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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I echo what carnationlilyrose said! Furthermore, I don't know how you have enough to do that you're considering working?! I mean, I know the pgce is tough, but we have two weeks off. Surely you can take some of those days off?!

    My main worry is an essay I have due in but I've told myself to try to ignore all that for the first week at least.

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    I've got loads left, but have made some progress - which I am quite content with! Still need to do 2 assignments, sort teacher's file out, mark a ton of things, and create more lessons and resources but hey ho.. *says nervously*

    On a more serious note guys, I need a bitta advise.

    Before breaking for holidays, my year 9's had a lesson solely based on group work (mentor said because they need to present don't make a lesson plan/resources or anything just let them get on with it) - it got a little noisy which was fine.

    What caught me off guard and has somewhat shaken me (yes, still) is that this girl, from another class, barging into my classroom - first time around I let it go, second time, I said "excuse me" and she responded "no miss, I don't care, don't talk to me someone's taken something from me I need it" *walks up and down for 2 mins and walks out*

    I genuinely felt intimidated, because some teacher who obviously isn't doing their job has let her wonder off, she feels like she can come in and shout/scream, demanding things.

    Now, I spoke to the teacher (who also happens to be my mentor) who's class she was supposed to be in, and he said something along the lines of "ah she has 'issues', so leave it, no point bringing her up on her behaviour, it won't do anything".. I felt like, wow okay (yes my mentor has behaviour management issues) - next lesson, she comes in again like she owns the place, no knocking, just casually walks in.

    To sum up -

    1) I'm sure this is going to happen again, she won't listen to me what do I do?
    2) I feel like that level of 'respect' the class had for me, as I can be quite harsh, has somewhat depleted because this girl has thrown me off and I've never dealt with a student so intimidating thusfar
    3) My mentor says "leave it" - I know this isn't correct, as it will still disrupt my class and it's bugging me how she got away with being so darn rude.

    ... so what can I do in this situation?
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    (Original post by Sam89)
    I've got loads left, but have made some progress - which I am quite content with! Still need to do 2 assignments, sort teacher's file out, mark a ton of things, and create more lessons and resources but hey ho.. *says nervously*

    On a more serious note guys, I need a bitta advise.

    Before breaking for holidays, my year 9's had a lesson solely based on group work (mentor said because they need to present don't make a lesson plan/resources or anything just let them get on with it) - it got a little noisy which was fine.

    What caught me off guard and has somewhat shaken me (yes, still) is that this girl, from another class, barging into my classroom - first time around I let it go, second time, I said "excuse me" and she responded "no miss, I don't care, don't talk to me someone's taken something from me I need it" *walks up and down for 2 mins and walks out*

    I genuinely felt intimidated, because some teacher who obviously isn't doing their job has let her wonder off, she feels like she can come in and shout/scream, demanding things.

    Now, I spoke to the teacher (who also happens to be my mentor) who's class she was supposed to be in, and he said something along the lines of "ah she has 'issues', so leave it, no point bringing her up on her behaviour, it won't do anything".. I felt like, wow okay (yes my mentor has behaviour management issues) - next lesson, she comes in again like she owns the place, no knocking, just casually walks in.

    To sum up -

    1) I'm sure this is going to happen again, she won't listen to me what do I do?
    2) I feel like that level of 'respect' the class had for me, as I can be quite harsh, has somewhat depleted because this girl has thrown me off and I've never dealt with a student so intimidating thusfar
    3) My mentor says "leave it" - I know this isn't correct, as it will still disrupt my class and it's bugging me how she got away with being so darn rude.

    ... so what can I do in this situation?
    That is a tough situation. I would say seek support from someone higher up on sorting out her behaviour in terms of coming in to your class. Or at least find out what the strategy is as there should be one if her behaviour is a known issue. Does the school have a pastoral manager who can let you know more about how to deal with her?

    Having said that I know it's tough because I would worry I'd get my mentor in trouble... Maybe you could ask your mentor again to take you to see the pastoral person or show you any behaviour management plans for this girl or something.

    Xxx

    Oh and as a side note, stay confident. You're obviously happy with behaviour management in general which is great for a normal teacher let alone a trainee! Chances at your class is still fine with you, you just feel less confident because this girl has shaken you.

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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    That is a tough situation. I would say seek support from someone higher up on sorting out her behaviour in terms of coming in to your class. Or at least find out what the strategy is as there should be one if her behaviour is a known issue. Does the school have a pastoral manager who can let you know more about how to deal with her?

    Having said that I know it's tough because I would worry I'd get my mentor in trouble... Maybe you could ask your mentor again to take you to see the pastoral person or show you any behaviour management plans for this girl or something.

    Xxx

    Oh and as a side note, stay confident. You're obviously happy with behaviour management in general which is great for a normal teacher let alone a trainee! Chances at your class is still fine with you, you just feel less confident because this girl has shaken you.

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    Thank you!

