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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    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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    Yeah, i think thats exactly what im having issues with. Im so worried about screwing up their progress and them falling behind! I think I'm more anxious about that side if things than anything else!!
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    (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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    Awwww!

    Such a big aww cos I know exactly how you feel! Don't worry about it, I see it as hey can it get any worse? Nope, so onwards and upwards and we're only learning so cut yourself some slack.

    My mentor did say some of them will lie or copy their friends just to 'impress' you or not look silly in front of the class (he said that's only yr 7s usually though) and that you'll need to go around while you've set them a task and ask them "so how did you get that answer?"

    Have a little markbook with all their names and tick off if you think they've met a certain LO!

    As teachers we need to be super people too apparently :|

    I'm about to finish binary with my lot gonna start the wonderful world of spreadsheets soon.. must refresh my knowledge on it first though :|
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    Find out that my next placement is 2 hours 15 mins away from home or an hour from my boat if I first complete a 35 minute walk down unlit country lanes.

    I'm really really not happy at all. My friend dropped out and had a perfect placement so going to go and attempt to swap to there.

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    (Original post by Sam89)
    Awwww!

    Such a big aww cos I know exactly how you feel! Don't worry about it, I see it as hey can it get any worse? Nope, so onwards and upwards and we're only learning so cut yourself some slack.

    My mentor did say some of them will lie or copy their friends just to 'impress' you or not look silly in front of the class (he said that's only yr 7s usually though) and that you'll need to go around while you've set them a task and ask them "so how did you get that answer?"

    Have a little markbook with all their names and tick off if you think they've met a certain LO!

    As teachers we need to be super people too apparently :|

    I'm about to finish binary with my lot gonna start the wonderful world of spreadsheets soon.. must refresh my knowledge on it first though :|
    My lesson today was brilliant. I called them up in small groups for each task and a lot of them made 1 or 2 whole levels of progress so I'm really happy with it. I think splitting into smaller classes is the easiest way to do it. There's quite a bit of repetition but they can just drop in and listen as they need to and get on with their work when they know what they're doing.

    And my second class went really well except for one pupil who kept trying to tell me the computer was playing up when they were in fact just not doing anything at all. It freaks them out when I press ctrl + z to see what they last wrote so they just need to know I can check up on everything.
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Find out that my next placement is 2 hours 15 mins away from home or an hour from my boat if I first complete a 35 minute walk down unlit country lanes.

    I'm really really not happy at all. My friend dropped out and had a perfect placement so going to go and attempt to swap to there.

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    I think that 2 hours 15 is an unreasonable amount of time to expect someone to commute to placement. I think we have a limit of 90 mins at my uni, but most are within an hour. I think it would be totally reasonable for you to complain about this and make a case to switch placement.
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    Find out my next placement soon, and I am SO nervous about it. I don't know how the placement thing works, but I'm assuming that everyone in my R.E. group will basically just be switched around, or maybe new schools are thrown into the mix, I dunno. I just know that some of my friends have been in schools with zero support this time, and I just hope I don't get placed there because I think I really need the support of a mentor to keep me going!

    I mean, I haven't been placed in the best of schools this time, but I sure have had amazing support, and I'm just worried about not getting that next time
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    With hindsight, what questions would you ask a potential PGCE provider to determine if the programme was suited to you?

    I have an interview on wed and am wondering if I should prepare a couple of questions for them.... I read a lot about lack of support on placements so thinking of a question related to that..... What else? It's an early years course x
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    (Original post by Pineapple pie)
    With hindsight, what questions would you ask a potential PGCE provider to determine if the programme was suited to you?

    I have an interview on wed and am wondering if I should prepare a couple of questions for them.... I read a lot about lack of support on placements so thinking of a question related to that..... What else? It's an early years course x
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    I usually try to stick to practical things which show I have considered and researched the course yet can't be seen as passing judgement. I think I asked about how the new curriculum (then in the pipeline supposed to be implemented in my NQT year) would affect how they deliver the course. Don't worry too much about it, just think of some things you'd really like to know... maybe about the structure, number of days in placement vs. uni, any chances for specialisms or something like that? And if you get to it and don't have any questions don't panic, just explain that you had some but they've all been answered. They know that interviews are tough like that.

