Natalie Johnson writes about her experience undertaking the module 'Learning from the NQT Year'.
When first presented with the module information I began to wonder how I would fit in the essay work with reports, parent’s evenings, school sports fixtures as well as my own social life. This however was easy as I began the work and managed my time appropriately. Once I began the work I became very interested in what I was doing due to the large amount of self reflection involved, and at times found it frustrating that unlike my student days, I couldn’t just sit down and write until it was finished, particularly when trying to complete it at school.
The module provided me with an opportunity to reflect upon the changes I made as a professional during the year. This allowed me to think specifically about certain learning activities I had done, and situations I had been involved in, and look strategically at how I could improve these if used again.
Looking back at the successes I had throughout my NQT year was particularly useful and motivating. The key areas of this were my role as a form tutor and the sporting events my pupils have taken part in with varying levels of success. I also thought about more specific examples which makes the job worth while like getting a child with bad behaviour to co-operate and shine within a lesson.
The module has inspired me to take part in further study and develop my own learning to a greater level, think more seriously about my career aspirations.
- The opportunity to share ideas and thoughts with others taking part on the course. This is very helpful when writing up work.
- Helpful attitude of the tutors who were willing to discuss ideas and aid in the reflection process. Easy to reach through email.
- The right amount of meetings to discuss work, without it feeling that it took up too much time.
- The opportunity to evaluate the system in place within your school in order to aid future NQT students.
- Able to use evidence already collected in Professional development portfolio, which decreased the amount of work created.