Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Placement over!

Hello all!

Long time no speak! As you know I have been on an 8 week placement so I have been extremely busy but it was all worth it in the end.

As the weeks went on, I took on more and more responsibility, by week 2 I had full control of the class; planning for every lesson, assessing each child and taking on after school clubs. It was very stressful to say the least! However, I enjoyed every minute of it.
Now that placement has finished, I have been looking for jobs to start in September (ahh I feel so grown up). I was lucky enough to be offered a job at a school after a very long interview process but I had to decline it because it wasn’t the year group I was hoping for L. But onwards and upwards! I have my eyes on a couple more schools around.

If you are looking for teaching jobs, I’d really recommend downloading the TES app. It shows you all of the jobs that are within a 20 mile radius of you wherever you are and it’s really easy to use. Also, when you’re filling out the application form, ALWAYS get someone else to check it through for spelling mistakes and ALWAYS use the correct practise/practice. This could be a deal breaker and there’s a chance you won’t even be shortlisted for an interview. With an application form, you always have to write a personal statement, make sure that you always refer to the job description because this is what it is there for! Always get your tutor to look through it with the job description so that they can double check that you have hit all of the criteria.

As well as all of this, I have also got to finish off my dissertation and revise for my exam so I am still busy busy busy but not long left now until I finish University (7 weeks, not that I’m counting…). I can’t believe I’ve been at university for 3 years now :O. Time has absolutely flown by. I am really nervous about entering into the big wide world of work but I really do love my job so it’s all worth it.

Ta ta for now x

Monday, 27 January 2014

My teaching placement

Hello all! 

I hope everyone is well underway with their studies now and the exam period has not taken its toll too much on too many people.

I have officially started my block placement now which means I am now taking 4 mornings and 3 afternoons a week. To say I am tired would be an understatement! But like I said before, although I am tired and sleeping seems to be on the top of my list of things to do, I like to spend as much free time as I can meeting up with my friends and going out and having fun (although squeezing a nap in between is a necessity for me.)

I have officially passed both of my skills test so it means that I can officially start job hunting (eeekkkkk!!!) although looking for jobs that start in September do not really come out until about March time. I'm trying to be organised though by drafting out personal statements, CVs as well as getting any tips I can on interviews.

job hunting

Counting down the days until half term (15 working days to be precise...)

Take care, Holly xxx

Monday, 6 January 2014

Excitement and Nerves

Hello all !! I celebrated my 21st birthday with family and friends and spent the new year with my best friend watching the prodigy which was amazing!

New year and already I have deadlines which seem to be never ending, but onwards and upwards!

I start my block placement very soon which means that I will be acting as class teacher for about 8 weeks with half term in between... Very excited and nervous! I met the class I will be working with before Christmas and everyone is lovely so initial nerves have gone. I'm already prepared for early mornings and late nights as I have created a 'work and play' timetable. Work is very important to me but I think it's also important to switch off and let loose a bit, otherwise work will eventually take over your life!


I will write soon about how my placement is going, ta ta for now, Holly :) xxx