Well that is the first month of ITT training over, and it has gone in the blink of an eye. It is hard to believe that just five weeks ago I embarked on this journey at Shotton Hall SCITT.
In that time the 2014 cohort of trainees have grown very close as a group, helped in no small way by Jo and Peter making us come out of our shells, with spectacular results I might add! (the mere mention of Dr Frankenstein or The Preacher will have most of the trainees laughing their heads off).
I feel that these past weeks have given me a solid theoretical base that I can go on now and build my practical teaching experience upon. The next few weeks will be spent preparing for our first placement, which begins directly after half term, and also gaining more experience on the different departments and types of secondary school that we will not have had a chance to experience before. This week I have spent time in a secondary school which specialises in teaching pupils with behavioural, emotional and social needs. This experience has been absolutely brilliant as it has given me the opportunity to experience a school that I would never have had the chance to see. That is a great aspect about Shotton Hall SCITT, it gives you such a wide range of experiences that you really feel that you are growing as a person, not just a teacher.
As I have said, first placement is looming just over the horizon. In four weeks time I will be in my own classroom, trying to impart my knowledge on those angelic year sevens and eights! I suspect at this point it would be normal to feel slightly apprehensive at the prospect of your first teaching placement, but I simply cannot wait to get going.
I honestly feel that the initial classroom based training that we have received has given me the confidence to go out there and get on with the job. I am not naïve enough to expect everything to fall into place from day one, the only certainty is that that is not going to happen, but I feel I have the confidence to take criticism and learn from it and can't wait for it to begin. BRING IT ON!
Darren, ITT Trainee, 2014 Cohort