and stimulating teaching programmes which match learners’ needs and abilities

Rationale:

As this is the first placement that will involve me planning lessons I think that it is important to focus on planning as I have no experience of this. I hope to develop my lesson planning skills through this placement. Reflecting on my planning ability in this PDP will enable me to identify my strengths and weaknesses and track my progress. Planning is an important part of all teachers’ work and it is essential that I am able to plan engaging lessons that match the needs and abilities of the children that I am teaching.

Expected Features:

Know how to plan for effective teaching and learning across different contexts and experiences.

Know and understand how to justify what is taught within curricular areas in relation to the curriculum and the relevance to the needs of all learners.

Plan appropriately for effective teaching and in order to meet the needs of all learners, including learning in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing and skills for learning, life and work.

Action Plan:

Prior to placement I will read over the information provided by lecturers about planning and do further reading in the two books that were recommended (Effective Teaching in Schools – Kyriacou and Learning to Teach in the Primary School – Arthur and Cremin).

Week 1

In order to teach effectively and engage the class it is important that I plan my lessons in a way that will suit the learners. As I will be teaching groups this week I will focus on engaging the children in these small groups and adapting the learning to suit them.

I will read chapter 4 in ‘Effective Teaching in Schools’ (Kyriacou, 2009) Setting up the Learning Experience.

I will also get to know the children in my class and reflect on the way that they learn at the moment. By observing the class teacher I will be able to get an idea of the pace that individuals in the class learn at.

Week 2

As I hope to have the opportunity to teach cross curricular lessons, this will be my focus this week. Lessons that involve more than one area of the curriculum can be a way to engage learners as it often enables them to connect more with the learning. I will read chapter 4.2 of Learning to Teach in the Primary School (Arthur and Cremin, 2006). I will also observe the class teacher and reflect on ways that she uses cross curricular planning to engage the learners.

Week 3

I will be planning and teaching full class lessons this week and I must be able to differentiate to suit the abilities and needs of all learners in the class. I will discuss ways to do this with my class teacher and also read chapter 6.2 of Learning to Teach in the Primary School (Arthur and Cremin, 2006).

Week 4

As a teacher, it is important that I can provide learners with stimulating and engaging learning experiences. This week I will focus on different ways to engage the class in their learning, for example interactive activities and different styles of learning. As well as discussing this with my class teacher I will read chapter 6 in Effective Teaching in Schools (Kyriacou, 2009) as this is focused on Key Classroom Teaching Qualities and tasks.

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Tricia asked us as part of our questioning and discussion to come prepared to the second workshop with a context and questions to follow this context.  When looking at this I felt extremely nervous as it looked a lot more difficult than she had explained.  However as I got started it was such a straight […]

Tricia asked us as part of our questioning and discussion to come prepared to the second workshop with a context and questions to follow this context.  When looking at this I felt extremely nervous as it looked a lot more difficult than she had explained.  However as I got started it was such a straight […]

Excited…

In the technology workshop with Richard we discussed the crossing of curricular areas.  This was something that I hadn’t put much thought into in terms of lesson planning however after this workshop I can’t wait to try this more often.  We discussed food textiles and how one of the experiences and outcomes could be chosen […]

In the technology workshop with Richard we discussed the crossing of curricular areas.  This was something that I hadn’t put much thought into in terms of lesson planning however after this workshop I can’t wait to try this more often.  We discussed food textiles and how one of the experiences and outcomes could be chosen […]

We Need More!

Health and Wellbeing. This is a subject which I strongly, strongly believe should be introduced more throughout every single year spent within school.  I understand that a lot will be covered within this as it is a main focus within the curriculum however personally I find that many teachers are too shy or uncomfortable with […]

Health and Wellbeing. This is a subject which I strongly, strongly believe should be introduced more throughout every single year spent within school.  I understand that a lot will be covered within this as it is a main focus within the curriculum however personally I find that many teachers are too shy or uncomfortable with […]

Control, control, control…

As a pupil and a sibling I feel as though it’s often portrayed that teachers must be in control of the classroom and the children.  I always remember being in certain classes where my peers would have commented on the fact the teacher couldn’t control them therefore they would play up and misbehave.  I also […]

As a pupil and a sibling I feel as though it’s often portrayed that teachers must be in control of the classroom and the children.  I always remember being in certain classes where my peers would have commented on the fact the teacher couldn’t control them therefore they would play up and misbehave.  I also […]

Technology Lesson

During technology input myself, Danielle, Erin, Katie, Ailsa and Lucy worked collaboratively to come up with a lesson plan that involved an area which we weren’t too confident about.  By the end of this workshop I realised that planning a technology lesson wasn’t as daunting as I first thought and it’s something I would love to experiment with […]

During technology input myself, Danielle, Erin, Katie, Ailsa and Lucy worked collaboratively to come up with a lesson plan that involved an area which we weren’t too confident about.  By the end of this workshop I realised that planning a technology lesson wasn’t as daunting as I first thought and it’s something I would love to experiment with […]

Deepening our understanding: Science Literacy

Richard Holme organised; Lauren Summers, Amy Turner, Hannah Stillwell and myself into a group to work on a mini assignment exploring our knowledge of science literacy.  During this TDT I researched more into science literacy which deepened my knowledge of it, as did reading what the others had researched about it. Working together gave us the […]

Richard Holme organised; Lauren Summers, Amy Turner, Hannah Stillwell and myself into a group to work on a mini assignment exploring our knowledge of science literacy.  During this TDT I researched more into science literacy which deepened my knowledge of it, as did reading what the others had researched about it. Working together gave us the […]

Building Confidence and Competence…

4 blog posts which are different and unique but fantastic in their own ways; https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/cebeportfolio/2016/01/06/180/ https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/myunieportfoliorb/2015/11/18/children-are-the-real-teachers/ https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/uodeportfoliommackie/2016/01/17/problematic-problems/ https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/myuniversityeportfoliolayla/2015/11/03/fear-of-feedback/ These blogs have really inspired me to do some more work here on my blog and to allow my work to vary.  From reading these blogs it occurred to me that they aren’t all TDT’s but they’re […]

4 blog posts which are different and unique but fantastic in their own ways; https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/cebeportfolio/2016/01/06/180/ https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/myunieportfoliorb/2015/11/18/children-are-the-real-teachers/ https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/uodeportfoliommackie/2016/01/17/problematic-problems/ https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/myuniversityeportfoliolayla/2015/11/03/fear-of-feedback/ These blogs have really inspired me to do some more work here on my blog and to allow my work to vary.  From reading these blogs it occurred to me that they aren’t all TDT’s but they’re […]

3 actions for Social Studies

To develop my knowledge and skills in social studies I will have at least 3 actions which I can work on this semester and throughout my time in this course. I will ensure I get into the habit of being up to date with current news and weather disasters to make sure I am prepared […]

To develop my knowledge and skills in social studies I will have at least 3 actions which I can work on this semester and throughout my time in this course. I will ensure I get into the habit of being up to date with current news and weather disasters to make sure I am prepared […]

SMART Science

Developing confidence and competence in science will take time, however by starting now will help ensure I’m excited and enthusiastic when the time comes for me to teach it within the classroom. Here is my action plan for this semester; Specific – We (as a class) can carry out a topic on The Solar System […]

Developing confidence and competence in science will take time, however by starting now will help ensure I’m excited and enthusiastic when the time comes for me to teach it within the classroom. Here is my action plan for this semester; Specific – We (as a class) can carry out a topic on The Solar System […]