Sunday, February 05, 2006

Practicuum Postings are Out....

And you can hear the screams from NIE to all over Singapore.

My friend is currently bemoaning her posting to her old contract school, where she had the most marvellous time of her life being treated as free, underpaid labour under a tyrannical buffoon of a principal. [and NO, I will not reveal the name of the school or the principal]

I'm bemoaning my posting to another school which was NOT the school I went to for my 3 week school experience, a good school which I liked, had nice staff, a good mentor, and was comfortably getting used to, before I had to go back to NIE.

I've been posted to a good school again, the benefits of living in a decent area of Singapore. [note that, all potential teacher-wannabes] BUT I'm still dreading it, because I've heard that that school had a reputation of some of the most kiasu-fied crazy parents around Singapore. *faint* I can see myself with the Valium already.

Other than those, I'm also worried about a few other things.
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OMG!! WHAT THE HELL DO I DO IN SCHOOL?? WHAT IF THE KIDS ARE DEMONS?? WHAT IF THE TEACHERS HATE ME?? WHAT IF THE PRINCIPAL IS A DICTATOR?? WHAT IF THE PARENTS ARE OUT TO SCREW ME?? WHAT IF I HORRIBLY SCREW THIS UP?? WHAT IF I HAVE TO REPEAT MY PRACTICUUM?? WHAT IF I SCRAPE THROUGH IT BARELY ALIVE AND BLEEDING AND I GET STUCK DOING IT ALL OVER AGAIN IN JULY?? WHAT IF I CANNOT MAKE IT THROUGH?? AACCCCKKKKk!!!!!!! ARRRRGGGGHHHHh!!!!!!!!!!!! SCCCRREEECCHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ok now I'm better.

But seriously, I would love to hear about other's practicuum experiences. If nothing, at least it'll give me a good idea of what I'll be going through in about 2 weeks....... send in your comments, please!

7 comments:

trisha said...

In my practicum, I remembered doing silly things like PROPER LESSON PLANS, which in real life, is a waste of time. If real teachers have to do that for every lesson they teach, they won't have time to mark anything.

I also remember trying to be too clever and do group work, thinking I can impress my supervisor. The noise level went up, which I thought was normal for group work, but the Sup & P who observed me weren't impressed.

Any advice for you? Well, since you're in a good school, group work might be ok. Just don't underestimate the students' ability I suppose. I'm sure those students KNOW you are being observed and the smart alecky ones may choose to sabo you a llittle. Stay cool and build your rapport as best as you can.

All the best! And keep posting about your practicum experiences!

Ah Huat said...

practicum only wat.. why so scared? not happy change skool lor.. write in to MOE early early so no problem

khelath said...

Scared fail mah.... what else? :p

Tym said...

You've taught before, yeah? So you already have a teacher persona that you can use. Teaching in a good school just probably means less or different disciplinary problems than that encountered in a neighbourhood school, so you may need to adapt your style accordingly.

As for not making it through, statistically speaking the chances are so slim I wouldn't worry about it. Besides, look at all the other teachers who make it through ;)

khelath said...

Tym: My teaching experience was only a 3 weeks "School Experience" thing and mostly what I did was a lot of observation and relief and very few actual teaching, which is half the reason why I'm panicking like this now...

And I DO hope I'm one of the many who do make it through... ;)

Jassie said...

I heard lots of horror stories about trainees offending their SCM, CT, P, etc... and ended up failing their practicum... URRGH!!!

My appeal for change in practicum school failed!!!

So i've to go back to the school, where during my previous practicum, my whole bag of compositions by the students got stolen...

I need all the luck i can get...

khelath said...

Yea, I heard of one girl who offended the CT so bad, nothing she did was right after that... and the worst thing was she never knew what it was that she did....

Good luck for you though! And I hope your compositions [or other assignments] don't get stolen this time!