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    (Original post by myrtille)
    Well done!
    I've got one more week of teaching my timetable before my final report, and then my timetable reduces for the last few weeks so I can sort out my file and produce resources for the school. Don't completely finish 'til mid-June, but the pressure is definitely going to reduce soon.

    I've been invited to 2 job interviews on the same day next week, so have got to call one of them to let them know I can't make it. But there seems to be a big gap between the 2 schools in terms of how much my subject is valued, so I know which one I'm going for.
    Wishing you the very best of luck Myrtille. I think I may have read (and agreed) with a thread of yours over on the TES about having a lot of interviews (it may have been on here, I can't remember, I know you are a regular over on the TES and I've seen your resources on the front page!) and I had 4 in total before I got my job. It is actually a one year fixed term maternity cover, which I didn't really want but I love the school, and who knows what'll happen in a year?

    I also had to pull out of 3 more interviews this week! So glad it's such a weight off my mind.

    Now I have to pass the numeracy (after failing it by one mark!) moved it back so I have more time, also have a tutor. That's the remaining mega-stress!
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    (Original post by StarBabyCat)
    Wishing you the very best of luck Myrtille. I think I may have read (and agreed) with a thread of yours over on the TES about having a lot of interviews (it may have been on here, I can't remember, I know you are a regular over on the TES and I've seen your resources on the front page!) and I had 4 in total before I got my job. It is actually a one year fixed term maternity cover, which I didn't really want but I love the school, and who knows what'll happen in a year?

    I also had to pull out of 3 more interviews this week! So glad it's such a weight off my mind.

    Now I have to pass the numeracy (after failing it by one mark!) moved it back so I have more time, also have a tutor. That's the remaining mega-stress!
    Hey,

    Yeah, I think I have an internet forum problem. :P I live a long way from my uni and haven't seen anyone from my course for over 2 months so it's good to have the chance to moan at strangers on the internet!

    I started putting resources on TES after a discussion at uni a while ago where someone said we should start doing it as so much of what's on there isn't very useful. A lot of the MFL stuff has basic spelling/grammar mistakes (not that I'm claiming I never make any, I'm sure someone will spot one sooner or later) which is annoying.

    I'd originally been avoiding jobs that are 1 year contracts but definitely starting to consider them now as it's better than not having a job. And as you say, who knows what will happen? The person on maternity might decide they don't want to come back yet, or someone else might leave the department, creating a new vacancy for you. Hopefully it'll all work out. The school I have an interview at this week looks really good, so fingers crossed.
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    Last 6 weeks of placement coming up, and instead of upping then reducing the timetable towards the end to let us get our folders in order, LSBU have decided that we get to teach more and more each week, giving us less and less time to arrange our folders in between observations and teaching 80% of the timetable

    I'm so close to just walking. The only thing stopping me is the knowledge that I have a job waiting (as long as my bleeding references get done!)

    Anyone else started to feel horribly negative now we're almost at the end? I'm almost questioning whether I want to teach or not!!!
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    (Original post by SuperSam_Fantastiche)
    Last 6 weeks of placement coming up, and instead of upping then reducing the timetable towards the end to let us get our folders in order, LSBU have decided that we get to teach more and more each week, giving us less and less time to arrange our folders in between observations and teaching 80% of the timetable

    I'm so close to just walking. The only thing stopping me is the knowledge that I have a job waiting (as long as my bleeding references get done!)

    Anyone else started to feel horribly negative now we're almost at the end? I'm almost questioning whether I want to teach or not!!!
    Ooh that's mean. I suppose they can make you do that in primary, because you teach the same class all the time, so taking on a couple of extra hours doesn't have a big impact on the kids. Obviously in secondary taking on extra hours would mean meeting another totally new class (I teach 7 different classes already), getting to know names and ability levels and it just wouldn't be worth the hassle for the sake of a couple of weeks.

    But you can do it. If we've made it this far, they're not going to fail us unless something seriously bad happens (not because of a few bad lessons because you're tired and have rushed the planning).

