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    (Original post by lantan)
    I feel your frustration - it is such a laborious process to write out every one of them, when you are already pressed for time on a daily basis!!
    I know when I applied I just printed the PS out and attached it as a separate thing. Some schools may specify a handwritten one but I doubt many would. And a lot of the PS can be adapted - you don't need to be rewriting the whole thing from scratch each time
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    (Original post by *Interrobang*)
    I know when I applied I just printed the PS out and attached it as a separate thing. Some schools may specify a handwritten one but I doubt many would. And a lot of the PS can be adapted - you don't need to be rewriting the whole thing from scratch each time

    I don't think they meant handwritten, I think they just meant re-writing it to suit the school.

    Yes, the stuff about your passions and key strengths can be somewhat re-used but showing you meet the school's person specification has to be pretty much re-done every time, and you have to show things which are very personal to the school along with the knowledge of them and their ethos. Plus if you are applying and not getting interviewed then you're probably going to want to change your PS as it's probably holding you back. So until you get an interview you'll probably be making big changes with each application.

    I HATE job applications!

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    Anyone else on the PGCE feel their second placement is very disjointed so far? I haven't actually taught yet, will do tomorrow but Wednesday is a strike day, Thursday the school has arranged for us to go to an SEN school for the day and two of the classes I'll be taking on have got their assessments.

    We're only in this week and next then off for two weeks for Easter yet our Uni says our third review will be the week after we come back...I'll have hardly taught by then yet am meant to have shown updated proof of meeting all the standards.

    Our assignment is due in about 6 weeks time and it involves us having to create a SOW and teaching 6-8 hours then reflecting on it.

    Just feel like there's not enough time at the moment on top of having to start all over again effectively and learn about 90 different names.
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    Anyone else on the PGCE feel their second placement is very disjointed so far? I haven't actually taught yet, will do tomorrow but Wednesday is a strike day, Thursday the school has arranged for us to go to an SEN school for the day and two of the classes I'll be taking on have got their assessments.

    We're only in this week and next then off for two weeks for Easter yet our Uni says our third review will be the week after we come back...I'll have hardly taught by then yet am meant to have shown updated proof of meeting all the standards.

    Our assignment is due in about 6 weeks time and it involves us having to create a SOW and teaching 6-8 hours then reflecting on it.

    Just feel like there's not enough time at the moment on top of having to start all over again effectively and learn about 90 different names.

    My assignment is pretty much the same as yours! Cannot be bothered with it. I'd much rather spend my time actually teaching rather than worrying about an assignment, urgh.

    I feel like my second placement has been amazing in terms of my confidence and progress, however I am beginning to feel slightly burnt out. Can't think of any good ideas for activities, and I over-think every lesson I have to plan. Can't wait for Easter!
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    Anyone else on the PGCE feel their second placement is very disjointed so far?
    So far my return from the 2nd placement to my main school has been a 3 week misery. I honestly don't know how I can hold out until the end of the course.
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    Everyday is a struggle


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    (Original post by pgce2013)
    Everyday is a struggle
    Just keep counting down the days.

    Soon it will be Easter - take about half the time to have a good break, see friends, do something fun, and the other half to get organised and get ahead so it won't be as tough when you go back.

    On my PGCE last year I think I'd only taught 2 weeks before Easter (Easter was much earlier in the year) and then had 7 weeks afterwards, but it was much easier for having had a break and getting on top of things a bit.
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    (Original post by myrtille)
    Just keep counting down the days.

    Soon it will be Easter - take about half the time to have a good break, see friends, do something fun, and the other half to get organised and get ahead so it won't be as tough when you go back.

    On my PGCE last year I think I'd only taught 2 weeks before Easter (Easter was much earlier in the year) and then had 7 weeks afterwards, but it was much easier for having had a break and getting on top of things a bit.
    I would have taught 7 weeks, and then have 4 more after Easter, so currently I'm physically, mentally and emotionally drained. I am literally crawling through everyday.



