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    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    Can someone reassure me that I'm not the only person spending nearly their whole Easter holidays working? I'm hoping to get a long weekend off before I go back to School, but apart from that its uni work and lesson planning.
    Same here. 4 days spent on interviews/interview preparation, then assignment writing and lesson planning.

    Have been taking it easier than in term-time (ie: not working all day and all evening) but still working pretty much every day.
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    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    Can someone reassure me that I'm not the only person spending nearly their whole Easter holidays working? I'm hoping to get a long weekend off before I go back to School, but apart from that its uni work and lesson planning.
    All of me and my coursemates seme to be working pretty soidly this easter! We have our dissertations to write and then all the planning for when we go back to do. You're defnitely NOT the only one!!
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    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    Can someone reassure me that I'm not the only person spending nearly their whole Easter holidays working? I'm hoping to get a long weekend off before I go back to School, but apart from that its uni work and lesson planning.
    Certainly not. I went back to work today. Don't feel relaxed at all. In fact. I feel worse. Can't put a brave face on it. I'm losing it and have no one to let it out to.


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    I'm forcing myself to take a week off. Luckily for me, I've got no idea where my next placement is yet so all I have to worry about is my 4500 word core assignment and the presentation based on the placement I just finished. Oh, and my interview, but that's not until the 25th so I'm not letting myself panic about it just yet!

    Has anyone else had an interview at a special needs school though? Wondering about possible questions...

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    Certainly not. I went back to work today. Don't feel relaxed at all. In fact. I feel worse. Can't put a brave face on it. I'm losing it and have no one to let it out to.


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    Gotto get all my work done cause my parents are taking us away (although the thought of having a holiday has got me a bit giddy!) saying that just got 2000 words to do and 2 weeks planning and the essay's nearly done as I spent all Easter doing it! Hang in their and try setting yourself deadlines for each task that helps me massively!
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    Struggling. Feeling so low. Don't know how I'm meant to hold down a job even on reduced hours.

    It's ok if you don't want to say on here, but have any of you struggled with mental health issues?


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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    Struggling. Feeling so low. Don't know how I'm meant to hold down a job even on reduced hours.

    It's ok if you don't want to say on here, but have any of you struggled with mental health issues?
    I don't think I have. Generally when I get a moment to think about it, I feel pretty positive. I just often feel overwhelmed by the workload so I have to get on with it and not stop to think. I don't feel miserable though, just busy.

    I don't think it's good for me though - I lost so much weight on my first placement because I often just didn't feel like eating, or felt like I didn't have time to. I always ate dinner but often skipped breakfast and lunch.

    Mental health issues are extremely common in this job and a lot of teachers end up having time off with stress because they're just under so much pressure. A friend of mine left her NQT year part way through due to anxiety and depression after having been signed off for a while.

    If you're worried about your mental health, make sure you seek medical advice. I know that might be difficult since you're working abroad but try and arrange something when you can.
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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    Struggling. Feeling so low. Don't know how I'm meant to hold down a job even on reduced hours.

    It's ok if you don't want to say on here, but have any of you struggled with mental health issues?


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    I did, never diagnosed and never really badly but fairly sure I know what it was.

    It wasn't connected to teaching but I do worry on occasion that with all of this pressure it might well come back and I won't be able to deal with it.
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    Back to school tomorrow for me...

    I anticipate this next term being the toughest - 7 weeks til we next get a break, and the first 6 of those weeks are on a timetable of 17 (50 minute) lessons per week.

    But the end is near!
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    (Original post by myrtille)
    Back to school tomorrow for me...

    I anticipate this next term being the toughest - 7 weeks til we next get a break, and the first 6 of those weeks are on a timetable of 17 (50 minute) lessons per week.

    But the end is near!
    I think you'll be surprised... The final term is by far the most pleasant! At least that was the general consensus on my course. You're more like an actual teacher in terms of timetable, confidence and ability so you're able to get into a routine of sorts.


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    (Original post by myrtille)
    Back to school tomorrow for me...

    I anticipate this next term being the toughest - 7 weeks til we next get a break, and the first 6 of those weeks are on a timetable of 17 (50 minute) lessons per week.

    But the end is near!
    I'm feeling anxious about it too!! I don't go back for another week though. We're going to be teaching 16, 1 hour lessons a week. It's a big step up from the 12 we were doing last time!

    (Original post by noodles!)
    I think you'll be surprised... The final term is by far the most pleasant! At least that was the general consensus on my course. You're more like an actual teacher in terms of timetable, confidence and ability so you're able to get into a routine of sorts.


