Name - Brenda Strachan
Subject Upper primary PGCE
Came to teaching from?
Sport science with biology degree from Hull University.
What made you want to teach?
I wanted to go into a career that was rewarding, challenging and, most importantly, be different every day.
Best lecture so far?
The lectures which are jam-packed with creative lesson ideas mostly in literacy, English and science.
Biggest waste of time?
The professional lectures on Piaget and Vygotsky. I find them mind-numbing.
As we only have a year to complete the course I feel that they shouldn't be a priority and basics such as classroom management and other things that people are worried about such as planning would be time better spent.
My eldest sister who is a fantastic primary school teacher. When I was younger every year she would return home for Christmas and I would drive her crazy asking to hear funny stories about her class. This Christmas I am hoping I might have some anecdotes of my own to add!
Most absurd piece of educational jargon heard so far?
Non-contact time - a ridiculous phrase meaning time away from the class for a teacher to plan and so on.
Can't wait to?
Start teaching! As a teacher I hope that I will be relaxed, creative, practical and interactive. Rather than starting a lesson by simply bombarding a class with a whole load of information, I want to be able to capture their attention in a more quirky and fun way.
Best thing about university life?
Being able to hear about other people's experiences on teaching practice.
This is especially important for me because I am the first trainee teacher they have had at the school where I'm doing my teaching practice.