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    Not long to go current PGCE'ers! The final stretch is upon you, well done!
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    (Original post by balloon_parade)
    Not long to go current PGCE'ers! The final stretch is upon you, well done!
    Thankyou! Did you find your last essay a struggle to write? I'm finding that I have not motivation to get my final essay done.... Is this normal?

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    (Original post by lowe28)
    Thankyou! Did you find your last essay a struggle to write? I'm finding that I have not motivation to get my final essay done.... Is this normal?

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    Yes! I found essays got lost under the depths of planning/assessment and school work, placement is the priority isn't it? (or feels like it!) Just think to yourself that this is the last one you will be doing for a while. I did secretly enjoy assignments so I was usually ok once I got going. Hope it goes well!
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    (Original post by lowe28)
    Thankyou! Did you find your last essay a struggle to write? I'm finding that I have not motivation to get my final essay done.... Is this normal?

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    haha yup, mine's due on Tuesday. It's 4000 words, I've done 1600 so far and I'm going away in an hour until Sunday evening. So it's going to have to be an all nighter on Monday I think. It's masters level too. And I'm not even on placement at the moment. I've just enjoyed having my life back so much this last couple of weeks the thought of loosing it again makes me feel sick.

    The worst part is I'm not going to finish until December now. So frustrating that 2 weeks off sick at Christmas puts me behind more than 6 months. I'm struggling to cope with this new condition and the PGCE. Part of me just wants to quit now and cut my losses but I've never quit anything before and don't think I can start now!
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    haha yup, mine's due on Tuesday. It's 4000 words, I've done 1600 so far and I'm going away in an hour until Sunday evening. So it's going to have to be an all nighter on Monday I think. It's masters level too. And I'm not even on placement at the moment. I've just enjoyed having my life back so much this last couple of weeks the thought of loosing it again makes me feel sick.

    The worst part is I'm not going to finish until December now. So frustrating that 2 weeks off sick at Christmas puts me behind more than 6 months. I'm struggling to cope with this new condition and the PGCE. Part of me just wants to quit now and cut my losses but I've never quit anything before and don't think I can start now!
    Hi ya, mine's the same... I'm on your course! I'm ploughing through mine today and I've got to get some planning done for next week too! Don't quit, keep going you'll get there in the end x

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    (Original post by Sarang_assa)
    haha yup, mine's due on Tuesday. It's 4000 words, I've done 1600 so far and I'm going away in an hour until Sunday evening. So it's going to have to be an all nighter on Monday I think. It's masters level too. And I'm not even on placement at the moment. I've just enjoyed having my life back so much this last couple of weeks the thought of loosing it again makes me feel sick.

    The worst part is I'm not going to finish until December now. So frustrating that 2 weeks off sick at Christmas puts me behind more than 6 months. I'm struggling to cope with this new condition and the PGCE. Part of me just wants to quit now and cut my losses but I've never quit anything before and don't think I can start now!
    Keep going, it may feel like a long way off but at least in your final term you'll have loads of experience to fall back on and you'll be able to apply for jobs with a jan start. Best wishes.


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    My core assignment is due in Monday. I spent 3 days planning and doing background reading on a science experiment which I conducted yesterday and reported findings and all that jazz. I've just got to finish my discussion, conclude, talk more about how it's relevant to children's learning and reference and do you think I've done a single thing today? Noooooo! Where's my motivation gone?
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    The hardest part for me now is writing up plans and evaluations. In my first placement I would write the plan first, but now I do my PowerPoint first so plan as I go along, which means I have to labouriously write out my plans every time. And then 4 lessons a week should have an evaluation. I can't wait for the real thing when I don't have to write down my purpose/ reflections of everything!

    Is anyone secondary that has lower-attaining student groups? I'm finding myself falling back onto the same old techniques for directed reading every lesson- match the question to the answer, fill in the gaps, match the sentence halves kind of thing. They are the only way I can think of scaffolding while still promoting thinking skills/ literacy! I use a lot of visuals as well. But now I'm running out of ideas! And I can't do any group/ pair work with them because of social difficulties.
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    My assignment (5,000 words) is due in on on Monday, but I need to post it tomorrow morning by recorded delivery.

    At the moment it's a mess - well above the word limit and references aren't done properly. So that's how I'm spending my Friday night.

    Schools in my county started back this week, so I've been teaching all week and haven't been able to do any uni work.

