So as part of the second year optional modules I chose to do a module called Geography in Education, which was compromised of a six week teaching placement, going into a local secondary school once a week, an essay and a learning log about the placement.
The module was very very competitive to get on to and we had to submit an application form as well as an interview. I was super super lucky to be awarded one of ten places out of roughly 60 people who applied.
I was lucky enough to get a fantastic school and I assisted in teaching a group of lovely year 9 students with their tectonics module. The class were so friendly and welcoming as was their teacher, and I instantly felt comfortable. As a Human Geography student after the first lesson I panicked and asked my mum to send me my GCSE revision as I’d forgotten all about tectonics. Luckily I topped up my knowledge and was able to re-explain concepts and push the students to think critically.
Towards the end of the module I had to take a five minute starter activity on my own without help from the teacher. This went amazingly, the class were engaged and seemed to enjoy what I did (I sneakily asked one of the students if I’d done okay and they assured me it was great!). I’d been super nervous to create educational material for students and questioned my own knowledge as I didn’t want to teach the students wrong information. However, it turns out it went absolutely incredibly as I was given *FULL MARKS* for my placement which is was so so surprised with.
I definitely recommend any first years to consider applying for this module, whilst it was really challenging and relied heavily on independent learning it was so rewarding.
Having a wide range of modules to choose from is just another reason why Geography at the University at Leicester is so great.