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    (Original post by Peachz)
    I would err on the side of caution with accepting a job and then backing out. Schools don't look favourably on this and you don't know who the head of department/headteacher etc know at other schools. In my area my headteacher (albeit primary) know most of the others heads in the city and you would be blacklisted which is never good. Harsh I know but something to consider.

    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Very much this. It's an incestuous profession and word gets around.
    Yeah, I backed out of the interview today. I visited the other school and loved it so I'm taking a gamble and just hoping I get an interview there at least. I don't even know if I'd have got next week's job, but I simply could not ignore this new job that's come up, so decided it was best to back out. I was having moral issues with the idea of backing out of an accepted job anyway. It wasn't even about the blacklisting, I just felt bad :dontknow: .
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Yeah, I backed out of the interview today. I visited the other school and loved it so I'm taking a gamble and just hoping I get an interview there at least. I don't even know if I'd have got next week's job, but I simply could not ignore this new job that's come up, so decided it was best to back out. I was having moral issues with the idea of backing out of an accepted job anyway. It wasn't even about the blacklisting, I just felt bad :dontknow: .
    That's all fine. You aren't at the time of year yet when you are getting desperate, so being a bit choosy is sensible. I thought I'd never get a job when I started, so I applied to a whole load, got an interview at the first place I applied to, then got the job, and spent the next five years wishing I'd had a bit more faith in myself and chosen more wisely.
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    I need some more advice...sorry, I keep seeing jobs and then having issues about certain things! If anyone could help that would be great.

    Visited a school today and had a chat with head of sixth form. The job is advertised as teacher of social sciences, so I asked if the candidate would be expected to teach all social science subjects, she said no, but they are looking on expanding sociology and politics in particular. I was honest with her and said I have no sociology background and was unsure if I could teach it, but could teach every other social science subject.

    Anyway, out of curiosity, I've had a look at a sociology a-level spec and past paper, and I'm quite surprised to find that I have actually covered a lot of the topicsin my politics degree, and I'm quite confident I could teach it. However I am now worried about mentioning that I could teach sociology in my application, as I don't want her to be thinking "oh but she said she couldn't teach sociology and had no background in it, so why has she put that?" and then not give me an interview, but at the same time I want her to know I feel comfortable teaching it.

    Any advice on what to do about that?
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I need some more advice...sorry, I keep seeing jobs and then having issues about certain things! If anyone could help that would be great.

    Visited a school today and had a chat with head of sixth form. The job is advertised as teacher of social sciences, so I asked if the candidate would be expected to teach all social science subjects, she said no, but they are looking on expanding sociology and politics in particular. I was honest with her and said I have no sociology background and was unsure if I could teach it, but could teach every other social science subject.

    Anyway, out of curiosity, I've had a look at a sociology a-level spec and past paper, and I'm quite surprised to find that I have actually covered a lot of the topicsin my politics degree, and I'm quite confident I could teach it. However I am now worried about mentioning that I could teach sociology in my application, as I don't want her to be thinking "oh but she said she couldn't teach sociology and had no background in it, so why has she put that?" and then not give me an interview, but at the same time I want her to know I feel comfortable teaching it.

    Any advice on what to do about that?
    Why not write something that explains exactly that? Perhaps something like "Although I have no formal sociology background I have researched the syllabus and I am confident that my subject knowledge acquired as part of my studies towards my politics degree will allow me to teach this subject with confidence."

    I'm sure you can say it better than that, but you get the idea, I hope.........

    Good luck!
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    I have started at my new school for my last placement and I really like it so far. I am grumbling because I have managed to catch another cold and can't sleep despite being tired! I hope I build up an immunity soon!
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    Easter holiday WOOHOO! I feel so tired and that I know that I have loads of work to do for this holiday(lesson plans, uni essays, TS evidence gathering and job applications) so lets hope that procrastination does not kick in!
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    Got my interim report back for placement two and I'm on all good's with one high for the standards. Feel like my mentors been a bit too generous but I'm not asking him to change it!

    So excited for my year 7 Black Death lesson tomorrow - I've got some bubbles and I'm going to be using them to demonstrate the spread of disease!
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    Got my interim report back for placement two and I'm on all good's with one high for the standards. Feel like my mentors been a bit too generous but I'm not asking him to change it!