    Still, at least I'm over a third of the way through this placement now.
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    Just completed, edited and sorted the presentation out for my last 7k essay!! Feels SO good to have finished my last assignment!!! C'mon guys! You're soooo close now, you can do it!
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    (Original post by myrtille)
    My assignment (5,000 words) is due in on on Monday, but I need to post it tomorrow morning by recorded delivery.

    At the moment it's a mess - well above the word limit and references aren't done properly. So that's how I'm spending my Friday night.

    Schools in my county started back this week, so I've been teaching all week and haven't been able to do any uni work.

    Still, at least I'm over a third of the way through this placement now.
    You can do it!! Almost there!
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    I'm really feeling the pressure tonight :sad: Managed to get motivated to work and spent 5 hours working on my assignment. It's still not finished. I haven't left my studio flat all week apart from to go to the supermarket and I feel so trapped :zomg:
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    (Original post by angel_night)
    You can do it!! Almost there!
    Hehe, it's OK - I had a pleasant surprise. Last week I'd apparently cut more words out of my essay than I thought, so all I had to do was format the references.

    It's now submitted online and printed ready to post in the morning, and I've progressed to takeaway and beer.

    And I'm 2 lessons down this week because of a trip, so have got 15 to plan instead of 17, which will be welcome.
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    (Original post by StarBabyCat)
    Is anyone secondary that has lower-attaining student groups? I'm finding myself falling back onto the same old techniques for directed reading every lesson- match the question to the answer, fill in the gaps, match the sentence halves kind of thing. They are the only way I can think of scaffolding while still promoting thinking skills/ literacy! I use a lot of visuals as well. But now I'm running out of ideas! And I can't do any group/ pair work with them because of social difficulties.
    I teach almost exclusively bottom sets. Have you tried using writing frames to get them producing their own written work?

    True/False sentences? Spot the mistakes? Videos, with tick lists of stuff they need to listen out/watch for?

    Its tough - I cannot trust any of my groups to do group or pairwork, talking about off task - they never get 'on task'.


    On another note - has anyone read the Bill Rogers Classroom Behaviour books? Are they any good? I'm really struggling with 4 of my classes - the behaviour seems to be getting worse.
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    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    I teach almost exclusively bottom sets. Have you tried using writing frames to get them producing their own written work?

    True/False sentences? Spot the mistakes? Videos, with tick lists of stuff they need to listen out/watch for?

    Its tough - I cannot trust any of my groups to do group or pairwork, talking about off task - they never get 'on task'.


    On another note - has anyone read the Bill Rogers Classroom Behaviour books? Are they any good? I'm really struggling with 4 of my classes - the behaviour seems to be getting worse.
    Big paper. Give them sugar paper and post its to categorise things/order ideas etc. Works a treat.


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    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    I teach almost exclusively bottom sets. Have you tried using writing frames to get them producing their own written work?

    True/False sentences? Spot the mistakes? Videos, with tick lists of stuff they need to listen out/watch for?

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    Thank you! Ooh spot the mistakes is a good one! Although they will actually need to know the information first- but I could use as a starter for next lesson!

    Videos are a bit more difficult to use in my specialism, I have used them but it's rare that I find relevant ones!

    Thanks some great food for thought there!
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    Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Why am I making the effort? Nobody appreciates it and my colleagues don't seem to get as worked up or stressed.


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    Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Why am I making the effort? Nobody appreciates it and my colleagues don't seem to get as worked up or stressed.


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    I feel I put so much time and effort into the job and the rewards don't match it at times. I gave a class on Friday about language learning and when I asked how they use English outside the classroom, the whole class said they didn't. What is the point in trying to teach if they are not going to practice speaking. Not to mention the fact they pay for classes every month. I'm trying to look for interesting ways to help them practice outside of the class environment, like a reading group, but I need students to do their bit. My colleagues don't worry or stress about work the same way I do. Also, it doesn't help when I have to constantly fight bad thoughts.


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    I feel I put so much time and effort into the job and the rewards don't match it at times. I gave a class on Friday about language learning and when I asked how they use English outside the classroom, the whole class said they didn't. What is the point in trying to teach if they are not going to practice speaking. Not to mention the fact they pay for classes every month. I'm trying to look for interesting ways to help them practice outside of the class environment, like a reading group, but I need students to do their bit. My colleagues don't worry or stress about work the same way I do. Also, it doesn't help when I have to constantly fight bad thoughts.


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