So. It’s here: The PGCE. And I’m there: Homerton College.
I moved in and Matriculated yesterday, and met various people on the PGCE course. The actual course started this morning… us English lot were in the earliest: 9am (We’re guessing it’s to make up for all the late starts we had as undergrads). At least the Faculty of Education is only a minutes walk away!
So I moved in and unpacked yesterday. My room is pretty much a standard university room, although it is nice to have bedding and towels provided and washed by the University. It was also nice to find that we each have our own cupboards in our kitchen, and each cupboard is lockable! The only downside to my room is that there is some sort of boiler across the corridor that constantly drones. My room also means that I’m the “Deputy Chief Fire Warden”, which basically means that I have a bit of extra responsibility, but not enough that it’s a worry.
When I came back from study today, I found a box on my desk. It’s a kind of “Fresher’s Care Package.”
Inside were a number of goodies, including: Jam (Yum), Marmite (yuck), an energy drink (ok..), and some tea (yay), along with a pack of cards…
After a brief introduction to the e-learning environment (Moodle), the course handbook and the next few days, we launched straight into studying. Much of the day revolved around speaking and listening.
We took part in a number of activities that would be easy to transfer into the classroom. The first revolved around swearing in children’s literature and consisted of a role-play, with lots of rotation and discussion. Another involved transcribing and transforming speech into different forms. This helped to get us thinking about the conventions of different forms, and we discussed how it could be used in class, with reference to different assessment focuses.
The day ended with an introduction to our first assessment (not due for a while), just so that we were aware that it existed.
Tonight? Tonight there’s a pub crawl… and study starts at 9 tomorrow, so moderation is definitely key!