Tweaking my young learner teaching

I start my PGCEi next month. I’m really looking forward to having an extra reason to reflect on my classroom practice, overall approach, etc, and delving into research about how children learn and develop.

I’m focusing on primary level learners during the course. I have experience teaching ‘upper’ primary age groups (aged 9-11), but I’d love to learn more about teaching younger primary learners. I felt a bit out of my comfort zone teaching younger learners during the CELTA YL extension course a few years ago. With this in mind, the PGCEi is a perfect opportunity to gain more experience and understanding of YL teaching and child development.

I’ve already started thinking about some of my areas for development as a teacher of young learners. I’m lucky, because my partner is a foundation stage / primary level teacher at a very good international school – I have a mentor already! She offers great advice, which often includes something practical I can try out in class.

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