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My Teaching Journey | Week 4

27 Sep 2013


Hey Everyone!
Time for another weekly update.
This week has been the busiest by far! I know I say this every week but honestly I have had the most work this week and the most fun this week, so it was all very tiring! 
On the more boring side, I had a 1500 word essay due this week about my educational background and my thoughts on teacher and learning. It wasn't so bad, I got through it :P
 Also we had another session of micro teaching this week so most of the time was spent coming up with a lesson plan and rehearsing it. 
The micro-teaching went pretty well, despite the class barely speaking or interacting, but hey they were shy little first years. We have all improved on our teaching from last time so onwards and upwards! 

Now on to the more fun part of my week.
I got to go out twice this week which was fun fun fun!
On Monday I went out with some old friends from college who were back in Galway, Kelley, Jade and Stephen. It was shockingly my first proper night out with them so I was really looking forward to it. It was quite a classy night as we chilled and sipped cocktails. 
 We then went clubbing, danced a lot, and ran to our taxi in the rain. 

I also went out on Wednesday night with my group which was aaahhh, lets just say the 'classiness'  of the previous night was definitely a thing of the past! We had some pre-drinks in one of the boys house and that was enough for me because I have 'too much' when I haven't had much at all if you get my drift. I wasn't too drunk though, let me clear that up, drinking and being drunk is NOT cool (I feel like the teacher/professional in me has to state that! #drinkaware. I was just very very happy and excited and hugging everyone, before we even went into the club, which was a bit embarrassing when I had to see them in the library the next day. But hey that's life, it's all good :P

Between so much work and late nights I am officially wrecked after this week. I am so glad that I have the entire weekend to do nothing and just chill. So I'm going to sign off and watch some Corrie :)

X
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The Autumn Tag

23 Sep 2013


                       

Hey Everyone!
Recently I have been kindly tagged by the gorgeous Tasmin from RazMaTaz-Girl to do 'The Autumn Tag' and you know me, I do like the old tag and I also love autumn and since I did the 'I heart Summer tag' it only makes sense for me to embrace this season and do this one too :) 
So here it goes!...

Favourite thing about it?
Where do I start? I love the nice crisp chill, flushed rosy cheeks, walking along crunching leaves, warm jumpers and hot drinks in by the fire. I love getting to wear scarves and gloves. Halloween, bonfires, cinnamon, apple picking, I could go on.

Favourite drink?
Hot chocolate from Starbucks with an unhealthy amount of cream on top!

Favourite scent/candle?
Yankee candles Vanilla chai smells scrummy and sums up autumn in a scent. Favourite body spray that I'm using this Autumn is the Soap and Glory body spray - it smells sooo delicious! SNIFF IT!

Best Lipstick?
Don't usually keep up with seasonal trends I just use whatever lipstick I like, lately I'm wearing Mac viva glam Nikki non-stop!
Go to moisturiser?
Nivea soft does the job just fine :)

Go to colours for the eyes?
Burgandy or purple smoky eyes are perfect for autumn! Really need to invest in some good eye-shadows of these colours though.

Favourite music singer/band to listen to?
Not exactly a seasonal thing? I will listen to anything that's good :P 

Favourite outfit to wear?
Cosy oversized knits are one of my favourite things about autumn, paired with ankle boots and a pretty scarf - love it!

Autumn treat?
Lots and lots of chocolate, nuts and sweeties at Halloween :)

Favourite place to be?
At home in my trakies by the fire watching good tv!

I tag?
I tag all of you, my lovely friendies to do this tag :) and if you do, let me know so I can have a look!

Love You's
Sinead
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My Teaching Journey | Week 3

21 Sep 2013


Hello again everyone!
So week 3 of my road to 'teacher-hood' has come to an end and it was another craaazy, busy week!
Here are the highlights of my week -

  • Went back to my old school to get my teaching time table and found out that I will be working with my old English teacher Mr.Rushe, feels like yesterday I was his student and now I will be taking some of his classes and working with him! crazy! turns out he is unbelievably lovely and I'm very glad he is my coordinating teacher for English, I think I will learn a lot from him as he is an excellent teacher.
  • Started tutorials and my tutor is a bit looney and looks just like the actor who plays Father Jack (not the character now, thankfully!) so yeah, don't know how I feel about his weird personality.
  • Spent far too much time in the college bar (not drinking) when we should have been preparing our presentation for Saturday.
  • We are now calling the members of our group B-tards derived from our group number 7B. I have been given the nickname Shinners.....thanks guys! -.-
  • I have aquired a taste for coffee this week, any coffee recommendations? 
  • Had a 9 am start 4 days in a row, I am so not used to that, and going out one night didn't help either...ready to drop right now.
  • Went to my primary school to meet the principle to arrange observation (after waiting two weeks for the meeting), I'm so annoyed because she is making far too much of a big deal about it and can't take me for the next two weeks ALL I HAVE TO DO IS SIT IN THE BACK  OF THE CLASSROOM!!!! and now my friend told me that we have to have it done in the next two weeks...sigh, fml.
  • Meanwhile, on Friday, I did several hours of observation in my secondary school. I had to mingle with my old teachers in the staffroom which was interesting to say the least! Witnessed some good and some shitty/boring teaching in the classes I observed, and got several looks from curious students who were wondering who the hell I was sitting down the back with a notebook.
  • Had college on Saturday (today) at 9 am which I could barely pull myself out of bed for and probably wouldn't have went if I didn't have to be there for my group to do a presentation. Nevertheless, many a laugh was had, went for dinner with the girls after and went browsing for a graduation dress (I will be graduating from my undergrad degree) so the day was worth getting up for, but honestly, I'll probably hit the hay after I publish this!
And that was my week! 
Only 28 more weeks to go on my teaching journey :P

