What previous classroom experience did you gain before undertaking your initial teacher training course?
I completed work experience in both a primary state school and an independent college with pupils between the ages of 11-18. Both my school experiences were valuable and showed me how rewarding teaching is. They also allowed me to experience very different schools in very different locations.
I first spent two weeks in a primary school which involved observing lessons and working with small groups of students. Then, I spent three weeks in a college where I spent time observing lessons and teaching small parts of lessons. I had a mentor in the college who helped me plan my lessons and provided me with feedback to improve my teaching.
Throughout my time at the college, organised guest speakers came into the college to talk to me and others considering teaching about routes into teaching, what makes a good teacher and difficulties faced in teaching e.g., behaviour management. I found these sessions invaluable.
I also spent two days in London, in a partnership school of the college, where I was able to experience teaching in a secondary state school. Although it was only two days, I found my time in London extremely rewarding encouraging me to apply for a PGCE.
My time at the college gave me an insight into being a mathematics teacher. Although the three weeks were very busy and put me out of my comfort zone they allowed me to gain professional skills which not only helped me when applying for teacher training courses but also giving me skills and knowledge that I can use and develop in the classroom as a mathematics teacher myself.
By Lauren Burd
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