    I would say on the whole, I'm good with managing behaviour - is it weird that certain students seem intimidating to me though? I don't know what it is, the fact that they're bigger than me or something else - I can manage the class on a whole but certain students I will avoid confrontation with :|

    Next time she walks in though, I think I will lose my cool and simply tell her to get out or else i'll get someone to remove her.
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    (Original post by Sam89)
    Thank you!

    I would say on the whole, I'm good with managing behaviour - is it weird that certain students seem intimidating to me though? I don't know what it is, the fact that they're bigger than me or something else - I can manage the class on a whole but certain students I will avoid confrontation with :|

    Next time she walks in though, I think I will lose my cool and simply tell her to get out or else i'll get someone to remove her.
    Not weird at all. Its something about their attitude and behaviour. Everyone has types of people they don't get on as well with, it's a similar thing with students. It happens with any age as well... Even the tiny ones can do it!

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    Finally managed to get the right number of words on the page for the first draft of my 5,000 word essay set for over christmas. I'll go through and reference it on the weekend, but so glad to see it over with. Now I can get on with the more immediately beneficial work of lesson planning - 6 lessons to plan and a bit of marking to do shouldn't be an issue.
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    (Original post by tory88)
    Finally managed to get the right number of words on the page for the first draft of my 5,000 word essay set for over christmas. I'll go through and reference it on the weekend, but so glad to see it over with. Now I can get on with the more immediately beneficial work of lesson planning - 6 lessons to plan and a bit of marking to do shouldn't be an issue.
    Marking on your PGCE during the holiday?? I had it a lot easier then.


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    Ive been doing some reading for my essay but as im between placements I dont have marking or planning to do (thank god).
    Anyone else been accosted by there gp for a flu jab, i went in for something unrelated to that and the doc was like, ah your a teacher your in the recommended group for a flu jab...
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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    Marking on your PGCE during the holiday?? I had it a lot easier then.


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    My school operates on the basis that once I take over a class they are mine and I have full responsibility for them. That means I mark, go to parents' evenings, handle all detentions and any meetings about them etc. To be honest, I'm glad of it as I feel much more like a real teacher, but it did mean I have 2 class sets of books and a class set of tests to mark.
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    I've literally done nothing all holiday. Not looking forward to going back next week and having to get motivated again . Essay due in two weeks. I'll start it next week and hope for the best.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I've literally done nothing all holiday. Not looking forward to going back next week and having to get motivated again . Essay due in two weeks. I'll start it next week and hope for the best.
    I'm feeling the same way. My mh has been shot to pieces. I think being on placement hid it because I just didn't have the time to stop but also because it gave me a reason to keep going.

    Still haven't even touched my 3000 word essay and I'm going on a mini break holiday with my gf at the weekend :/

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    (Original post by tory88)
    My school operates on the basis that once I take over a class they are mine and I have full responsibility for them. That means I mark, go to parents' evenings, handle all detentions and any meetings about them etc. To be honest, I'm glad of it as I feel much more like a real teacher, but it did mean I have 2 class sets of books and a class set of tests to mark.
    I see. Makes sense. Yeah it will deffo bode well for you once you are qualified - you'll know what to expect. And besides, it's not too bad.


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    Good luck all trainee teachers I'm now an NQT+1 and it is soooo much better now. NQT year was tough for me too because all the new responsibility is overwhelming but now I sort of know what I'm doing, haha. I remember the essays being the bane of my life. Try not to let them ruin the holidays
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    Okay so I've really been struggling with a couple of things during last placement. The main one being my lesson plans, but also transporting the stuff I need to and from school sensibly.

    With the lesson plans I was apparently using the university's standard lesson plan instead of the super specific ones for our subject. The subject specific ones have so much additional information that I can't just *see* what I'm supposed to be doing through all of the other thousands of fields and check boxes. Do you think it's okay to continue to use the one I'm currently using for myself? It's clear and I've added extra white space so I can just glance and know what I'm doing next and then I'm also making additional work for myself in that I still need to do the other one too to put in my folder. Essentially I suck at planning. I know it's in my head and what timings and such but I'm not good at translating that into the minute detail my uni requires of me. I'm writing short sentences where I need to be writing paragraphs upon paragraphs for each lesson episode.

    I also got told off for not giving the pupils enough time to complete activities and that more time needs to be spent actually doing stuff on computers, but then was pulled at observation by my uni for them spending too long looking at their screens so I need to figure out a way of splitting their activities up but I hate to do it when they're really focused on something like that.