    So excited for my year 7 Black Death lesson tomorrow - I've got some bubbles and I'm going to be using them to demonstrate the spread of disease!
    I'm on an R.E. PGCE, but on my current placement the humanities department is all mixed so I teach History and Geography too. I've just finished the Black Death last week and I really enjoyed it! They asked me a lot of questions that I couldn't answer, but I don't think it is an issue that I don't know - after all I haven't done any History since I was 13!

    I like the bubble idea. I could have done with something different for what I used to show the spread of disease across countries.We did like a flow chart based on a map on the board but they didn't do it very well and couldn't read the map very well. My mentor said that the lesson I did on the impact and consequences of the Black Death was my best lesson yet. I sort of don't want to go back to teaching R.E. haha. I think the kids prefer History and Geography too so it's easier to get them engaged.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I'm on an R.E. PGCE, but on my current placement the humanities department is all mixed so I teach History and Geography too. I've just finished the Black Death last week and I really enjoyed it! They asked me a lot of questions that I couldn't answer, but I don't think it is an issue that I don't know - after all I haven't done any History since I was 13!

    I like the bubble idea. I could have done with something different for what I used to show the spread of disease across countries.We did like a flow chart based on a map on the board but they didn't do it very well and couldn't read the map very well. My mentor said that the lesson I did on the impact and consequences of the Black Death was my best lesson yet. I sort of don't want to go back to teaching R.E. haha. I think the kids prefer History and Geography too so it's easier to get them engaged.
    It's definitely not a problem that you can't answer questions, it's all about how you deal with them. I teach science and have a physics degree, but sometimes even my lower ability classes can ask questions that I can't answer (and sometimes that science can't - they're good at cutting through assumptions and asking why). The important thing is to turn it into a learning opportunity and promote curiosity - I try to avoid saying "it's complicated" and instead give some form of explanation or go and look it up (even when in reality physics nearly always boils down to "this is what the maths tells us happens, and our observations agree with this").

    Personally, I think it's good that pupils see that teachers don't have all the answers - knowing that everyone can improve their knowledge and that not every question has an answer yet (or ever will) is a very powerful tool in promoting education.
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    (Original post by tory88)
    It's definitely not a problem that you can't answer questions, it's all about how you deal with them. I teach science and have a physics degree, but sometimes even my lower ability classes can ask questions that I can't answer (and sometimes that science can't - they're good at cutting through assumptions and asking why). The important thing is to turn it into a learning opportunity and promote curiosity - I try to avoid saying "it's complicated" and instead give some form of explanation or go and look it up (even when in reality physics nearly always boils down to "this is what the maths tells us happens, and our observations agree with this").

    Personally, I think it's good that pupils see that teachers don't have all the answers - knowing that everyone can improve their knowledge and that not every question has an answer yet (or ever will) is a very powerful tool in promoting education.
    I know what you mean. It depends on the question though. They asked me if the king at the time got infected with Black Death, and who the king was. I hadn't the slightest clue so I had to ask my mentor. It doesn't look good, sure, but I'm on an R.E. PGCE so they can't expect me to know everything :lol: . But for other questions it is easy to turn it around so that they end up answering it themselves and saving me the embarrassment haha.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I'm on an R.E. PGCE, but on my current placement the humanities department is all mixed so I teach History and Geography too. I've just finished the Black Death last week and I really enjoyed it! They asked me a lot of questions that I couldn't answer, but I don't think it is an issue that I don't know - after all I haven't done any History since I was 13!

    I like the bubble idea. I could have done with something different for what I used to show the spread of disease across countries.We did like a flow chart based on a map on the board but they didn't do it very well and couldn't read the map very well. My mentor said that the lesson I did on the impact and consequences of the Black Death was my best lesson yet. I sort of don't want to go back to teaching R.E. haha. I think the kids prefer History and Geography too so it's easier to get them engaged.
    My favourite trickis to tell them to look it up and if they get the right answer next lesson, they'll get a merit...

    That's awesome though! Any chance you could send me the consequences of the black death!? I'm just about to start planning it and I don't know how to make it interesting - I have a problem with doing a history PGCE with a history degree in that I have too much knowledge and sometimes it's really hard to know what needs to be taught and what doesn't >.<

    I'm currently just finishing a depth study about King John which is my specialism and it's quite difficult sometimes to make it accessible to KS3
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    We're handing our module task folder in tomorrow and it's terrifying to know we're almost at the end now. Just my research project left to research and finish at the Easter holidays and then we're on the home stretch!

