New Semester, New Courses

So it’s a new semester and I have four new courses and Professional Experience is only a few days away yet again. I no longer have to keep this weblog as part of an assessment piece but I’ve decided it could be fun to continue to keep it. (Maybe with not as frequent posts though…)

I met with my new mentor this morning and she had a folder ready for me complete with notes on the class, emergency procedures, a class list, timetable, staff/phone list, school map, the procedure to book computers or rooms, bookwork expectations, school behaviour policy and class profile, plus she left me with space at the back for resources that I will collect! I can safely say that she is the most organised mentor teacher I have had and I haven’t even started in the classroom yet! Not to mention the fact that ICT is very prevalent in the workings of this classroom and I will probably learn a lot more about integrating ICT than I did in my prac class for my ICT course.

From the meeting this morning I have gauged that I am going to thoroughly enjoy this prac and I will be well supported in the classroom. One thing I noticed upon reflection on the interview was in terms of how I managed to communicate; verbally and non-verbally. I am studying a communication course this semester and thinking back on what we have already covered this semester (in four weeks) I need to change the way I sit, the way I fidget and I need to be more aware of how I present myself at all times to people. My main issue is I need to act more confident (which will hopefully improve my confidence), and throw this shyness out the window.

My goals for the first week of Professional Experience:

  1. Establish a teacher presence within the classroom using body language and confidence (this is where I am supposed to be, I have power in this room)
  2. Select specific behaviour management strategies to work on and experiment with during my lessons
  3. Interact with other staff, students and parents within the school keeping in mind what I want my professional presence to look like, sound like and feel like

Now let’s see how long I continue to post on this blog!

-S

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