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So this is my belated post on finishing prac.
I was in two mindsets when I found out about the year level for my prac. Year 1 is definitely a level that I hadn’t even done close to, but my son is in Year 1, so I was keen to see if what he was learning was in line with what my Year 1’s were doing.
The first thing my mentor told me …. public and private schools are quite different. Ok….
In the end though, I was happy with what he was learning compared to what my Year 1’s were doing. I even picked up several learning strategies to help him out. For example, ‘when 2 vowels go walking, the first one does the talking’. Loved that one.
When I started teaching the Year 1s, I admit I struggled a bit, as I kept forgetting how much they DON’T know yet. Then my mentor told me to teach each lesson like they haven’t done it before and once I got the hang of it, I actually started to enjoy teaching them.
I still don’t think the early years are for me, but at least I know I can handle it if that’s where I have to start out.
I can completely relate to Kraig’s post and can confirm that teaching as a career path is still very much on my agenda. I too have also felt like I could just walk in and teach on previous pracs, but was the total opposite on this one.