Going out on prac always makes me nervous. I often psych myself out with a lot of “what if” questions. But usually once I am there, and I have started teaching, I begin to feel a lot more comfortable. The last prac I went on was… well, let’s just say it way an experience. There were plenty of ups and downs. Because of my last experience, going out on prac this time, I am in a sense a little less nervous, in that the last experience has prepared me somewhat more for what to possibly expect next. You are not always going to get a perfect well-behaved class or the most enthusiastic mentor, and if that’s the case, all you can do is make the most out of it the best you can.
The top two challenges I have faced while out of Professional Experience would be 1. Managing behaviour and 2. Time management.
Behaviour management is a challenge for me because what management skill/strategy you may use for one child does not always work for another. I guess I am still feeling my way around and learning what works best and how to deal with certain situations that require behaviour management.
Time management is another challenge for me. It is very easy to lose track of time when you are teaching a lesson and depending on then mentor, sometimes you are instructed to just stop, regardless of whether students are engaged and working on the tasks or not. This for me is frustrating but I understand that this is part of the job as teachers do work from schedules and routines. There’s just not enough time!
The top two concerns I have about going on this prac is 1. Available ICT resources and 2. Having a mentor who is not willing to use ICT within learning experiences.
While many schools today have at least the basics in ICT resources (computers in and outside of the classroom such as computer Labs, and at least one smartboard), I worry that if there is a lack of ICT available the lesson won’t have the same impact. I am also concerned about what to do if and when technology fails!
While I am grateful to be accepted into a classroom, I am worried that my mentor may not be open to the idea of having ICTs integrated into lessons. Which in turn makes it a little difficult to teach 5 ICT-based learning experiences that are required for the last assignment in this course.
tturner96 is another fellow blogger who shares her concerns about going out on professional experience. It is comforting in that you are not alone and that there are others out there who share the same challenges about prac as yourself!
Unfortunately, until I know where I am being placed, who my mentor is, and how the class works, there is no point in stressing too much. Sure I have my concerns but these concerns are somewhat out of my control. All I can do is hope that everything goes smoothly!