I have just got home from my first day at my second placement school. I’m so glad I did a trial drive over to the school during the Christmas holidays – it is a tiny village school which is really tucked away! – I would definitely recommend a trail run to your school if you are unfamiliar with the area, you will probably have enough nerves on your first day without the stress of trying to find the school!
I had my folders at the ready and walked over to the front desk with a nervous but positive attitude. Having introduced myself to my class teacher and the headteacher over the phone just before Christmas , I knew I was going to be in good hands. The headteacher greeted me and gave me a tour of the school, with only 88 pupils it’s rather small – at least I didn’t have the fear of getting lost! Eventually, I was shown to the classroom I will be working in (a mixed year 3/4 class) and met the teacher, she was just as lovely as I remembered from our phone call. She showed me around the classroom and informed me of the daily routines. I felt at ease already.
Following our introduction, I met the office staff who gave me a full induction, it was so nice to be treated as a proper member of staff. I signed all the relevant documents and got back to my class.
24 intrigued faces looked over at me as I walked back into the classroom, my teacher introduced me and explained that I would be working with them over the next few months.
Throughout the day I offered to help with photocopying, marking, pencil sharpening and any other jobs I felt would ease the job of the class teacher. By doing this, you are already building a good relationship with them and they are always so appreciative of the help.
Lets see what the next few weeks bring!