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An ‘experienceology’ I will carry with me at all times
12:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
First person: Louise Argles has just completed a Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Oxford Brookes University
I have enjoyed a wonderfully, fulfilling and inspiring year, having just graduated from Oxford Brookes University.
The University’s School of Education is one of the largest in the country and, in my opinion, must be one of the finest, based on the high-quality teaching, mentoring and professionalism I have experienced.
This year there were 270 people on the Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education course, studying for three to seven or five to 11 age ranges.
The course consisted of 18 weeks of campus-based sessions and 18 weeks of school-based placements.
Throughout the course I had the opportunity to expand my awareness and understanding of subjects I hadn’t studied for many years, as well as broaden my knowledge and comprehension of other important disciplines.
The campus-based sessions were essential to provide us with the skills which were required when we went on our teaching practices.
I went on three school-based experiences which covered both Key Stages 1 and 2.
Both schools allowed me to develop by careful planning, teaching and assessment.
However, I had extremely different experiences, with one stretching my assessment abilities and the other stretching my behaviour management abilities.
Both of which I believe to be crucial development opportunities to become a successful teacher.
The experiences I gained throughout the teaching practice really made an impact on me as a person and my developing teaching skills.
I will never forget taking part in ‘Experienceology’ at one of my schools.
The children turned up to school to lots of rubbish around the grounds, and throughout the day the ‘experienceolgy’ team provided the children with a story and with enthusiasm helped them to turn this rubbish into an aeroplane.
The plane then took off and returned with a suitcase for each class to explore and use as a base to write stories from.
This continued for a number of weeks and the children were gripped with the stories and the fascination behind the suitcases.
This has impacted my teaching to ensure that I include awe and wonder into my lessons.
If I’m enthusiastic then the children will be more inspired to learn.
I also had a fantastic and eye-opening experience spending a week at a fully inclusive school.
Being part of such as a caring and different environment was extremely rewarding.
Life on the course was very demanding and relied upon a great deal of organisation, commitment and perseverance.
Whether at Brookes or on placement, the days were very long and the evenings seemed even longer!
However, it was worth all the hard work as there were many exciting and fun opportunities daily.
Whether it was singing and dancing, making moving vehicles in Design Techonology, making things explode in Science, dressing up in fancy dress, trips to Oxford Castle, museums and the Botanical Gardens, there was something to make us laugh.
My year at Brookes has been so rewarding and has fully prepared me for my teaching career.
The PGCE course was very important for me as I wouldn’t have been able to secure my first teaching job as a Year 5 teacher without completing this course.
Primary teaching is something that I find rewarding and definitely worth the long hours of preparation.
It has been a year of great pressures but I can definitely see the benefit.
I hope to be in the teaching profession for a number of years and I will aspire to leadership and management.
Oxford Brookes will always be a part of my life as I model its high- quality teaching, mentoring and professionalism.
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