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    Our uni is being Ofsteded and I'm one of the chosen ones they're coming in to see on Monday.

    I feel sick
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Our uni is being Ofsteded and I'm one of the chosen ones they're coming in to see on Monday.

    I feel sick
    Both my schools have been ofsteded and trainees have been kept out of slight and not allowed to teach! I'm surprised you're being observed.

    However, I wouldn't worry too much. We are trainees and they will know that. It is not the same pressure as if we were qualified.

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    Just had a brilliant lunchtime robotics club. Really getting through to one of my really disruptive pupils. He was absolutely delightful in my lesson this week and so polite throughout lunchtime with me. Hoping he'll engage a little more if he sees me more.

    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Both my schools have been ofsteded and trainees have been kept out of slight and not allowed to teach! I'm surprised you're being observed.

    However, I wouldn't worry too much. We are trainees and they will know that. It is not the same pressure as if we were qualified.

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    It's a uni one rather than school based one. They're coming in to check the quality of the PGCE so they assess through looking at the trainees
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Just had a brilliant lunchtime robotics club. Really getting through to one of my really disruptive pupils. He was absolutely delightful in my lesson this week and so polite throughout lunchtime with me. Hoping he'll engage a little more if he sees me more.



    It's a uni one rather than school based one. They're coming in to check the quality of the PGCE so they assess through looking at the trainees
    Try and keep calm!

    Keep reminding yourself that you're not being assessed and the outcome can't reflect on you as a teacher. They will want to know that you are being supported and that you know you need to reflect... those will be the main things. Even if ofsted assess an NQT as an actual teacher they expect them to be less developed as professionals, so they will not expect wonders from your uni, just that they are supporting you the best they can.

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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    Try and keep calm!

    Keep reminding yourself that you're not being assessed and the outcome can't reflect on you as a teacher. They will want to know that you are being supported and that you know you need to reflect... those will be the main things. Even if ofsted assess an NQT as an actual teacher they expect them to be less developed as professionals, so they will not expect wonders from your uni, just that they are supporting you the best they can.

    xxx
    I know you're right. I'm just getting myself into a flap. I have my final tutor observation on Tuesday, a job interview next Friday (that I haven't figured out how to get to just yet), ofsted on Monday and then an external examiner coming in to see me on the first Tuesday back. It just all seems to be hitting me at once when all I really want to do is work with my pupils at the moment before I have to leave
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    I know you're right. I'm just getting myself into a flap. I have my final tutor observation on Tuesday, a job interview next Friday (that I haven't figured out how to get to just yet), ofsted on Monday and then an external examiner coming in to see me on the first Tuesday back. It just all seems to be hitting me at once when all I really want to do is work with my pupils at the moment before I have to leave
    Gosh, that all sounds very stressful

    I've been ill this week, and went to the doctor yesterday. He thinks that I've got glandular fever, but he's got to wait for the blood test results to confirm I'm not sure what that means for placement if I do.... Really don't want to miss any more time.
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    (Original post by adastraz)
    Gosh, that all sounds very stressful

    I've been ill this week, and went to the doctor yesterday. He thinks that I've got glandular fever, but he's got to wait for the blood test results to confirm I'm not sure what that means for placement if I do.... Really don't want to miss any more time.
    Oh no! Gladular fever wouldn't be good at all. It lasts for quite a while doesn't it? I really hope the results come back negative and you've just got a bad sore throat! Keep us updated. Hope you feel better soon.

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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Just had a brilliant lunchtime robotics club. Really getting through to one of my really disruptive pupils. He was absolutely delightful in my lesson this week and so polite throughout lunchtime with me. Hoping he'll engage a little more if he sees me more.



    It's a uni one rather than school based one. They're coming in to check the quality of the PGCE so they assess through looking at the trainees
    Don't worry! I was ofsteded on my PGCE and it was better than I thought. The woman was lovely and gave me some really useful feedback from my lesson. And she was more bothered about the relationship I had with my uni mentor/school mentor and how often I was being observed and getting feedback. It wasn't as bad as I expected!
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    Ofstedding on the PGCE is less about your teaching abilities and more about how you're being supported by the university - do you have a good relationship with your mentor, are there weekly meetings established, do you feel like you're being sufficiently supported etc.

