The student teacher handbooks / forums and tutors repeatedly state in BOLD text that you should not be making your own resources during your first 2 placements. This is something that I just can’t agree with for several reasons but the main one being that I teach a minority subject with very few readily available resources in a curriculum that does not have set topics to be covered.
Obviously if you can adapt existing resources to suit your teaching and particular class that is great and I am not for one second suggesting that we all go about re-inventing the wheel and creating extra work in what is already a really busy year. However, at the same time you shouldn’t shy away from doing a topic or unit of work just because the materials don’t exist.
When creating your own resources or units of work – these are my top tips:
1. justify what you are doing and why and what evidence you will get out of the topic – connect it to the Es and Os before you start then you have a strong foundation
2. make it managable – you have more than this class to prepare for, don’t make your work load top heavy towards one class
3. ask someone else to looks over your plan and resources – experienced teachers get their materials checked all the time so don’t let pride, over confidence or any perseived weekness stop you
4. check if someone somewhere else has done that topic or a similar one before – use the TESS website and GLOW, you may get some useful ideas to play with
5. play to your strengths – CPD is an important part of the teaching process but step by step is better than a giant leap of faith into the unknown
and finally… make sure you get credit for the resources you create and give credit for the resources you use and adapt – professional courtesy can go a long way!