Getting through my first week of placement teaching half of the lessons in the timetable to my year 4’s has been EXHAUSTING. Between the actual teaching, class control, marking, preparation, planning, re-planning, evaluating, uni assignments, observations, meetings AND trying to eat and sleep at regular hours I really have been feeling the strain a little this week - and I’ve only been teaching half the time a teacher usually does!
Although some of the prep work has been VERY DULL (thanks uni for making us fill out ridiculously long planning sheets and evaluations), there have been lots of enjoyable moments - we build working compasses in science which the children loved and we did a whole afternoon conducting an experiment with magnets which went really well too :)
The class love having me teach maths (possibly because I give out shiny maths stickers for good answers) and even though I’m not always super confident with the maths teaching (my mental maths is poor, the kids get the answers quicker than I can!) I’m a lot less nervous than I used to be when standing up and talking about measurement conversions and inverse operations and the likes, yay!
The biggest surprise of the week though was discovering how much I enjoyed planning and teaching PE lessons. My background is kind of in coaching children sports so I guess this makes sense but I think even the teacher was surprised by how much the children responded to my ball skills lesson!
My observation this week was for one of my maths lessons, and it was overwhelming positive! I had a couple of useful pointers on there, but nothing drastic, hooray! My reports always comment on my clam attitude with the class, so I obviously I hide my observation nerves well :P
I think the best part of the week though was having the children ask, “Will you be teaching us tomorrow?” and cheering whenever I told them yes :D The number of hugs and lovely chats I’ve had with members of my class this week have been great too, as well as receiving the below drawing of me from the girl who previous drew this masterpiece
(I’d say she’s improving a lot!) Ah well, another manic weekend of planning to look forward to, I’ll try and post some of my plans if I can :)