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    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    Thanks hun fingers crossed it all goes ok!
    I'm sure it will


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    Find writing these lesson evaluations really time consuming at the moment! Need to write them at the time really, but its hard as I have other things to write about too at the time!
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    I'm doing a Primary PGCE, and we are not in school until the week after next. That's for preliminary days, then a week back in uni, then proper placement until Christmas. We are finding out where we have been placed today....eeep!
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    Start my first placement on Monday. I'm Secondary. Mixed feelings though. I kind of just want to get in and get on with it, but at the same time I'm worrying about the workload - Uni work for an assignment due in at the end of the month in addition to the actual workload associated with the placement.
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    (Original post by adastraz)
    I'm doing a Primary PGCE, and we are not in school until the week after next. That's for preliminary days, then a week back in uni, then proper placement until Christmas. We are finding out where we have been placed today....eeep!
    Are you at Winchester???
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    Going into my first placement school for the first time tomorrow. I'm slightly nervous, but mostly confident. It looks like a really nice school, and a great place to learn to teach (it's a grammar school, so I'm anticipating high expectations). They follow the IB, which isn't something I have any experience with at all beyond deciding not to take it myself a few years ago.

    Overall, I'm really looking forward to it, even with quite an early start (which I know I'll have to get used to as a teacher). It all feels real now, for the first time on the course.
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    Hopefully going to be taking a whole lesson for an entire hour with all the kids next week! Kinda scary.
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    (Original post by CNHashemi1989)
    Are you at Winchester???
    Haha, no, bit further north! Are you doing it the same way there then? I got placed in a year one class, eep!
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    Starting to really settle now. Still feel awkward in a couple of classes and still trying to work better with my mentor.

    Helping out at the talent show and helping pupils with personal statements at the moment. Supposed to be starting team teaching any day now but the teachers are all absolutely swamped with work. Great school but the teacher workload is insane to keep the grades so high. Observed an old school teacher who uses no modern techniques to teach and can definitely see why it's important to use them now. I almost fell asleep in the class and I love spreadsheets!

    Helped a girl out programming rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock so that was fun. And worked with two boys to input to a file using a language I don't actually know.

    Stayed in a hotel last night for my early start this morning and that was brilliant. Definitely a good way to break the week up for me.

    All in all, loving school but wish I wasn't so awkward around my mentor.

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    Starting to really settle now. Still feel awkward in a couple of classes and still trying to work better with my mentor.

    Helping out at the talent show and helping pupils with personal statements at the moment. Supposed to be starting team teaching any day now but the teachers are all absolutely swamped with work. Great school but the teacher workload is insane to keep the grades so high. Observed an old school teacher who uses no modern techniques to teach and can definitely see why it's important to use them now. I almost fell asleep in the class and I love spreadsheets!

    Helped a girl out programming rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock so that was fun. And worked with two boys to input to a file using a language I don't actually know.

    Stayed in a hotel last night for my early start this morning and that was brilliant. Definitely a good way to break the week up for me.

    All in all, loving school but wish I wasn't so awkward around my mentor.

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    Why is it so awkward with them? Are you part of a schools direct or a core PGCE programme? It might be worth mentioning it to your student rep on the Steering committee. I chaired ours today and I brought up similar concerns from the within my alliance.
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Starting to really settle now. Still feel awkward in a couple of classes and still trying to work better with my mentor.

    Helping out at the talent show and helping pupils with personal statements at the moment. Supposed to be starting team teaching any day now but the teachers are all absolutely swamped with work. Great school but the teacher workload is insane to keep the grades so high. Observed an old school teacher who uses no modern techniques to teach and can definitely see why it's important to use them now. I almost fell asleep in the class and I love spreadsheets!

    Helped a girl out programming rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock so that was fun. And worked with two boys to input to a file using a language I don't actually know.

    Stayed in a hotel last night for my early start this morning and that was brilliant. Definitely a good way to break the week up for me.

    All in all, loving school but wish I wasn't so awkward around my mentor.

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    I second peachz's questions - what is awkward with your mentor? Is it just because you haven't got to know them yet, or a particular issue you're having? If it's the latter, I'd try and talk to your uni about it and try to sort the situation. It's so important to have a mentor you can be comfortable around and get on well with, I think.
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    I'm nearing the end of my second week of orientation on placement and am slowly getting more and more responsibility, including leading prayers, taking the register, leading my class to and from play and lunch etc. I'm learning so much as well through leading small groups...I never realised how much you need to break things down/explain things sometimes and I'm starting to learn how to go about this. My mentor is so helpful as well. :-)
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    My first placement school is quite disorganised I saw some of the other students and they had folders and information on the pupils in their classes and everything, I was given nothing..

