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    Yep, the guilt. I'm absolutely sick of it to be honest. I'll be lucky to finish the course.

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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Yep, the guilt. I'm absolutely sick of it to be honest. I'll be lucky to finish the course.

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    do you still want to teach?
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    do you still want to teach?
    Not really. I am looking at part time posts at the moment, but I can't imagine teaching full time for the rest of my life. I don't even want to teach part time for long. But I don't have many alternatives right now, I'm just riding the wave!
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Not really. I am looking at part time posts at the moment, but I can't imagine teaching full time for the rest of my life. I don't even want to teach part time for long. But I don't have many alternatives right now, I'm just riding the wave!
    Is it just teaching you don't want to do or wouldn't you want to do other education related jobs?

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    (Original post by gemmam)
    Is it just teaching you don't want to do or wouldn't you want to do other education related jobs?

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    It is just teaching. I do ideally want to stay in education, I just don't know as what exactly yet :rolleyes: . I'm not really driven by money but it is a concern when some of the other education jobs are term time only so pro rata pay.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    It is just teaching. I do ideally want to stay in education, I just don't know as what exactly yet :rolleyes: . I'm not really driven by money but it is a concern when some of the other education jobs are term time only so pro rata pay.
    Have you looked at teaching in charity based colleges? I almost applied for one recently that was fewer teaching hours with small groups of 14 to 19 year olds and a lot of the work was based around the more social side of integrating disadvantaged youth back into society.

    I really want to just be an NCS team leader forever but it's the same issue as the non-teaching education jobs in that they only pay when you're working.

    I'm going to stick it out for my nqt year I think unless something brilliant comes out. There aren't many jobs that give me a long summer break to potter around on my boat and I kinda like being around young people. No day is boring when in a school.

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    Thank you for your input on it.. I am going with the self assessment at the moment.. I manage to get some good review on it.... There is good amount of literature saying it helps with the engagement and motivation.. I am bit worried how it will go with my little lower set year 7s and middle set year 8... Well that's for me to find out

    Thanks once again!
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    What is the dress code for an inset day? I've heard that you can wear your own clothes. I emailed my mentor to see if its true and I haven't heard back from him.
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    What is the dress code for an inset day? I've heard that you can wear your own clothes. I emailed my mentor to see if its true and I haven't heard back from him.
    Always been a dress down day apart from the senior management, who don't seem to dare to let their authority slip for a minute, in case we see the real them underneath...
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    Always been a dress down day apart from the senior management, who don't seem to dare to let their authority slip for a minute, in case we see the real them underneath...
    On that note, how long do inset days usually go on for? Does everyone leave at around the same time they would if it was a normal teaching day?

    I still have a week of holidays left, and I am not enjoying it because I am not looking forward to going back to my placement Nothing bad has happened, I think I am just not looking forward to the amount of work I am going to have to do in the coming weeks, and I don't feel settled in my school at all. The team I am working with are very close, and I feel like such an outsider. They are very jokey and silly with each other, and with the kids, and I feel like I have to be 'professional', as a student, which makes me seem very different from them. My mentor is also so busy, I haven't had much time with them at all, so I am not sure about their expectations, etc. I am being observed when I go back, and I haven't seen my mentor teach anything, because there is another student doing most of the teaching :confused:
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    I'm so annoyed. Just checked my school emails to see an email off one of the teachers with a powerpoint for what I'm teaching period 5 tomorrow. I try so hard to plan my things in advance and then get an email at 8.30pm on a Sunday night about what I'm supposed to be teaching tomorrow when she told me I wasn't teaching that group for two weeks yet. It might sound fine because she's made the powerpoint so no work for me right? Well I would have to do a lesson plan alongside it and also the powerpoint makes no sense to me - there's a lot I don't understand on it so I'll have to alter it anyway. I'm so stressed out now . We get told over and over my our mentors that we need to make lesson plans further in advance than the night before yet how am I supposed to do that if the teacher only emails me the night before!? I'm fuming.
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    I still have a week of holidays left, and I am not enjoying it because I am not looking forward to going back to my placement Nothing bad has happened, I think I am just not looking forward to the amount of work I am going to have to do in the coming weeks, and I don't feel settled in my school at all.
    I think this sums up my feelings. Nothing has happened at my placement to make me dread going back, but I don't feel integrated and the workload is pretty much going to triple for me in the next term. I feel so sick about it. I do get some comfort knowing that I am not alone and that we are all in this together. Sounds weird, but it does help.
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    (Original post by adastraz)
    On that note, how long do inset days usually go on for? Does everyone leave at around the same time they would if it was a normal teaching day?

