Just got a new computer. The old one was having random BSODs as well as reboots.
It was getting kind of annoying especially in the midst of this CB and FHBL.
I remember now why I dreaded having to get a new computer. Setting up and making sure the computer feels and looks the way I want it to is taking some time.
Having to finetune things to get them just the way I like it is making me lose sleep.
Semester 2 was crazy! I had 12 academic modules over a span of 4 months! I don’t know how I managed to survive it but I guess I did.
Next thing to worry about now is Practicum.
And my renovation.
Did I mention? I bought a flat.
This week was interesting. One of the tasks I had to fulfil for this TA was to look at the pupils’ learning styles and difficulties as well as my CT‘s teaching approaches and strategies on dealing with these learning styles as well as their difficulties.
One strategy my CT uses in class was silent reading. She uses silent reading as a tuning-in activity. She said that as she’s also their Mathematics teacher in addition to being their English Language teacher, her use of the silent reading period is a signal to the pupils that it is now time for English Language and that their minds have to switch away from Mathematics. In fact, one of the routines after a short break is when she says “switch on your minds”, the pupils will mime a ‘switching-on’ motion and saying “switching on” in a sing-song voice.
One thing I took away from this week’s TA was from my conversation with my NIES. He asked me if students were learning. He said that no matter what strategy we used or what approaches we were to take, the very first question we have to ask ourselves as teachers would be “will the students learn?”
This week’s Teaching Assistantship (TA) is very short. We started on Tuesday and had Friday off due to Good Friday.
I finally had a Cooperating Teacher (CT) this time and I think I will enjoy this TA stint more than I did my contract stint.
I will write more about the rest of the TA when I have the time.
This afternoon was my group’s turn for micro-teaching. Last week, two groups had presented on SBA so this week, my group will be presenting on MLEA.
N was good! In fact, she was so good that I actually just wanted to find a crawl space to hide. For all my CELTA experience and whatnot, I have to say she was a natural. Someone once said to me that there are people who have a natural flair for teaching. N is one of those.
K was calm and she has a very soothing personality.
Actually, ever since coming into NIE, I’ve started doubting myself more and more. It’s a struggle to stay afloat amidst the assignments, group works and readings. Despite whatever experience I thought I had, I am really finding it very tough to come up with lesson plans, unit plans and all the little things in-between.
I know that I joined this PGDE programme to learn and that it is alright to feel overwhelmed as long as I keep at it. It is just frustrating that I am not as good as I can be even though I have been trying.
This is something I have been wanting for a long time and now that I have gotten into this programme, I feel like maybe I am just not cut out for this.