    I feel a little demotivated more like I'm 'in the way' of them doing their work, I still have no official mentor both of the staff in the department want the other to 'take' me - nice to know that right? Nice to say it in front of me too.. staff room is the most awkward :|

    I feel like my tutor expects nothing from me, when I add something into a discussion he feels the need not to reply or to dismiss it and a selected few who are quite 'intelligent' get lengthy replies from him.

    To top it off I got mistaken for a 6th former today O_O

    Sighs - onwards and upwards?
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    I second peachz's questions - what is awkward with your mentor? Is it just because you haven't got to know them yet, or a particular issue you're having? If it's the latter, I'd try and talk to your uni about it and try to sort the situation. It's so important to have a mentor you can be comfortable around and get on well with, I think.
    He's so super busy that we haven't really spent much time together at all besides classes. He's a great teacher and I enjoy being near him but I guess we're not quite comfortable with each other yet. I hope it settles soon because I really like him. The department I'm in don't tend to use the staff room or socialise during breaks so I'm spending more time with other departments and making better relationships with them. I tried hanging around the department but it was even more awkward.

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    Why is it so awkward with them? Are you part of a schools direct or a core PGCE programme? It might be worth mentioning it to your student rep on the Steering committee. I chaired ours today and I brought up similar concerns from the within my alliance.
    I'm PGDE. I'm fine with my ITT co-ordinator and other people in the school but I just haven't had the chance to really get involved in the department yet :/ I have a meeting with my professional mentor next week so I'll bring it up then.
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    He's so super busy that we haven't really spent much time together at all besides classes. He's a great teacher and I enjoy being near him but I guess we're not quite comfortable with each other yet. I hope it settles soon because I really like him. The department I'm in don't tend to use the staff room or socialise during breaks so I'm spending more time with other departments and making better relationships with them. I tried hanging around the department but it was even more awkward.



    I'm PGDE. I'm fine with my ITT co-ordinator and other people in the school but I just haven't had the chance to really get involved in the department yet :/ I have a meeting with my professional mentor next week so I'll bring it up then.
    It sounds like you just need to spend more time with him. It is early days. :-)
    In secondary, do you see them all the time? I'm in primary so pretty much with my mentor all day, catching chances to speak properly at break times etc.
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    Hi Guys,

    I am applying to do a PGCE in 2015. I am wondering if any of use volunteered in 2 schools to support your application. If so, did use require 2 different police checks for both schools? or do you receive a certificate after one and you can use it for applying for other volunteer roles.

    Also, as I am running a bit late with my volunteering and applications open at the end of Oct, I will have to start working on personal statement now! Just wondering if you can remember what the word limit was last year to give me an idea so I can get a head start on that.

    Lily :-)
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    Hi Guys,

    I am applying to do a PGCE in 2015. I am wondering if any of use volunteered in 2 schools to support your application. If so, did use require 2 different police checks for both schools? or do you receive a certificate after one and you can use it for applying for other volunteer roles.

    Also, as I am running a bit late with my volunteering and applications open at the end of Oct, I will have to start working on personal statement now! Just wondering if you can remember what the word limit was last year to give me an idea so I can get a head start on that.

    Lily :-)
    I'd volunteered in about 3/4 different schools before I got onto the course. I just used a CRB from a different volunteer position with an autism charity. I haven't met a school that weren't happy with that, but they all wanted to take a copy which I think is standard.

    I can't remember the personal statement limit but it's the same as for your undergraduate degree IIRC. Good luck with your application! Have you started volunteering in school yet? I think most schools look for about 10 days experience as a minimum but they are flexible.

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    Can't believe week 3 is over already! I'm teaching for 15 minutes next week which doesn't sound like much but they're slowly building us up. I'm looking forward to it. Loving the PGCE so far even if it is a lot of work!
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    Today was soo much better!

    Made my first formal teaching resource, gonna be doing the plenary for a lesson next week and team teaching
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    Week 6 of my school direct course is over!
    I've been doing things like story time and taking small groups, and I've also team-teached (team-taught sounds just as bad!) three full days while the class teacher has been away and we've had a supply teacher in.
    Next week I have a reading intervention group and a maths intervention group to plan for, a diagnostic test to design for a low ability pupil (uni tasks, sigh), and two whole class literacy lessons to plan and take. It's going to be a busy week!!


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    I unexpectedly gave certificates out in assembly in front of the whole school today... Confidence is definitely growing!
 
 
 
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