It’s been a while since my last post and plenty has happened over the past couple of months or so. For starters, I got a job! I’m excited and no less relieved to have secured a full time position for my NQT year at my ‘A’ placement training school and looking forward to continuing to develop my teaching practice with a great team.
Secondly and no less significantly I have spent the last 6 weeks or so at my ‘B’ placement school teaching new classes with new teachers and a bunch of new systems. It’s fair to say that many of us trainees were more than a little nervous, apprehensive, skeptical even about the idea of leaving the schools we had spent the formative weeks of our training with to relearn everything afresh with a bunch of people we didn’t know. For my part I was happy to approach the time with an open mind and ready to try out new ideas and different approaches that I maybe hadn’t thought about before. I was also interested to see and learn from different teachers with different ways of working and different styles of lesson delivery.
It was never my intention to compare my 2 placement schools with each other and I certainly don’t plan to share that in am open forum. However, it would be safe to say that many of the expectations I had before arriving at my “B” were confirmed. Yes it was different, yes it was new, yes it was all very odd at first and I wasn’t sure I wanted to be there. There were new classrooms, new teachers, new resources, new systems and policies and most annoyingly, new kids to get to know. And in that first week or so I questioned on several occasions what I was actually learning by being there. However, as my time comes to a sudden and all too rapid end I can reflect on how, yet again our tutors knew best and it has in fact been an enjoyable, informative, useful and (at times) frustrating experience after all.
I will now spend the last few days of my placement pulling together all of the ‘evidence’ for our next monitoring point whilst simultaneously doing revision and test lessons across the board. At the same time I am looking forward to going back to ‘A’ placement, and a 4day week…at least for the time being. Back to the familiarity of what I have been used to for my first term and half. I’m just wondering if it will still be the same as when I left it.