I hope all of the blogging family are well in these uncertain times.
My upcoming plans!
We have all had to work together to overcome the challenges. I haven’t blogged for a long time so I just wanted to update everyone and get back to it! It’s been a busy few months producing online learning, reflecting on life and just an eye opener to how important human connection is. Family and friends are the most important people around.
I can excitedly announce that I will be teaching Reception again next year! I have sooo much to add to this blog. I thought it would be easier to put it all in a list:
Resources – phonics
The teaching of maths mastery EYFS
The teaching of maths mastery KS1
A new online video – Story time with Miss Pinnock
Provison in the early years
Provison in year 1
Post Covid activity ideas
I will be working behind the scenes producing lots of blogs and resources ready to publish weekly! Please bare with me and keep a look out.
I have seen some really disheartened posts on Twitter lately linked to NQTs being unsuccessful during the interview process. Interviews are such a great learning curve and I’m a big believer of everything happens for a reason! So here’s my top 5 tips for securing your interview!
1. It all starts with a clear, exciting and persuasive personal statement. Create a structure linked to your experiences in training, your hobbies and personal interests that could be linked to the schools ethos. Most importantly, make sure you personalise it to the school! Although it’s hard during these times as you can’t physically visit the school, however, don’t be afraid to dig deeper by searching on the school website and confidently stating why you are wanting to work there. Every school is so different!
2. Gather some evidence! I’m a bit of a hoarder for paperwork but it can always have its benefits. I created my own portfolio based on my teaching experiences abroad, mentor comments from school based training , my own personal beliefs and ethos of teaching and learning and extracts from my blog. You can easily forget the highlights of great lessons you have planned and successfully delivered so capturing snapshots of these can help the interviewers get to know you better.
3. Revise simple questions. It sounds silly but when asked a question on the spot you can easily crumble – especially if you are feeling nervous! It’s always better to revise your answers. That way you have a clear structure that helps you to expand and answer the question properly. I advise that you revise these questions;
Tell me about yourself.
Why do you want to work at this school?
What made you want to become a teacher?
What are the core skills and qualities pupils look for in a teacher?
What is a teachers responsibility in keeping children safe?
Tell me about a behaviour management strategy you have used to help engage a group of learners?
What are some of the current issues in education?
Is there anything you’d like to ask us?
4. Smile! Be enthusiastic and try not to let nerves get in your way.
5. Dress smart- even it is just an online interview!
Good luck and if you don’t get your first interview. Keep trying! It is such a big learning curve, listen carefully to the advise given during feedback and that will help you moving forward.
You WILL and CAN get a teaching post. Stay positive and work hard for it.
I am loving my new chalk boards from Amazon! I purchased them with chalk pens and they are great for adding questions and enhancing provision areas. The pens easily wipe off chalk board, glass and tables too.
We are learning all about our body and the children have really enjoyed writing text messages to their patients.
My class love creating their own adventure. I have added more scrap materials to this area. So far I have seen aeroplanes, trains and a television being created. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next week!
Practise makes perfect!
We have spent a lot of time working on numbers to 50 in Maths. Practising one more and one less, problem solving and reasoning linked to real life contexts, and finding missing number patterns. I will be adding new maths challenges to this area inspired by White Rose Maths hub, I will blog about it soon!!
Have you ever started a role play area.. spent ages making it look all pretty, filled it with resources and predicted how children will love and use it?? But then when the children come along they just trash it, use the resources in different ways or they may not even take any notice of it at all!
Let’s enhance creativity …
Looking back at my talk with Gregg Bottrill last year, he stated how children are creative. They have their own adventures in life.. just like us, they want to go on their own adventure – not ours!
It’s hard to let go of having all of the control of the provision if you are so used to creating pretty role play areas, but actually the moment you do, you will create an amazing opportunity!
My class have engaged in role play through the use of cardboard boxes, pillow case role play outfits and fabric pens.
Watching the children create their own adventures has been amazing! They’ve worked together to create a police station, a train and a television. They’ve gone on their own amazing adventures and used skills linked to DT, Art, English and Maths.
Next half term I am enhancing this area with more open ended play resources. I will take lots of pictures of how it works as it progresses! It’s definitely worth a try. Ditch the plastic and the pretty work you’ve put in yourself, and create an open ended play experience.
After all creativity is a key skill in today’s society and an essential skill for most jobs too!