Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Things I need to do


This list is in no proper order so excuse the randomness if you will.

  1. Return dress and dye-leaked bedding.
  2. Excercise more so that I can fit into the dress (see No.1) with more ease.
  3. Wax away!
  4. Do something with the red cabbage I bought over a week ago before it goes off. Any ideas please?
  5. Mark GCSE coursework. One by one without putting it off, it WILL NOT GO AWAY.
  6. Think through schemes of work for next term before creating resources for lessons. I make it sound quick and easy! Pah.
  7. Mark all student folders, plus tests.
  8. Sort out OCR stuff.
  9. I'm forgetting something............................................... ........ ............. ......... ahuh, update CV!
  10. As of right now, look though GCSE portfolios' whilst drinking a hot mug of coco.
Sounds like a plan.

InshaAllah it will get done by this time next week. Well not No.10, that's right now. Here's hoping! Mmm. I'm offskie!

ICT PGCE, a retrospective insight.

Just in case you're wondering why another strangely random post...well, this is actually a specific reply to Sal's request (a commenter from way back in Oct) for my insight into secondary school teaching of ICT here in the UK.


I was just wondering if you could give me some insight into teaching ICT. I am currently into my final year in CS, and thinking of doing a PGCE. Also, did you do your PGCE at Kings?

To answer the first part of your question, I began the year long Secondary ICT PGCE (post graduate certificate of education for those of you not in the know) back in September 2006. Although this is when the official training began, a lot of unofficial training if it can be called that, took place way before Sept '06 in the form of mini teaching placements arranged by the student associate scheme people at uni. During these "extra curricular" placements I committed a number of days to supporting students and staff during ICT lessons and although my role was one of an unqualified teaching assistant, I learned tonnes from just being in a school environment.

Witnessing all the many dimensions of teaching over three years (whilst I was completing my BSc Internet & Law Hons) reaffirmed my teenage ambition of wanting to become a teacher. As a result I wasted no time in applying to my local training institution and before I knew it I was preparing myself on the latest educational and pedagogical issues concerning my subject area, ready for the PGCE interview! The interview that took place in June/July (I can't remember the exact month!) was nerve wrecking in the first few minutes but I soon breezed out, quietly confident. The years of voluntary work and preparation had paid off and I was now looking forward to my degree graduation and the start of a post graduate course!

Summary of the ICT PGCE course

As far as I know, different institutions train prospective teachers using different assessment methods: some are more theory based, some are more practical and some are a good mix of the two. In short my own training programme consisted of two training placements at two varying schools (in terms of intake of kids, locality, ethnic make up etc) with college training sessions sandwiched between the two. I was also required to complete three Master's level assignments based on theories of learning and ICT (which worked to encourage me to pursue further education). In addition to that, I was also required to maintain a folder of evidence to satisfy the CORE teaching strands. Organisation, self motivation and self discipline are key if you want to stay on top of your course without letting the paper work get the better of you.

Personally, I LOVED my PGCE year! I know lots and lots of people who have complained day in day out about their PGCE, even after they had qualified, but truthfully speaking, I found it great, must be the geek in me. I really enjoyed my training placements, had excellent mentors and a solid support network (friends and family, not to mention other staff without whom I would never have been able to get even this far) and because I managed to stay on top of my work (laziness was *N.O.T.* an option) the whole thing now seems like a doddle. Don't be fooled into thinking it's easy though, I can assure you it's nothing like that, but like I say, doing some voluntary work and a little homework beforehand will prep you up in many good ways.

At present, I'm working part time as a teacher of ICT in an all girl's Islamic school. Not something I ever imagined I would do, simply because working part time wasn't something I initially wanted to do, but I accepted this as Allah's plans. I have to admit, I actually love what I do although I am the only ICT teacher in the school and effectively the head of department all rolled in one. Prior to this, I had completed my NQT year between Sept '07 to July '08 in a large mixed comprehensive school. The year was tough. No joke. Not only had I embarked on my official journey as a young enthusiastic teacher in a department strained by lack of communication (my mentors were also quite the opposite of what I had experienced with my PGCE lot) I also managed to squeeze my marriage to the love of my life in December '07 and a two week trip to Bangladesh in the x-mas holidays! I hear you say "Whhh-aaaa-t!?!". It was fine. I mean it was megahecticlymad really, but quite fine :-D

Okay, back to the now. As for you, your degree in CS should be more than sufficient for the ICT PGCE as it is solely computer based. As far as I can work out from your post you are completing your final degree year so I hope the above insight has highlighted the importance of previous work experience of working in a school environment. I'm sure you understand that there is no point in even applying to do the PGCE if you've not yet had your own insight into teaching. The best piece of advice I can give you before you set your mind on doing the PGCE is to actually arrange voluntray placements to allow yourself to really find out what teaching is all about. Speak to staff, speak to students, visit the TDA, basically find out as much as you can before you plunge into it as it will most likely result in you making a firm decision.


