Week 8-11

Since returning after the half-term “break” I have taken over the teaching of six different groups. I now teach two year 7 and year 8 groups and one year 9 and year 10 group. On a week A I am teaching 8 hours per week and a week B six hours.

Week 8 – Active learning

The highlight of this week was attending a trip with Y12 Psychology students to a conference (Psychology: Science and Pseudo-Science). While I am not a psychology a teacher I recognise that

there a lot of comparisons to be made between Psychology and Religious Studies. Some people will try to find the psychological reasons for people’s beliefs – are humans programmed to believe in something greater? Is there a need for an uncaused causer? Is religion a genuine expression of something ‘deeper’ in humanity, something psychological? If so, what is the cause of this?

The conference was delivered in the form of EDUTAINMENT. Edutainment is educational entertainment and is all about using fun and games to make learning fun. This could range from quizzes, videos, music, dance etc. It’s about playful vibrant learning and having everyone in the class actively learning.

Week 9 – Routines and Planning

This week I attended a training session all about using routines within the classroom and for your own workload. So here are the top tips:

  • Assume that pupils will be restless for the first 5 minutes of the lesson – allow them time to settle before ‘starting the lesson’.
  • Save yourself time and don’t spend your breaks putting resources on tables ready for the class to arrive – use the first few pupils who arrive to the lesson to do this job.
  • Take the register at the start of the lesson. Ensure the class is silent when doing this, so that you can begin your teaching afterwards.
  • Be consistent – decide what your entry and exit routines will be and stick to them.
  • Plan your free time. Decide specifically what you will do and when.
    I have a specific notebook for my daily tasks/to-do lists. At the end of an evening or beginning of the day it is essential to plan what you will do the following day. For each PPA decide what you must achieve and give yourself a time limit to achieve this. By including timings with tasks it makes it easier to plan what to do and when and helps you take control of your workload. 
    My task book is a life saver and I couldn’t live without it nowA piece of advice I was given was the thought that teaching is all about convincing people to learn something that they don’t want to learn.