    My course tutor has said that anyone who is at risk of not passing by the deadline for our final reports has already been told, and given an extension (so their timetable won't reduce, they keep teaching the old one for a couple more weeks) to give them time to meet all the standards. So if we've made it this far, we're probably doing OK!

    I've been feeling a bit negative in some ways, like I just don't have the ideas or energy to keep going for this long. I think next year (if I get a job!) I'll just have to remind myself that I'm not being observed all the time and not all of my lessons can be planned to such detail with resources I've made myself. I think I need to sort of pace myself, focus on establishing good behaviour and routines at the start, rather than making every in activity in the lesson really good.
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    I feel a bit better today. I've planned 5 lessons with resources in 5 hours (including lunch and candy crush breaks ) and I think I'll get better at that as the placement wears on. It is quite nice not to have to spend an hour making PECS symbols for every lesson you plan, attaching velcro to absolutely everything and making everything look like it definitely isn't edible!
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    It's my first day of my repeat first placement tomorrow. So so so nervous!
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    (Original post by Sarang_assa)
    It's my first day of my repeat first placement tomorrow. So so so nervous!
    Gooooood luck x

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    I'm applying for 2014 entry and its so tough to just observe some lessons in schools! Everyone is saying that they're full!!!! I've been emailing and ringing like a mad person! It's difficult to get the experience to get onto the PGCE let alone complete it! Looks like it's going to be tough (and competitive!)
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    (Original post by Feartheunknown)
    I'm applying for 2014 entry and its so tough to just observe some lessons in schools! Everyone is saying that they're full!!!! I've been emailing and ringing like a mad person! It's difficult to get the experience to get onto the PGCE let alone complete it! Looks like it's going to be tough (and competitive!)
    You must also bear in mind that it is now exam season so schools will be very busy with getting coursework finished and sent off as well as organising exams and revision.


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    I need placement to just END!

    Today, year 10 refused to do any work. I couldn't even get them quiet for long enough to explain what they needed to do. Then, when I went around, at least 8 of them sat there doing nothing. I asked why they hadn't but pen to paper and got told 'I've written the date'. I changed to a speaking task, they wouldn't do it. I changed to a listening task, they just sat and doodled. literally every task, they refused to do. There were so many of them talking I couldn't even spot who it was, but I don't know all of their names yet so couldn't call them out. I can't stand the thought of another 4 weeks of them!
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    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    I need placement to just END!

    Today, year 10 refused to do any work. I couldn't even get them quiet for long enough to explain what they needed to do. Then, when I went around, at least 8 of them sat there doing nothing. I asked why they hadn't but pen to paper and got told 'I've written the date'. I changed to a speaking task, they wouldn't do it. I changed to a listening task, they just sat and doodled. literally every task, they refused to do. There were so many of them talking I couldn't even spot who it was, but I don't know all of their names yet so couldn't call them out. I can't stand the thought of another 4 weeks of them!
    Ouch.

    My Year 9s were horrible period 6 today. I'd tried to break things up a bit more into manageable chunks, as last week I'd had a reading activity which was too long and pitched too high, but they just wouldn't shut up. I spent so long waiting for silence and trying to identify who to give warnings/detentions to, but there were too many of them to catch them all and it's hard to know what to do. I've got 4 of them in break detention on Thursday now.

    I'm getting rid of some classes at the end of this week when my timetable reduces, but unfortunately the ones I'm keeping 'til mid-June are mostly the ones I've been struggling with. There have definitely been some improvements but every lesson is still a battle.

    Not knowing names definitely makes life difficult. How long have you been teaching them? I used a classlist with photos and a seating plan to get to know names when I was observing each class before I started teaching them, and it really helped.
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    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    I need placement to just END!

    Today, year 10 refused to do any work. I couldn't even get them quiet for long enough to explain what they needed to do. Then, when I went around, at least 8 of them sat there doing nothing. I asked why they hadn't but pen to paper and got told 'I've written the date'. I changed to a speaking task, they wouldn't do it. I changed to a listening task, they just sat and doodled. literally every task, they refused to do. There were so many of them talking I couldn't even spot who it was, but I don't know all of their names yet so couldn't call them out. I can't stand the thought of another 4 weeks of them!
    What subject are you teaching? Is it MFL?
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    (Original post by myrtille)
    Ouch.

