Yesterday’s assessment day in London marked the beginning of the second phase of the Chartered Teacher programme. The final assignments for phase one of the programme had already been handed in and yesterday was an assessment day to begin phase two. We had to complete a written exam, an oral exam and an OSTE (which I see as being a role play type task). Many of us had been nervous and ensure of quite what to expect, having never done this before. I’ve not taken a written exam in 5 years or so, for many people there it had been a lot longer. It turned out we had nothing to fear, I can’t go into the details of course, but it seemed to go ok. The written exam came more naturally to me than I had expected it too, and the oral exam and OSTE weren’t as scary as I’d expected.
So far the CTeach programme is going really well and I’m feel pretty positive about how it is going. As I said in a conversation with my mentor yesterday, I feel like the programme is really making me focus on making new habits. Before, if I wanted to try something new I was pretty bad at having a go, refining it and making it stick. So far the programme has made me read more, implement ideas a bit at a time, and really try and make a go of it. It’s making me very excited for what’s to come over the final two phases, especially what I might be able to achieve with my final project.
In this phase we have a video portfolio to compile. I was bothered about this before yesterday as the idea of sending a video of myself teaching to someone I barely know was daunting. During the course of the assessment day we had a workshop by the Institute for Teaching all about this assignment and they made me feel a lot better. The assignment is really structured and means the feedback should be really specific. In most cases we have been grouped with peers who are focusing on the same area of development but as MFL teachers we have been put together, apparently because of understanding target language use, which seems to make sense.
I’m looking forward to being able to blog about what I’m doing over the coming weeks/months.