Is it really week 5?
Either way, this is a turning point in your development as a trainee. You now know more than you did at the start of September! Loads more. But it just makes you realise how much you still don’t know…
For some of you this is an exciting challenge. For others there is a risk that you will allow the doubts to overtake the experience.
By acknowledging that you are still learning – and that although it may feel like you have been there forever - this is ONLY week 5!
When trainees struggle...
Some years ago I was working with a trainee who was absolutely fantastic. She came across as a natural teacher, and appeared to pick up all the tips and advice she was given quickly.
We were very comfortable giving her grade 1s for most of the standards. She seemed settled in the school, and was asked to support the PE department in some of their fixtures. Of course she said yes – she was honoured they had asked her, and she was pleased because it met the standard for becoming part of the life of the school. She also offered to support the SENCO and worked alongside several students who were struggling in their learning.
Dr Sharon Williams