    It's a judgement of the university as opposed to a judgement by you

    Had my final uni observation on thursday and I was so so stressed about it. I had a really risky lesson with a really temperamental class with 6 statemented boys in there (ASD, Aspergers, Behaviour)... But it was one of the best lessons I'd taught and really made me realise why I went into teaching.

    There's a boy in the class who is very, very intelligent but he has aspergers and finds group work difficult and never really looks like he's enjoying himself - but he worked brilliantly with the group I put him in and he was laughing and smiling the whole way through the lesson...

    Nothing beats that feeling.
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    Ofstedding on the PGCE is less about your teaching abilities and more about how you're being supported by the university - do you have a good relationship with your mentor, are there weekly meetings established, do you feel like you're being sufficiently supported etc.

    It's a judgement of the university as opposed to a judgement by you

    Had my final uni observation on thursday and I was so so stressed about it. I had a really risky lesson with a really temperamental class with 6 statemented boys in there (ASD, Aspergers, Behaviour)... But it was one of the best lessons I'd taught and really made me realise why I went into teaching.

    There's a boy in the class who is very, very intelligent but he has aspergers and finds group work difficult and never really looks like he's enjoying himself - but he worked brilliantly with the group I put him in and he was laughing and smiling the whole way through the lesson...

    Nothing beats that feeling.
    Yes, it's important to stress this from time to time in this thread, I think.
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    Ofstedding on the PGCE is less about your teaching abilities and more about how you're being supported by the university - do you have a good relationship with your mentor, are there weekly meetings established, do you feel like you're being sufficiently supported etc.

    It's a judgement of the university as opposed to a judgement by you

    Had my final uni observation on thursday and I was so so stressed about it. I had a really risky lesson with a really temperamental class with 6 statemented boys in there (ASD, Aspergers, Behaviour)... But it was one of the best lessons I'd taught and really made me realise why I went into teaching.

    There's a boy in the class who is very, very intelligent but he has aspergers and finds group work difficult and never really looks like he's enjoying himself - but he worked brilliantly with the group I put him in and he was laughing and smiling the whole way through the lesson...

    Nothing beats that feeling.
    Absolutely nothing does. I've had a couple this week. I had a pupil complaining about the group he was in but he loved it in the end and his group completed the challenge first.

    The second best was with a pupil who really struggles with literacy and so everyone marks him down as low intelligence. He acts out because he's easily bored and I've had to have him removed from class twice for bad behaviour. I had a quiet word about if he works with me then I'll work with him and he worked brilliantly in my last lesson and picked up programming so well that I almost started crying with joy.

    And then he came to me at lunch asking to start building one of our robots :')
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    Ofstedding on the PGCE is less about your teaching abilities and more about how you're being supported by the university - do you have a good relationship with your mentor, are there weekly meetings established, do you feel like you're being sufficiently supported etc.

    It's a judgement of the university as opposed to a judgement by you

    Had my final uni observation on thursday and I was so so stressed about it. I had a really risky lesson with a really temperamental class with 6 statemented boys in there (ASD, Aspergers, Behaviour)... But it was one of the best lessons I'd taught and really made me realise why I went into teaching.

    There's a boy in the class who is very, very intelligent but he has aspergers and finds group work difficult and never really looks like he's enjoying himself - but he worked brilliantly with the group I put him in and he was laughing and smiling the whole way through the lesson...

    Nothing beats that feeling.

