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Monday reflection: Organising an antenatal course

Posted on: 30/05/2011

photo courtesy of nhs.ukI’m going to teach my third student course in a matter of weeks.  I’m adamant that this time I’m going to plan a little more carefully than I managed the other two.  I’m the sort of person who only manages to knuckle down to work when she can see the big deadline looming like a giant clock face about to knock her to kingdom come. Which, to be honest, makes for a less than perfect product at the end.

Perhaps I’m focussing too much on the plan itself. I’m great at planning, if it’s big picture stuff.  You know, making sure I cover all the topics, and having a vague idea what to do with them.  My bigger weakness is taking the vague ideas and turning them into something worthwhile.  Practising activities, ensuring all the information is accurate and up-to-date, thinking about questions I might be asked, dusting off equipment and ensuring it’s still in good condition.

I have a recollection of my last course when, seven months pregnant myself, I was at a point where I didn’t want to be there.  I was ready to focus inward and prepare myself for the new baby.  My activities were shoved into the car at the last minute and not checked beforehand.  I did one activity, given to me by a retiring teacher, and only as we were doing it did I realise how out-of-date the items were.

image courtesy of nottingham.ac.ukAt another point in the same course, I had thoughtlessly mismatched the number of couples to items available.  One couple were left hanging.  Being a relatively quick thinker in spite of the baby inside turning my brain into mush, I made the most of it, but I doubt I’ll forget the moment where I realised my mistake and my stomach plummeted to the floor.

All in all, I need to go through each activity I plan, and actually get it done so that it’s up to scratch.  I can get away with flying by the seat of my pants, and I know other teachers who do this fabulously – after all they’ve had a little more practice – but I’m not comfortable with it just yet.  Maybe when I’m teaching more than once a year I’ll be able to do this happily, but I need more experience first.

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2 Responses to "Monday reflection: Organising an antenatal course"

I also belong to Last Minuters Anonymous – good luck with your planning plans.

Thanks Tracy! Last Minuters Anonymous. I like it 🙂

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