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    (Original post by peony flowers)
    Even people on the same course do that though! There seems to be so much competitive misery over who has the most disruptive class, least helpful teacher, biggest workload... I admit I am absolutely exhausted but I prefer to deal with the positives!
    Haha yeah that is true, when I come to uni it does seem like we are competing again, over workload and status of school. :lol: .
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    Gah, I am SO annoyed. I am really ill at the moment and have my uni tutor coming on Monday morning to do her official obs. I'm pretty certain I'm not going to be well by Monday, but if I don't go in then I have to rearrange and there's only one other lesson that fits with the criteria and I hate that class. But I think it will be a rubbish class if I'm really ill anyway. I've been planning it this weekend whilst in bed but my brain is so foggy that I'm pretty sure it's an awful lesson because I can't think straight! Why do these things always happen at the worst possible times? I'm so upset about it.
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    Gah, I am SO annoyed. I am really ill at the moment and have my uni tutor coming on Monday morning to do her official obs. I'm pretty certain I'm not going to be well by Monday, but if I don't go in then I have to rearrange and there's only one other lesson that fits with the criteria and I hate that class. But I think it will be a rubbish class if I'm really ill anyway. I've been planning it this weekend whilst in bed but my brain is so foggy that I'm pretty sure it's an awful lesson because I can't think straight! Why do these things always happen at the worst possible times? I'm so upset about it.
    Awww dont stress yourself out about it. The more you worry the longer itll take to get better. Sometimes these things happen and yeah theyre not ideal but at the end of the day your tutor and uni advisor will understand and itll show your character to prove that while the situation is workkng against you, you act unflappable to them (i hope that all makes sense?)
    If its any consolation, i applied for a job today and got the name wrong on the covering letter (dont ask, i have no freakin idea). Im so gutted
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Gah, I am SO annoyed. I am really ill at the moment and have my uni tutor coming on Monday morning to do her official obs. I'm pretty certain I'm not going to be well by Monday, but if I don't go in then I have to rearrange and there's only one other lesson that fits with the criteria and I hate that class. But I think it will be a rubbish class if I'm really ill anyway. I've been planning it this weekend whilst in bed but my brain is so foggy that I'm pretty sure it's an awful lesson because I can't think straight! Why do these things always happen at the worst possible times? I'm so upset about it.
    Stop working! Stay in bed, be waited on, eat lots of fruit veg and bread sticks, watch your favourite TV shows and sleep. You need to rest to get better properly, and you're allowed to be ill.

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    I've just finished my first full week of placement and I'm exhausted. I feel like I've made a lot of good progress however a few things are getting me down. One of them is that I feel like I'm being compared to the other trainee in the department and they've already got a job lined up for next September. And the other thing is that I don't think the other members of staff like me, I haven't become completely comfortable with being in the staff room yet and I never know what to say. I know these are both silly things to consider however I don't know how to ignore it.
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    (Original post by Louzilla)
    I've just finished my first full week of placement and I'm exhausted. I feel like I've made a lot of good progress however a few things are getting me down. One of them is that I feel like I'm being compared to the other trainee in the department and they've already got a job lined up for next September. And the other thing is that I don't think the other members of staff like me, I haven't become completely comfortable with being in the staff room yet and I never know what to say. I know these are both silly things to consider however I don't know how to ignore it.
    Regarding jobs, don't compare! You're at the end of your first full week... It would be crazy to have a job sorted already! People on my pgce got them between February and September!

    It's not silly to worry about people liking you, however, the pgce is a tough time. You get lots of criticism all the time, are exhausted and have so much new stuff to take in. On top of this the teachers in the school are very busy and probably exhausted too (especially as we move in to December!). What you're worried is dislike could simply be busyness combined with not knowing you that well so not knowing what to say. Just keep being nice, chatting every now and then, show an interest in people, and you will get on fine! And keep personal social links open eg. Seeing friends, chatting online, to keep you feeling positive.

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    Awww dont stress yourself out about it. The more you worry the longer itll take to get better. Sometimes these things happen and yeah theyre not ideal but at the end of the day your tutor and uni advisor will understand and itll show your character to prove that while the situation is workkng against you, you act unflappable to them (i hope that all makes sense?)
    If its any consolation, i applied for a job today and got the name wrong on the covering letter (dont ask, i have no freakin idea). Im so gutted
    Aw no, lets just hope they don't notice either! (I've done it before so I know it's easily done)
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    Stop working! Stay in bed, be waited on, eat lots of fruit veg and bread sticks, watch your favourite TV shows and sleep. You need to rest to get better properly, and you're allowed to be ill.

    Xxx

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    Ahh, I know. It's just hard really. I worry about my attendance enough as it is without the prospect of being off for a period of time next week, AND missing my uni obs. Oh well, I guess you're right, I am allowed to be ill!
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    Hi,
    I did my post grad aged 30. I met a good friend on the course who went through the death of her father and the birth of her child during the course!
    It is tough, but so rewarding. Stick with it. You have to know that being a teacher, you will always feel like this! We are always worn out by xmas and soooo looking forward to the break. Teaching is very challenging. It is like no other job at this level - we get paid less than the other professionals, but work long hours that are not clocked or paid, but are deemed part of the job. The holidays are in part for relaxation, but also often for marking or prep.
    On the other hand, colleagues are a huge support and helping to mould the minds of future generations makes the job so rewarding. Stick with it. You won't regret it. I'm English, but live in Germany. If you are single, the international teaching scene is a brilliant way to see the world.
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    As we move into christmas I can feel myself getting more and more tired. But I'm still really enjoying most of the job (except marking - it's still taking me an absolute age). I have a really nice year 7 class that everything's going swimmingly with, a chatty but otherwise fine year 9 who are making progress and a difficult year 8 class who I'm still battling against. The only downside is despite being a physics and maths specialist I spend most of my time teaching biology.

