(Original post by xcharzx)
Hello and congrats to those who are on a PGCE or have completed one
I am curious about what degrees people had first and how they have helped you or will help you over the year
Is this a serious question?
People usually have degrees in the subject they want to teach. They help them teach the subject. An English graduate is going to struggle to teach A level chemistry...
Well I have a degree in Philosophy and I am going to teach secondary RE. But I also had an offer to teach Maths secondary because my mathematical ability was good enough- so its not as silly a question as you thought!
I think all degrees offer you the correct skill set - enquiring, presentations etc. But Im not sure since I havent completed my pgce yet!
I did environmental science so I guess I could have gone on to teach geography, biology or even chemistry, though I went for geography as that was where my main love and knowledge lay. I think over the course of the degree, being made to do presentations and other in front of the class activities like that make you a better teacher if you go into it by making you face your fears and realising that most people actually listen to whoever is at the front of the class.
I have a linguistics degree and went on to do an English PGCE. I have a job teaching English, where I get to teach some A Level English Language classes as well as 11-16, which draws heavily on linguistics subject knowledge.
I do have the issue, though, where I really love teaching grammar but any time another member of the department says to me "...and you'll be teaching x book, have you read that?" the answer is probably no. I am constantly reading books just in advance of teaching them