Happy Sunday everyone!
I hope you’ve had a good weekend and are feeling positive about the week ahead?
I have to be honest with you, I’m writing this with absolutely no pre plan of what this post will be about. The title box is still empty, and the episode of Friends I have on in the background (The one with the evil orthodontist if you’re interested) is providing little inspiration. None the less I wanted to write something today…
So there are exactly 3 weeks until the summer holidays, and it’s feeling like a very strange time. I love my job as a TA, I adore the team I work with and feel so lucky to have received as much support and advice as I have done. I feel sad to not be going back and watching the little pupils take a big step up in the school (especially nursery who will be returning in uniform) However I am so excited to start my PGCE. So so excited! I’ve heard the horror stories. Just yesterday a friend of mine told me “It’s horrific. It’ll be the best thing you ever do, but I can’t lie, it’s horrendous” But I’m still desperate to get started. This strange in between place I’m in at the moment has left me feeling a little reflective, and I’m once again looking at how I can get the most out of the little time I have left with my school. Here are a few of the challenges I have to look forward to:
It’s ‘Stay and Play’ week for our little nursery gang, so their parents will be coming in and looking at their learning journals, and well staying and playing. I’ve done my best to keep up the high standard set by the teacher I’m covering, but I am slightly terrified as I don’t really know what I’m doing. I’ve been working off of a mixture of common sense and instinct, as well as asking lots of questions. That’s a sensible approach right ? Meeting the parents will be a good learning experience for me. Of course there’s very little pressure for me to talk to them and provide feedback, I’m still the TA after all! However parents are far more terrifying than children, so I’m looking forward to meeting a varied bunch, seeing what I might be up against in the future and observing the teachers interact with them. Wish me luck!
My second challenge will be to continue getting my personal life in check. I need to become far better acquainted with the gym to make my #MissGetsFit plan feasible. I also need to organise, de clutter, essentially put all of my belongings into a skip and start fresh…I’m sure you all know that feeling when your room at home is starting to overflow (The biggest downside to a career change is definitely waiting longer to move out! I love my parents but I do need more room)
Next I’ve potentially got two school trips to come. One is at a farm with a lovely KS1 class that should be an absolute pleasure. The second is with nursery and the logistics of taking 30 3/4 year olds out of school is frightening…at least it isn’t abroad!
Finally i’ve decided to volunteer back at my current school for the first week of next term (I won’t be starting my PGCE until the 13th of September). I’ve started thinking about getting my own class and I’ve realised that I have never experienced that settling in period, and that most people don’t until they get their NQT class! This terrified me. 30 little faces looking at me, with no routine in place! so I’m going to observe a few classes for the first week of term and see how the teachers get started. I’m actually so excited for this. I’m hoping I see lots of ideas that I can magpie in the future, and will definitely be sharing lots of thoughts on here 🙂
Well I guess this post has just turned into a stream of ramblings and some updates. I hope this has been somewhat interesting. I’ll be back soon to let you know if I survived Stay and Play week. I wish you all very successful last few weeks of term. If this is the end of your PGCE then congratulations! You did it 🙂
Please let me know your plans for the end of term in the comments. I’d love to hear them.
Until next time