    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Find out my next placement soon, and I am SO nervous about it. I don't know how the placement thing works, but I'm assuming that everyone in my R.E. group will basically just be switched around, or maybe new schools are thrown into the mix, I dunno. I just know that some of my friends have been in schools with zero support this time, and I just hope I don't get placed there because I think I really need the support of a mentor to keep me going!

    I mean, I haven't been placed in the best of schools this time, but I sure have had amazing support, and I'm just worried about not getting that next time
    For mine schools generally just took student/s for one placement. Gives them time with and without students. Not sure how much this applies everywhere/in secondary though.

    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Find out that my next placement is 2 hours 15 mins away from home or an hour from my boat if I first complete a 35 minute walk down unlit country lanes.

    I'm really really not happy at all. My friend dropped out and had a perfect placement so going to go and attempt to swap to there.

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    I agree with Airfairy. That is really too long... 4 and a half hours out of your day!

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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I think that 2 hours 15 is an unreasonable amount of time to expect someone to commute to placement. I think we have a limit of 90 mins at my uni, but most are within an hour. I think it would be totally reasonable for you to complain about this and make a case to switch placement.
    I commute about 2 hours at the moment for school and uni so I'm not really helping myself but I was at least hoping for something a bit closer - there's a whole county between where I live and where I study so why hasn't that been considered? Others have placements in that county and they're going to be travelling for over an hour to get there. Wouldn't it make more sense to swap us over so we're not all travelling for days to get to these places?

    I should also probably learn to drive
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    Hiya, New Here!

    I am undertaking a PGCE Post-Compulsory. My placement is for the entire year with very little university contact time (three times a day every two-three months!).

    I have good weeks and bad weeks but at the moment, I most definitely do not know how I am going to cope until June!!

    The classes do not seem to really respect me but to be fair, I do not feel entirely comfortable in being firm and strict - so I am not putting all the blame on them!

    I am also finding it quite difficult to create lessons - I feel its an 'art' in a way and I am just not getting it!

    Generally, finding it tough!!
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    (Original post by IBBWI)
    Hiya, New Here!

    I am undertaking a PGCE Post-Compulsory. My placement is for the entire year with very little university contact time (three times a day every two-three months!).

    I have good weeks and bad weeks but at the moment, I most definitely do not know how I am going to cope until June!!

    The classes do not seem to really respect me but to be fair, I do not feel entirely comfortable in being firm and strict - so I am not putting all the blame on them!

    I am also finding it quite difficult to create lessons - I feel its an 'art' in a way and I am just not getting it!

    Generally, finding it tough!!
    I am a science teacher at a secondary school and I admit I find 6th form really tough. I find that I forget that they're not much older than the year 11s and I worry that my activities are too childish!


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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Find out my next placement soon, and I am SO nervous about it. I don't know how the placement thing works, but I'm assuming that everyone in my R.E. group will basically just be switched around, or maybe new schools are thrown into the mix, I dunno. I just know that some of my friends have been in schools with zero support this time, and I just hope I don't get placed there because I think I really need the support of a mentor to keep me going!

    I mean, I haven't been placed in the best of schools this time, but I sure have had amazing support, and I'm just worried about not getting that next time
    I'm in a school where my mentor is too busy to be supportive, and know a few people in similar positions. In general, you will still have someone who is really supportive and you can speak to if you have any questions - these are usually NQTs who can remember how it felt to be in your shoes (university tutors are also likely to be very supportive if you ask them to be). The PGCE year is all about being resilient, and if you're still hanging in there then I'm sure you'll be fine in your next school.


    (Original post by IBBWI)
    Hiya, New Here!

    I am undertaking a PGCE Post-Compulsory. My placement is for the entire year with very little university contact time (three times a day every two-three months!).

    I have good weeks and bad weeks but at the moment, I most definitely do not know how I am going to cope until June!!

    The classes do not seem to really respect me but to be fair, I do not feel entirely comfortable in being firm and strict - so I am not putting all the blame on them!

    I am also finding it quite difficult to create lessons - I feel its an 'art' in a way and I am just not getting it!

    Generally, finding it tough!!
    Sixth form can be quite difficult for me, too (especially as they're only 4 years younger than I am. I think the key is to set out your expectations - which can afford to be a bit more lenient - and then jump on the first person that fails to meet them. It may sound harsh, but as long as you follow through and appear confident you should be respected (even if it's grudgingly - you can work on being seen as a good teacher afterwards).



