Yesterday we had a brief for our first real assignment. Scary stuff! It isn’t due until February, but I’m a big believer that you usually get given the time you need. It’s already feeling daunting to be trying to write at level 7(masters level) and reading the marking system is only making me feel more intimidated. Phrases like ‘…of publishable quality’ don’t really fill me with confidence.
For our assignment we have to pick a subject (either Maths, English or Science) and we will be finding a current issue surrounding it, researching it, putting it to practice on placement, learning from it and presenting our findings. Initially I thought why make life hard? So considered choosing a subject I am most comfortable with (FYI that’s English). However after speaking to a tutor it seems I’m likely to get more from facing my demons and addressing a subject that I have a strong emotional response to…I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this!
So, yes the current plan is that I’ll be choosing Maths. This is open to change, but as it stands I think this is the right (if slightly painful) decision. I am very passionate about helping children who think they are ‘bad’ at Maths, or have anxiety towards Maths. I know how difficult that is, and how people that enjoy Maths can struggle to understand. It is a goal of mine to be a successful and empathetic maths teacher who can adapt to the needs of different pupils. It seems along way off at the moment, but maybe this is the first step in getting there.
So wish me luck! Also do you like my visual representation of my Maths journey? Certainly time well spent!
The more time I spend on this course, the more I believe that anyone can be a confident Maths learner. I still have my ups and downs but my confidence is certainly improving!
What challenges are you having to overcome at the moment?