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    (Original post by gemmam)
    Im redoing a presentation today because I failed it first time around because I was ill. I'm worried I'm going to fail it again as I only had about half an hour's sleep last night; ironically because I was worrying about today!

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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Second day back at uni today and I'm already flailing. No energy and assignments to think about...
    BUT I have my induction for a SEN placement tomorrow which I'm excited for as that's the area of teaching I eventually want to go into. :-)

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    I hate being at uni :/

    Today I was sat in a morning seminar and just felt like you do when you're on the edge of tears. I feel really low at the moment and my anxiety is sky high. So I went home. And I'm not going in tomorrow. I don't care anymore.
    Hang in there. January/February are the toughest months because we're still relatively new to this, it's cold outside and we have assignments due. It'll get better soon.
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    Hang in there. January/February are the toughest months because we're still relatively new to this, it's cold outside and we have assignments due. It'll get better soon.
    It went fine thanks, I passed. Luckily it was first thing so I was still awake enough when I did it!

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    (Original post by alabelle)
    Hang in there. January/February are the toughest months because we're still relatively new to this, it's cold outside and we have assignments due. It'll get better soon.
    Thanks! It's nice to get some support from people who actually get why I'm so stressed all the time!! Haha. I'm pushing myself to just keep going now. Got this far and love love love teaching...just want all this uni work out of the way!
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    On my way into uni to meet my new mentor. I'm super nervous

    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Thanks! It's nice to get some support from people who actually get why I'm so stressed all the time!! Haha. I'm pushing myself to just keep going now. Got this far and love love love teaching...just want all this uni work out of the way!
    I feel the same way. Missed yesterday because I've developed a weird illness that causes a rash, fatigue and headaches. At least now I know why I've felt so dreadful the past two weeks. I just hate that my mental health collapses when I'm tired and forget to manage things correctly

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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I hate being at uni :/

    Today I was sat in a morning seminar and just felt like you do when you're on the edge of tears. I feel really low at the moment and my anxiety is sky high. So I went home. And I'm not going in tomorrow. I don't care anymore.
    I do too. How do you feel today? This is the home stretch love. You can do it
    :hugs:

    I visited my class today. They seem so tiny! But I read them a story and they were hanging on every word
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    My mentor was absolutely lovely! Really down to earth and awesome and said as long as we're always honest with each other this next placement will be great. The department has a huge community feel and he said I'll love it and they've made us up an office so myself and the other IT trainee have our own space. He was really trying to make life easier rather than harder.

    I AM SO EXCITED.

    Think I badmouthed my last mentor a little though and now feel awful about it.

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    I do too. How do you feel today? This is the home stretch love. You can do it
    :hugs:

    I visited my class today. They seem so tiny! But I read them a story and they were hanging on every word
    I'm so glad your class was good! They are so small aren't they? I worked a little bit with primaries in my last placement and the reception classes were just little dots compared to my already tiny year 7s!
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    My mentor was absolutely lovely! Really down to earth and awesome and said as long as we're always honest with each other this next placement will be great. The department has a huge community feel and he said I'll love it and they've made us up an office so myself and the other IT trainee have our own space. He was really trying to make life easier rather than harder.

    I AM SO EXCITED.

    Think I badmouthed my last mentor a little though and now feel awful about it.

    I'm so glad your class was good! They are so small aren't they? I worked a little bit with primaries in my last placement and the reception classes were just little dots compared to my already tiny year 7s!
    Your mentor sounds lovely, you must be so delighted! It gives you such a good feeling

    I couldn't believe how tiny they were. And the tiny little chairs and furniture. And they listened!

    (feeling strangely broody :eek:.... I hope that gets knocked out of me )
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    (Original post by peony flowers)
    Your mentor sounds lovely, you must be so delighted! It gives you such a good feeling

    I couldn't believe how tiny they were. And the tiny little chairs and furniture. And they listened!

    (feeling strangely broody :eek:.... I hope that gets knocked out of me )
    Wait until you are a parent and go to parents' evening and have to SIT on one of those chairs....
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Wait until you are a parent and go to parents' evening and have to SIT on one of those chairs....
    Not to mention sitting on them day in and day out when teaching them... I'm short and still found my Y1 placement painful!

    Good luck for this term everyone. This is the point where I felt I hit my stride last year.
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    (Original post by peony flowers)
    I do too. How do you feel today? This is the home stretch love. You can do it
    :hugs:

    I visited my class today. They seem so tiny! But I read them a story and they were hanging on every word
    I know. I know I can finish the PGCE, it's just I've known for a while that I don't think I want to go into teaching anymore, and now that the jobs are coming up I get down every time I see an advertisement or people talk about applications, because I don't have a plan...and I feel pressured to apply for them. :/
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I know. I know I can finish the PGCE, it's just I've known for a while that I don't think I want to go into teaching anymore, and now that the jobs are coming up I get down every time I see an advertisement or people talk about applications, because I don't have a plan...and I feel pressured to apply for them. :/

    Why? It's your life, not anybody else's.

    Out of the 25 who started the PGCE with me in 2012, I think around only 15 are still teaching last I heard, and only 13 are teaching within the United Kingdom.

    If you are worried about the money government has thrown at you, I don't think its anywhere near to the amount they threw at that cohort.

    I always enjoyed the thought of having a day of school to go to interviews, but I could never be bothered to write up an application or plan an interview lesson plan.
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    Why? It's your life, not anybody else's.

    Out of the 25 who started the PGCE with me in 2012, I think around only 15 are still teaching last I heard, and only 13 are teaching within the United Kingdom.

    If you are worried about the money government has thrown at you, I don't think its anywhere near to the amount they threw at that cohort.