    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    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.
    I woke up at 2.30AM last night, and found myself running through every lesson I have to teach in the next week (I'm science so we have to have planned everything by now to have requested our experimental apparatus) in minute detail. So no you're definitely not alone - I just take it as a sign that even though it's hard I'm still committed and interested, which can't be a bad thing (although it can be an inconvenient one XD).


    (Original post by Red Lightning)
    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?
    If your feedback's anything like mine, then the short answer is no. Pick one or two of your biggest problems and work on them - for me it was behaviour management (which I have now developed a strategy for that seems to be working) and timings (which I am taking on this coming week). There have been lots of other things to improve, but I figure until I have those two sorted out there's no point in improving my assessment for learning or differentiation.
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    Hey guys! Any tips for playing a timed Smartboard game with a full class? Is it even possible?

    It's a KS2 class.
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    (Original post by peony flowers)
    Hey guys! Any tips for playing a timed Smartboard game with a full class? Is it even possible?

    It's a KS2 class.
    Label the children 1 or 2. Then you have group one and group 2. I did this with my year 5 class for a maths game. It worked


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    Having to write 500 words for tomorrow is somehow the worst thing on the planet when I just want to write my three lesson plans for this week and to start finalising my scheme of work for my year 9 programming classes.

    I absolutely adore teaching at the moment but it seems having to qualify to be a teacher is the most boring thing on the planet.

    I also woke up this morning feeling super proud of my year 7 class for how hard they worked on Friday morning. Might take in a little treat to reward their progress so far but not sure what would be appropriate? They're ahead of the other teachers' classes so really feel like I'm rocking it with them.
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    (Original post by brown shuga)
    Label the children 1 or 2. Then you have group one and group 2. I did this with my year 5 class for a maths game. It worked
    Genius, thanks. I was thinking about even just using lolly sticks and pulling a name out, but that's much better!
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Having to write 500 words for tomorrow is somehow the worst thing on the planet when I just want to write my three lesson plans for this week and to start finalising my scheme of work for my year 9 programming classes.

    I absolutely adore teaching at the moment but it seems having to qualify to be a teacher is the most boring thing on the planet.

    I also woke up this morning feeling super proud of my year 7 class for how hard they worked on Friday morning. Might take in a little treat to reward their progress so far but not sure what would be appropriate? They're ahead of the other teachers' classes so really feel like I'm rocking it with them.
    Sweets, cakes etc. are the standard I think - anything else and it gets too expensive. Just be sure to check if anyone has any allergies before handing something to eat to them.

    I also completely agree with enjoying being a teacher but less so the work to qualify - everything feels sort of arbitrary when I know that I'll learn so much more by lesson planning than anything else.
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    (Original post by tory88)
    Sweets, cakes etc. are the standard I think - anything else and it gets too expensive. Just be sure to check if anyone has any allergies before handing something to eat to them.

    I also completely agree with enjoying being a teacher but less so the work to qualify - everything feels sort of arbitrary when I know that I'll learn so much more by lesson planning than anything else.
    Again that is something you will have to get used to! There is so much paperwork and meeting time that could be much better spent on planning and marking etc.


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    So today is the first day when ive actively wonderwd whether im able to do this.
    My dreaded y7s were a total screw up again this week. I got pulled up on differentiation, progression and how i explained the subject to the group. This in turn meant my mentor said there could be questions over my subject knowledge. I dont know, its just made me doubt myself and whether im capable of doing this or whether i should just go back to my office job
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    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    So today is the first day when ive actively wonderwd whether im able to do this.
    My dreaded y7s were a total screw up again this week. I got pulled up on differentiation, progression and how i explained the subject to the group. This in turn meant my mentor said there could be questions over my subject knowledge. I dont know, its just made me doubt myself and whether im capable of doing this or whether i should just go back to my office job
    That sounds awful. Remember that you have only been training for 2 months (which is practically nothing!) and that these teachers have many years of experience. You can do this, you just need practise. It may seem hard now, but receiving all this feedback will really help you in the future. For now, just cheer yourself up by doing something non-PGCE (if you can!) and moving on. Bad lessons happen to literally everyone and even experienced teachers mess up differentiation and progression. Give yourself a break
 
 
 
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