Hello everyone,
So for those of you who follow my blog you will know that I have one week, one fifth or 20% of advanced teaching practice complete. Yahoo! Those of you who have not yet completed teaching practice, or those of you who are not teachers/ trainee teachers might think, what is all the fuss about, it’s only teaching practice!
Well, I beg to differ. It is exhausting and draining! If we could go into school and just teach, it would be perfect, but the plans and resources! I had to give up seeing my boyfriend this weekend to sort my plans out, so I am not a happy múinteoir right now.

There again, the plans, or ‘notes’ as they are now called, aren’t the worst, it’s the resources! finding, printing, laminating, cutting, day in, day out. It’s such menial work, yet it has to be done. The novelty of that soon wears off, that’s for sure.

I found the first few days tiring, but I remember from my last tp’s that this is always the case.I came home from school Thursday with the worst headache, I had to lie down for an hour or two. I have no idea why, because the children are so quiet. I think it’s just from the concentration or something like that. I think you just need to get ‘match fit’ and build up stamina to match the energy of the children! I am hopeful that next week won’t be as tiring.I digress terribly, I came onto my blog to post what I have learned so far this week, in the spirit of being a ‘reflective practitioner’.

  1. Have lots of resources for the early finishers! There will always be children who finish their work in record time, and it is so helpful to be able to direct them to an early finisher’s table for ten minutes or so until the other children finish. So far I have general resources, but I am going to make them more subject specific, including worksheets on the topics we are learning about.
  2. If you have a multi-class of the four junior classes, include the infants in all activities the older children are doing. They don’t like to be treated as ‘babies’. 
  3. Use puppets! Mine seem to be going down well. I let them sit beside the children as a special treat.
  4. Try get the evaluation submitted on Friday, don’t have it hanging over you!
  5. Be organised! Then you won’t have to spend your weekend sitting at a laptop like me.                                                                                                                                                                                   It’s back to Irish lesson plans for me. Slán!

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