    Still poorly though and I have a really busy week with uni mentor visit, mid-way placement review and progress report all due. Just need to get through the next four days and it'll all be okay.

    Feeling really sucky too because I still can't spend any time with one of my sisters because I'm still sick and her immune system is absolutely battered from when she was really ill. Hopefully by Wednesday I'll be able to visit her so we can go out for her and my other sister's birthday but for now I'm just feeling a bit sorry for myself
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    My favourite trickis to tell them to look it up and if they get the right answer next lesson, they'll get a merit...

    That's awesome though! Any chance you could send me the consequences of the black death!? I'm just about to start planning it and I don't know how to make it interesting - I have a problem with doing a history PGCE with a history degree in that I have too much knowledge and sometimes it's really hard to know what needs to be taught and what doesn't >.<

    I'm currently just finishing a depth study about King John which is my specialism and it's quite difficult sometimes to make it accessible to KS3
    Yeah I sometimes do that myself :awesome: . No problem. Do you want to PM me your e-mail then I can attach it?
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    Got my interim report back for placement two and I'm on all good's with one high for the standards. Feel like my mentors been a bit too generous but I'm not asking him to change it!

    So excited for my year 7 Black Death lesson tomorrow - I've got some bubbles and I'm going to be using them to demonstrate the spread of disease!
    I taught a book about the plague for many years until the out of print copies fell to bits, and I have many happy memories of kids making up plague remedy recipes and putting ghastly things in bottles.
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    I got invited to an interview on Tuesday, and the Head asked me on the phone whether I had any interviews on Monday. Is that a common thing? I don't, but what if I had said yes?!
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    I got invited to an interview on Tuesday, and the Head asked me on the phone whether I had any interviews on Monday. Is that a common thing? I don't, but what if I had said yes?!
    They probably just wanted to know what the chances are of you getting another job first so they can plan. For example, if everyone had an interview before they might invite more to interview as the chances are at least one won't come.

    Don't worry about it. It's perfectly acceptable to be open about it, it's one of the peculiarities of the education sector which is really hard yo figure out. My friend once had two interviews coming up and was phoned by a head and ended up arranging to call back and let her know if she would be interested in an interview once she knew if she'd got another job! It kind of has to be that way because they need to know straight away if you accept the job so it's always gonna be first interview priority.

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    They probably just wanted to know what the chances are of you getting another job first so they can plan. For example, if everyone had an interview before they might invite more to interview as the chances are at least one won't come.

    Don't worry about it. It's perfectly acceptable to be open about it, it's one of the peculiarities of the education sector which is really hard yo figure out. My friend once had two interviews coming up and was phoned by a head and ended up arranging to call back and let her know if she would be interested in an interview once she knew if she'd got another job! It kind of has to be that way because they need to know straight away if you accept the job so it's always gonna be first interview priority.

    Xxx

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    Ah, ok, that makes sense Just back from the interview.... talk about nerve wracking! I really hope I don't have to go through this process too many times:eek: There was only me and one other person there, but I don't know if they are doing another lot this afternoon. Going to try and relax this afternoon, after having spent the whole weekend in a ball of stress
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    I have my uni mentor observation tomorrow and I feel a bit sick with worry. My starter ideas all feel a bit dreadful

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    (Original post by adastraz)
    Ah, ok, that makes sense Just back from the interview.... talk about nerve wracking! I really hope I don't have to go through this process too many times:eek: There was only me and one other person there, but I don't know if they are doing another lot this afternoon. Going to try and relax this afternoon, after having spent the whole weekend in a ball of stress
    I hope it went well!! It's a horrible process but each one is invaluable experience.

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    I have my uni mentor observation tomorrow and I feel a bit sick with worry. My starter ideas all feel a bit dreadful

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    Good luck! Just be yourself, the point of observations is to develop your practice and get useful (hopefully) feedback. What are you teaching?
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    I hope it went well!! It's a horrible process but each one is invaluable experience.



    Good luck! Just be yourself, the point of observations is to develop your practice and get useful (hopefully) feedback. What are you teaching?
    Image representation in computing. I think I can do it but I just worry a bit about a boring starter.

    I wish I'd been observed in my amazing colour theory lesson a few weeks ago. I'm hoping I can link it enough into that for the pupils to stay engaged.

    I've made them a kahoot quiz for the end and I have a few really good videos so it's just figuring out what tasks to do with them.

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