Only 5 days left of prac! I hope everyone else is going well with theirs.
Today was a great day. I was able to do two PDs and also moderation at one of the local schools nearby.
In the first PD, we focused on Classroom Procedures and Routines, and Classroom Expectations and Behaviour. It was based on the Virginia Department of Education. It was really great to listen to the experience of the teachers at my prac school, and learn some great (and surprisingly obvious) ways to help with creating routine within the classroom.
The middle session was when we did moderation at one of the other local schools, and it was great to see how it worked, so I know what I’m in for when I become a teacher (if I’m in the state system). I then got some valued time with my mentor to speak about my progress, and as per usual, she was full of compliments and was happy for me to do further experimentation with the classroom. I will definitely consider it next week with the lessons I’m still yet to plan.
The last session today was quite interesting. It was about resilience as a teacher, and it taught me a lot about myself and how I can create a Wellbeing Master Plan. I tested myself on the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, which measures your level of stress and how at risk you are of becoming ill in the near future. 300+ points means you have a high or very high risk of becoming ill in the near future, and my score was at 355 points, so it was a wake up call to me that I need to make sure I am implementing coping strategies so that I don’t let that stress ruin my flow that I’ve got going on. I found it very beneficial to do this PD, and am glad I had the opportunity to go along.