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    I've only got one teaching week after Easter which I'm thankful for. I will have taught my full timetable for 7 weeks by then though. I feel like I'm drowning in paperwork, my life would be so much bloody easier if I didn't have to fill out a reflection for every single lesson I teach. My tutor is coming into school for his final observation on Monday so I need to get all of this paperwork done quick time
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    Hey all I need some advice, is it sufficient notice for me to change my lesson if I am told today last thing and I need to change my lesson for 2mrw.

    The issue is: I have dyslexia and I require specialist software etc and lesson planning takes me longer than normal. I normally have all my lessons planned a week before. Now I am stressed and cannot focus as I was told by the teacher just before the lesson to change my lesson that I was teaching as well as the next lesson for tomorrow.

    Is it fair to mark a classes work for a whole unit that I have not really taught apart from the last few lessons. What I mean is to mark pupils work for lessons I have not taught.

    This placement has become a nightmare way too many issues to even list.



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    (Original post by pgce2013)
    Hey all I need some advice, is it sufficient notice for me to change my lesson if I am told today last thing and I need to change my lesson for 2mrw.

    The issue is: I have dyslexia and I require specialist software etc and lesson planning takes me longer than normal. I normally have all my lessons planned a week before. Now I am stressed and cannot focus as I was told by the teacher just before the lesson to change my lesson that I was teaching as well as the next lesson for tomorrow.

    Is it fair to mark a classes work for a whole unit that I have not really taught apart from the last few lessons. What I mean is to mark pupils work for lessons I have not taught.

    This placement has become a nightmare way too many issues to even list.
    IMO:

    You should be able to change your lesson for tomorrow. You're not at the start of your first placement any more, you are three months away from qualifying, so you need to be able to adapt and be more flexible. However, as it's short notice your mentor shouldn't necessarily expect a full lesson plan typed up on a proper proforma, etc. - a simple list of bullet points/notes (including brief comments on differentiation/extension tasks) should suffice.

    Next year you may find that you need to replan lessons the night before because your school gets a phonecall to say Ofsted is coming. Or you may think a class is going to be out on a trip/in an exam, and then find out the day before that there's been a change of plan and you need to teach them afterall. So you have to be prepared to come up with something quickly.

    Regarding the marking, I don't think it's fair to expect you to mark stuff you haven't taught as you don't necessarily know what the teacher was aiming for/what the task was.

    I would probably find the point at which you started teaching the class and write at the top of the page "[your initials] took over this class on [date]". Then mark everything after that thoroughly. You could just do a quick "tick and flick" mark over the bits you haven't taught, but you can't do it as effectively as you can mark the areas you have actually been teaching them for.
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    (Original post by myrtille)
    IMO:

    You should be able to change your lesson for tomorrow. You're not at the start of your first placement any more, you are three months away from qualifying, so you need to be able to adapt and be more flexible. However, as it's short notice your mentor shouldn't necessarily expect a full lesson plan typed up on a proper proforma, etc. - a simple list of bullet points/notes (including brief comments on differentiation/extension tasks) should suffice.

    Next year you may find that you need to replan lessons the night before because your school gets a phonecall to say Ofsted is coming. Or you may think a class is going to be out on a trip/in an exam, and then find out the day before that there's been a change of plan and you need to teach them afterall. So you have to be prepared to come up with something quickly.

    Regarding the marking, I don't think it's fair to expect you to mark stuff you haven't taught as you don't necessarily know what the teacher was aiming for/what the task was.

    I would probably find the point at which you started teaching the class and write at the top of the page "[your initials] took over this class on [date]". Then mark everything after that thoroughly. You could just do a quick "tick and flick" mark over the bits you haven't taught, but you can't do it as effectively as you can mark the areas you have actually been teaching them for.
    That's not the issue, I've been through OFSTED. I feel as if I am being picked/bullied on, I know the difference between feedback and bullying, this is not like feedback but more trying to belittle me and always knocking me back and trip me up.

