If possible, try to meet the class teacher before you meet the class/ your observation week. This will give you the chance to ask questions, see the classroom, learn about the children you will be working with. Try to schedule this brief meeting for outside teaching time so the teacher will have enough time to talk to you and there won’t be endless interruptions.
- What are the class like? (What do they like/dislike)
- What classroom management strategies do you use?
- Do you mind if I _________________?
- What are the procedures for going to P.E., if a child needs to go to the toilet etc.
- What would you like me to teach?
- Do you have a copy of the class list? (This will be helpful if you are making labels/sorting groups etc.)
- Are there any children with additional educational needs? How can I best support them?
- What are break times/lunch times? (important for your timetable)
- Is there any other events happening in the school while I’m here? (Assemblies, school tours, Grandparents Day, Church/Mass, Confirmation, Communion etc.) (Important to let your inspector know)
- Do learning support teachers work in class? When? How does it work?
- What books do the children use? Would you have a spare copy of the English/Irish/Maths book that I could borrow?
- Could I have a copy of your timetable?
If you are unsure of something – just ask! Ask the teacher for an email address/mobile no. in case you have any other questions after your meeting.
This post is part of a ‘guide’ I’ve decided to put together for Teaching Practice/Placement. It will cover the following topics;
- Meeting the Class Teacher
- Observing/Meeting the class
- Planning and preparation
- Classroom Management
Don’t hesitate to contact me if there are any other areas you’d like a post on!