Although I felt quite capable in both French and Italian back in September, there is a different kind of competancy required when trying to bring that knowledge across to somebody else. At first it was difficult getting back to such a basic level of my subjects. I am beginning to better understand the ability levels and capabilities of my students.
Junior & Senior Cycle
Throughout the second semester I felt more like a teacher and acted accordingly. I enforced the rules moreso and was stricter than I had been back in September. I was also more engaged on a professional level with students who weren't my own. I was more known in the school to other students outside my classes.
Being more aware in general of the day to day running of the school has allowed me to feel more comfortable there. It is important to know who is in charge of what and how things work in order to get an overall view of the school and my place in it.
Lockers & Pigeon Holes
Computers; logging on/off
Eating/Cleaning up arrangements
Class Times, Shorter school day on Fridays
Mixed Ability in Junior Cycle
HL/OL in Senior Cycle
School Development Planning Officer
Pastoral Care Team
Lack of homework policy in my school, I researched this for my Action Research Project
Strict anti-bullying policy
SEN: Some of my students have special needs such as dyslexia, ADHD and Aspergers Syndrome. However, no problems arose throughout the year and I didn't feel that I had much contact with these students. I feel more aware about SEN but in no way prepared to deal with SEN on a professional basis. I feel that this will eventually come with experience. As for first years, I learned a bit about the Cairdeas Programme and the incoming first years when I was researching the Curriculum Project.
Cairdeas Programme, Pastoral Care Team, Fifth Year Help/Participation
Teachers are lovers of learning and should always strive to better themselves in a constantly changing environment. I hope to develop my language skills by continuing my Spanish studies. I am also interested in studying English further with a view to teaching it in the future. ICT skills are essential in todays world and my school is fortunate with excellent facilities. However, I feel that these facilities are under-utilised by some teachers.
More creative in class.