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    Been having a really bad day, doubting myself and think can I do this?

    But just found this thread on google and spent the last hour reading the last 10 pages or so.

    Nice to know I'm not the only one stressing, doubting and worrying. Whenever my course meets up everyone seems happy as Larry, making me think I'm the only one.

    feeling much better now
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    (Original post by JDBlue)
    Been having a really bad day, doubting myself and think can I do this?

    But just found this thread on google and spent the last hour reading the last 10 pages or so.

    Nice to know I'm not the only one stressing, doubting and worrying. Whenever my course meets up everyone seems happy as Larry, making me think I'm the only one.

    feeling much better now
    People on your course probably feel the same too, don't worry. I know on my PGCE last year we generally relaxed and had a laugh a lot more when we met up, even though most of us were finding it pretty tough.

    It's doable, just keep going.
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    I felt exactly the same all yesterday and this morning. I just had this massive feeling of dread and panic. I felt absolutely sick this morning when the alarm went off at 6 and was so nervous walking into the staff room. I have no idea why! I think just being away from it for a while meant it felt like I was starting all over again.

    Had my year 7 class and it went really well, they seemed really engaged and a few even asked if they could take my 'Shakespeare Insult' resource home with them! A few behaviour things to work on but felt good after it.

    Some of the staff were a bit cold towards me which is unusual but hey ho, only 5 and a bit weeks left in this school.

    Feel like I know what I'm doing next week but a bit disappointed to find some of the classes I thought I was going to be teaching, the teachers have said they will take instead. Less work for me but more staff room boredom at times!
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    I felt exactly the same all yesterday and this morning. I just had this massive feeling of dread and panic. I felt absolutely sick this morning when the alarm went off at 6 and was so nervous walking into the staff room. I have no idea why! I think just being away from it for a while meant it felt like I was starting all over again.

    Had my year 7 class and it went really well, they seemed really engaged and a few even asked if they could take my 'Shakespeare Insult' resource home with them! A few behaviour things to work on but felt good after it.

    Some of the staff were a bit cold towards me which is unusual but hey ho, only 5 and a bit weeks left in this school.

    Feel like I know what I'm doing next week but a bit disappointed to find some of the classes I thought I was going to be teaching, the teachers have said they will take instead. Less work for me but more staff room boredom at times!
    I wouldn't worry or read too much in to this. Teaching is, as you know, a very stressful profession. It's easy to just get so worn out and have it affect the attitude you give off to others, so someone may seem off, annoyed, cold etc when in reality they're just tired and stressed and their 'social thoughts' are kind of shutting down so they can focus on just getting through!

    I'd have a positive interaction with them if you can to make you both feel better... chat about home life or something. It's worth it even if you have many other things to do because it really helps you feel less alone.

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    Yeah that's true; sometimes I know I could have made a better effort but a lot of the time I'm that tired mentally that I just sit there staring in to space lost in my own world!

    There's only about one or two staff I genuinely think are great people and get on with well, one never ever comes the staff room now though and just locks himself in his room and stays there all day. I think I would do the same sometimes.

    My mentor and teachers whose classes I take are fine and I've never had a disagreement with them, just not particularly warm people or easy to talk to. I'm still going to get them gifts when I leave though.
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    Hey, I have my second placement in February but I'm free until then so I arranged some volunteer work at my auntie's school. She's just told me that there will be some unqualified supply work for me whilst I'm there too and I'm terrified. I've not taught in 6 months and I've never done supply. Has anyone done supply before and have any idea what to expect/what I should prepare? It's in an infant school will be reception and ks1. Thanks in advance!
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    Yeah that's true; sometimes I know I could have made a better effort but a lot of the time I'm that tired mentally that I just sit there staring in to space lost in my own world!

    There's only about one or two staff I genuinely think are great people and get on with well, one never ever comes the staff room now though and just locks himself in his room and stays there all day. I think I would do the same sometimes.

    My mentor and teachers whose classes I take are fine and I've never had a disagreement with them, just not particularly warm people or easy to talk to. I'm still going to get them gifts when I leave though.
    I'd sum up my relationship with my mentor like that. We had no rifts, nothing, but we weren't the best of buddies or anywhere near to it. That said, we were professional and we always did our best for the kids. I liked him though. He was serious about his job and gave me a nice report at the end.

    There was however one member of staff I could see myself being friends with. He's a NQT at the school so quite young and very down to earth.

    But I've realised it's part and parcel if a school - we're never gonna be buddies with all our colleagues. Some yes, some we'll just say hi and bye, some we won't even acknowledge.

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    Got thrown to the lions a bit today. The year 8s had their assessment week but had normal lessons today so my mentor said because they'll be a bit tired it's best to just do a one off lesson rather than start the next topic. She told me to do this desert island lesson (how would you use such and such an object to survive etc). I knew it would be chaos and it was - had to yell several times, I had to send a girl out, they just wouldn't be quiet and listen to each other or me.

    My mentor comes up to me and says 'they were noisy but it was great'...I don't know what to think any more!

    Half day tomorrow. Can't wait for the weekend - getting up at 6 this week has been an absolute killer as the weeks before I was catching up on sleep and lie ins.
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    Got an interview for a job at my home school next week - eek!
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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Got an interview for a job at my home school next week - eek!
    Congratulations! Hope it goes well. That is so good.

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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Got an interview for a job at my home school next week - eek!
    Amazing! Congrats! Good luck! (and anything else you can put an exclamation mark behind!)

