Upon reading Danny’s blog I too am like many of my peers undertaking EDC3100 I have not yet been advised of my prac placement due to start on 16th May. Whilst I acknowledge the start date is a few weeks away and the prac office works extremely hard, and I genuinely mean extremely hard, I was a little disconcerted when I rung them yesterday and they could not locate my prac forms. Not exactly pulling my hair out but still thinking ‘deep breaths…ok, so they have to be somewhere’. I am sure they will be located and actioned accordingly. Said with my fingers crossed.
The main reason I like to know is to make contact with my mentor teacher early enough to understand the student needs, classroom dynamics, behavioural management techniques, and where possible the unit/lesson contents that we will complete together. I find knowing the direction of the curriculum and content lightens my cognitive load whilst on prac. If I know where I am heading I can plan (to the best of my abilities) and where necessary learn unfamiliar content before immersing myself into the classroom. Or, maybe I am just a control freak!
Time to adopt a new philosophy…’not knowing is exciting and full of new possibilities’. Said again with fingers crossed.
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