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    (Original post by Grant2007)
    As a mentor i feel reflections are vital to learning and it is an important part of your training, so you show progression and understanding. Nobody expects students to be perfect but you are expected to be learning through your observations of others and experiences. Having said that reflections should not be long, but to the point and explain what you learnt about how to improve. For example...timings, behaviour, learning intentions and success criteria...and how you will address these issues.

    An organised folder demonstrates that you are prepared, although it doesn't need to be overly neat as it should be a working document and could be a mixture of typed, hand written, post it notes etc. If it is electronic based then it should be printed easily. I would be raising a concern if my students could not show me these.

    Planning sequences of lessons is good, for example literacy so the link can be seen. I would however expect to se them adapted through evaluations as you teach the lessons.

    Please don't take this as any form of pressure as I am trying to help and explain their purpose. Don't give up. Good luck.


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    No I definitely do agree with the idea of preparation with folders being representative of being an organised individual.

    It is essentially the main reason I question myself whether I'm suited towards teaching. While I may be extremely reflective about my practice and spend time thinking about what the students should be learning.

    The sad truth is that I'm a rather disorganised individual through most of my life. I asked my mentor how I should respond if asked the question about organisation. I'd be lying if I called myself organised. The only thing I can do here is work towards becoming more organised.
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      (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
      Mine is similar to yours. Odd that so many unis use different systems.

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      That's weird isn't it and not very fair at all. The one thing we all have in common though, it's a hard slog!
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      (Original post by Tombola)
      No I definitely do agree with the idea of preparation with folders being representative of being an organised individual.

      It is essentially the main reason I question myself whether I'm suited towards teaching. While I may be extremely reflective about my practice and spend time thinking about what the students should be learning.

      The sad truth is that I'm a rather disorganised individual through most of my life. I asked my mentor how I should respond if asked the question about organisation. I'd be lying if I called myself organised. The only thing I can do here is work towards becoming more organised.
      I respectfully disagree. You should see my desk, the drawers in my desk and the inside of the cupboard in my classroom. Then you should look inside my teacher planner. I'll let your imagination run wild with the images of disorganization Oh, and my NQT folder? PAHA.

      That and my teaching practice are two separate things.
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      (Original post by Tombola)
      No I definitely do agree with the idea of preparation with folders being representative of being an organised individual.

      It is essentially the main reason I question myself whether I'm suited towards teaching. While I may be extremely reflective about my practice and spend time thinking about what the students should be learning.

      The sad truth is that I'm a rather disorganised individual through most of my life. I asked my mentor how I should respond if asked the question about organisation. I'd be lying if I called myself organised. The only thing I can do here is work towards becoming more organised.

      (Original post by rachel.h)
      I respectfully disagree. You should see my desk, the drawers in my desk and the inside of the cupboard in my classroom. Then you should look inside my teacher planner. I'll let your imagination run wild with the images of disorganization Oh, and my NQT folder? PAHA.

      That and my teaching practice are two separate things.
      I'm with Rachel on this one. In my home life I am incredibly organised. My planning is exceedingly organised. My QTS file was described as 'exceptional' last year.

      My desk looks like a bomb hit it, my drawers at school are a nightmare, my class know I lose everything the moment I put it down... I still teach well. What I would say is that I failed to organise well enough initially when I moved into my classroom, and that has allowed things to get out of hand. I'm staying in the same room next year and plan to put some additional systems in place over the summer to try and solve all the issues I've experienced over this year. I think until you're doing the job full time it's hard to know what you need in your room. You definitely continue to learn A LOT in your NQT year.
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      (Original post by Tombola)
      No I definitely do agree with the idea of preparation with folders being representative of being an organised individual.

      It is essentially the main reason I question myself whether I'm suited towards teaching. While I may be extremely reflective about my practice and spend time thinking about what the students should be learning.

