Three big assignments are done and dusted. Time has both flown by but also stood still. I’m quite happy with what I’ve done so far, it hasn’t been easy, especially writing lesson plans with very little classroom experience. However, I know it will all begin to click into place when I’m on placement (hopefully).
I want to look back on this when I’m qualified and experienced and remember how nervous, overwhelmed but also excited I am about my upcoming placement.
I’m really happy with what I’ve submitted so far. I’ve gained some valuable insight into my ideals of how I hope to be as a teacher, which is a fair, uplifting and patient one with awareness and acknowledgement of my privilege in the Irish education system. Within our pedagogy assignments, I’ve learned the importance of keeping lessons simple and do not worry about reinventing the wheel – a lesson I will probably relearn on placement!
The upcoming school placement is certainly intimidating. I think having done all of the course online I’ve become even more intimidated that I’ll be ”out in the big bad world”. Covid has without a doubt taken a toll on my motivation, and it’s hard to not feel a bit overwhelmed by it all when there is no end in sight. However, I do hope and believe that once I’m out on placement and in the swing of things I won’t be so worried about making a mistake. The most important thing to remind myself is that I am not meant to know it all at this point, as long as I learn from the placement and can evaluate my efforts I’ve achieved what I set out to do.
From my first placement, I hope to get a good handle on creating lesson plans with SMART objectives, short and long term planning and implementing strategies for an inclusive classroom. I think the ideas for lessons will come when I meet the class but differentiating and including every child in the lesson will take a bit of practice.
Overall I’m a mix of excitement and nerves but once I focus on the little goals of each day and week I’ll get through it. It’s rewarding knowing I’ve handed in three big assignments (and part of my Irish module too) but I need to remember to not overthink the long list of things I still have to do and just focus on what’s in front of me.