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thecloudhopper Mon 14-Sep-09 18:04:15

I work as a 1-1 support in a school and I feel that 1 I am 1st of all ready for a different challenge and second I know I can do this.

I often find myself looking at a lesson and feeling I wouldn't do it this way or I would do this like that ect for example whilst doing news in a mixed infant class the teacher sends the reception out and she hears the y1-2 in all 16 children, in with her is me as a 1-1 and a student. She listens to all 16 news pieces and this very kinaesthetic class is board after about 8. By the time the news is done this only leaves about 25 mins to write their news. Which should be ok but then we go over key words and how to start the news ect which leaves only 10 min to write the news in that time the year 1s and some year 2 struggle writing Monday September _ and haven't even started on their news by the time break time comes.

If I had done their news I would have spilt into 2 groups and gone through the news, I would then get them to write the date as anumber to save time ie4-09-09 I would then give the year 1s and any struggling year 2s (they are avery bright group) word mats with key words if they are unsure I would also try to get them to sound out as much as possible and do as much as they can without support.

My only real consurn is that I am dyslexic and this only really affects my spelling and ST memory

I am looking to do 1st a 2 year Foundation Degree in Learning support from there I can complete the degree in a year and then I can do a PGCE, I want to specialise in early years, Have I got a hope?
I know I can become a teacher this way and still work for 2 of the 4 years.
Would I (being dyslexic )servive the PGCE course

mumofboy Mon 14-Sep-09 18:20:51

I'm glad you're not my TA!

thecloudhopper Mon 14-Sep-09 18:33:20

sorry i made it sound like I dont't respect the teacher I am with I do I like her a lot but I often find myselef thinking I wouldn't do that like like this or I would do that this way. blush just read the post back it sounded realy mean and it was not ment to be.

thecloudhopper Mon 14-Sep-09 18:34:11

I was only trying to make an example of how I would have done it

choosyfloosy Mon 14-Sep-09 18:39:24

Well, I wish you were my son's TA or teacher!

Bump;ing for you - I don't know how dyslexia would affect your training or work. I would pick a course and go and talk to them tbh.

Goblinchild Mon 14-Sep-09 18:39:28

Why don't you suggest improvements to the teacher, and split the group from the beginning? My TA often handles the input and activity for my LA or HA group if they are doing a different activity to the rest of the class.
Many observing a class usually thinks they could do it better, one of he downsides of having in-class support.

thecloudhopper Mon 14-Sep-09 18:46:07

I would but I genuinely like my class teacher and I don't want to feel like I am stepping on her toes I have said i dont't mind having a group for news but no luck.

MillyMollyMoo Mon 14-Sep-09 19:37:39

Honestly ? There are about 150 NQT's for every permanent primary role ooop north, obviously don't know where you live but the government plans appear to involve less teachers not more over the next few years, you may find yourself qualified, unable to complete your induction and in a TA's role only with £30k of debt as well as the degree. We've had applicants from Yorkshire willing to commute to Liverpool hmm

Sassyfrassy Mon 14-Sep-09 19:41:07

Just had to comment on the date thing. Lots of schools have a policy on how work has to be set up and will only allow the short date to be used for numeracy.

You should try having a discussion with the teacher. I'm always happy to get input from the tas workin with me. But, as other said, it's a different thing altogether, observing and teaching.

thecloudhopper Mon 14-Sep-09 19:57:28

I know it is competative but I am Welsh speaking and live in Wales where there is a shortage in the area for Welsh teachers. I dont mind the competativeness

alloveryet Mon 14-Sep-09 20:06:19

Being dyslexic is no barrier for being a teacher (or doing the course), once you start your ST memory will be shot anyway!!

As long as you care about your class and the content of your lessons you're half way there.........

Talk to your class teacher, or another in the school and discuss your ideas they may help.

angrypixie Mon 14-Sep-09 20:16:50

For me the thing that is lacking from your, otherwise v good, lesson scenario is modeling the writing process. Rather than hearing everyone's news (what is the incentive to write it if they've already told you?) I think the teacher should be providing a model of how to do it in a 'writerly' style. This could be the teacher writing her news or using one of the children's. Would you dyslexia inhibit this?

Goblinchild Mon 14-Sep-09 20:56:32

One of the difficulties you would face is all the parents who don't mind dyslexics being teachers, as long as it's not their child being taught. You may have to shoulder a huge, additional burden of checking everything you wrote to parents, in whatever format. You would also have to be constantly aware in class of exactly what you were teaching, writing and explaining in a very stressful environment.
There is an enormous amount of paperwork to be read, digested, remembered and re-interpreted. And the constant pressure to enable children to achieve measurable progress is relentless.
If you worked in a supportive school, with a good team, that would be possible. If you don't, it would be a nightmare and very corrosive to you as a person as well as a teacher. Many last less than three years, including mature entrants.
Are you sure you want this particular challenge and the stress?

thecloudhopper Thu 17-Sep-09 19:26:41

Thank you all for your comments
Goblinchild - I found what you said very interesting about parents I had never thought of that. reading and rembebring documents do not worry me so much. I also think that being a TA is driving me mad so I have to change what I do and teaching seems the natural progession. Writing to parents I would just have to be careful with spellings and I am aware of this and spend extra care doing it .

alloveryet thanks for your comments I realy do love the children and I love being with them they are so rewarding. It is ajoy to work with them.

angrypixie- thanks for the comments at the mo the school I am in I am told in the morning what we are doing that day and I deliver what is put for me. In previous schools when I have planned an activity I ensure I know exactly what I am doing and have all that I may need to spell ready and waiting. I also refer to the dictionary with children if I am realy unsure.

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