I have also become aware of how little pedagogical theory I know and am worried about how I am going to find time to read about teaching, teach, prepare for teaching and do my research. It must be possible and I am part time so in many ways have more time than most post-grads. Just scary thinking about the amount of work ahead.
There were some speeches from YLTA alumni who won prizes for their portfolios last year and if I’m honest I so want to win one for mine. I can’t explain why but I still posses this deep need to be recognised for my work and to be the ‘best’ in my field, something that I have not experienced since finishing college. I am also desperate to be the best teacher that I can be, it means so much to me, more than my PhD itself and I am terrified that I am not going to excel at this or be able to make a career in teaching.
Only away for one night, but missing my other half. I miss having her to talk to at the end of the day and feeling her next to me when I get into bed. I feel drained from the work, thinking, stress and being up at 6am, but also from the amount of socialising that today has required. I don’t think I ever used to find it this difficult or unpleasant meeting new people, and I’ve met some really interesting people today but I came up to my room pretty early as I just felt like I couldn’t manage any more small talk.
Looking forward to tomorrow though and finding out more about what creating my YLTA portfolio will involve.
Time to hit the hay now I think, before I pass out
- 20 MA credits
- Associate Fellowship
- Followed by PGCAP – 60 MA credits when appointed as a lecturer
Take home messages
- Students should be doing more than you in sessions
- Teaching is a craft refined through reflection
- Substantiate feedback and make it constructive
- Learning styles, diversity and cultural differences are positives – use them to your advantage
- You can be creative and not break the rules