Halli gives us an update on how her teaching is going in the UK and she had the time of her life in her schools!
Getting to different schools for a couple weeks now has been a really promising experience for me. I have really noticed my levels of confidence in the classroom rising. Whether it is classroom management, appointing certain students for helping me and others, time management and being able to fit into any year level has made me feel great. At the end of every day I have at least two students ask when I will be coming back and if I can be permanent at their school. This to me is the greatest gift I can receive in a day. This makes me feel like I am doing something right and feel totally accomplished with my work day.
I had a half day to get me started and back on my feet which was nice being outside and running around playing sports with the students in PE. I went to a fabulous school that is looking to hire teachers for the new school year and the students were a dream come true. From the first moment I gathered the class to take the register in the morning to having numerous students ask to help with responsibilities that day, I was in heaven. Not to mention their permanent teacher is Canadian also so the students were already accustom to hearing an accent. I asked the students to sit sensibly in front of the teacher’s chair by the time I counted down from 5 with my eyes closed. When I opened them on 1, I couldn’t believe my eyes. All day I had a fabulous time. I had not one student act out or give me attitude when they shouldn’t have been. I found my way around the school swiftly and at the end of the day I called my consultant to book me an interview day because I had to get back there as soon as possible.
I prepared an hour lesson for a school in Reading, about a 30 minute drive from my house. I spent 3 hours on a Saturday getting all the work done and then went to the library to print it all out. I had set a Year 4 Math class based on Times Tables with the consultant’s help of going over details and preliminary details. I found out the students were sitting in a horseshoe formation and there were some students in the middle which were high ability. I got some stickers as prizes and had 3 things on the agenda: a bingo game of their 4 times tables, word problems moving to 6 different stations, including coming up with their own and a website game as a class called Hit the Button (a speed math game). I got into the school after getting lost in what seemed like a maze of their roads, got a tour of the school by their Head Teacher who welcomed me with a big smile and an introduction to all of the other members of staff.
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