What our teachers tell us about their experience of our school
I think that I have become a more explicit teacher. The staff training we had and having to teach online called for a direct, clear and explicit way of teaching. I have carried these tips over into my classroom practice.
During lockdown we were able to improve students' IT skills and were so quick to get more technology into the children's homes.
I like using Google Classroom as I can check children's work "live" and I am able to correct any misconceptions straight away. Zoom also worked well because I can screen share e.g. Powerpoints and videos which made the learning online much more interactive and interesting.
Doing a daily register at the beginning of each live streamed lesson helped to give us a sense of normality and I loved greeting the children each day.
During the live streamed lessons, the structure of our day was similar to school, so I think that this was really helpful with the children being aware of routines and this helped them to feel like they were at school even though they were at home.
The coaching model at St Eugene's means that I am being supported to develop my skills all of the time as a teacher, both in subject knowledge but also in pedagogy. I have never really had training in pedagogy (how to teach) before I came to this school. The coaching is practical, detailed and helpful.
It is a wonderful place to work and everyone is pulling together as a team to work with the children's best interests at heart.