    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Yes, it's important to stress this from time to time in this thread, I think.
    I do love that feeling, and it sometimes even gives me goosebumps. Unfortunately I think I only have lessons like that maybe 10-20% of the time, and that is simply not enough for me.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I do love that feeling, and it sometimes even gives me goosebumps. Unfortunately I think I only have lessons like that maybe 10-20% of the time, and that is simply not enough for me.
    That really isn't a bad strike rate in your PGCE and it really would get better as you went along, but I have to say that one often knows when it's time to quit and it can be pointless to struggle if your heart's not in it.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I do love that feeling, and it sometimes even gives me goosebumps. Unfortunately I think I only have lessons like that maybe 10-20% of the time, and that is simply not enough for me.
    Heh, from what I have been told by a lot of teachers is that it will only be that 20%, but that 20% will be so worthwhile. But it isn't for everyone, and teaching strikes me as the sort of job that you just can't struggle through if your heart really isn't in it.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    That really isn't a bad strike rate in your PGCE and it really would get better as you went along, but I have to say that one often knows when it's time to quit and it can be pointless to struggle if your heart's not in it.

    (Original post by Samus2)
    Heh, from what I have been told by a lot of teachers is that it will only be that 20%, but that 20% will be so worthwhile. But it isn't for everyone, and teaching strikes me as the sort of job that you just can't struggle through if your heart really isn't in it.
    Yeah I know. My mentor said something like that. She lives and breathes teaching but absolutely loves it. I am envious of that.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Yeah I know. My mentor said something like that. She lives and breathes teaching but absolutely loves it. I am envious of that.
    It's not like that for everyone, and I have to say I think it would be a bit unhealthy if it were. There needs to be a few people who get out into the real world from time to time to get perspective.
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    I thought I'd be blissfully happy this weekend (only 5 days left on placement). Truth is - feeling pretty miserable. I haven't had a single day off despite various (admittedly minor) illnesses. I'm just of the 'power on through' mentality, which usually works for me (we all know that adrenaline rush can get you through a lesson even if you're faint/feeling sick). Now I've got another bug - nasty sore throat and generally feeling weak. I know. I know. It's part of the job, cry me a river etc. I need to toughen up...I will. I always do. I just feel so damn TIRED at this point. I've been staring at a pile of un-marked books all morning trying not to cry. I just feel so pathetic being like this with the end so close in sight!

    How the hell am I going to get my final 'big' observation planned feeling like this?
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    (Original post by greenbeans123)
    I thought I'd be blissfully happy this weekend (only 5 days left on placement). Truth is - feeling pretty miserable. I haven't had a single day off despite various (admittedly minor) illnesses. I'm just of the 'power on through' mentality, which usually works for me (we all know that adrenaline rush can get you through a lesson even if you're faint/feeling sick). Now I've got another bug - nasty sore throat and generally feeling weak. I know. I know. It's part of the job, cry me a river etc. I need to toughen up...I will. I always do. I just feel so damn TIRED at this point. I've been staring at a pile of un-marked books all morning trying not to cry. I just feel so pathetic being like this with the end so close in sight!

    How the hell am I going to get my final 'big' observation planned feeling like this?
    You know it is only one more week though, keep that thought! Plan the observation first so you have time to tweak it later, have a break, mark the books, have a break, organise resources eye and tweak observation....then you are just about ready.

    Next year will be hard but hopefully involve less detailed planning...and no uni work!


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    (Original post by greenbeans123)
    I thought I'd be blissfully happy this weekend (only 5 days left on placement). Truth is - feeling pretty miserable. I haven't had a single day off despite various (admittedly minor) illnesses. I'm just of the 'power on through' mentality, which usually works for me (we all know that adrenaline rush can get you through a lesson even if you're faint/feeling sick). Now I've got another bug - nasty sore throat and generally feeling weak. I know. I know. It's part of the job, cry me a river etc. I need to toughen up...I will. I always do. I just feel so damn TIRED at this point. I've been staring at a pile of un-marked books all morning trying not to cry. I just feel so pathetic being like this with the end so close in sight!

    How the hell am I going to get my final 'big' observation planned feeling like this?
    This is completely normal. It will pass.
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    Thanks guys. Will try your suggestions. Glad to hear it is normal. (Slightly worried that apparently NQT is worse but trying not to think of that)

    I hoped I'd feel confident or sure of myself by now...instead I feel like I'm close to the summit of Everest, dragging myself up with bloody fingertips, so close yet possibly about to fall 8000m !

    (Ok, getting a bit melodramatic there!)
 
 
 
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