    I was meant to be taking over my year 7 maths class this coming week, but have just had an e-mail saying that might change as the department is being observed by the LEA. Not ideal seeing as I've already planned their lessons...
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    So it's official...just e-mailed my uni tutor to tell her I can't have my obs tomorrow as I won't be there. Feeling really low now . I had planned the lesson and everything and now because of the timetable there's no good classes she could see me with. It's just annoying when you get hyped up for something and genuinely want to do it and then get ill. Furthermore, I don't know how long I'll be off for this week, and I'm on primary placement the week after, then it's the final week of placement. I really don't feel like I've gained any proper experience from this placement and am feeling a bit out of my depth for the second placement, where we are expected to walk in on week one and pick up 12 hours worth of teaching... it's going to be a tough placement.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    So it's official...just e-mailed my uni tutor to tell her I can't have my obs tomorrow as I won't be there. Feeling really low now . I had planned the lesson and everything and now because of the timetable there's no good classes she could see me with. It's just annoying when you get hyped up for something and genuinely want to do it and then get ill. Furthermore, I don't know how long I'll be off for this week, and I'm on primary placement the week after, then it's the final week of placement. I really don't feel like I've gained any proper experience from this placement and am feeling a bit out of my depth for the second placement, where we are expected to walk in on week one and pick up 12 hours worth of teaching... it's going to be a tough placement.
    For what it's worth, I think you've made the right decision - there's no point being observed when you aren't anywhere near your best. Yes, it's unfortunate, but illness is a reality of life, and especially as a teacher (teenagers aren't known as the most hygienic of beasts XD).

    The PGCE is all about being thrown in at the deep end, and everyone's going to feel uncomfortable about going into their second placement school. The important thing is to work through it and keep in mind why you went into teaching in the first place.
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    For what it's worth, I think you've made the right decision - there's no point being observed when you aren't anywhere near your best. Yes, it's unfortunate, but illness is a reality of life, and especially as a teacher (teenagers aren't known as the most hygienic of beasts XD).

    The PGCE is all about being thrown in at the deep end, and everyone's going to feel uncomfortable about going into their second placement school. The important thing is to work through it and keep in mind why you went into teaching in the first place.
    Yeah I know. Thanks for the words of wisdom! When do you start your second placement? Seems different at every uni.

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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Yeah I know. Thanks for the words of wisdom! When do you start your second placement? Seems different at every uni.

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    Don't forget though - your second placement is also a chance at a fresh start. I felt very nervous going to my second because I knew it would be much more pressure/higher expectations etc however it was a chance to realise all my mistakes, rectify them and start afresh with new classes. Hope you feel better soon btw - I feel your pain!! Had a cold/Tonsillitis all weekend and so have marked none of my y8 assessments aghhh

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    Preparing lessons is taking me hours. My uni told us we should always lesson plan a week ahead.But, I'm never more than a day ahead of myself.

    I want to plan comfortably in good time. but nowadays I'm preparing lessons the night before and it really makes me feel stressed out.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Yeah I know. Thanks for the words of wisdom! When do you start your second placement? Seems different at every uni.

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    Mine seems quite late - I have 4 weeks after christmas at my first placement and then 3 weeks at university. So we're talking the end of February. But by that point we're expected to have a passable level of understanding of all the teachers standards and to be regularly meeting them.
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    (Original post by Red Lightning)
    Preparing lessons is taking me hours. My uni told us we should always lesson plan a week ahead.But, I'm never more than a day ahead of myself.

    I want to plan comfortably in good time. but nowadays I'm preparing lessons the night before and it really makes me feel stressed out.
    That's a weird thing for your university to say - I don't know anyone who plans a week ahead. I'm NQT+1 and I still plan some of my lessons the night before. On Sundays I plan Monday/Tuesday/most of Wednesday/the odd bit of Thursday/Friday if I have a brainwave. Then on Monday nights I continue with Wednesday's planning, on Tuesdays I finish Wednesday/start Thursday, etc.

    I don't think you can plan that far ahead until you know exactly how the intervening lessons went. For example, I teach Y11 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I normally plan their Monday and Tuesday lessons at the weekend, but wait 'til Tuesday night to plan Wednesday's lesson, based on how much we got through previously.

    Obviously its not great to be running out of time to plan and staying up late to finish tomorrow's lessons. But my colleagues and I all do at least some of our planning the night before and that's including very experienced teachers.

    One thing that really helps is outlining all your lessons for a term (just with a lesson topic) so that when you sit down to plan, you know at least roughly what you'll be doing.
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    Hi Everyone, I just had my first observation and it was a total disaster! The planning was fine but I couldn't control the class so it was a nightmare. Feeling really demotivated. I like teaching in theory, but classroom management seems like a whole other skillset that I don't have.

    How is everyone else finding that side of things? I'm teaching 16-17 year olds which makes it a lot harder. I'm sure I'd be better off with managing younger kids.
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    (Original post by Teachingheadache)
    Hi Everyone, I just had my first observation and it was a total disaster! The planning was fine but I couldn't control the class so it was a nightmare. Feeling really demotivated. I like teaching in theory, but classroom management seems like a whole other skillset that I don't have.

    How is everyone else finding that side of things? I'm teaching 16-17 year olds which makes it a lot harder. I'm sure I'd be better off with managing younger kids.
    Yeah I'm not so good with classroom management. What are you teaching? I would have thought if you're teaching something like A-Levels they should be pretty sensible by then!
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    Well I'm teaching in an FE college, so it's basically the kids who dropped out of school before getting A-levels! Total nightmare!! I like the subject which is why I'm doing it, but I don't know if I've got the energy to manhandle the students every day
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