    I found a job to apply for in a perfect location for where I want to live. Off to visit the school next Friday to see what I think. Recently got Outstanding at Ofsted, so a bit worried they won't want me (!) but I did just get my first 1s in some lesson observations this week, so that's something (mostly twos, but just to have had SOME 1s makes me feel better).
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    Got thrown to the lions a bit today. The year 8s had their assessment week but had normal lessons today so my mentor said because they'll be a bit tired it's best to just do a one off lesson rather than start the next topic. She told me to do this desert island lesson (how would you use such and such an object to survive etc). I knew it would be chaos and it was - had to yell several times, I had to send a girl out, they just wouldn't be quiet and listen to each other or me.

    My mentor comes up to me and says 'they were noisy but it was great'...I don't know what to think any more!

    Half day tomorrow. Can't wait for the weekend - getting up at 6 this week has been an absolute killer as the weeks before I was catching up on sleep and lie ins.
    She probably did it to challenge you as it would be a tough lesson! And I would think that it went great meant you handled it well, visiting the circumstances/have made progress.

    Xxx

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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    Congratulations! Hope it goes well. That is so good.

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    Thanks! I don't need to teach anything either as they have already seen me teach. Less pressure!

    (Original post by TraineeLynsey)
    Amazing! Congrats! Good luck! (and anything else you can put an exclamation mark behind!)

    I found a job to apply for in a perfect location for where I want to live. Off to visit the school next Friday to see what I think. Recently got Outstanding at Ofsted, so a bit worried they won't want me (!) but I did just get my first 1s in some lesson observations this week, so that's something (mostly twos, but just to have had SOME 1s makes me feel better).
    Thanks!
    I'd kill for a 2 haha. We don't get graded though.
    Good luck
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    You don't get graded?! OMG which uni are you under?! Northumbria are paperwork mad!

    We get a 1,2,3 or 4 for every relevant teaching standard every time we're observed, plus comments and targets!

    On my other school placement all of my obs were a mix of 2s and some 3s (always a majority of 2s), so I was really chuffed today. Perhaps just because I was out of my comfort zone in Y1 (so tiny!) and back where I belong in KS2 now, lol.
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    (Original post by TraineeLynsey)
    You don't get graded?! OMG which uni are you under?! Northumbria are paperwork mad!

    We get a 1,2,3 or 4 for every relevant teaching standard every time we're observed, plus comments and targets!

    On my other school placement all of my obs were a mix of 2s and some 3s (always a majority of 2s), so I was really chuffed today. Perhaps just because I was out of my comfort zone in Y1 (so tiny!) and back where I belong in KS2 now, lol.
    I was always told student teachers should never be graded using Ofsted criteria.

    The purpose of our observations was to gather evidence for each teacher standard. So the form was a fairly blank sheet (just basic information at the top) and the teacher wrote comments about what was going on in the lesson - so anything good got written down and then there was a column to the side to say what teacher standard it helped meet. Then there was room at the bottom for targets and suggested strategies to help achieve those targets another time.

    The only time we were graded was in end of placement reports, and they could be E (exceptional), H (high), Q (QTS), P (potential) or L (low). You had to get a minimum of Qs to pass the course (but the odd P in the first placement was acceptable) and most got a mixture of H and Q.
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    (Original post by TraineeLynsey)
    You don't get graded?! OMG which uni are you under?! Northumbria are paperwork mad!

    We get a 1,2,3 or 4 for every relevant teaching standard every time we're observed, plus comments and targets!

    On my other school placement all of my obs were a mix of 2s and some 3s (always a majority of 2s), so I was really chuffed today. Perhaps just because I was out of my comfort zone in Y1 (so tiny!) and back where I belong in KS2 now, lol.
    Bradford college. We get an overall grade at the end of each assessed block. We're marked as 'requires improvement', 'met' or 'exceeded' for each standard on our observation forms and the feedback is related to the standards and we have targets and strengths, but we're not graded according to ofsted criteria.
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    Just a quick question - how strict are the timetable percentages we're given as guidance by Unis? Before the Christmas break I was teaching 3 solo lessons a week, from next week I will be doing 6. However some people on my course were doing 6 before the break and are now on around 12 a week...should I be worried? I feel like 6 is enough right now but don't want to get in trouble with Uni?
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    Just a quick question - how strict are the timetable percentages we're given as guidance by Unis? Before the Christmas break I was teaching 3 solo lessons a week, from next week I will be doing 6. However some people on my course were doing 6 before the break and are now on around 12 a week...should I be worried? I feel like 6 is enough right now but don't want to get in trouble with Uni?
    Before Christmas I was expected to be doing 40% of my mentor's timetable. Now it's at 70%.

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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    Just a quick question - how strict are the timetable percentages we're given as guidance by Unis? Before the Christmas break I was teaching 3 solo lessons a week, from next week I will be doing 6. However some people on my course were doing 6 before the break and are now on around 12 a week...should I be worried? I feel like 6 is enough right now but don't want to get in trouble with Uni?
    It really depends on the unis policy.

    I would expect though that it is a bit flexible. After all, every trainee is different, every school is different, every class is different. You'd need to adapt it based on your workload, your targets etc.

    I'd definitely chat to your tutor about it, explaining what you have to do in you're school and why you've chosen to do this amount. They will be able to advise you better on how to increase in a realistic way if needed, and how flexible it is.

    Xxx
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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Got an interview for a job at my home school next week - eek!
    Congratulations on your interview Shelly .

    I should be applying for jobs, but I cannot get myself to write an application. Once I get the first application out the way the rest should be easy. I will be on my second placement from mid Feb so better get a move on.

    Well done everyone for making it this far, we are almost half way there.


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