From 21st January 2014 to 18th March 2014 I was a Student Progression Ambassador for Coventry University.
My responsibilities and duties are:
- An Ambassador will be required to undertake a DBS form
- To appropriately plan and prepare for each session conducted
- Undertake 8 sessions in school, as well as attending a minimum of 2 review meetings with their fellow Ambassadors
- Maintain clear records of all sessions completed with learners
- To adhere to contact procedures as set out in training and assessment sessions
- To act in a professional and safe manner whilst on school or college property in accordance with the code of conduct set out in the training and assessment sessions
- To return clearly and accurately completed timesheets and other requested paperwork in a timely fashion
- To represent the high standards of the Universities involved in the scheme
Due to going to India I only got to have seven sessions.
I had a group of five year 9 boys (13-14). I really enjoyed putting my organisational skills to use. I liked working with a group of people over a period of time.
I struggled with trying to be creative with lesson ideas. My first couple of weeks I thought they might want to discuss things rather than have worksheets and tasks. But after the second session it became apparent that wasn’t the case. I asked them at the end of the second session if they wanted more activities and work sheets, to that they said yes. So the next week I got them on the computer and did this lesson plan:
They really enjoyed this lesson and said that they want similar lessons for the following weeks, which I tried to do.
This is what I covered each week:
- Introductions: so I could find out what they enjoy at school and don’t, what they know about the higher and further education. I also showed them a list of possible topics to see if there was anything they wanted to know.
- Little facts on university: during the time we spoke in the previous session I mentioned some odd facts about university like you can do a course in Lady Gaga or there is a chocolate appreciation society, so I started with a true or false style quiz. We also looked at different courses you and universities for example two of the students were interested in sports so I showed them Loughborough University, which specialises in sports.
- Routes towards career that is suited to you (see above lesson plan)
- Accommodation, student finance and budgeting.
- CVs, cover letters and transferable skills
- Summary of previous weeks. Small bit on internships and find out what they enjoyed.
The second thing I struggled with was on the 6th week I had planned a totally different lesson but when I got there and explained what was planned and they said they had done something similar in another lesson. So I quickly changed the lesson plan.
At the end of the final session I asked them to write down what they enjoyed, learnt and found interesting here are the results: (I had to remove names from some of the sheets, which is why there is a black mark)
I really enjoyed the challenge from week to week, thinking about ways to be engaging and to fit lesson planning around my university time table. I felt after every lesson that they didn’t enjoy the class and that I had wasted their time. I felt like I couldn’t get through to them. Although reading some of their comments I felt like they had learnt something from the lessons. However, I don’t think I want to be a secondary school teacher after this experience. I know in my final year they will be looking for SPAs, right now I don’t think I would jump at the chance but I would like to see if I can change my opinion.
Although I have a new found respect for teachers because the amount of time I spent planning for a lesson to actually teaching it is ridiculous. In terms of money I am looking at less than £3.50 an hour!
What I have learnt:
- How to plan lessons
- How to engage with students at that age.
- I don’t think I want to be a teacher for that age group because I found it so how to engage with them.
In total this was 3.5 days:
- 7 x 1 hour of teaching
- 7 x 2-3 hours of preparation and planning