Thanks for Reading,
Sinead 
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My Teaching Journey | Week 2

13 Sep 2013



Hey Everyone!
Another week done and dusted thank God. I am just lying on the couch watching 'The Chase' having some much needed  down time and doing some blogging on my newly updated, and much faster laptop...so life is good at the moment :P
You may not know this but I decided to document my year as a student teacher with a blog post every Friday. One of the most important things in order to become a teacher is reflection; looking back on how things went in college, class, what was good and what you want to improve on. 
Week 2 is finally over and let me tell you, it was loooong! But also good :) 

Here's my week 2 sum up:-
  • Spilt a cup of hot chocolate all over my shoes and my friends folder - just made college on Saturday all the better!
  • Got to know my group so much better this week and have become such good friends with them already. I've honestly made more friends in these two weeks than I have in my 3 previous years in Uni. From make-up talk with Kim and Aisling to breakfast with Brian I'm so glad to be getting to know them all individually. So happy they're all good craic and there isn't one of them that isn't nice. Group 7B for life :P
  • I learned how to knit, make a paper aeroplane and I learned the offside rule in an activity with 3 other students. I showed them how to cross stitch :P
  • Apart from the many boring lectures I spent the majority of the time with my group planning our lesson for micro-teaching.
  • I did my micro-teaching on Friday, so my group and I gave a lesson on the subject of volcanoes to a small group of 13 year old students. Most of us were pretty nervous about standing in front of a class, even if it was only for 6 minutes each. Having each other there (even though we love each other) made it all the more intimidating, not to mind our mentor who was watching us from the back of the room. We were also been recorded by camera for the whole lesson and there were little microphones hanging from the ceiling - SCARY. After the lesson we went to a boardroom with our mentor to watch ourselves back on a big screen - gah I hate hearing my own voice. We spent 3 hours in the boardroom discussing the good and bad points (and occasionally having a laugh) about each others performance, and I must say, it really helped a lot in terms of how to present yourself to a class as well as methods of teaching. I feel like my teaching was OK, I engaged with the students, moved around the room, and instilled my presence amongst them, but I do wish I talked more (I was pretty nervous) and I need to work on my voice projection.
So that was basically my week in a nutshell :)

Beauty post coming soon I promise! May have purchased some Soap and Glory, stay tuned ;)

X


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My Teaching Journey | Week 1.

6 Sep 2013

Hey Everyone!
This week has been so so crazy and as you can see I haven't blogged at all, I barely had time to pee never mind blog! I am going to try and make time for my blog though as I love it so much and find it therapeutic.
I started the 'My Week' series last week and was really excited about it, I had different categories and found it a good way to sum up my week. I don't think I'm going to continue doing it like that though because there will be some weeks where I don't upload any Instagram pics, don't have a favorite song or video and so on. 
I decided I'm going to have more of a weekly diary entry every Friday to do with my week in College as I have just started my Professional Diploma in Education where I am training to become a Geography and English teacher. I feel like this is such a jam packed and exciting year, it's probably the most important academic years of my life in relation to my career and I am pretty sure I will have loads to talk about every week. Plus, we were advised to keep a diary and write in important things that happened every day but I don't have the patience to a) write something every night or b) actually hand write, so I thought this would be an enjoyable alternative!
So here we go for Week 1 :)


This Week:-
  • I realised from day 1 just how much would be involved, 14 modules overall ranging from the 'psychology' and 'philosophy' of education to more practical things like 'curriculum and assessment' craaazy compared to my 6 module course of last year! So it is safe to say I was pretty overwhelmed, and I still am.
  • Found that every single one of my lecturers are absolutely lovely, they have all been through the PDE (professional diploma in education) and know exactly what we're feeling so they are a lot more down to earth and helpful than the ones I had last year. 
  • I met the group I will be working with for the year, 4 lovely girls (one I already knew) and 4 equally lovely (if a little crazy) boys. We were told that we would get to know each other intimately through the course of the year, (not sure if the word 'intimately' was appropriate :P) as we take part in many projects and experiences together where we are expected to support each other and critique each other honestly and maybe dry each others tears every now and again. 
  • I discovered the AMAZING secret MAC computer suite in the Education department, and got to use a MAC computer for the first time, they're so fancy but I think I prefer windows! haha.
  • Realised that to be a teacher you have to be VERY VERY organised - something that I have to work on :P
    My Cat :P
  • Was asked to draw a cat in class and  we had to judge everyone else's cat in our group (to get used to judging each other's teaching) it was very very funny, and I have realized that some people really can't draw a cat to save their lives :P
  • Tasted an iced caramel machiato or something and it was absolutely disgusting - never EVER again am I trying anything coffee related. Yuck.
Whats planned for next week:-
  • Teach the others in my group a small task, I am going to teach them how to cross-stitch I think!
  • Teach a real life class a topic with my group (six minutes each) we will be recorded and have to judge eachother's performance afterwards - eeek.
  • Create a lesson plan for that class.
  • Create a handout for the class.

I AM EXCITED!!
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