I started this blog with the purpose of documenting my crunchy eyebrows moments within my teaching and with the learners with whom I teach. What I didn’t realise was that I would be having many more of my own crunchy eyebrow moments.
My university course this semester is titled Developmental Literacy in the Early Years and I’m knee deep in readings, thoughts, ideas and pedagogies about literacy for young children. My own beliefs about literacy learning are being challenged and stretched and I love it.
My amazing study group has a varied background and huge wealth of knowledge across all sectors of education. I can’t wait to tap into the resource that we have created together. This time around, I’m feeling more confident that I have something to offer than I did when I studied for the first time.
My thoughts are now heading towards the quality of pre-service teacher programs and whether students spend enough time in schools. The other question would be the quality of co-operating teachers that pre-service teachers work with on their practicum experiences. At the moment these are just thoughts, I’m not sure that I’ve formed a solid opinion just yet. I know that I need to read further about pre-service teaching studies before I pass judgement. What I do know, is that there are quality teachers out there and that there are quality pre-service teacher programs underway. My question is, why are these programs not happening everywhere??