With practical experience just finishing, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reflect.
Firstly I was in a year 1 and 2 classroom with 26 students in the class. In the class there was a divide in the students’ academic and personal ability levels.
There were some low year 1 students who were working at a prep level and some at the lowest prep level. There were also some lower year 2 students, with one being identified and being on her own Individual Curriculum Plan (ICP).
Every Friday morning the lower year 1 students went next door to the prep room and completed a Polly Program. I was lucky enough to be able to experience this program on one of the days. The children rotate around groups and focus on their sounds. In the group I was with they looked at different pictures and had to tell me what the beginning sound of that picture was. For example: pizza starts with p. It was incredibly interesting to see the differences in the children’s abilities.
The class I was with a was a majority of boys meaning that there were groups or pairs who could not sit together as it lead to behaviour issues. Over my time at the school I had to increase my behaviour management skills. I loved my little class, they were lovely. However I did have times when the behaviour became too much and I had to stop the lesson to remind children of their expectations.
I was also fortunate to experience the school going through a review process. It was interesting to watch the teachers and school prepare for this process and to see them go through it.
I fortunate to be given a heavy teaching load with a lot of control. I was given a health unit to do over my prac including their assessment for it. I also taught many mathematics, science, handwriting and sound waves lessons. I had a fantastic mentor who provided me with extremely helpful feedback in how I could improve my teaching and lessons. I was also lucky enough to have many teachers observe my teaching and giving me feedback. I had my mentor, another teacher on Wednesdays, the principle and the Head of Curriculum.