Primary Education @ YSJ Blog
This week we had a LIVE facebook webinar. The purpose of this was to bring our NQTs up to date with news and documentation as well as answering their questions live. The panel consisted of Peter Raymond, Louise Whitfield and Keither Parker with Ian Wilson dealing with the technical side of things.
Well, the students have all left uni now and despite popular belief I am not on holiday from May until September but busy with planning and preparation, research, visiting and working with schools, and getting back into blogging on this site. I am currently enjoying a week working in school alongside teachers on a variety of STEM activities including investigating skittles, creating an eco-classroom and investigating bridges and bug hotels. As well as this, it would appear that many NQT’s are actually heading out into school to work alongside their new classes. These transition hours/days/weeks are very important but there is always that discussion what you should actually do within this time. This seemed to be a perfect opportunity for me to give you some idea which I have done in the past and what I think are the important elements of a transition day.
This actually leads me onto the topic of this waffle – no, its not about wraps – its about jobs. As I have been writing references it has got me thinking about what would be my advice for searching out, applying for and succeeding in securing that elusive first job.
I am well into the swing of my semester abroad in Salzburg, Austria. I am enrolled on an international course at a teaching university (Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg) which means my class is made up of student teachers from many different European countries and we are taught in English. A diverse class such as this makes for very interesting discussion in my classes especially ‘Challenges and Perspectives in European Education Systems’.
As the YSJ semester is well under way I thought it would be a good opportunity to write the first blog sharing our experiences so far from our semester abroad in Norway! The semester here started a few months ago and what a months it has been! From climbing some of the highest mountains in Norway, boat trips along the coast, even to eating breakfast at our lectures house – its safe to say it has been an amazing experience!
Hello again. My third blog comes at a time when the university has been restructured. So I cannot call this “HoP’s Highlights” as the University no longer has HoPs (Heads of Programme) and therefore I am no longer Head of programme for Primary Education. Am I therefore out of a job I hear you cry. No. I am now Director of Undergraduate Initial Teacher Education – a bit of a mouthful, I know. I do want to come and talk to each year group about what this means when we are all settled in, but for today, this means I need a new blog title, as “HoP’s Highlights” no longer works.