Hello to all the new readers of my blog, and welcome back to those of you that have been here before!
This is Part 2 of ‘My journey to becoming a teacher’ and is focused on the topic of lectures and modules. Not a very interesting subject I know. But you never know… you might be glad that you chose to stick it out until the end!
When I first started, there were certain lectures that I would sit through and feel completely lost. My subject knowledge in some areas was not as good as I would have hoped.
We were told that some of the topics we were going to cover wouldn’t mean a great deal to us, until we were able to relate them to our own experiences of being in a school. I can’t say that this is what happens to every trainee teacher, but it is exactly what happened to me.
As soon as I had been into school on my first placement, it all made perfect sense.
Basically, what I’m getting at here is that… if you feel completely out of your depth during certain modules, don’t waste time worrying about it.
I guarantee that it will all come together.
One thing that very nearly put me off taking the course was the fact that I am pretty terrible at Mathematics and P.E. Once I got here though, I realised that almost everybody had the same fear of maths and not many people that I met had a love for sports either.
It became apparent after a while though, that everybody has their strengths and weaknesses, and you don’t have to be perfect at everything to be a good teacher.
I’ve always been pretty good at English, and I’m not too bad at the creative lessons like Art either. Knowing the subjects that I’m good at just makes me more aware of those that I need to improve on.
For those of you that don’t know, you have to pass a Literacy and Mathematics skills test (QTS tests) before you start the course.
A big tip is to do practice tests, and there are plenty of books and online resources available to help!
The lectures at Worcester help you to build on your strong subjects whilst consistently improving your weaker ones, because in every University course, there will always be modules that you wish you didn’t have to take.
For us trainee teachers though, these lectures are almost always balanced out by the incredibly fun and active one’s aswell… such as the pond dipping lecture in science!
The moral of this long-winded blog, you ask?
Don’t let a subject, certain lectures or a module put you off doing the course that you want to do.
Nobody expects you to be brilliant at absolutely everything. Check out my previous post about the application process, if you haven’t read it already!