That I hope has answered your first question. In response to your second question, I don't want to disclose where I completed my studies (drop an email if you must know) but I can tell you it wasn't at King's. :-) I hope that my insight has been useful to you even if in a small way, let me know if your need to know any more.

Laters for now.

Monday, 28 December 2009

An '08 flashback

Salaam all

Apologies for the long break, I have been so utterly rushed off my rather big feet, it's UNbelievable! Will hopefully fill you in with all my latest shenanigans soon iA. Until then check out a snap of some of my 2008 "notes to self" I found in an old mini notebook. VOWS?! Wth was I thinking writing that down! I'm struggling to think wtheck I wrote that down, I think I wanted to possibly pen a few words down words myself to make our wedding vows unique, but alas it never happened :-( The list by the way, was penned down just before the hubs and I "officially" got married here in the UK (we were already Islamically married in Dec '07) and a couple of days before our honeymoon in megafantastic Malaysia :-) Again, another story for another day!

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Hip hip!

The past couple of months have been so jam packed: unbelieeeevable!

Firstly, the dissertation stress . Now OVER. RIP! Yippeeee!

Second, the hubs you may well remember, passed his ACCA back in the summer and finally graduated in November! Here's a snapshot of the things we got up to in his honour:

A month straight after this, my younger and youngest sister graduated too! This time in Radiography, not ACCA! MashaAllah, I'm so proud of her achievements, especially since what we've been through recently after losing our beloved father to cancer. She really deserved a good spoiling session, and she got one!

A couple of days after this celebratory event, my best friend and I finally got to see each other after months! But in all honesty, we didn't really get to have a proper catch up (not unless you count the drive down on the motorway!) as we spent the day at the NEC Arena checking out the "latest" high street slash designer trends in the Clothes Show. I quote latest as if I'm being totally honest, the clothes on most of the rails are the stuff I've already seen down in London, so a little naff really. Anyhoo. A good time was had. Many bargains were too, had, lol, another post mebbe.
Love it! :-D

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Where does the time go?

Do you ever have a day when there just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done? Catch up with family, work, friends, drama serials, reading, shopping etc etc...and the list goes on! Recently time has been such a precious commodity to me whereas six months ago I was getting restless with too much time on my hands! I was going through my academic diary today when I realised that a course I teach to my Year 10 students (aged 14-15) was only but already half done! I know it sounds so odd, but I was shocked to realise that although we had got through a lot of work in the past three months, there was still so much left to finish! Alhamdulilah, I am glad that the girls I teach are now eager to do very well, although they h.a.t.e.d the course and probably me as well, when we first met! *sigh* I just want to get EVERYthing done before the xmas holidays as I know time will fly by ten times quicker when we enter the new year! SCARY!

On a less scarier note (I hope!) I've managed to change my blogger background to something a little more personality full...excuse me if I fail to make sense yet again! How cute are these owls man! Haoow!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009


Apologies in advance to all those affected by the craziness of my blog template recently. Thanks to My Getaway, I have just become aware that comments were somehow mysteriously disabled! :-( This has now been fixed but it also means that I have no fancy template, plain old boring stuff. But hey, it gives me no troubles, YET anyway!

Ciao amigos!

Fatty x

I ♥ ... Monsoon dresses

Ooh la la!

Golden times

Just today, my mother-in-law (from here on I may refer to her as the MIL) were reminiscing over the by gone times. She was reminiscing about her tiny newly born baby boy with the red lips who was passed onto her by the midwife, wrapped up in a woolly blanket, cute as a button. This baby boy is now my husband and her 26 year old married son. How time flies she sighed. I remembered how my mum and dad always thought us five siblings grew up too quick and too soon, how they wished they could stop us from growing up beyond the age of 10 so that we could all stay at home and continue with the good times we all shared (although, realistically this 10 year old business could not work, how could we all be the same age, huh, heehee!). It's so sad isn't it, when your parents realise you're no longer their little child anymore and are in fact fully grown adults, living in the big bad world. That said, I think most parents will always see their child as that little baby they held in their arms or the little cute toddler good as gold.

*huge sigh*

That will be one of us one day, looking back as parents that is, inshaAllah.

Anyway. The hubs has earned lots of brownie points this week. Not only did he save me a chore by scrubbing the bathroom, head to toe, floor to ceiling, on the eve before Eid, he also very generously rewarded my uni efforts with a blingBLING watch! It's huuuuge, seriously HUUUGE!
I love it, although between you and me it's a little too much on the bling and size factor. I'm sure I'll get used to it though!