Retrieved from Pinterest, https://au.pinterest.com/pin/300826450080530009/, 22 May 2017.
Day 1 is in the books and it was great!
This school is much different to my previous placements (I’m an online student in SA and I have to organise my own placements). The last few placements I wanted to challenge myself and put my behaviour management strategies to the test, so I picked schools in low SES areas and told myself that ‘If I can’t handle this I shouldn’t be teaching.’ This time I wanted to see the other side of the coin, and so, I picked a school that performs quite well academically, is in a higher SES area and with not as many radical behaviour issues. The difference in the learning BLEW ME AWAY in this school compared to some of the other schools I’ve experienced. It was a great surprise and motivating but the reality is I will most likely not end up in a school like this, however, I feel as though I will learn a lot from some of these teachers, who are all exceptional from what I’ve seen and heard so far. My mentor teacher is great and I think she is going to be invaluable for my own PD. I have two Year 10 and three Year 11 English classes (one is an essential English). All the students and staff have been lovely and welcoming which is a great feeling when you first rock up and you’re a bit nervous. I’m really interested in the concept of “Transformation” that they use in English. The idea is to take a text and transform it into another text. For example, take a poem – take one of the characters – write a personal diary entry from a his/her perspective OR take a theme or line in a poem – create a advertisement or feature article that explores that theme or line. With the Year 10’s we are looking at Shakespeare “Romeo and Juliet” and one of these transformative tasks. In Year 11 – To Kill A Mockingbird and a transformative task and in Essentials we are reading “The wave” and doing some basic analysis, for now anyway. I will certainly have the opportunity to use ICTs as they are a Google school (they use Google Classroom in all classes). Today was pretty much just observing and small group work for me to get to know the kids a little bit and I’m starting to work out some lessons for later in the week which should be interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next few weeks will bring. Thought I best write a quick post as I’ve been out of action for the last two weeks trying to tidy up the mountain of work which is now growing as I start my prac.
All the best.