    I still have a week of holidays left, and I am not enjoying it because I am not looking forward to going back to my placement Nothing bad has happened, I think I am just not looking forward to the amount of work I am going to have to do in the coming weeks, and I don't feel settled in my school at all. The team I am working with are very close, and I feel like such an outsider. They are very jokey and silly with each other, and with the kids, and I feel like I have to be 'professional', as a student, which makes me seem very different from them. My mentor is also so busy, I haven't had much time with them at all, so I am not sure about their expectations, etc. I am being observed when I go back, and I haven't seen my mentor teach anything, because there is another student doing most of the teaching :confused:
    Well, it always seems like they've discovered a time portal which makes every hour last for twice the normal length, but they usually end at the same time as the usual school day.

    As for the unhappiness you feel, all I can say is that all things must pass, and if they don't, then don't think twice about doing something else with your life. Teaching's not a career you can really stick for long if you hate it.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I'm so annoyed. Just checked my school emails to see an email off one of the teachers with a powerpoint for what I'm teaching period 5 tomorrow. I try so hard to plan my things in advance and then get an email at 8.30pm on a Sunday night about what I'm supposed to be teaching tomorrow when she told me I wasn't teaching that group for two weeks yet. It might sound fine because she's made the powerpoint so no work for me right? Well I would have to do a lesson plan alongside it and also the powerpoint makes no sense to me - there's a lot I don't understand on it so I'll have to alter it anyway. I'm so stressed out now . We get told over and over my our mentors that we need to make lesson plans further in advance than the night before yet how am I supposed to do that if the teacher only emails me the night before!? I'm fuming.
    Try not to stress it!

    You can either - ask her if you can do what you planned and do her thing afterwards. Or read up on the topic and see if the Powerpoint then makes sense. Or ask her to team teach it with you? And then ask her what the hell she thinks she's playing at sending you things this late
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    Try not to stress it!

    You can either - ask her if you can do what you planned and do her thing afterwards. Or read up on the topic and see if the Powerpoint then makes sense. Or ask her to team teach it with you? And then ask her what the hell she thinks she's playing at sending you things this late
    Well I didn't have anything planned because she told me I was only taking this class in two weeks time! And it is not the topic that doesn't make sense - the powerpoint is really vague about the activities and she hasn't included any guidelines so I have no idea what some of the slides are asking about. I don't have time before the lesson tomorrow to start planning it either. So I guess I'll just tell her I can't teach it, not without her anyway. Gahhhhh teaching.
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    My final master's essay is due on wednesday but I think I'm coming down with the flu or something similar I still have 1,500 words to go which would normally be achievable but I feel so ill that nothing is making sense to me right now! It's far too late for an extension now (if they even award them for things as minor as feeling ill...) but I'm really struggling to get anything done. I guess this is a lesson to do things further in advance!


    Find it frustrating that even on Easter holidays I don't have time to be ill though.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    My final master's essay is due on wednesday but I think I'm coming down with the flu or something similar I still have 1,500 words to go which would normally be achievable but I feel so ill that nothing is making sense to me right now! It's far too late for an extension now (if they even award them for things as minor as feeling ill...) but I'm really struggling to get anything done. I guess this is a lesson to do things further in advance!


    Find it frustrating that even on Easter holidays I don't have time to be ill though.
    Enquire about an extension - you might be surprised. I was in exactly the same boat last year and got a 3 day extension.
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    Lesson planning still takes me ages. I dont have a problem with the actual lesson planning(writing down the timing,etc), that takes me around 10-15 mins to complete.But, its tailoring the resource you find on Tes to your specific classes that really kills my time.

    Still the best job in the world though ;-)
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    (Original post by Red Lightning)
    Lesson planning still takes me ages. I dont have a problem with the actual lesson planning(writing down the timing,etc), that takes me around 10-15 mins to complete.But, its tailoring the resource you find on Tes to your specific classes that really kills my time.

    Still the best job in the world though ;-)
    Depending on the resource, I often find it is easier to just make my own!! I agree though, resourcing is extremely time-consuming (and rainforest killing lol).
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    Are there any guides for teaching ks5? I just really don't know what to do with them.

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