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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    Sometimes I wonder why I bother
    Why? What's up?

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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    Had my worst day of the whole course so far today
    You wouldn't believe how many atrocious lessons I had. I think I had maybe 2 "pass" lesson observations out of about a bazillion (I was observed at least 4 times a week and was in school the whole year) up until about Easter. Then I went to another school and did a placement and got loads of positive feedback so when I went back to my actual school I believed I could do it. Basically if I had done a PGCE I wouldn't have passed my first placement.

    Teacher training is really the teaching job, just magnified and intensified. You will have lessons and days like that when you are experienced, but they get fewer and farther between. It's easy for me to say, but try not to let it get you down. From all your previous posts it seems that you do enjoy teaching and you care about the kids and that they learn. This is the single most important factor in a teacher. Be open and honest in your reflections and evaluations. I am 100% certain that you will not fail the PGCE because of this one lesson observation.

    Finding someone you trust and respect to talk to about things like this is really important, so I'm glad you have such a person at your school. I didn't feel I had that at my placement school, especially in the first year so I did a lot of crying down the phone to friends and parents that year!
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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    Sometimes I wonder why I bother
    I'm stressed and upset and I have no one I feel I can talk to.

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    I didn't get the job... They said it was a good interview and i was very passionate and confident but i didn't mention teaching and learning enough. May be slightly awkward when i go back there in march now...
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    All good experience though, and now you've got something you can make a point of doing at future interviews.

    I agree it might be a bit awkward, but I bet you'll have something else lined up by then and won't even care.
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    I'm sorry to hear that Shelly, I'm sure something else will come around.

    I've had time to reflect on yesterday's horror show and after meeting with the PLC who observed me he gave me great feedback and said because my observed focus was differentiation that's why he would have given me a 3 or 4. He said if it had been something like learning environment or engagement then he would have gone higher. This made me feel so much better and allowed me to see exactly what I need to do to improve.

    Spent the last 2 hours planning my lesson for my tutor coming in on Tuesday - it looks good and I'm happy with it but worried I won't get it all done in time. Going to show it to the teachers i think highly of on Monday and see what they think. I'm just so desperate for it to go well!
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    I'm sorry to hear that Shelly, I'm sure something else will come around.

    I've had time to reflect on yesterday's horror show and after meeting with the PLC who observed me he gave me great feedback and said because my observed focus was differentiation that's why he would have given me a 3 or 4. He said if it had been something like learning environment or engagement then he would have gone higher. This made me feel so much better and allowed me to see exactly what I need to do to improve.

    Spent the last 2 hours planning my lesson for my tutor coming in on Tuesday - it looks good and I'm happy with it but worried I won't get it all done in time. Going to show it to the teachers i think highly of on Monday and see what they think. I'm just so desperate for it to go well!
    I was gonna say the focus sends to be the "issue". It seems like you're doing really well at your current personal area for development, engagement/behaviour management so take that positive away.

    Does your next observation have a focus too?

    Xxx

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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    I didn't get the job... They said it was a good interview and i was very passionate and confident but i didn't mention teaching and learning enough. May be slightly awkward when i go back there in march now...
    Bad luck. But don't worry too much. You can take so much from it plus you've got rid of the first interview nerves. I think most of us will be having to go for a few interviews before we secure a post for September.

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    I was gonna say the focus sends to be the "issue". It seems like you're doing really well at your current personal area for development, engagement/behaviour management so take that positive away.

    Does your next observation have a focus too?

    Xxx

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    Yeah my mentor said to keep it as differentiation so I've ensured that my lesson has a lot of different challenge for Tuesday with options for weaker and stronger pupils. Going to incorporate it into my questioning as well.
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    Why? What's up?

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    I'm stressed and upset and there is no one I feel I can talk to.


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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    I'm stressed and upset and there is no one I feel I can talk to.


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    Anything in particular stressing and upsetting you? You can always talk to us lot.

    Just blurt it all out - sometimes all you need to do is get it out to feel better.
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    I can relate to a few of you. Plus I really don't want to go in on Monday. Was scrutinised by mentor and tutor in one meeting after an observation of worked hard on. I was nearly given serious concern but I explained my side of things as best I could without losing my temper so I'm not getting serious concern but they're observing me again next week. I just don't want to work there anymore I hate it. Was put in a really uncomfortable position by my tutor with another student. I'm being picked on and picked at. Hate hate hate it. How I've made it through these last few weeks I don't know because I was dreading it over Christmas holidays, and life outside of work has been stressful enough.
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    I can relate to a few of you. Plus I really don't want to go in on Monday. Was scrutinised by mentor and tutor in one meeting after an observation of worked hard on. I was nearly given serious concern but I explained my side of things as best I could without losing my temper so I'm not getting serious concern but they're observing me again next week. I just don't want to work there anymore I hate it. Was put in a really uncomfortable position by my tutor with another student. I'm being picked on and picked at. Hate hate hate it. How I've made it through these last few weeks I don't know because I was dreading it over Christmas holidays, and life outside of work has been stressful enough.

