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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Anyone else being told to look into planning backwards? My ITT coordinator suggested it and it suddenly makes planning make so much more sense. You find your end target and then look at what it's going to take to get each of your pupils there so differentiation and scaffolding is built in and it's all positivity and growth mindset thinking.

    I'm a little bit in love with the idea but frustrated that nobody at uni suggested it to be begin with when they saw me struggle with planning.

    30 more books and homework projects to mark today and then tomorrow I'm off to Cornwall. Hopefully I'll squeeze some wedding planning in too
    I've done this on a lesson-by-lesson basis since the end of my last placement and it's been really helpful! I wish someone had spoken to me about it before. I'm going to try it on a termly basis soon as well.

    I'm also trying to plan my wedding this Easter break! How far are you getting along with it? We are trying to get everything booked (got a date and everything) as this is the only time I have to meet up with the co-ordinator before summer!
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    Thanks for the information cutebat! There was no compulsory experience needed to get on to my course, but I had a total of 10 days experience. Considering it was not compulsory though, I doubt that they would have factored that in. I wish they did though! Like I said to someone else, we have a total of 6 school enrichment days on our year timetable, but for the last five we haven't even been in school because it wasn't organised. So I guess they were supposed to count but they didn't happen :/ . And then that leaves us 120 days. Which sort of screws me over because I've had a total of 16 days off so far which is three weeks and one day. I do have the advantage that my course finishes quite early so I could make up three weeks but only just. I am hoping to get more interviews and god forbid I get sick again.

    I am going to e-mail them about it on Monday once Easter is over though. I just want to know when I can finish so I can look forward to it! I'm assuming they will be able to tell me by now anyway.
    I would imagine they will count your previous experience, and they may even count the enrichment days. But yeah, definitely get in touch.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    I've done this on a lesson-by-lesson basis since the end of my last placement and it's been really helpful! I wish someone had spoken to me about it before. I'm going to try it on a termly basis soon as well.

    I'm also trying to plan my wedding this Easter break! How far are you getting along with it? We are trying to get everything booked (got a date and everything) as this is the only time I have to meet up with the co-ordinator before summer!
    Hee! Weddings are insanely exciting but terrifying to think about. We're just getting started. Venue brochures are flying in and I think my ladywife's mum is now on board and helping to push is along. I think we're hoping for something pretty DIY but finding a venue we both like is an issue. I want at least some of it organised before I finish my pgce so that I have the summer to turn into bridezilla
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Hee! Weddings are insanely exciting but terrifying to think about. We're just getting started. Venue brochures are flying in and I think my ladywife's mum is now on board and helping to push is along. I think we're hoping for something pretty DIY but finding a venue we both like is an issue. I want at least some of it organised before I finish my pgce so that I have the summer to turn into bridezilla
    Exciting!! I was hoping to have a job before we paid out any serious money on venues but it's nearly 18 months to the big day so we're just going ahead and booking somewhere nice and local DIY is good! I'm looking forward to the summer too, we're getting married winter 2016 so the summer beforehand will probably be consumed by making favours and stationary.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    Exciting!! I was hoping to have a job before we paid out any serious money on venues but it's nearly 18 months to the big day so we're just going ahead and booking somewhere nice and local DIY is good! I'm looking forward to the summer too, we're getting married winter 2016 so the summer beforehand will probably be consumed by making favours and stationary.
    We're aiming for next Autumn/Winter too. I want something local that I can completely do myself but I think the family have ideas about a big fancy wedding. I don't think I'll be awake enough in a half term. I went to a wedding last Friday and it almost killed me!
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    (Original post by tory88)
    I would imagine they will count your previous experience, and they may even count the enrichment days. But yeah, definitely get in touch.
    Yeah possibly, thanks. My school are being annoying about it all because they seem hung up on the idea that it goes off hours, when it definitely doesn't. So they keep trying to push hours on me to make up my absences but it doesn't work like that...
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    Long time lurker, first time poster. I've worked in a primary school as a classroom assistant for five years now and I've always found this thread very useful.





