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    (Original post by magic_box)
    It's good to see that lots of you are enjoying things so far! I was due to be starting my PGCE this year but due to a close bereavement had to defer.
    I'll be following this thread avidly no doubt, although it has made me quite sad that I'm not along there with you all this year! Keep going!
    Aww I'm sorry to hear that! Hope you're okay. Does that mean you'll get the bursary for r.e next year then? If so at least that's the smallest positive of the situation!

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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Yeah, luckily my mentor is super helpful and supportive. She has helped me a lot with my art lessons for next week (another weak subject...boy oh boy next week will be fun). She said that I should see how this first numeracy lessons goes and then plan from there. It should be easier once I see how they cope with that.
    That's good, sounds like you have a lovely mentor. Good luck! Try not to overthink it (easier said than done, I know).
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    Oh my lord, i wasnt doing too badly and then the teacher of my year 10 class has told me she wants me to teach both her lessons this week (wednesday and thursday). Nice long bit of notice there eh? I dont mind, its just i was actually feeling on top of things until this, and now im suddenly behind without planning to be! Arghh!!
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    I had my first PGCE-related cry last night. I think it's a combination of the worries I've had about Numeracy, my lesson yesterday being particularly stressful, and the cold/flu/plague that has decided to join me this week. *sigh*


    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    Oh my lord, i wasnt doing too badly and then the teacher of my year 10 class has told me she wants me to teach both her lessons this week (wednesday and thursday). Nice long bit of notice there eh? I dont mind, its just i was actually feeling on top of things until this, and now im suddenly behind without planning to be! Arghh!!
    Good luck!! I had to completely replan a lesson last night - hate feeling behind!
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    I had my first PGCE-related cry last night. I think it's a combination of the worries I've had about Numeracy, my lesson yesterday being particularly stressful, and the cold/flu/plague that has decided to join me this week. *sigh*




    Good luck!! I had to completely replan a lesson last night - hate feeling behind!
    My advice would be to get used to a certain amount of feeling behind, as you will never be able to do everything you want to do as a teacher.


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    Has anyone been off from their placement yet? I'm panicking a bit really. I was off for two days near the start, now I'm off today. Also I need a small operation which will mean I'm off for a week. I have no date for this yet but I've been told it will be this year - so probably during my placement!

    I just feel really bad about it all. But with regards to the operation, I've been waiting for it for three years now, so there's no way in hell I'm not having it done now.

    Also, with regards to references for jobs...I take you ask a uni tutor, and a school mentor? I'm worried about references because it says in our handbook that attendance is mentioned in references. Are references for school jobs like any other ones - they are only looked at once you've accepted the position?

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    I just had a really bad lesson ;(
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Has anyone been off from their placement yet? I'm panicking a bit really. I was off for two days near the start, now I'm off today. Also I need a small operation which will mean I'm off for a week. I have no date for this yet but I've been told it will be this year - so probably during my placement!

    I just feel really bad about it all. But with regards to the operation, I've been waiting for it for three years now, so there's no way in hell I'm not having it done now.

    Also, with regards to references for jobs...I take you ask a uni tutor, and a school mentor? I'm worried about references because it says in our handbook that attendance is mentioned in references. Are references for school jobs like any other ones - they are only looked at once you've accepted the position?

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    Schools are highly likely to take up your references before offering you a job, possibly even before interview.

    However, I wouldn't worry overly about the absence. In total you'll have 8 days off in a term. While that is reasonably high most of it is due to an operation which no-one can look badly on you for and then three days off sick in a term is not unusual at all. I don't know a PGCE colleague who didn't get sick at some point during the year. Schools are breeding grounds for bugs and viruses. It will happen, and you can't really do much about it. As long as you aren't missing days willy nilly just for minor things you will be fine. I also don't think they put % attendance on the reference, just a general comment, which is likely to be that you have good attendance if you only miss these three days off sick... you may miss more next year as well! Like I said, everyone gets ill.

    And yes, you ask your uni tutor (some unis direct you to write the head of school down and it's all done through them) and one of the teachers/mentors from one of your placements.

    Also, regarding the week for the operation, it may be that the uni will make some arrangement with the school for you to 'cover' the week you miss, in order to meet minimum day requirements for the course. They often work in a bit of time for this throughout the year... maybe study days, certain uni days, etc. Make sure you let your uni tutor know about it so they can prepare, and tell them the date once you know. They should be accommodating, they have a duty to make allowances for health reasons (plus if they're nice people they will understand anyway!).

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    (Original post by myblueheaven339)
    My advice would be to get used to a certain amount of feeling behind, as you will never be able to do everything you want to do as a teacher.