      The sad truth is that I'm a rather disorganised individual through most of my life. I asked my mentor how I should respond if asked the question about organisation. I'd be lying if I called myself organised. The only thing I can do here is work towards becoming more organised.
      I started off really badly organised. It's something I've got into trouble for my whole life really in some way or another. But I managed to get myself in order for plavement 2 and now I get compliments from my mentor about how organised I am. It can be done
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      I think there are different types of organisation/disorganisation.

      One type is being mentally organised, having good time-management, knowing what you have to do and prioritising to get it done.

      The other is the physical stuff, tidiness, filing. Ideally you'd have both but I reckon the first is essential and the second is optional (so long as you don't lose pupils' assessments, etc.!)

      My HoD (who is very neat and tidy) was talking to me about this, and I commented that she must think I'm ever so disorganised. But her response was that my brain clearly works and I'm "one of those very clever people who is also very messy".

      It's true - I always plan ahead, know key dates and deadlines and work towards them. I have ideas to get things sorted so deadlines don't take us by surprise and to make things more efficient. I'm just messy.
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      Ughhhhh these interviews are a reason alone not to go into teaching. I don't think I can handle many more of these! I have one today and I am sick of the nerves I get. I could be sick and I'm shaking. It ruins my interview performance

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      (Original post by TraineeLynsey)
      I'm with Rachel on this one. In my home life I am incredibly organised. My planning is exceedingly organised. My QTS file was described as 'exceptional' last year.

      My desk looks like a bomb hit it, my drawers at school are a nightmare, my class know I lose everything the moment I put it down... I still teach well. What I would say is that I failed to organise well enough initially when I moved into my classroom, and that has allowed things to get out of hand. I'm staying in the same room next year and plan to put some additional systems in place over the summer to try and solve all the issues I've experienced over this year. I think until you're doing the job full time it's hard to know what you need in your room. You definitely continue to learn A LOT in your NQT year.
      What things are a must have for your own classroom?

      I'm moving into mine in July and I'm stumped on what I should have!
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      What things are a must have for your own classroom?

      I'm moving into mine in July and I'm stumped on what I should have!
      You should have what the school supplies. Wait, and don't buy anything.


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      (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
      Could be worse. One of our trainees has been locked in the office. Twice.
      WHAT on earth?

      We are human do these people not understand :\
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      Omg my interview was a disaster, so bad I'm laughing. I got sent home anyway (after them telling us they don't do that - that's how bad I was!!). I am relieved though because I was starting to think I'd turn the job down because my subject knowledge simply wasn't good enough at all.
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      http://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahjewell...and#.nbyLg9rMq

      ^ Can relate to almost all of those lol.
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      Guys please can someone suggest gifts for the following people;

      - Lovely TA who's been nothing but helpful
      - Lovely lady in the reprographics office, again made me feel so warm and welcome when I started
      - Mentor
      - Uni Tutor

      Please remember a student on a budget here! I want to make the TA, reprographics lady aware of how much of a difference they made

      Uni tutor has been so helpful, so again want to make him aware of how helpful he's been

      Mentor - just a courtesy gift.. hasn't helped much but i'd like to leave on good terms..
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      Mentor - just a courtesy gift.. hasn't helped much but i'd like to leave on good terms..
      :lol: That made me laugh! We all have to give the courtesy gift to mentors sadly! I don't have many suggestions though. I was in Home Bargains a couple of weeks ago and saw loads of cheap boxes of Cadburys thank you chocolates for 50p each so I bought about six that I can just give out. Then I'm just going to give my mentor a bottle of wine. For other people I think you can't go wrong with a box of chocs. Or something more personalised if you feel you know them. I got my last mentor a skull mug because she was a bit of a goth haha.
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      (Original post by Airfairy)
      :lol: That made me laugh! We all have to give the courtesy gift to mentors sadly! I don't have many suggestions though. I was in Home Bargains a couple of weeks ago and saw loads of cheap boxes of Cadburys thank you chocolates for 50p each so I bought about six that I can just give out. Then I'm just going to give my mentor a bottle of wine. For other people I think you can't go wrong with a box of chocs. Or something more personalised if you feel you know them. I got my last mentor a skull mug because she was a bit of a goth haha.
      Oooo thanks for letting me know about home bargains..!

