English is a cruel mistress…

Murky Water

Today’s focus was on Fronted Adverbials and Expanded Noun Phrases. Now, I don’t know about you but I was scratching my head slightly at this. It’s been a long time since I’ve really had to break down sentence structures and think about how to formulate a more descriptive phrase. I have been told by a few people that I have a way with words, it just sorta comes naturally to me.

For those of you that don’t know, Fronted Adverbials are basically adverbs that start the sentence; “Cautiously, he crept along the corridor”. For me this is just one way in which I would naturally form a descriptive sentence. For the kids, this is new(ish) stuff! Having to revisit this and look at it from a pupils perspective really got me thinking.

Next was Expanded Noun Phrases. Basically you take your Noun, think about it a little and stick a couple of adjectives in front of it. Simple! However, if you have anything that has colour (the sea, for example) be prepared for 101 ways to describe it (e.g. blue, navy, aquamarine, turquoise, etc…). Trying to get the children to come away from this seems to be one of the biggest hurdles, although once it is passed the descriptions become a lot better.

I like writing, so this new (for me, anyway) way of looking at what these parts of a sentence are is refreshing. It’s helping me to broaden my own understanding of what makes good writing.

Stay tuned for more updates, especially on what I am learning from these 9 year olds!

The honeymoon period…

So it’s been almost 4 weeks since I started my teaching journey. Admittedly I haven’t actually spent that much time with the pupils in that time, and, for the past week and a half, I’ve been on paternity leave as my second child made an appearance into this world. Life just got a whole lot more interesting, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.

In terms of what has occured since the end of the summer holidays, this is what I’ve experienced (days counted not including weekends):

  • Day 1 – Non-Pupil Day/Inset Day. Covered child protection and safeguarding, licensing and copyright procedures, changes to the Maths expectations and changes to Phonics expectations.
  • Day 3 – University Induction. Basically just got to know some people and the lecturers associated with the course.
  • Day 4 – School Direct Induction. Meeting the School Direct Authority key personnel, covered more child protection and safeguarding (albeit on a wider scale, e.g. who deals with it after the school), and got to to know our cohort.
  • Day 6 – Lecture Day. Jumped straight into it, 10 – 5 lectures and seminars with all trainees (PGCE, SD, etc…). Very intense day but very informative.
  • Day 8 – PE Conference. Attended a PE conference with a key note speech on child psychology. My workshop was on Feedback and Assessment; very informative and something I would like to look into further.

At the end of the second week my amazing partner gave birth to the little miracle that is my son.

Teaching 0 – Life 1.

I’ll be back to it starting next week though. I am keen to get this going again as I have a lot of ground to cover in a bit less time. No rest for the wicked, eh?

An update on the gymnastics coaching front, I’m not missing it as much as I thought I would. I guess I’m ready for this new chapter in my life.