Hello, my name is Chloe and I’m currently a student on University of Manchester’s Primary PGCE course 2016/2017. With the help of my tutor, MK, I hope to develop my pedagogical skills and achieve my ambition of becoming a successful primary teacher.
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A six week voluntary placement, during the summer term of 2015, at a school in Stamford, confirmed my career choice for me. During these six weeks, I led the majority of the PE lessons, conducted my own assembly, help run sports day, assisted on numerous school trips and assisted with the day to day lessons in the classroom. I completed a week in each year group and particularly enjoyed working within year 3, 4 and 5 and subsequently ran an after school tennis club for years 5 and 6. The highlight of my placement was leading year 3 at the mini olympics event in Grantham; an event in which all the schools in the South Lincolnshire area meet for a day to try new sports and build links with local PE providers and outside clubs. The six weeks were quite challenging, however my approach to teaching within the classroom changed dramatically and noticing the impact my PE expertise had on not only the students but the staff as well, was extremely rewarding.
Since then I have worked as a badminton and hockey coach in two Sheffield Primary schools whilst studying for my final undergraduate year. Furthermore, I was employed as a 1 – 1 teaching assistant for a child with severe ADHD in a North Manchester Primary school from April-July 2016. This allowed me to help the child in all aspects of their education and social behaviour due to the direct input from myself to them. Moreover, I was able to plan and make resources that really enabled the child to learn effectively on a 1 to 1 basis without any distractions and differentiate practices planned by the teacher to suit the needs of the child. This was very rewarding few months for me as I was able to build upon my professional approach and also my behaviour management skills, due to the creation of various interventions to find what suited the child best.
ACADEMIC EXPERTISE AND EDUCATIONAL INTERESTS:
I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class BSc honours degree in Physical Education and School Sport. I thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate course and thus, my academic expertise lie within Physical Education.
I am also quite a creative person and love to get stuck in with Art, DT and anything crafty. I will always try to link a creative element such as art into cross curricular themes, and then explore beyond the curriculum. In addition, I love the outdoors and try to plan lessons to have a kinaesthetic approach and get them moving as after all ‘play is our brain’s favourite way of learning’ (Diane Ackerman).
OTHER INTERESTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
I am a keen sportswoman and love nothing more than being active. I play national badminton and am currently the Lincolnshire Ladies singles champion for 7 years running, doubles champion for 4 years and mixed champion. I also play hockey for Didsbury Northern Hockey Club and when I am back in sunny Stamford, I take to the netball court with my mum.
In 2014, I was selected for the last phase of Power2Podium: Skeleton Talent identification and flew out to Norway to have a go at reaching speeds of 70mph whilst going headfirst down an ice track in a bid to make Team GB’s Talent squad. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut but the experience is something I will never forget.
I am an avid reader and love the David Walliams books and Roald Dahl.
In addition, I am an animal lover, and especially love dogs and elephants.
One of my beliefs is to get out of your comfort zone and if children feel comfortable to try new things due to believing in themselves, they will continually push themselves to try hard in everything, not give up and instil curiousity into their learning.
Everyone should be confident enough to follow their dreams, whatever they may be.