‘If a new programme works, teachers get little of the credit; if it fails they get most of the blame.’ (Fullan 1991 p117). That pretty much summed up how I felt upon taking on a challenging mixed-ability group as my first proper incursion into the reality of teaching.
This article reflects upon how effective management strategies have been in my first attempts at whole class teaching. It will also reflect on the relationship between my teaching practice and professional/personal development. Continue reading “Classroom management strategies (for rookies)”
The benefit of education was summarized quite brilliantly by Kendra Todd, the winner of the United States TV show ‘The Apprentice’ in her final pitch to tycoon Donald Trump: ‘in life you get to learn by your own mistakes, but in college you get to learn by other people’s mistakes.’ To which she heard those immortal words: ‘You’re hired!’ (NBC shown on BBC2 Oct 06).
The group consisted of 11 WBQ students coming to the end of their first year. The students attended this class for 2 hours each Monday afternoon, and had spent the previous 12 weeks producing an individual investigation as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate studies.
This mixed-ability group of first-year catering students were coming to the end of their WBQ classes for this year. With many having completed the assessment criteria, it seemed an ideal opportunity to something a bit different.
The subject of this SPE was a mixed ability group of approximately 20 first year catering students carrying out an individual investigation as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. The 2 hour session was class 6 of a 10 session course as documented in my scheme of work. A lesson plan was provided.