The CELTA Diaries: day 14

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Did I glimpse a light at the end of the tunnel? No, just a flash of migrane? Nope. The proverbial train? No, it turns out it’s just mental screen burn from the hours spent looking at my tired and battered laptop.
Well, today began with my fourteenth observation on differentiation. The session was based around a video and I think it was one of my most comfortable input sessions yet. This was mainly due to it connecting to my own research on learner profiles but I still learnt a lot. The tutor on the clip was pretty amazing in handling three ESOL levels at the same time. I’m not sure that the CPs fully appreciated how difficult it is to manage a class with such a variety of levels within it but they got the idea.
Later this morning I had a good catch  up with my supervisor, the Main Course Tutor, and I am clearer on what needs to be done for the end of the course. I have been agonising over my input session on modal verbs for days and I have realised that depending on which tutor I speak to, I have been getting some fairly different ideas, but I think my supervisor is more open to the use of technology; my comfort zone, than the assistant tutor. I value both of their ideas and approaches hugely but there is a distinct difference between the two and this has meant a wider learning curve at times. Learning from both has been massively rewarding but also, sometimes frustrating. I am wondering how rigid things should be. In some cases, CELTA is extremely rigid, in others, it seems much less so…
The good news is that all CPS shone in Teaching Practice today. All lessons were to standard and pushing the limits of ‘above standard’, which was great after a difficult week. I had to lead the feedback today and I’m not sure how well it went. The tutor seemed to have some points to raise about it but we didn’t have a chance to catch up. I imagine it’s the persistant problem of my talking to much, but the CPs seemed tired and I showered them with due praise, so I hope it was encouraging for them. Still loads of tasks to do for my training, in spite of another very long day…