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Trainee Teacher's First Experience in front of a class

Trainee Teacher's First Experience in front of a class

*This is the third blog written by a Gua Africa student. The author of this post is Gon James, who just last week graduated with a degree in Education. Here he outlines his experiences as a trainee teacher on his work attachment prior to graduation. For photos of his graduation check the news section of our site.* 

My experiences during Teaching Practice

By Gon James

"My teaching practice went really well. I went to the Avant Garde High School in the Zimmerman area of Nairobi, Kenya. I spent 3 months there. It was a mixed school with both boys and girls.

It was not easy from the beginning to get used to the new people and the new environment. But after a week I got settled and realised when my students said Sir or Mwalimu they meant me! I was given Form One (the first year of secondary school) Mathematics and Physics and Form Two Physics. I also helped the Form Four students in Mathematics during my free time. Using the blackboard, controlling the class, presenting well explained content and accommodating learners of various ability levels was not a problem for me as I had been taught how to do it. I tried to help all my learners by dividing the class into groups where each group helped one another and then presented their areas of weakness to the rest of the class. From there I hosted an open discussion about how we could best solve our problems.

I was asked by the management staff to coach the students in basketball, which I was happy to do as I love both playing and coaching basketball. The problem was that they had only one ring which restricted my coaching. I was also busy playing for Pan African Christian University in the Nairobi Basketball Association so unfortunately I could not give as much time to coaching the students as I would have liked.

The school staff members were so friendly and cooperative to me. My first supervision lesson did not go as well as I would have liked but the few corrections my supervisor gave me helped me to perfect some areas. The rest of the supervisions went very well. Only once through out the three months did a lecturer come into my class without prior warning. Luckily I was up to his tricks and did well in that lesson.

Generally my teaching practice was a very enthusiastic experience. I was in a real life situation which tested my professionalism in teaching. I left feeling that teaching is a very noble profession and I am blessed to be able to do. My supervisors appreciated me for the work done and were happy I made my teaching very interactive.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and for your support of Gua Africa.

Gon James"