Sesiwn ar Batagonia

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Cefais y fraint i gymryd rhan yng Nghynhadledd Cymraeg Safon Uwch ym Mhrifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd fis Chwefror diwethaf.

Rydw i’n astudio gradd yn y Gymraeg yn yr un coleg ac yn dod yn wreiddiol o Batagonia, yr Ariannin, felly Cymraeg yw fy ail iaith hefyd.

Roedd hi’n hyfryd gweld cymaint o ddisgyblion o wahanol ysgolion o Gaerdydd a’r ardal sydd yn paratoi’n frwdfrydig i sefyll arholiad Cymraeg Ail Iaith. Roedd y darlithfeydd yn llawn o wynebau ifainc ac eiddgar ar y diwrnod.

Cafodd y disgyblion gyfle i wrando ar gyflwyniadau difyr a defnyddiol iawn gan ddarlithwyr y coleg. Roedd yn wych gweld y disgyblion yn trafod a sgwrsio yn Gymraeg drwy gydol y dydd.

Ar ôl cyflwyniad Dr Gina Morgan am y ffilm Patagonia, sef ffilm a fydd yn cael ei hastudio fel rhan o’r arholiad, cefais gyfle i drafod agweddau’r ffilm wrth ateb cwestiynau’r disgyblion.

Derbyniais fwy na saithdeg o gwestiynau a oeddent yn amrywiol iawn. Roeddwn i’n fodlon iawn gyda safon y cwestiynau, roedd y disgyblion yn amlwg eisiau cael y gorau o’r gynhadledd a holon nhw’n drwyadl.

Cymeron nhw fantais o gael rhywun sy’n frodorol o Batagonia i ateb eu hymholiadau er mwyn llwyddo nes ymlaen yn eu hastudiaethau; chwarae teg iddynt.

Gofynnodd y disgyblion ynglŷn â gwahanol agweddau’r ffilm: a oedd y ffilm yn realistig, a oedd yn portreadu bywyd go iawn neu hyd yn oed a oedd y bwyd yn debyg â’r ffilm!

Triais fy ngorau glas i ateb y cwestiynau’n llawn, a gobeithio’n fawr bod y disgyblion wedi mwynhau cymaint â fi.

Cafodd y cwestiwn gorau ymhlith y pentwr ei wobrwyio gan y darlithwyr a fi.

Dewisais un cwestiwn diddorol a phwysfawr a oedd yn mynd i fod o gymorth yn yr arholiad. Hoffwn ddiolch i’r enillydd gan obeithio ei bod yn hapus gyda’r ateb a’r wobr!

Roedd yn ddiwrnod llwyddiannus iawn ac mae pawb sydd wedi cyfrannu ato’n haeddu cymeradwyaeth helaeth. Roedd yn bleser gennyf i fod o help i’r disgyblion ac rydw i’n edrych ymlaen at rannu fy mhrofiad gyda mwy o fyfyrwyr brwd.

PGCE English in the frame

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Cardiff School of Education recently became a film set as PGCE English students worked with Simon Richards, from Into Film Cymru, in creating short suspense films.   Through an exciting, enlightening and very enjoyable workshop, Simon helped the new teachers explore how film can be a creative and valuable way of studying aspects such as setting, character and narrative.  Film and video is a hugely influential part of young people’s lives and so it is important that they can understand and ‘read’ it. The workshop also demonstrated strategies that will help the student teachers guide their learners in understanding how film works.  Into Film is relevant to teachers from all subjects and age groups. Simon noted that:  ‘Through our training sessions we hope to empower teachers to use one of the most engaging mediums, film, to help increase attainment and literacy outcomes and improve their creative skills.’

Their website is well worth a look – http://www.intofilm.org.

Spotlight on Research – Emma Thayer

EmmaThayerResearchSpotlightActive learning increases pupil engagement.  This was a key message from research completed by PGCE Drama Programme Leader, Emma Thayer.  Emma recently shared her experiences of working with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at a research seminar in the Cardiff School of Education.

The project, which involved the promotion of active approaches to teaching Shakespeare in schools, took place whilst she was working as a Head of Drama in Somerset.  Through a professional development programme, run by the RSC, Emma became a regional Lead Practitioner engaged in developing teachers’ skills and promoting research around the active approaches.

Her research indicated that working collaboratively, using the active strategies, not only supported pupil engagement but it also increased their social confidence, so that they were better able to express and share ideas and opinions, for example.   Her research also explored the value of seeing the role of a teacher as a director/facilitator, so that the teacher facilitates the pupils’ understanding and development, as opposed to directly providing information. Emma also saw the value of cross-curricular connections, including between Drama and English.

Through this three-year project, Emma became engaged in whole range of exciting experiences, including a Regional Schools Festival, taking a group of pupils to perform at Stratford-upon-Avon at on the RSC stage and seeing pupils’ filmed work being shown at the local Odeon.  Emma also gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare from the University of Warwick. She is now sharing her insight, skills and knowledge with students at Cardiff Met.

Top tips for your interview!

Here are some top tips from three PGCE Secondary student teachers who have managed to secure teaching posts recently:

  • Don’t try to teach too much content in your interview lesson. The purpose of the lesson is to check that 1) you know your stuff, 2) you can be engaging the classroom and 3) you understand how to structure a lesson.
  • If you get a chance, have a wander around the school and/or chat to staff. Find out about the school/department’s approach to teaching and organisation in general. Who is responsible for what? You can tell a lot about a school’s priorities by how its staff are organised.
  • One question I didn’t prepare an answer for was: Aside from your classroom work, what else can you bring to the school. I should have because my answer was a lot of waffle!
  • Try to learn at least a few names during your interview lesson.
  • They will ask you to reflect on your lesson. I was veryblunt and didn’t try to sugar coat the parts of my lesson that could be improved. They seemed to appreciate this.
  • Try to enjoy it and be yourself! Smile, be enthusiastic and be yourself! There is no point pretending to be someone you are not! Therefore teach the lesson to your style as that will make you feel more comfortable. It is all about being natural.
  • Engage with the pupils and staff at all times… even if on a school tour or in the canteen etc… I had a tour with other interviewees by two pupils whose opinions of us were sought afterwards.

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