Hey everyone and happy 2019!
As I enter my second term at Edge Hill University, I thought that this would be a good time to look back upon my first term as a trainee teacher. Enjoy!
When I first started the course on the 17th of September, I had no clue what to do or what I was doing. There were so many new experiences that I was not prepared for. The most prominent was the size of the course I was in, there are so many people!
This aspect scared me the most especially because I didn’t know anybody and so I felt majorly out of place. However, in my first seminar class for APD were I was able to meet my class, I made sure to push myself to talk to people and get to know them, which helped me in the long run.
First Time Presenting to my Class!
I can also remember how nervous I was about presenting a piece of work in front of the class for the first time. For APD, we had to create a presentation called ‘This is Me” were we spoke about our experiences in teaching and what inspired us to become teachers in the first place.
After listening to a couple of people in my class, I started to feel as though my experiences were not as amazing or rewarding as the others and so the thought of going up to present my slides was almost crippling. Well, that is a slight exaggeration but, you get my point.
It turns out that after I had presented my slides, people were interested in my background. My classmates asked me questions about where I lived and what sort of experiences I had. I then knew that I had nothing to worry about because everyone’s experiences are unique to them.
My First University Assignment!
Not going to lie, the assignments did come as a bit of a shock to me, especially the referencing! I was very used to writing assignments in sixth form but I had never had to think about referencing, never mind Harvard referencing. Although, after a few stressful writing sessions and help from the uniskills team, I quickly got the hang of it and came out with a surprisingly high score for my first university assignment!
My First Time at a School in England!
Throughout the first term, we had three exemplar visit days in which we had a theme we had to observe when visiting the schools. For example, the final visit day, the focus was around SEN and safeguarding and so, this is what we had to observe and focus on that particular day.
I remember my first exemplar visit day as being quite exciting. Because I came from Northern Ireland, I was sure that there was going to be some differences and so I couldn’t wait to see what it was like.
Now that I am starting my first professional practice on the 14th of January, I am very grateful that I went on these visits. Before them, I was a little apprehensive about starting professional practice at a school in England as I had zero experience in it. However, I made sure to ask the teachers questions about anything I was unsure about and they were more than happy to answer.
I now can’t wait to start my professional practice as I feel so much more prepared!
I don’t want to make this too long but, believe me when I say that there is so much more I could talk about.
I am very happy with my first term at Edge Hill University as a trainee teacher and I am also quite proud at how far I have come. I originally was not even thinking about moving to England and staying at my safe little spot in Northern Ireland. However, I think that the experiences I have had during my first term as a trainee have taught me so much about what kind of teacher I can be and how independence is so important and crucial to becoming that teacher because, no one else can do it for me, only I can.