It was difficult getting into the university element of the course after five weeks in school, which provided an invaluable insight into the life of a teacher and the daily roles and responsibilities that go with it. Also, the placement enabled me to develop my skills and instil a belief that I had the makings of a good teacher.
As I neared my second placement, I was beginning to get apprehensive about where the university would send me: "I hope my class teacher is as nice as my previous school"; "I hope it's not a long distance to travel"; "I hope they don't give me the class with the disruptive buggers."
Although I was anxious, I felt my confidence was better going into this placement and I believed I was developing the skills to handle them. However, I still had fears about being landed with a nasty teacher and the dreaded prospect of a classroom of disruptive children with no interest in learning.
Last week, I visited the school to meet the class teacher and familiarise myself with the children I'd be teaching. The head greeted me at reception and assured me I would have a great experience and nothing to worry about; I think she could sense my anxiety.
I was introduced to my class teacher, who promised I would be supported throughout. Immediately, I could envisage a good working relationship between us.
As I observed the children in my new class, I could sense their enthusiasm for learning and their willingness to participate in every activity. They were a kind lot, with one boy offering me his packet of Fruitellas after asking if I had any lunch with me (I didn't).
I had a good feeling about my new class and school. However, as I wait now to begin my P4 experience, I can't help but dwell on my fears and hope that I can pass this part of the course. I just hope the headteacher is right and I do experience a great placement and I can handle whatever challenges are presented to me.
I'm excited about these challenges - here's hoping for some top teaching and learning in the next five weeks.