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    Thanks. I know this is the case and I'm definitely working on it! After some sleep and reflection I'm feeling a lot more positive about everything. :-)

    I'm just trying not to let this take over my life. Is anyone else finding that it's hard to think about ANYTHING else?! Haha.
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    Im exactly the same, im either doing my prep for school or im sat thinking about the prep i need to do for school, quite depressing!!
    On the plus side, i have a school trip to IBM tomorrow afternoon which should be a nice change
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    (Original post by Red Lightning)
    I just had a really bad lesson ;(
    It's a horrible feeling, isn't it? :hugs: I hope today was better.

    I have learnt much more from my bad lessons than my good ones, I have to admit. It's definitely a baptism of fire.
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    Does anyone keep dreaming about the lessons they are planning to teach the next morning?

    I cannot even sleep properly


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    (Original post by brown shuga)
    Does anyone keep dreaming about the lessons they are planning to teach the next morning?

    I cannot even sleep properly


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    Me!! Glad I'm not the only one. Lol!
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    Almost cried after my lesson today. My mentor said it was fine and that they've just forgotten something so I'm going to go back over that with them. I think I forget that year 7s need spoonfeeding and that they forget everything from one lesson to the next.

    So now I need to go back over that content to catch the ones that are stuck back up with everyone else while avoiding dragging everyone else back to their level. I can't even ask those who need help to sit with me because nobody will admit they're stuck so I have to take the whole class back over it.

    And I lost two of my friends from the course and I'm absolutely gutted about it

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    (Original post by brown shuga)
    Does anyone keep dreaming about the lessons they are planning to teach the next morning?

    I cannot even sleep properly
    OMG yes. And in the shower too

    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Almost cried after my lesson today. My mentor said it was fine and that they've just forgotten something so I'm going to go back over that with them. I think I forget that year 7s need spoonfeeding and that they forget everything from one lesson to the next.

    So now I need to go back over that content to catch the ones that are stuck back up with everyone else while avoiding dragging everyone else back to their level. I can't even ask those who need help to sit with me because nobody will admit they're stuck so I have to take the whole class back over it.

    And I lost two of my friends from the course and I'm absolutely gutted about it
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    You poor thing. Tomorrow will be better.

    What was your lesson? Can you make flashcards to move into place on the board? Or the same thing on a Smartboard? I do that because I have such a range of abilities. I get the kids who are struggling to physically move the flashcard into the right place, and the kids who get it to explain back to the class.
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    Am I the only one that doesn't seem to have had a good lesson yet? !

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    (Original post by peony flowers)
    It's a horrible feeling, isn't it? :hugs: I hope today was better.

    I have learnt much more from my bad lessons than my good ones, I have to admit. It's definitely a baptism of fire.
    It is a baptism of fire I'm afraid The amount of feedbacks I have to reflect on is overwhelming. Is it possible to act on all the feedback given?
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    (Original post by peony flowers)
    OMG yes. And in the shower too



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    You poor thing. Tomorrow will be better.

    What was your lesson? Can you make flashcards to move into place on the board? Or the same thing on a Smartboard? I do that because I have such a range of abilities. I get the kids who are struggling to physically move the flashcard into the right place, and the kids who get it to explain back to the class.
    That was my plan. I need to get them to understand the differences between formula and functions in excel and then make sure that they can use both.

    They can chant it to me if I ask but they struggle to then take that information and use it in their spreadsheets. I'll make up a couple of cheatsheets for the formulas and functions to structure enough for them to complete their current spreadsheets to their targeted levels.

    And my top end pupils want me to spoofeed them everything and I'm trying to convince them that it's a) okay to make mistakes while trying to learn things and b) okay to use Google to find out how to do something because that isn't cheating.

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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    That was my plan. I need to get them to understand the differences between formula and functions in excel and then make sure that they can use both.

    They can chant it to me if I ask but they struggle to then take that information and use it in their spreadsheets. I'll make up a couple of cheatsheets for the formulas and functions to structure enough for them to complete their current spreadsheets to their targeted levels.

    And my top end pupils want me to spoofeed them everything and I'm trying to convince them that it's a) okay to make mistakes while trying to learn things and b) okay to use Google to find out how to do something because that isn't cheating.

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    Ive been getting my guys to do lots of worksheets where they repeat tasks to consolidate the knowledge but ive also been doing lots of quizes for starters and plenarys and they seem to be responding well!
    I do have a few that are still struggling with the basic concept of formula but some are charging on and are totally ready for functions now so im having to offer a real mix of solutions!
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    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    Ive been getting my guys to do lots of worksheets where they repeat tasks to consolidate the knowledge but ive also been doing lots of quizes for starters and plenarys and they seem to be responding well!
    I do have a few that are still struggling with the basic concept of formula but some are charging on and are totally ready for functions now so im having to offer a real mix of solutions!
    I have everything from people struggling with formula to those who are working on graphs, conditional formatting and macros. I had a death glare from a pupil earlier because I hadn't given her enough guidance with conditional formatting beyond "Google conditional formatting and use it to..." but I was still trying to get my formula pupils moving. It's the massive gap in pupils that's messing things up for me.

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