    With regard to the above, have you considered doing a Masters part time and long distance or via the OU? I know someone who was teaching full time in a secondary school while studying part time for a PhD. It is doable and if you're serious about it, it's worth looking into.
    Depending what you want the MA for - if it is about career advancement, then maybe an MA is too much and you could consider doing something in a different academic subject? If you get, for example, the RE course to become a specialist RE teacher then advancement can be pretty damned quick. I am looking to do PGCE and this came as a pleasant surprise to me. You don't need a theology degree, and an organisation called NATRE can give you all the info you need. If it is true for RE, then maybe it is true of other subjects if they have more of an appeal to you. I haven't researched them so can't be sure. But you can get the necessary knowledge to be an RE specialist faster than you can do a part-time Masters. And it is more interesting than you might think!
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    We're aiming for next Autumn/Winter too. I want something local that I can completely do myself but I think the family have ideas about a big fancy wedding. I don't think I'll be awake enough in a half term. I went to a wedding last Friday and it almost killed me!
    ooo wedding people! :-) I'm getting married in August this year!! It has been mad doing a PGCE and planning a wedding but I cannot wait. Congratulations to you both!
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    ooo wedding people! :-) I'm getting married in August this year!! It has been mad doing a PGCE and planning a wedding but I cannot wait. Congratulations to you both!
    This is why i got married last July just before i started my pgce! Seemed to be the best solution!
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    (Original post by cutebat)
    ooo wedding people! :-) I'm getting married in August this year!! It has been mad doing a PGCE and planning a wedding but I cannot wait. Congratulations to you both!
    Thanks, congratulations to you too! I'm lucky that we're not getting married until December 2016 but it still feels very close now we have a date. Meeting the wedding co-ordinator on Monday hopefully to get the ball rolling! Exciting times isn't it

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    Up to my eyes in a masters assignment right now though and have barely any responses to my survey so far so starting to get worried!
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    I'm changing year groups so I feel a little nervous but I feel like we're on the home straight now and I can see the finish line. I start counting down the weeks until half term...and then counting down the weeks until the summer holiday. I hope I'm not like this next year, essentially wishing my life away!
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    Wondering whether to drop my final research project to just focus on teaching. I already have 60 masters credits so the last 30 credits don't really matter much to me. I'd be dropping from a PGDE to a PGCE so it's not like I'd be disadvantaged compared to others.
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    me too, I haven't done any thing over the holidays so I'm spending the last three days of holiday marking about a hundred assessment papers. I just have to close my eyes and plunge into the cold waters of next term and eventually I'll be out the other side. I just can't picture completing the course somehow as there still seems like so much to do.
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    Hugs to all those that like me are just counting the days to the end. Just remember this is the last stretch and we all just need to complete this and walk away. Just think towards our freedom at the end. Only thing keeping me going is my honeymoon to canada in July, just need to make it through the last 4.5 weeks of placement and then its just uni stuff from then on!!
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    Nice to know I'm not alone guys! I know the finish line is in sight but at the same time it feels way off.
    (Original post by bonniex123)
    I just can't picture completing the course somehow as there still seems like so much to do.
    This is how I'm feeling. I don't feel like I can count down the days uet because there's nine weeks of placement yet and I think that's a long time! Over two months


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    Yeah I've got ten weeks left of placement - feels like ages. I don't like wishing my life away but June will be the best month ever. I just want to read and watch telly without a lingering sense of guilt.
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    (Original post by bonniex123)
    I just want to read and watch telly without a lingering sense of guilt.
    I think you've hit the nail on the head, that would be amazing. Almost there guys, just hold your heads high and just think of the well deserved break at the end of it!
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    Yeah I've got ten weeks left of placement - feels like ages. I don't like wishing my life away but June will be the best month ever. I just want to read and watch telly without a lingering sense of guilt.
    That lingering sense of guilt is the worst! I've had a few days off this half term but feel awful taking them because the amount of work to do is always in the back of my mind!
 
 
 
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