Hey, so heres my problem...I have had my PGCE interview letter since the end of April and i sort of skimmed through it and i was just about to start my prep and i realised they want me to have done some hours of observing the subject i want to teach in colleges...anyway, my interview is not till middle of june...but..most colleges are on study leave now for exams so there arent any lessons i could possibly observe anymore...(and im sure my study leave was in may when i was at college so still wouldnt have been enough time for me to organise really) and i am meant to bring my observation notes to my interview....EEEEK. I have student mentoring under my belt already and in the process of sorting out a placement teaching abroad this summer....so, do i be totally honest about not having any lesson observations...i reallllllllllyyy dont want to be dishonest about anything ever but i dont want to jeapodise my place on the course to start this year....pllleeeasse someone advise me what to do! I do realise i should have got my arse in gear as soon as i wanted to do a PGCE! Any advice much appreciated....
It's pretty shocking that you didn't think to get any classroom experience before now. I can't imagine you being offered a place without it tbh. For a start is shows poor organisation skills, which are very important in teaching. Secondly, how do you know what to teach if you haven't done any work experience in a classroom? These are the sort of things your interviewers will be thinking. And I really wouldn't recommend lying, as I'm sure it would be obvious that you were doing so.
What is the specific PGCE that you've applied for?
Oh yea i agree its absolutely shocking! Just had a tonne of personal problems for the passed few months which i wont go into right now and they have prevented me from getting any (as it was only a few months ago i decided i wanted to teach). I just tried to ring round the local colleges and they said ring back next week when half term is over so hopefully luck will be on my side and i will get something! if not, bye bye pgce sep 09 i guess!
yeah most colleges keep their AS level students after thier exams so they can start thier A levels...so there should be plenty to watch between now and your interview...if not just go for primary or middle years...they are all in school till July.