    I now know when someone is trying to set me up to fail. And this seems it.


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    (Original post by pgce2013)
    That's not the issue, I've been through OFSTED. I feel as if I am being picked/bullied on, I know the difference between feedback and bullying, this is not like feedback but more trying to belittle me and always knocking me back and trip me up.

    I now know when someone is trying to set me up to fail. And this seems it.


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    What was the reason they gave for asking you to change the lesson? From your first post all you said was you had to change it at short notice - I agree with the last person who said that's pretty standard (I have found myself on plenty of occasions having to plan and teach a lesson within 12 hours when I was expecting to be out of the classroom!).

    However, if there's more to it then that might be different. What exactly is the situation?
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    (Original post by pgce2013)
    Hey all I need some advice, is it sufficient notice for me to change my lesson if I am told today last thing and I need to change my lesson for 2mrw.

    The issue is: I have dyslexia and I require specialist software etc and lesson planning takes me longer than normal. I normally have all my lessons planned a week before. Now I am stressed and cannot focus as I was told by the teacher just before the lesson to change my lesson that I was teaching as well as the next lesson for tomorrow.

    Is it fair to mark a classes work for a whole unit that I have not really taught apart from the last few lessons. What I mean is to mark pupils work for lessons I have not taught.

    This placement has become a nightmare way too many issues to even list.



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    That's pretty standard. I was asked to mark some books and then plan a feedback lesson at 3pm yesterday for first lesson today. It's just something that happens really!
    However, if they asked you to change it because they think it isn't good enough, then you should probably have been given that advice earlier.
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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    That's pretty standard. I was asked to mark some books and then plan a feedback lesson at 3pm yesterday for first lesson today. It's just something that happens really!
    However, if they asked you to change it because they think it isn't good enough, then you should probably have been given that advice earlier.
    They say it wasn't good enough, my lessons are planned well in advance so they have the opportunity to provide feedback so I can adapt. I'm annoyed at the fact that two incidents occurred one changing the lesson as I arrived to teach and then the next day.


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    (Original post by pgce2013)
    They say it wasn't good enough, my lessons are planned well in advance so they have the opportunity to provide feedback so I can adapt. I'm annoyed at the fact that two incidents occurred one changing the lesson as I arrived to teach and then the next day.


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    I feel your pain. I feel bullied too and blamed for everything, like a scapegoat. I wonder if I should say anything - nothing is going to change for me, but other people could end up in the same situation.
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    (Original post by lantan)
    I feel your pain. I feel bullied too and blamed for everything, like a scapegoat. I wonder if I should say anything - nothing is going to change for me, but other people could end up in the same situation.
    We are stuck I've let the University know but they have said speak to the school. Now if I speak to my mentor and list all the issues it will cause tension and he may fail me. What do I do?


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    (Original post by pgce2013)
    We are stuck I've let the University know but they have said speak to the school. Now if I speak to my mentor and list all the issues it will cause tension and he may fail me. What do I do?


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    I heard that you would need to speak to the Assistant Head or even the Head to resolve the issue. I'm still rather hesitant about it - should I just keep quiet and get through till I qualify...
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    (Original post by lantan)
    I heard that you would need to speak to the Assistant Head or even the Head to resolve the issue. I'm still rather hesitant about it - should I just keep quiet and get through till I qualify...
    Hmmm me too, let's just get through each day, they all will just gang up as we are only placement students who go and come. But I will not stand for anymore bullying, I will raise the issue with my mentor as yesterday it was too much for me, no human should be subjected to that kind of abuse and that's the reason I couldn't function.


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    Hmm.

    3 x year 7 lessons to plan for next week
    3 x year 9 lessons to plan for next week
    2 and a half year 8 lessons to plan for next week
    2 x year 10 lessons to plan for next week
    Assignment yet to be started
    Marking to do
    Evidence gathering/ reflections to be done

    Thank Fudge for Easter.
 
 
 
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