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    That's good to hear! I'm starting to feel better about this practice now! I've done sequence planners for 2/3 weeks of English and for pretty much a half term's worth of topic, so it's mainly a case of doing the individual plans and resources now rather than thinknig up brand new ideas ALL THE TIME. Just need to make sure I hit all the standards now! The last week is going to be blissful as our files will have been collected! No pressure then!
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    My core assignment is due in next week and I still have no idea what to do. I have to do a science experiment at my own level (I have nothing past GCSE if that means anything) then discuss the implications with regards to teaching children.

    I've been thinking about doing the experiment where you test different brands of indigestion tablet to see which neutralises the quickest but I don't think that would go down very well seeing as it's something a lot of kids do in Year 7. I might test different household substances. I fancy playing with acid...
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    Wow!!! Sounds like PGCE is really tough. I'm starting in Oct. Is it worth the effort? :confused:
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    (Original post by sammster)
    Wow!!! Sounds like PGCE is really tough. I'm starting in Oct. Is it worth the effort? :confused:
    Definitely. You have to remember that people only tend to post moans on here! It's like looking up an operation you're due to have online... You will only find the stories of the ones gone wrong!


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    So what's all this about lesson planning? Are PGCE students marked on their handed in lesson plans? How do you get judged on your teaching... is there someone watching you teach the whole time, or is it based on pupil success?

    Just wondering because I'm considering PGCE next year (and almost definitely will go for it).
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    (Original post by Dragonfly07)
    So what's all this about lesson planning? Are PGCE students marked on their handed in lesson plans? How do you get judged on your teaching... is there someone watching you teach the whole time, or is it based on pupil success?

    Just wondering because I'm considering PGCE next year (and almost definitely will go for it).
    My course certainly never used lesson plans to judge teaching. And Ofsted don't require them so qualified teachers don't HAVE to submit them either, but some schools insist. You can meet standards using them so you have to submit them for those purposes (planning for differentiation etc is only seen on a plan). Also you need to be seen to be able to do it before you're 'let loose', if you see what I mean. But your teaching should be judged by what happens in the lesson, how much progress the pupils make etc.

    You will be watched pretty much all of the time, but only so many lessons will be 'formally observed'. The details are up to each course, but you need time to develop your 'everyday teaching' as well as your 'show off' teaching (these 2 are different, I don't care what anyone says). The class teacher will be there for the simple reason that they are still accountable for the progress of the class, and can be an extra pair of hands if not formally observing you. Later on in the course, depending on policy, you may be 'left alone' with the teacher nearby so you can send for them if needs be, but you will still need to be formally observed.


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    5 1/2 weeks of placement left for me, one of which is a 4 day week - the end is totally in sight as far as I'm concerned! Just want to pass this damn numeracy and GET A JOB!!
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    (Original post by noodles!)
    My course certainly never used lesson plans to judge teaching. And Ofsted don't require them so qualified teachers don't HAVE to submit them either, but some schools insist. You can meet standards using them so you have to submit them for those purposes (planning for differentiation etc is only seen on a plan). Also you need to be seen to be able to do it before you're 'let loose', if you see what I mean. But your teaching should be judged by what happens in the lesson, how much progress the pupils make etc.
    Just to point out - a school I was in at the start of my course got Ofsted during my first week there, and at staff briefing when the inspectors were talking to all the teachers the woman asked teachers to have their plans easily accessible for the inspector to have a look at when an inspector came in.
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    It is a work in progress but here is my new Blog. I plan to fill it with tips and advice for those who haven't yet started their PGCE. Only two posts so far but plenty of ideas to come Hope it helps.

    http://getreadytoteach.blogspot.co.uk/
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    (Original post by SuperSam_Fantastiche)
    Just to point out - a school I was in at the start of my course got Ofsted during my first week there, and at staff briefing when the inspectors were talking to all the teachers the woman asked teachers to have their plans easily accessible for the inspector to have a look at when an inspector came in.
    Ofsted want to see evidence of planning, not necessarily the full thing. They're (supposed to be- I'm still a cynic until they arrive) judging the typicality of your teaching, not your marvellous 'pull it off the shelf' lesson plan. My school bought in an Ofsted inspector to do a CPD session and he said as much.

    I'm not planning on giving them any detailed plans when they show up anyway! They'll be lucky if they get an accurate seating plan the way some of my groups behave!

    Personally I think giving someone a plan is a waste of time anyway. Yes it helps them to see that you've thought about differentiation etc which is why it's needed during your PGCE (and worth submitting a few for NQT evidence too). But with the best will in the world, if you gave me a lesson plan and told me to observe the lesson for what happens I would still be making sure you did what was in the plan. Teaching to a rigorous plan, especially under scrutiny, can throw you off too. If you're able to think 'well he doesn't know that this activity was supposed to take 5, not 20', you're probably better equipped to deal with the change in the lesson.

    (sorry for the rant-like post, not meant with any anger or anything, I'm just avoiding marking!)
 
 
 
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