My Experience!

Placement for me was very enjoyable as I learnt so much over the two weeks that I was there. I was eager to give 100% into everything but was also pretty nervous at the thought of being seen as a student teacher. I was placed in the Primary 6/7 classroom for a week and then I spent a week in the Primary 1/2/3 classroom – both entirely different from one another. Since I had never been in a Primary 6/7 environment before I was very much out of my comfort zone on my first week but felt very welcomed and soon didn’t want to leave.

Strengths

My first strength was the way that I spoke to each individual in the class about their work. I was enthusiastic and commented differently depending on what each child had done, this resulted in pupils around them praising them also. I also gave useful feedback which encouraged the pupils to do their work. Another strength for me is that I bent down to the pupils eye level so it showed my interest when they were needing help with their work. I spoke clearly when discussing what they were doing and was patient when they didn’t understand.

Area of most progress

In my opinion my area that I developed the most was being able to confidently speak to staff and pupils around the school. As I said above I was nervous since I was going in as a student teacher and was worried that I wouldn’t do it right. However, after being welcomed the way I had, I was quickly able to get out of my worried mindset and felt like by the end of my two weeks my confidence grew vastly.

area requiring progress

During my two week placement I was becoming aware of what I had to work on. The use of some of my language for the lower classes sometimes confused them. I was able to get them to understand after realizing I may have rushed or was too complex.

action plan

In the future I hope to be aware of what I am going to say before explaining something and remembering what level of pupils I am talking to. I also hope to improve my confidence levels more and to trust my professional judgment when in a school. I am also going to work on not worrying about what will happen and to just embrace it.

 

 

Self-Evaluation

My partner and I’s notes on the strengths and areas for improvement were very similar. For example we both agreed that the strength was the knowledge the teacher had and the area of improvement was the use of tone to engage the children – variation was needed so that they felt like they wanted to learn when in the classroom. I found the tasks a nice level for myself to work at, not too challenging but not too easy either. I felt like I had to think about my answer, however, didn’t find it too stressing or feel like I didn’t know how to do them.

Personally, I feel confident that I now know the difference between feedback and judgement. Feedback is looking positively at what we need to work on. It may seem a negative to us at first but it is something that we can grow and improve ourselves on. Judgement on the other hand, is just what someone assumes of us, they do not think that there is area for improvement.

As for placement, I did feel nervous to start. I wasn’t sure what to expect or if I was going to be any good. The one thing I took from these tasks was that there’s always going to be something that I need to work on so before I started placement I just reminded myself that I was going to make mistakes within the period being there but it was okay because I could always improve.

With this, and having experienced a week of placement, I feel so much more confident and feel like I have learned so much about being a teacher. I am excited for the rest of my week there and will be quite sad to leave as I feel as though I’ve grown so much as an individual in just a short period of time and have enjoyed my experiences with the pupils and staff.