I am not really sure what is I have to blog about at this moment in time. I like many of my fellow EDC3100 friends have struggled over the past three weeks to get through prac while balancing work and children. I have come to the realisation over the past three weeks that I am quite content to stay within the Early Childhood context I feel most comfortable with, that being Pre-Prep. What this means for me in the future I am not entirely sure. I have had a wonderful mentor on Prac and very much enjoyed the challenge that my three weeks in a Prep class has given me but as an advocate for play based learning. I really don’t see me heading down that path long term. I have worked very hard to incorporate ICT’s into my lessons in a creative manner and spent many hours at night getting reources together to ensure my lessons run smoothly. But I guess if the passion and drive is not there it really would not be a good thing to pursue long term. I question why it is after all these years of working towards that goal I have now decided not to pursue it and the only answer I can come up with at this point is that I really love where I am at professionally and working as a preschool teacher is clearly my niche’.
I would be interested to know if this Prac experience has altered or changed any of my other fellow students idea’s and future directions in teaching. I have observed on many of our forums on Facebook the challenges that some of my fellow students have encountered whilst on Prac and I am truly shocked at the way some have been treated by their mentors. Having had a lovely mentor who helped guide me through the whole experience and was incredibly supportive. I found it terribly sad to read some of the horror stories. I thought it was the role of the mentor to help guide and shape pedagogical practices not tear students to shreds with hurtful and times personal attacks. This to me demonstrates a considerable lack of respect for student teachers and I wonder why they take on prac students in their classes if they are not going to support them on their learning journeys to become teachers.
So the challenge now for me is to get the final two assessment pieces I have due for uni in the coming week. I would love to say I am making great progress in that department but I have found myself easily distracted this weekend with all this new found freedom that has come about with Prac coming to an end 🙂