Throughout my Professional Practice phase 2 I created an assessment tracking grid. I created this using spreadsheet, creating one grid for every week of placement. The grid included every child I taught and the lessons I taught that week. I would insert the learning objective for that lesson and then grade the children using a 1/2/3 system against that objective. 1 would mean the children have failed to meet the learning objective and would therefore be involve in interventions during the afternoon. 2 means the child has met the objective and 3 means they have surpassed it.
This grid was extremely effective and helped me assess children’s understanding. It was also a very quick system but allowed me to see who needed interventions and who needs moving on to other things.
Whilst on Professional Practice phase 1b I helped with the school pantomime of the Wizard of Oz. I helped with the making of props before the performances. I was also in charge of the lighting and sound for the show as well as being in charge of the children backstage. My main roles were to change the lighting depending on the scenes and also the play the music, to do this I annotated all over the script so that I knew my cues. I was also in charge of the children backstage, making sure they were ready when they needed to be and did not miss their cues, and making sure the right props were in the right place at the right time. I was involved with the whole show for a number of weeks both in school time and after school for rehearsals.
During Professional Practice phase 1a I was also involved in the school nativity. My role was not as important as that of the pantomime, however I was involved in organizing the children and the making of the props. I also set up the stage and the hall after school ready for the nativity.
Throughout all my teaching practices I have always made sure that I have had copies of the long term planning and also the medium term planning. Above is a copy of the long term plan for year 2. I used this planning as a structure for me to plan effectively. The columns highlighted in green represent the spring term that I was spending in the school therefore I particularly focused on this section of the plan.
Along with the long term planning I used a termly overview that the school posted on their website and also medium term plans for every subject. Above is the spring overview and the medium term plans for literacy and numeracy. I used this planning as a base for my short term planning. The medium term plans outline what the children need to be learning that half term therefore my short term planning had to directly reflect this.
Whilst on Professional Practice phase 2 I worked very closely with the SENco because SEND is my minor specialism. One task that the SENco asked me for support with was creating a resource to help a child in my class. This child had been diagnosed with working memory problems, meaning that he was unable to store information effectively in his short term memory. This meant that he was often off task in lessons and distracting others. However, he was not being naughty, it was because he could not remember the instructions given to him by the teacher, therefore he did not know what his task was to do, so he would talk instead.
I created the above resource to help this child with his working memory problems. The child designed the board himself, he would then take this board to every lesson he was in. The idea was that the teacher would write down information or steps to success for the lesson and also give him a target that he must achieve by the end of the lesson. Furthermore, once the child got used to using this board, we were hoping that he would be able to write down the steps to success himself, meaning he would have to listen carefully and write down what he had to do therefore not overloading his memory with instructions.
The board worked extremely well, it helped the child focus and he knew exactly what he had to do and what was expected of him by the end of the lesson. In fact, before we introduced the board he would write maybe 3 sentences in a literacy lesson, but once the board was introduced we had to get him to slow his writing down because he was writing too much but it was not accurate therefore we had to carefully monitor what targets we were giving him for the lesson.
Whilst on Professional Practice phase 2, I always planned for additional adults. I did this mostly by producing a separate plan for the TA, however sometimes I wrote them into the main plan but always made sure they had a copy well before the start of the lesson.
Above are pictures of a plan for a numeracy lesson. This lesson was differentiated 3 ways and the TA was working with the higher ability group, the middle ability children were working independently and I was working with the lower ability. I am a strong believer that the TA should not always be placed with lower ability children. Firstly, the lower ability children need extra support and the teacher is the most knowledgeable person in the room, therefore the TA should not be placed with the lower ability group all the time. Secondly, lower ability children end up working with the same person all the time and the main class teacher a lot of the time is not active in their learning. I believe for effective deployment of additional adults in the classroom, that the extra adults should be working with a variety of different children all the time, meaning they will also be able to build relationships with all children in the class.
Above is my very first observation of my Professional Practice phase 2. The lesson I taught was a numeracy lesson and it was graded ‘good’. My emerging targets from this observation were to adopt a more energetic presence in the classroom and also to think about how I can get the children reasoning in maths by using different problem solving questions/activities. My third target was to make sure I had extension activities that were different from the others for those children who are targeted at GD.
Above is my final lesson observation from Professional Practice phase 2. This again was a numeracy lesson and once again I was graded as ‘good’, however I did not receive any feedback to how it could be improved to ‘outstanding’, instead I was told it was an amazing lesson but did not believe I could be ‘outstanding’ after eight weeks. This being said my feedback was really positive, in particular I was told that I was energetic and this reflected in the pace of lesson being a lot quicker. I was also told that i provided excellent opportunities for reasoning which deepened children’s understanding. Also my third target about making sure GD children had their own extension was met as i was told I challenged all children through well planned activities.
