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    (Original post by cutebat)
    Sorry I don't know why I didn't add anymore information to that quote! I will be doing primary also. Eeeekkk. Feeling as prepared as I can :-/ have done a bit of reading and almost finished the tasks. What about you?
    Same, just reading and getting on with the pre-course tasks. I feel pretty prepared in theory but I guess we'll see in September!! I'm suddenly getting doubts about whether I'll be any good as a teacher at all! Probably a completely normal worry... haha
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Same, just reading and getting on with the pre-course tasks. I feel pretty prepared in theory but I guess we'll see in September!! I'm suddenly getting doubts about whether I'll be any good as a teacher at all! Probably a completely normal worry... haha
    Definitely! This feeling doesn't go away lol. I was so worried going in to placement, then terrified again about staying my first job in nursery. Now I mostly feel I'm still bluffing it and occasionally think I might be a good teacher, but am terrified about moving in to reception next year! And I think this will continue every year.

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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    Definitely! This feeling doesn't go away lol. I was so worried going in to placement, then terrified again about staying my first job in nursery. Now I mostly feel I'm still bluffing it and occasionally think I might be a good teacher, but am terrified about moving in to reception next year! And I think this will continue every year.

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    I'm quite relieved to hear that....I think! Lol! At least I know I'm not the only one. :-) Good luck moving to reception!!
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    I'm quite relieved to hear that....I think! Lol! At least I know I'm not the only one. :-) Good luck moving to reception!!
    Thank you. I went to visit my new classroom for the first time yesterday and discuss planning with my fellow R teacher and am now so excited!!! The amount of paperwork needed is very daunting though lol.

    And yeah, it is alright- although you still feel unconfident you get a bit more comfortable and less scared, so you're able to branch out and try things more. Plus, although I still feel I'm flawed I can see how much progress I've made in just two years which combats it a little bit!

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    I passed my QTS numeracy test this morning so after reading about yours lives over the past year, I'll get to experience it all come September. So nervous and excited. I already have an essay to write for my first day. Is that normal?

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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    I passed my QTS numeracy test this morning so after reading about yours lives over the past year, I'll get to experience it all come September. So nervous and excited. I already have an essay to write for my first day. Is that normal?

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    Depends on the uni. Mine gave us tasks like reflecting on chaos, keeping a book record and making a bag about yourself to share. But some will ask for more formal things- I wouldn't panic as I imagine if it's even used for assessment you'll have a chance to redraft and add loads anyway. Probably more just to stimulate thinking.

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    Aghhhh not long now before the start, I'm just reading up on my subject knowledge and buying everything on the list uni students gave us that they said helped them in their PGCE year. Enjoying time with my kids and partner u till I start on the 8th then preparing for 9 months of pure stress. I've given up a perminant post with local government to do this so it's a huge risk for me, I just need to get through it!
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    Top tips for PGCE students (and some general tips for all PGCE students):

    First of all, I hope you are actually training to be a teacher because you want to, and already know this is the right thing for you unlike around 1/4 of the trainees in my group of 24. What a waste of time for them, already returning to their previous work etc.

    1. Let your cooperating teacher know where they stand. When your teaching, for example a 50% timetable, let them know that for the other 50% that you will be OUT of the class and using this as PPA time. You don't need to be in the class, TAing. Get yourself out of the room and use that time wisely, because at this stage marking and planning takes more time than it should.

    2. Get them assignments done and out of the way, preferably when you're not on teaching practice. Now is not a time to leave them 3000 words until the final week (or day).

    3. Give yourself a full day off (Saturday is best) and ensure you set up a time to work at the weekend. Early birds will do it Friday night and others will leave it until Sunday. Either way, set aside a few hours to get things prepared for the following week.

    4. I never got those people who claimed that they 'planned till 2am' and 'haven't seen their mates in ages'. Get yourself organised and motivated to get all the planning and marking mainly done and dusted at school and leave yourself minimal work to be done at home. Stick to this and your social life shouldn't really take a hit. BUT. Don't go out out on a school night, that's just stupid.

    5. Early doors during your placement get these essential documents off your cooperating teacher:
    Current NC levels of the students in your class
    Their maths, reading and writing targets - these will be built into your planning to ensure that you are promoting and planning for progress.

    6. Don't run before you can walk, or even crawl. Get help if you need help and don't be one of these people who claims that they can't get hold of their mentor or cooperating teacher. They will be within a 100m radius at most, so hunt them down and don't be afraid to ask (as for whatever reason a lot of PG student's seem to be) for help. You're TRAINING to be a teacher and they know this, that's why they're there - to train you.

