Created on: 14 Aug 2020 | Last modified: 12 Aug 2021
Challenging, fun, fulfilling
I wanted a job that I was excited to get up and go to everyday, but that would also provide me with new challenges.
My favourite teacher was Mr Gilmartin. He was strict but extremely fair and set out clear expectations for the class. He was also a teacher who provided positive feedback and made you wanted to do your best in his class.
One thing I would like to change about teaching is the class sizes. Most maths classes I had the opportunity to teach had over 30 pupils. This is ok if you have a class which are of the same level and similar ability as it will allow you a chance to check in on all pupils. However, if you have a mixed ability or mixed level class it can be extremely hard to make sure all pupils get the one-on-one time they need and deserve.
So you never feel like you are alone in your job! I have already found the EIS to be a great source of information and great at communicating with me which I found reassuring particularly when guidance kept changing on COVID-19 measures.
Remember to take a break for yourself especially during placement, and don't forget to enjoy yourself!
Admit if you make a mistake or you’re not sure on a question or answer. Pupils will respect and respond to your honesty.