    :cconsole: That sounds awful. Message me if you need talk.

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    (Original post by CTVicky)
    I can relate to a few of you. Plus I really don't want to go in on Monday. Was scrutinised by mentor and tutor in one meeting after an observation of worked hard on. I was nearly given serious concern but I explained my side of things as best I could without losing my temper so I'm not getting serious concern but they're observing me again next week. I just don't want to work there anymore I hate it. Was put in a really uncomfortable position by my tutor with another student. I'm being picked on and picked at. Hate hate hate it. How I've made it through these last few weeks I don't know because I was dreading it over Christmas holidays, and life outside of work has been stressful enough.
    Sounds exactly like where I was during my final placement. Just do enough to tide you over and get you through the placement. The school you end up working in will not care what grades you got on placement, they just want to know you've got QTS
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    (Original post by CTVicky)
    I can relate to a few of you. Plus I really don't want to go in on Monday. Was scrutinised by mentor and tutor in one meeting after an observation of worked hard on. I was nearly given serious concern but I explained my side of things as best I could without losing my temper so I'm not getting serious concern but they're observing me again next week. I just don't want to work there anymore I hate it. Was put in a really uncomfortable position by my tutor with another student. I'm being picked on and picked at. Hate hate hate it. How I've made it through these last few weeks I don't know because I was dreading it over Christmas holidays, and life outside of work has been stressful enough.
    I've been in a similar situation. I hope you can make it through!
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    I'm dreading going in tomorrow and Tuesday as well. Tomorrow taking a class with a teacher who is a bit arrogant and he will be scrutinising me I'm sure.

    Tuesday my tutor is coming in to observe me. Every time I think about it I feel sick. Getting the 3 last week has made me really nervous and although I'm confident in my lesson plan this time I just feel like I won't have enough time (45 minutes) to get through it all and wrap it all up nicely, especially since it's in the afternoon and the kids are likely to be more wild and there's no time to get organised beforehand as my mentor is teaching in the classroom directly before I do.

    My mentor isn't giving me any support with it either, she hasn't asked what I plan on doing, hasn't given me any tips or said not to worry etc. I feel like I'm all alone and if it goes wrong I'm going to get torn apart like last week.

    I just can't wait for it to be over and then I'll only have just over 15 days left of the placement.
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    I have to take a KS2 assembly on Tuesday. Pant-wettingly nervous. Not even convinced I can talk loudly enough for them all to hear me!
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    I'm dreading going in tomorrow and Tuesday as well. Tomorrow taking a class with a teacher who is a bit arrogant and he will be scrutinising me I'm sure.

    Tuesday my tutor is coming in to observe me. Every time I think about it I feel sick. Getting the 3 last week has made me really nervous and although I'm confident in my lesson plan this time I just feel like I won't have enough time (45 minutes) to get through it all and wrap it all up nicely, especially since it's in the afternoon and the kids are likely to be more wild and there's no time to get organised beforehand as my mentor is teaching in the classroom directly before I do.

    My mentor isn't giving me any support with it either, she hasn't asked what I plan on doing, hasn't given me any tips or said not to worry etc. I feel like I'm all alone and if it goes wrong I'm going to get torn apart like last week.

    I just can't wait for it to be over and then I'll only have just over 15 days left of the placement.
    For a start, remember that differentiation is the focus. If you are confident in that you should be fine!

    However, if you are still worried about the timing then why not cut down the plan. You could always note extra parts in the plan for if you have extra time, but then if you don't use it you've still followed the plan. Also remember it's ok to change plans during a lesson with good reason! Just keep the learning objective in mind, make sure you're hitting it and if you are then adapt where needed.

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    For a start, remember that differentiation is the focus. If you are confident in that you should be fine!

    However, if you are still worried about the timing then why not cut down the plan. You could always note extra parts in the plan for if you have extra time, but then if you don't use it you've still followed the plan. Also remember it's ok to change plans during a lesson with good reason! Just keep the learning objective in mind, make sure you're hitting it and if you are then adapt where needed.

    xxx
    I have differentiated questioning and differentiation in the main task where I have put a star by the more challenging question out of 3 questions.

    I'm wondering whether to scrap the starter which is just a visual starter (write words that describe 3 pictures up on the board) as it doesn't really hit the learning objective but would settle them in nicely to the lesson.

    I'm going to get advice from a couple of colleagues tomorrow who I trust and value their opinions.

    The main things that worry me are 1) maintaining control in an afternoon lesson where pupils are likely to be lively 2) having time to prove the progress during the lesson 3) being organised as I'll have about 50 sheets of paper to hand out if not more!

    I have the same class tomorrow which isn't officially observed - do you think it's a good idea at the end of the lesson to tell them that there will be another teacher in the room tomorrow and that I expect everyone to work hard and show off why you are in a top set?
 
 
 
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