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.