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Throughout my time in schools, I have learnt that it is much more worthwhile to integrate teaching styles such as group work, pair work, whole class work and individual work. I have also tried to do this in a creative manner. Below are some examples:
Upon starting a new topic on Mr Benn, the first piece of writing the children were going to do was a character description. The teacher told me that if we watch one episode and then have a talk about what he looks like then the children should be able to get on and write a character description independently. However, from experience, I know writing character descriptions do not take long and it is much more worthwhile to talk and discuss the character. Therefore I decided to do role on the wall with the children. For this the children worked in groups of about 4-5. The children were given sugar paper with an outline of Mr Benn. They were to discuss together what they thought he looked like, where he lived etc and write it around the outside of his body. Then they were to discuss what they thought his personality might have been like and what he might have been thinking, this they were to write on the inside of his body. This exercise got children engaged and excited about their task and ultimately their character descriptions were a lot more detailed than usual. The class teacher told me that they were some of the best character descriptions they had written, I believe this was because the children had the opportunity to talk about their ideas before the wrote.
In numeracy, I regularly started the children off by giving them paired tasks, sometimes even before giving them input. This meant the children had to discuss problems in pairs and think of solutions to work them out. We would then come back as a whole class and discuss how the children solved the problems (they were encouraged to use whatever method they liked). After a sharing of ideas the children would then go away and work independently in their books. The above picture is of a pair of children who were solving different ways to make different amounts of money. This is an example of something the children had to do in pairs without input first. Using sugar paper also meant the children could be as messy as they liked and they were able to use techniques such as trial and error and not worry about getting anything wrong.
Whole Class/ Individual Work
Throughout World Book Day week, I decided we were going to do something a bit different in Literacy, so I created a class project. All our work for that week was going to be based around the book ‘Journey’. We did many activities with the book and the book trailer such as book talk, drama and hot seating to name a few. All our work was leading up to writing our own version of the book. The book journey was a picture book, therefore I thought it would be a nice idea to create our own class version using the pictures but we was going to tell the story through our own eyes. The children were given pages from the book, they were then to write about what was happening on that page, however they also had to think about what the person was writing on the next page and the page before them. Therefore they had to discuss their ideas with each other to make sure the book would flow and make sense. They then had to write their page and in the end we put all the pages together to create our own book which I read to them to finish the mini-project.
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Throughout all of my placements I have always made sure I have been reflecting on every lesson I teach. I have done this numerous ways, I started off by using the Edge Hill reflection template, however I did not feel like it worked for me. In the end I decided upon reflecting through annotations, I feel this was the best way for me and also one of the most professional ways to reflect because it is easy to access and therefore easy to inform future planning with.
Above is a differentiated numeracy plan. The starter, main and plenary are all differentiated numerous ways and I have also planned for the TA clearly and effectively.
After this lesson was done, I reflected on both the learning of the children and my delivery. I have made notes of the children who need to come back for ‘Fix Its’, but I have also made note of them children that I feel made good progress. This being said, when reflecting on the lesson, I noticed some children were making silly mistakes, but on the whole had made good progress and had met the learning objective, therefore I did a tally next to their name so I could see how many questions they needed to correct.
Throughout the annotations I also reflected upon my delivery and the timings I had estimated for the session. This process allows me to inform myself about what I need to tweek in terms of my delivery next time around to stop the children making silly mistakes again.
Once I had completed my reflection, I was able to look upon this plan in order to inform my next numeracy lesson. I could tell who might need support in the next lesson, who doesn’t need support, how I might set my groups up, who the lesson needs differentiating for and who might need extension activities.
I undertook this process every time I taught a lesson, this meant that through my reflections I was able to inform future planning, making my teaching more effective.
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Whilst on Professional Practice phase 2, target tracking was a main priority. This is because I was in Year 2 and in the not so distant future they had SATs, therefore we had to be clear in how we were tracking the children against their targets and keeping evidence of their work for moderation purposes. Above is a tracking grid for writing, every child in the class had one of these. This child’s target is WA therefore by the end of the year this child should be able to do all the statement in WT and WA to be given this grade. This copy is an early copy of my records, the class teacher has her own set of records and at the end of this practice we will be meeting to discuss pupil progress and I will give her my records so she has a full set. Along with this tracking sheet we also had tracking grids for numeracy and for reading. We used these in the same way as this one.
I often used this tracking grid to give children targets for their next piece of work, for example I might look at this grid and see I have no evidence of that child using question marks, therefore I know that in their recent writing they have not been using them. This means I can give them a target to use them in their next piece of writing. I can do this for every child, therefore I can give personalized and specific targets for children.
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