So half term is here and I am looking forward to spending the weekend doing maths instead of at home relaxing. Must be mad.
Before we go to the residential on Friday, we are expected to fill in the self evaluation audit at www.ncetm.org.uk. It covers all primary age groups including early years and is divided into subject knowledge and pedagogy. I began the processs this evening although I didn’t follow the rules exactly. The instructions were to begin with early years and move through the age ranges. Now as I know very little about early years that didn’t seem very helpful as a place to start so I began with Key Stage which is all I have ever taught.
Generally I scored highly on mathematical subject knowledge. This is probably down to the fact that I teach top set in year 5 and so I need to cover pretty much everything in the KS2 pos. If I had still been teaching in year 3 then I suspect that my results would have been different. Maths is one of those subjects that you need to use or you forget.
It has made me think a bit about what this course may demand of me in widening my experience. I can’t really expect to become a specialist maths teacher with little or no knowledge of anything outside KS2. To be fair, I do try to keep up with what is happening in KS1 and foundation but I own up to not really being knowledgeable about pedagogy in the early years. I suspect that I need to widen my knowledge base and experience.
I will have a go at the younger areas on the audit tomorrow and see how my results vary