    7. Don't buy all them dumb 'essential texts' books that college tell you to buy. They will end up collecting dust. Instead, buy practical books that are going to help you with your teaching such as Pie Corbett's talk for writing.

    8. If you get a moron for a mentor, who is really harsh when observing and lacks any qualities of being a normal human being, then let your college tutor know (the one who will observe you) to pre-warn them of their inability to be constructive. This will give your tutor a heads up and help to stick up for you should needs be.

    9. Know the school's assessment policy inside out. Don't assume that you have to mark every piece of work in depth. For example, one of my placement schools only required one piece of quality assured marking per week.

    Finally, just be motivated and organised. Stay on top of the workload and it will allow you to reap the rewards of being a teacher. You won't have to 'stress' about planning and other paperwork if you get into the routine of doing it and putting it to bed, obviously with commitment and not just doing it for the sake of doing it.

    On a personal note, this worked for me 100%. I've just completed my PGCE. I stayed ahead of the game, and other trainees. Got a job teaching year 5 back in March and it was all down to my organised mentality. Furthermore, this will help you become a better teacher as you will be able to invest more energy into motivating and engaging your students which will create an amazing classroom environment.
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    I passed my QTS numeracy test this morning so after reading about yours lives over the past year, I'll get to experience it all come September. So nervous and excited. I already have an essay to write for my first day. Is that normal?

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    Well done!
    Yeah I have a 2,000 word essay to write for the first day. I guess it depends on the Uni.
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    I've been watching this thread for years,I just can't believe I'm starting my PGCE in two weeks time!I definitely need to finish my Breaking Bad boxset before I start.
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    Thank you for this! I start on the 8th September but reading this has helped me calm my nerves a bit .
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    (Original post by Red Lightning)
    I've been watching this thread for years,I just can't believe I'm starting my PGCE in two weeks time!I definitely need to finish my Breaking Bad boxset before I start.
    I've also been reading this thread for a while and am glad, excited, and nervous that I begin my PGCE SD a week on Monday!
    My first day in school is a training day, then the second day is a training day but out of school, doing team building exercises and stuff. Really excited to be starting and, hopefully, to get lots of info about what I'll actually be doing and what will be expected of me in those first few weeks.
    I have my files ready as per uni instruction, I have my green pens and some pencils ready, I have a new diary and a wall planner. I've done all my pre-course work that was set over summer. I'm now ready! Bring it on




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    I start on the 8th too Although, I'm not aware of any pre-course tasks? We've been told to work on subject knowledge like crazy people (maths) and asked to read the curriculum's and the Cockcroft report (Maths related) and sign up for a few things, but that's it. A bit worried now that I have missed something, I only got my place confirmed last week!
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    (Original post by GooglyEyedMonster)
    I start on the 8th too Although, I'm not aware of any pre-course tasks? We've been told to work on subject knowledge like crazy people (maths) and asked to read the curriculum's and the Cockcroft report (Maths related) and sign up for a few things, but that's it. A bit worried now that I have missed something, I only got my place confirmed last week!
    Don't worry not all courses have things for you to hand in/prepare for your first day.
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    Is anyone going to Nottingham Trent? I'm doing computer science there

    Getting super nervous now though!
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    I start my Primary PGCE SD on the 1st September. Two training days and then I'll get to meet the children.
    I'm extremely excited but I keep having massive pangs of nerves surging through me.

    I've pretty much completed all the pre-course tasks and I'm just itching to get started now.
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    Good luck to everyone entering ITT this autumn!
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    Hi everyone,

    I've been reading this forum since I got into the PGCE and now it's nearly time for me to begin! Eek. I'm starting on 15th September, but that's an induction week. I'm sure I'm going to be overloaded with information. I'm very nervous but excited to start this new venture. I've been a TA for a while, so I feel like I know in some ways what I'm letting myself in for. A lot of the teachers I worked with were trying to put me off teaching, but I'm still raring to go!

    Good luck to all those starting soon!
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    Hi everyone.

    I have a ccouple of questions
    How do you arrange school experience?
    If any of you have worked as a teaching assistant before, what is it like?
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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    Hi everyone.

    I have a ccouple of questions
    How do you arrange school experience?
    If any of you have worked as a teaching assistant before, what is it like?
    I always found that the best way to get experience is going in person to the school. You may have to come back again to meet the relevant person but at least that way you can't be ignored in an in-tray.

    Be flexible, show that you are happy to do what they feel would benefit them. Also be flexible with the times where possible.

    Look out for voluntary posts advertised. Also, try and get experience across a range of schools and age ranges if possible.

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