      I really value gifts, it's like a token of appreciation. Whenever I give them out, they need to be wrapped neatly with a personalized touch and an even more personal message - I want the person to know that they deserve it and are an asset to human kind (I know far fetched, but every little helps ) but there aren't enough nice people on this Earth and the one's that are lovely and genuinely good humans are never appreciated - I know a bit dramatic but in my eyes that's what giving a special gift means (don't know why I added that in lol xD)
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      (Original post by Sam89)
      Oooo thanks for letting me know about home bargains..!

      I really value gifts, it's like a token of appreciation. Whenever I give them out, they need to be wrapped neatly with a personalized touch and an even more personal message - I want the person to know that they deserve it and are an asset to human kind (I know far fetched, but every little helps ) but there aren't enough nice people on this Earth and the one's that are lovely and genuinely good humans are never appreciated - I know a bit dramatic but in my eyes that's what giving a special gift means (don't know why I added that in lol xD)
      That is so cute! I actually awwed haha. I wish more people thought that like. I am an extreme gift giver myself. I think sometimes I give them to people and they think I'm weird for it. Like it was one of the trainees birthdays at school recently and I guess I don't know her THAT well but I remembered and got her a present and no-one else did so I felt a little awkward . But I do love giving them. I hate it when people don't seem to even acknowledge it though. Some people just grab it like "oh thanks" and then chuck it somewhere. I'll be giving my thank you chocs out to those I've spoken to and then an extra bottle of wine for my mentor (she loves wine so it makes sense). I love my year 7s to bits and I'd love to get them all something awesome but it really adds up when there's 32... :lol:
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      (Original post by Airfairy)
      That is so cute! I actually awwed haha. I wish more people thought that like. I am an extreme gift giver myself. I think sometimes I give them to people and they think I'm weird for it. Like it was one of the trainees birthdays at school recently and I guess I don't know her THAT well but I remembered and got her a present and no-one else did so I felt a little awkward . But I do love giving them. I hate it when people don't seem to even acknowledge it though. Some people just grab it like "oh thanks" and then chuck it somewhere. I'll be giving my thank you chocs out to those I've spoken to and then an extra bottle of wine for my mentor (she loves wine so it makes sense). I love my year 7s to bits and I'd love to get them all something awesome but it really adds up when there's 32... :lol:
      That's what Haribo Tangfastics are made for. Two multi packs and you're sorted. Failing that, Tesco mini bubbles at £1.50 for 6.
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      (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
      That's what Haribo Tangfastics are made for. Two multi packs and you're sorted. Failing that, Tesco mini bubbles at £1.50 for 6.
      Thing is, I've gone down the Haribo route before, and it turns out they aren't halal, which isn't good in a school like mine :lol: . I'm going to go to Tesco so I will have a look out for those mini bubbles. I'm easily willing to spend £10 seeing as it's a one off and I love them.
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      (Original post by Airfairy)
      Thing is, I've gone down the Haribo route before, and it turns out they aren't halal, which isn't good in a school like mine :lol: . I'm going to go to Tesco so I will have a look out for those mini bubbles. I'm easily willing to spend £10 seeing as it's a one off and I love them.
      Asda sell Halal Haribo, it's marked on the bags


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      you can get halal haribos in Asda (should be available in tesco etc too!) I'm gonna get one of my year 7s (form I'm attached to) and one of my year 8's - they're so cheeky but I have this bond with them some sweets - the lower years seem to love sweeties. Haven't tried it with the 10's/11's yet but i'm sure they'd receive it well too
     
     
     
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