Friday marked my last day in school. Unfortunately, I had to cut my trip short by a few weeks meaning I have completed my final week in school and I am currently writing this from high up in the sky somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, on route to Paris.
Although sad to be leaving I feel I must reflect upon what I have learnt over the last 20 weeks. I wish to look at what I have learnt as not just a teacher but as a person.
As a teacher ..
I’ve realised I can do it. I can be flexible, I can be active, I can be adaptable, encouraging, interesting, fun, relatable, knowledgeable, useful, helpful and needed. The most important thing I will take away with me is flexibility. I have enjoyed my journey from student teacher, to co teacher, to supply teacher, to support teacher. I feel ready for my own class. I have adapted to walk into any class and take a lesson with very little notice, a daunting notion to begin with but now an exciting challenge. I have also developed my inquiry techniques, especially the importance of such a method and the enjoyment and pleasure it brings. I had a chance to trial and test behaviour management techniques and work with some particularly challenging classes and children. I have a whole new set of techniques for gaining attention in a classroom, to work with a range of ages. I was lucky enough to work with both ends of the primary section, brooding my subject knowledge for both and the journey needed especially with learning a second language. This is an important part of the experience, bring able to fully emerge with EAL learners everyday and adapt my English and phonics teaching accordingly. I’m proud of the small impact I made in my weeks with year one and their improvement with sounds during our intovention group. Hopefully I have helped them see reading can be fun. I have left behind a range of new resources and ideas for phonics and guided reading in year one as well as helping to impove the writing with my fourth grade class. Cata and I were very proud of last term’s Inca report and now I’m hearing tremendous things about their recent scientific writing. Hopefully my participation with 4I helped to achieve this. I will miss the children so very much, and equally the incredible team of primary staff who were all amazingly helpful, friendly and a joy to work with. What do I need to work on though? Learning a few more handy five minute fillers for those fast workers and that time before or after break.
Thank you for having me and I hope I see you again one day.
As a person ..
I did it! I moved to a whole new continent to live in a city with very little English and managed. Living in Plymouth was one thing but moving abroad is a much bigger step. Not just any city abroad, a city in one of the most dangerous continents in the world, which happens to be earthquake prone, ridiculously far away from home and with a whole new language to grasp. I could not have done it without the support of the amazing ladies connected to the school as well as my fellow Plymouth students and family. I used to be too scared to phone and book a table in a restaurant, or ask for ketchup in a diner. But now? I hope when I get home I am more than able to do these things with confidence now. A personal achievement I would say, but I am proud to have conquered ‘Chile’. Being able to go out and about independently and live life to the fullest. I feel ready to take on the next steps in my life, whatever they may be. Perhaps abroad again? (Somewhere closer to home though..) and more than ready to take on my NQT year.
I thank everybody connected with my involvement with Chile and the school. From lecturers to friends and family. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and sorting everything out back home now. I will however never forget Chile, the people I met nor the memories made. Seeing the Atacama dessert, visiting the vineyard, going to the top of the tallest South American building, living abroad, nights out, nights in, food, school life, cinema visits, the trip to see the sea, Chilean Day, shopping, museums, the hills and of course the views. Thank you Chile!
Right now I am about 4 hours into my 14 hour flight. (This will hopefully be posted once I’ve landed in Paris). I’ve already seen one and a half movies plus an episode of Friends. I will be home soon.
I want to thank anyone reading for following my blog. We will have to wait and see what happens next!