    My Year 9s were horrible period 6 today. I'd tried to break things up a bit more into manageable chunks, as last week I'd had a reading activity which was too long and pitched too high, but they just wouldn't shut up. I spent so long waiting for silence and trying to identify who to give warnings/detentions to, but there were too many of them to catch them all and it's hard to know what to do. I've got 4 of them in break detention on Thursday now.

    I'm getting rid of some classes at the end of this week when my timetable reduces, but unfortunately the ones I'm keeping 'til mid-June are mostly the ones I've been struggling with. There have definitely been some improvements but every lesson is still a battle.

    Not knowing names definitely makes life difficult. How long have you been teaching them? I used a classlist with photos and a seating plan to get to know names when I was observing each class before I started teaching them, and it really helped.
    That is my problem to with my KS3 classes, I cannot see the wood for the trees sometimes. Only mine never turn up for detentions, and by the time you've sent a letter home informing of the second detention it is usually about 2 weeks later!

    Year 10 I have only been teaching them since Easter, the rest of my classes I have been teaching since february ( not that behaviour is any better with them either!).

    I know the names of all 130 kids I teach in KS3, but only a few of year 10 ( who in turn look nothing like their photos).
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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    What subject are you teaching? Is it MFL?
    Yes - the daily crusade of bringing languages to those who don't care!
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    I've still got a similar issue with year 9, I ended up calling my mentor in today because they just wouldn't settle enough for me to say anything to them, and that's the slightly better of my two y9 classes!

    The other group are 1000 times worse, I see them tomorrow and am still none the wiser as to what I should do with them dreading it!

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    Haha, I feel for you guys, I'm finding it hard enough to keep my year 2's quiet, let alone trying it with year 10
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    Exactly tthe same here :hugs:
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    (Original post by SuperSam_Fantastiche)
    Haha, I feel for you guys, I'm finding it hard enough to keep my year 2's quiet, let alone trying it with year 10
    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    I need placement to just END!

    Today, year 10 refused to do any work. I couldn't even get them quiet for long enough to explain what they needed to do. Then, when I went around, at least 8 of them sat there doing nothing. I asked why they hadn't but pen to paper and got told 'I've written the date'. I changed to a speaking task, they wouldn't do it. I changed to a listening task, they just sat and doodled. literally every task, they refused to do. There were so many of them talking I couldn't even spot who it was, but I don't know all of their names yet so couldn't call them out. I can't stand the thought of another 4 weeks of them!
    I have a similar thing with a year 1/2 class for phonics, and I really really struggle with names as well. I've only seen them for about 3 20 minute sessions and I'm rubbish with names anyway, plus there are more of them than my normal class (more than 30). I just can't follow the schools procedures without names

    I've spoken to peers, a tutor and my teacher about it, next lesson I'm going to start by sitting them down (with calming music, a strategy the school uses) and talking to them about the rules of the school and how they still apply in phonics, even though it's different and I'm a different teacher to who they're used to. Then from then on just be really consistently firm but fair on the rules. We're also doing a phonics game based on names, which will hopefully help a bit!!!

    Fingers crossed!

    Xxx

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    (Original post by Feartheunknown)
    I'm applying for 2014 entry and its so tough to just observe some lessons in schools! Everyone is saying that they're full!!!! I've been emailing and ringing like a mad person! It's difficult to get the experience to get onto the PGCE let alone complete it! Looks like it's going to be tough (and competitive!)
    Is there any way you could try Somewhere smaller? I know cities are apparently very hard to get experience in, but when I wanted it in my small home town it was really easy, I just walked in and they said yes! I think there is just much less competition. I stayed with my parents for that.

    Xxx

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    Feeling low stressed, so much to do and too little time
 
 
 
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