My PGCE course starts imminently, and I’ve had a lot of paperwork from the University, College, and Faculty to fill out. I’ve also decided to complicate matters slightly by changing my student bank account. When I signed up for my current student bank account 4 years ago, banks weren’t offering any incentives. That’s a little different now and, after comparing several accounts, I’ve decided to switch to HSBC. They’re offering a £60 Amazon voucher as well as more interest than my ISA offers.
Apart from all that I’ve been trying to get ahead with course related reading. I’ve read both of the booklets that we’ve been told to read:
- Towards Dialogic Teaching: Rethinking Classroom Talk 4th Ed by R. Alexander
- English Inside the Black Box: Assessment for Learning in the English Classroom, Ed B. Marshall and D. Wiliam.
I’ve also been reading:
- Why don’t students like school? by Daniel T. Willingham. This has been a really interesting read. It’s by an American cognitive scientist, analysing how education works and how the brain works.
- Why are you shouting at us? The Does and Don’ts of behaviour management, P. Beadle and J. Murphy. I got hold of this book earlier this year, when I was teaching 6 lessons a week and struggling with one of them. This and “Getting the Buggers to Behave” by S. Cowley really helped me get to grips with one of my classes (just in time for the school year to finish.)
- Mindsets in the Classroom, by M. C. Ricci. This book discusses the implementation of the growth mindset in an education context, specifically how it can be used to change both student’s and educator’s perceptions of learning and achievement. It should really be read along side the seminal book on the growth mindset.
I’ve also been building on areas of weakness in my subject knowledge. I’ve been re-reading:
- Rediscover Grammar by D. Crystal
- Beginning Theory by P. Barry
- Eats shoots and leaves, L. Truss
- Introduction to English Poetry, J. Fenton.
My previous school was also having a clear out, and I was lucky enough to get copies of two anthologies of poetry for different exam boards. I am unsure of whether these specific anthologies are still used, however the poems and extracts are likely to still be used.
Till next time!