    My second major issue is transporting what I need for each lesson every day. Is that standard? I was having to take in the workbooks for each lesson I taught and if I had more than one lesson that day it was crippling. I then had to bring pens, markers, bits of paper, worksheets and anything else I needed to teach the lessons. Essentially I had nowhere to leave anything in the school as the department was struggling for space completely. I commute quite a distance in the mornings and that includes two buses and sometimes a train so my issue is keeping everything dry and movable while making it small enough to put on a train. I also need to take in my university folders too plus my very small laptop. Any idea how to deal with any of this apart from buying a car which is what the other trainees seemed to do?
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    Hey everyone in this thread! Just popping over from the PGCE Applications 2015. I'm going to be starting a Primary PGCE with a PE specialism in February. I'm happy that I don't have to wait until September but I'm a bit nervous it's so soon. I've been reading a lot of this thread and I know I'm in for a tough year. I was just wondering if there are any books I could be ordering now that you guys have found useful in your course? Something cheap and easy to read maybe? Anything I could be preparing whilst I have some time? I'm going to practice cursive handwriting this month as my writing is really bad. I'm also going to explore the TES website and start downloading things that might come in handy. I'm not sure what else I should be doing.
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    (Original post by Veggiechic6)
    Hey everyone in this thread! Just popping over from the PGCE Applications 2015. I'm going to be starting a Primary PGCE with a PE specialism in February. I'm happy that I don't have to wait until September but I'm a bit nervous it's so soon. I've been reading a lot of this thread and I know I'm in for a tough year. I was just wondering if there are any books I could be ordering now that you guys have found useful in your course? Something cheap and easy to read maybe? Anything I could be preparing whilst I have some time? I'm going to practice cursive handwriting this month as my writing is really bad. I'm also going to explore the TES website and start downloading things that might come in handy. I'm not sure what else I should be doing.
    Relax and enjoy your time. Do things for yourself. Get organised so you can stay organised during the course. And if you do read read something light and enjoyable, about teenage life, child development or something, to connect you with pupils. There will be plenty of time for specifics on the course.


    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Okay so I've really been struggling with a couple of things during last placement. The main one being my lesson plans, but also transporting the stuff I need to and from school sensibly.

    With the lesson plans I was apparently using the university's standard lesson plan instead of the super specific ones for our subject. The subject specific ones have so much additional information that I can't just *see* what I'm supposed to be doing through all of the other thousands of fields and check boxes. Do you think it's okay to continue to use the one I'm currently using for myself? It's clear and I've added extra white space so I can just glance and know what I'm doing next and then I'm also making additional work for myself in that I still need to do the other one too to put in my folder. Essentially I suck at planning. I know it's in my head and what timings and such but I'm not good at translating that into the minute detail my uni requires of me. I'm writing short sentences where I need to be writing paragraphs upon paragraphs for each lesson episode.

    I also got told off for not giving the pupils enough time to complete activities and that more time needs to be spent actually doing stuff on computers, but then was pulled at observation by my uni for them spending too long looking at their screens so I need to figure out a way of splitting their activities up but I hate to do it when they're really focused on something like that.

    My second major issue is transporting what I need for each lesson every day. Is that standard? I was having to take in the workbooks for each lesson I taught and if I had more than one lesson that day it was crippling. I then had to bring pens, markers, bits of paper, worksheets and anything else I needed to teach the lessons. Essentially I had nowhere to leave anything in the school as the department was struggling for space completely. I commute quite a distance in the mornings and that includes two buses and sometimes a train so my issue is keeping everything dry and movable while making it small enough to put on a train. I also need to take in my university folders too plus my very small laptop. Any idea how to deal with any of this apart from buying a car which is what the other trainees seemed to do?
    Do you have a wheely case? Lots of teachers use those.

    Also is there really nowhere you can leave things, even if it's just overnight? You can leave resources and any books that don't need marking there. Even on a table... That shouldn't matter when no ones there and you can get them first thing. Or there must be somewhere you put the stuff when you arrive/during the day. The uni folders are a pain but the resources should be able to be stored at school.

    As for planning, speak to your mentor. If you can show you're getting on well they may be happy to allow you to use your own format. Also, who said that you had to add paragraphs to each section rather than notes?


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    Urgh 4000 word masters asignment due in 10 days booooooo havnt even looked at it!!! Infact I have not looked at anything in relation to school or uni thank god we have 3 weeks off so I can start it all next week when kids are back at nursery. I have had a great christmas though I needed the break, I think we all do.
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    (Original post by Lucy_jucie)
    Urgh 4000 word masters asignment due in 10 days booooooo havnt even looked at it!!! Infact I have not looked at anything in relation to school or uni thank god we have 3 weeks off so I can start it all next week when kids are back at nursery. I have had a great christmas though I needed the break, I think we all do.
    Know the feeling, in exactly the same situation. My husband starts work tomorrow though so ill start on it then, but for now taking advantage of our last day off together
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    I'm attempting to do some work on an assignment trouble is I can't actually do it as I haven't started my placement or had any observations yet :facepalm:

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    (Original post by gemmam)
    I'm attempting to do some work on an assignment trouble is I can't actually do it as I haven't started my placement or had any observations yet :facepalm:

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    How come you haven't started your placement?


    I'm struggling to find motivation to get work done, I have a 5000 word assignment due Monday and 6 lesson plans that have to be in already and so far I've written 1000 and 0 lesson plans. Anyone have any motivation tips?
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    How come you haven't started your placement?


    I'm struggling to find motivation to get work done, I have a 5000 word assignment due Monday and 6 lesson plans that have to be in already and so far I've written 1000 and 0 lesson plans. Anyone have any motivation tips?
    No particular reason; a few others in my class haven't started theirs yet either.

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