Mia is focussing on refining her skills in her final few weeks as a trainee teacher.
“There are only 14 days of teaching placement left and I’ve done it! Looking back now it seems to have gone so fast, even though most of the time it hasn’t felt like this at all.
“My focus for these last three weeks is working hard to get the best possible levels in all of the teaching standards which will determine the final grade I get. My mentor and class teachers have been giving me some really useful advice and things to try out in areas I still need to improve on. It’s great to feel supported in trialling new things and I will keep doing this right through the placement to make sure I keep progressing.
“I am trying to keep my head down at the moment as it is a stressful time at school with coursework deadlines and exams now very close. The year 11s only have a week left in school so there is a slight sense of panic in the air – luckily I don’t have a Year 11 class but I know that, next year, this will be me too.
“My classes are going well and I seem to be getting even more efficient with planning and marking, meaning less work at evenings and weekends. This is great and is helping me feel a lot more relaxed and less stressed than I have been. With a bit more free time I have been able to get involved in running the science club, help with rounders after school, and attend various CPD events across the region.
“I also did a Year 7 parents’ evening, taking full responsibility for the class. This provided me with an excellent opportunity to make that contact with home which can be so influential on pupils.
“Last week, I got my contract for September in the post. All seems very real reading that but still feels like a million miles away with the nice long summer to look forward to. Of course, before that, it’s the final push. But I actually think I’m going to make it!”