Knowing there is current MDI students going out to their schools tomorrow to begin the first steps in this academic year of teaching placement – here is a few what tips to help you get through your placement!
Teaching practice is a stressful time. There is no denying that. Even the calmest and most relaxed people will suddenly turn into stressful people.
We all use theses classic phrases when talking to people starting teaching practice:
You will be fine!
Ah you will be grand
Sure, you survived last year
You got who as a supervisor?
Ohhhhhhhhhh did you hear what happened last year?
However helpful we think these phrases are – they won’t do much to quell the fears and worries of those starting teaching placement! Here are a few things to remember when starting/on teaching practice.
- There is life after teaching practice!!!
- Be organised from day one!
- The staff will support and help you anyway they can – but you may need to ask!
- Remember to sleep.
- Take time out for yourself – e.g. go for that coffee on Saturday morning.
- Enjoy your classes.
- Don’t be afraid of your supervisors.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
- Be creative in the classroom.
- Engage with the students – e.g. know what match was on last night.
- Be professional.
Keep smiling when this happens is the best advice to remember if your class goes off topic!
If you think the lesson went bad – start humming be happy. You will be amazed what a catchy positive tune can do to help you through those few wobbly moments!
You could be that teacher that inspires a student to study that bit harder or offer a few kind words which they remember for the rest of their lives.
Don’t underestimate the impact you may have on a students life!