Teaching & Learning

Trying to pop the bubble

Good Morning! So, the inevitable happened. I lost my life to teaching. As you'll see from the time stamp on my last post, I haven't blogged in over a year! It has been an interesting year, and one that I won't bore you with. I will however, relay the news that I successfully completed my NQT year!

So, what now?

Transition to NQT

Transition to NQT

Reflecting on the past year of my initial teacher training, and the BA (hons) Primary Education programme as a whole, it has become apparent to me that I have developed an interest in enquiry focused learning experiences. In my opinion, through enquiry based learning, not only are children discovering the learning for themselves, it lends itself towards a more child-focused approach to learning. Naturally, subjects such as science and history focus on developing enquiry skills, and the courses during my training have really emphasised this. 

My visit to Parliament

My visit to Parliament

Perhaps I am in the minority, but I didn't realise members of the public could freely visit the Houses of Parliament. This morning, I accompanied a good friend of mine to the House of Commons as she embarked on the final chapter of filming for her long awaited character driven documentary about four Kenyan claimants who are petitioning the British Government for torture during the 1950's and 1960's. Whilst this post is not about that case (however, feel free to check out @LastBattleDoc on twitter!), this unexpected visit to the House of Commons has opened my eyes to the ease of access to a crucial aspect of British life.

Research: why bother?

Research: why bother?

By conducting my research I was able to explore a personal and professional interest into how iPads can be effectively used to engage children in the scientific enquiry process. While the research confirms there has been a development in knowledge of pedagogical issues and the need for continued training and guidance, both from Government and the schools leadership team; this has resulted in developing my awareness of knowing when and where to use iPads, as well as the importance of having appropriate training opportunities on the pedagogical implications.

Using iPads to engage Year4 children in science

As some of you will be aware, I conducted my first ever piece of research last month, into the use of iPads to engage Year 4 children in scientific enquiry. After a couple of supportive and encouraging tweets, below is a summary of my research (the full report is available should you wish to read 7,500 words on it!).

Progress Report

Progress Report

So, it's been a while since my last post, so I thought it would be appropriate to give a short progress report. In the past few weeks, I've submitted all my assessed work for my degree (and hopefully passed them!). This has symbolised the end of an era - no more uni for me, except for my graduation in October. Where have the past 3 years gone? I still remember that anxiety and anticipation before my first day of uni - only to now be leaving with some great memories and friends. My studies at The University of Greenwich truly have been transformative. Not only so I feel like a professional now, but my outlook on live has changed, and dare I say it, for the better!

Feel 'The Fear'

So, my final teaching practice finished just over a week ago, and while it was an emotional roller coaster, I'm glad for the experience and lessons it has taught me. During the low points, I questioned why I was joining this profession. While during the high points, I couldn't have felt happier. Of course, there were more high points than low points. I've come to realise I can't be perfect - who is?, and that there is always a level of anxiety in teaching. It's how you deal with this that matters; there is no harm in aiming high

To Be Honest...

To Be Honest...

For a couple of weeks now, I've been having a conversation with myself; where do I want my career to go within the world of education? For those of you who read my blog regularly, you know that I am half-way through my final teaching practice and the end of my degree is in sight.

4 weeks in - Final Teaching Practice

It's been nearly a month to the day since my last post and there have definitely been some developments since then. I'm now half way through my 8 week final teaching practice. The four weeks that have passed have been emotionally fuelled, with some great lessons, and some not so... At the start of the placement I was confident in my teaching strategies and what I wanted to do and implement.