    I always enjoyed the thought of having a day of school to go to interviews, but I could never be bothered to write up an application or plan an interview lesson plan.
    I know, I know. It's just how my family are being about it

    Interesting stats there. Seems like my whole class of 15 are in love with teaching and it's like I'm Satan when I mention my doubts! Are you still in teaching?
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I know. I know I can finish the PGCE, it's just I've known for a while that I don't think I want to go into teaching anymore, and now that the jobs are coming up I get down every time I see an advertisement or people talk about applications, because I don't have a plan...and I feel pressured to apply for them. :/
    To echo the person above, you don't have to teach! It's well known that about a massive proportion of PGCEs/NQTs (I forget which) never actually end up teaching beyond a year. You will still have the qualification and plenty of people go on to do well in other fields with their PGCE. You might even end up changing your mind about teaching and put in applications in the summer term. Just don't worry too much now.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I know, I know. It's just how my family are being about it

    Interesting stats there. Seems like my whole class of 15 are in love with teaching and it's like I'm Satan when I mention my doubts! Are you still in teaching?
    My family were slightly sad with me when I said I most definitely won't stay in teaching when I finish as they saw it as a good and stable career for me. They however saw how withdrawn I became as a person and how constantly tired I was and backed my decision.

    To put it simply; My family would have been more sad and disappointed with me if I continued doing something that I didn't enjoy (and made me unhappy) just to make them happy.

    Yeah most of the people on my course were like yours; until I started to speak to some of them just one on one and quite a few were the same as me. Everybody is different though.

    Nah, I was so happy on my final school day of the PGCE as I knew I would never do it again, I ended up failing as well but even if I passed there wouldn't be enough money to convince me to sign away my 20s to teaching.
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    Well my day of primary has definitely confirmed that it's not for me. They're so needy and touchy feely. Amazed by the number of girls that were really good at programming the beebug! My dissertation is focused on girls in computing so it'd be interesting to see where it all goes wrong for them.

    Made me sad that the actual primary school teacher had no idea about computing and was teaching using the wrong terminology. She called the robot a cd rom at one point and my heart just sank

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    Me again with another question this time a bit of overthinking on my part anyway.

    I have an assignment for uni based on feedback I give children in my school so I picked out a few girls in year 7 and they were happy to help.

    Today after school we did a small focus group and I bought them sweets as a 'thank you for helping me when you didn't really need to'.

    Now my question is am I allowed to give them sweets? It's not like I've ever given them sweets and won't in the future either but it just felt normal and the right thing to do that? (I don't wanna debate if it's healthy or the right mind set to have) but as a teacher am I allowed to give them sweets?

    Don't know why I feel like theres a possibility a parent will come in and say how dare u etc etc :/ didn't think it through when buying the sweets.
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    I give my class sweets every week. If you read you go in a raffle to win a bag of haribo and if it's your birthday you get a lolly.

    Sweets are the lifeblood of many primary schools! Never had a complaint!
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    (Original post by Sam89)
    Me again with another question this time a bit of overthinking on my part anyway.

    I have an assignment for uni based on feedback I give children in my school so I picked out a few girls in year 7 and they were happy to help.

    Today after school we did a small focus group and I bought them sweets as a 'thank you for helping me when you didn't really need to'.

    Now my question is am I allowed to give them sweets? It's not like I've ever given them sweets and won't in the future either but it just felt normal and the right thing to do that? (I don't wanna debate if it's healthy or the right mind set to have) but as a teacher am I allowed to give them sweets?

    Don't know why I feel like theres a possibility a parent will come in and say how dare u etc etc :/ didn't think it through when buying the sweets.
    The main thing is to follow the school's policy if they have one. There are three areas you have to be careful with:

    --Contradicting any healthy school aims that particular school might have

    --Whether it's the right incentive for them to have (not really applicable here because it's more of a thank you)

    --Whether it can be considered fair. If you haven't already I'd read "Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adultswho work with Children and Young People in Education Settings.". It's a government document and although it pretty much seems like common sense to most people if you stick to it you have covered yourself for any questions that could be raised.
    Based on what that document says I'd say since sweets are a very low value gift and the reason for giving to those children is quite clear it is fine. I would say though make sure your mentor knows that you have given them and why.


    I know that last bit may sound a little absurd but nowadays you kind of have to think of everything like that in order to protect yourself, sadly

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    (Original post by alabelle)
    To echo the person above, you don't have to teach! It's well known that about a massive proportion of PGCEs/NQTs (I forget which) never actually end up teaching beyond a year. You will still have the qualification and plenty of people go on to do well in other fields with their PGCE. You might even end up changing your mind about teaching and put in applications in the summer term. Just don't worry too much now.
    (Original post by Broadhallian)
    My family were slightly sad with me when I said I most definitely won't stay in teaching when I finish as they saw it as a good and stable career for me. They however saw how withdrawn I became as a person and how constantly tired I was and backed my decision.

    To put it simply; My family would have been more sad and disappointed with me if I continued doing something that I didn't enjoy (and made me unhappy) just to make them happy.

    Yeah most of the people on my course were like yours; until I started to speak to some of them just one on one and quite a few were the same as me. Everybody is different though.

    Nah, I was so happy on my final school day of the PGCE as I knew I would never do it again, I ended up failing as well but even if I passed there wouldn't be enough money to convince me to sign away my 20s to teaching.
    Thanks for the input guys. Calms me down a bit. Still keeping an eye on jobs but being really picky!

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    In relation to that, I've seen the first job I'm semi interested in today. Only issue is that it is in a private school which makes me a bit hesitant. Anyone have any experience of the private sector? I'm guessing better behaviour but higher standards. Also unsure if private schools are as likely to hire an NQT, but I may apply anyway.

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