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Hi everyone!

Welcome to my new blog page, here I'm going to tell you about what I get up to as an English Literature student on a day to day basis so you can get a good idea of what there is to do around Kingston! This week has been our second Enrichment week at the university, there are no lectures but still a lot to do...

Monday - 25 March

Today saw a trip to 5 Guys Burger and Fries with my band. 5 Guys is a new American burger restaurant that my American best friend said I had to try, I wasn't disappointed!

A visit to 5 Guys Burger

Tuesday - 26 March

Organise, organise, organise! With deadlines looming I took today to get myself ready with essay plans and diary in hand. It didn't feel too different from revising from my A Levels, at least I know the question this time!

It helps when I have snacks to get me through assignments!

Wednesday - 27 March

As a part of my partnership with the Disabled Students Network today I gave a talk on Anxiety and Depression for lecturers with great results for Disability Awareness week at Kingston.

I gave a talk for Disability Awareness week

Thursday - 28 March

Tonight was my final night of training for the Compact Scheme's teaching scheme. Teaching my practice lesson was nerve wracking but fun, I can't wait to start placement!

My Lesson Plan

Friday - 29 March

Some friends and I headed to Hannafords the Student Union bar in Kingston Hill tonight for our friend's birthday drinks and pool, the perfect end to a busy week.

Playing Pool in the SU bar

Managing Life

Posted 29 Mar 2014 by Sarah

 

Hey everyone!

Today I am going to tell you how I have managed to keep a balance between my work and social life. I have always made sure that I spend quality time with my friends but at the same time I have been working several part time jobs. You might think I am a person with a lot of time on my hands but I am on a placement year which is 9 - 5 shift on weekdays! I also work on Saturdays as a Sales Assistant from 8 to 6. I know this is crazy but it is my choice and I have always wanted to keep myself busy. I also work as an Event Support Assistant at Kingston University, however this job has flexible hours and I have chosen to work from 5.30 to 8.30 because this timing is convenient for me. I like the working hours of this job as it entails evening shifts and more importantly I only work once a month. Also, on Sundays I volunteer for Cancer Research. I am giving you an insight into my social and work life as I believe we should never blame our work for our inability to make time for our friends and family because if YOU planned carefully you can do your job along with spending enough time with your friends without having to feel exhausted all the time.

I have always had a busy life and have been following this pattern since I started Uni. I remember in my second year I was working as a Student Ambassador, Academic Mentor, Part time supervisor AND as an Assistant tutor. I was working in FOUR different jobs as well as managing my studies and I never had any problem in giving time to my friends and family. Also during my placement year I am lucky that my workplace is 5 minutes away from Kingston University which means after my 9-5 shift I always meet my friends in Uni. Sunday is MY day as I don't work. So I spend my time with my family which includes going out for shopping, dinner or Cinema. This is how I have been managing my time and it has worked perfectly so far. I always plan how I am going to spend my time and this is what I would advise to you all and make sure that you stick to your plan as well.

 

As I come to the end of my third year in teaching I only look back with positive memories. Teaching is a profession which is going through many changes but the rewards are still huge. I am still working at the school I began my career in as an NQT and enjoying the challenges which I continue to meet day to day. I am now working in Year 6 and preparing the children for their end of key stage two assessments. Outside of teaching in the classroom I am curriculum manager for the whole school which has led to me being a member of the school's senior leadership team.

Kingston University prepared me for the different roles have taken on in this position. The school of education at the university has experienced professionals who are able to give practical advice. I still keep in touch with many of my lecturers three years down the line! They are keen to keep updated with what I am doing and support me in my career even since I have left university.

When I began at Kingston I would never have believed I would be a part of the senior leadership team at the school in such a small space of time. I knew I had the drive to get myself there but Kingston was able to provide me with the skills to support my ambition. It was a good to know I could be confident in my abilities after laying a good foundation whilst training.

Kingston University prepared me in a number of ways. I was placed in different settings which is important. Most universities will provide teaching placement in different year groups but Kingston gave me different school settings too. This was good because each school presents its own challenges. Therefore when it came to applying for jobs I could talk confidently about dealing with parents, classroom management, working alongside additional adults as well as many other issues related to teaching. I am a firm believer that classroom management is key to successful teaching and I gained these skills whilst at Kingston. The university even arranged a talk from world renowned behaviour expert, Bill Rogers. With a good understanding of classroom management I was able to teach confidently and ensure the progression of all children.

Once I secured the foundations for good teaching at Kingston I continued to learn whilst on the job. Teaching is a profession where you should be learning every day along with the children. The university taught me how to be a reflective practitioner and recognise the things that worked in my lessons and the things which could be improved next time.

If you are thinking about teaching I would recommend that you engage in lots of school experience in different settings. Education is constantly changing and the demands are great on teachers. However, I don't believe there is a more rewarding and varied profession and it's not something I am looking to leave any time soon.

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