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    Last 5 days to come. Had my final obs from my pro mentor on thursday which didnt go as badly as i expected. It was my dodgy y7 group who can sometimes be amazing and sometimes be freakin awful. I had prayed for the first but then they were let in the classroom and half of them decided they couldnt remember where they had sat for the last month and a half, i knew right then it would be a later....
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    (Original post by greenbeans123)
    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!)
    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    Last 5 days to come. Had my final obs from my pro mentor on thursday which didnt go as badly as i expected. It was my dodgy y7 group who can sometimes be amazing and sometimes be freakin awful. I had prayed for the first but then they were let in the classroom and half of them decided they couldnt remember where they had sat for the last month and a half, i knew right then it would be a later....
    Teaching is not a job where you learn all the tricks and then suddenly, overnight, you are a master of the craft. Kids are people (although they sometimes seem like gremlins) and nobody can learn overnight how to deal with every single person in the world. Sometimes you will get it right and other times you will get it wrong. I'm about to retire and I still get it wrong sometimes. The trick is to avoid the real disasters and to know which things can just be chalked up to human nature emerging at the wrong time. It's also important to know that unless you're doing something actually illegal, the things that go wrong are rarely earth-shatteringly important and tomorrow is another day. Kids are remarkably forgiving and will put hiccups behind them as long as (and I think this is really important) they know that you fundamentally like them and aren't out to get them. Nobody works their best for a complete ******* who hates their guts in the adult workplace, and kids are no different.

    What is also important is not to let teaching dominate your life, which it can very easily do if you let it. There are some teachers in every school whose sense of self worth comes from being more martyred, more hard working, more self-sacrificing and frankly more sanctimonious than thou, and if you want to be one of these, then that is a choice you can make, but it isn't necessary to spend every breathing minute devoted to the care of the kids, and it isn't healthy. More to the point, the kids don't appreciate it any more than they do a decent human being who has their feet on the ground and a sense of priorities. In fact I think they appreciate the martyrs a lot less. So make up your mind when you start out exactly who you want to be, but don't think you have to devote your entire life to the cause of The Little Children, because you don't and, in my view, it's not healthy to do so.

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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)

    What is also important is not to let teaching dominate your life... So make up your mind when you start out exactly who you want to be, but don't think you have to devote your entire life to the cause of The Little Children, because you don't and, in my view, it's not healthy to do so.

    *Gets off pontificating soapbox*
    That's refreshing to hear! A lot of the other trainees on my course (who are about a decade younger than me) say things like 'I always knew I wanted to be a teacher', 'It's my calling' etc. I sit there quietly, feeling a bit of a fraud, since I NEVER wanted to teach when I was younger. Education is something I stumbled into...I do enjoy it, but I don't feel some kind of mystical 'calling'....and I do want a life!
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    (Original post by greenbeans123)
    That's refreshing to hear! A lot of the other trainees on my course (who are about a decade younger than me) say things like 'I always knew I wanted to be a teacher', 'It's my calling' etc. I sit there quietly, feeling a bit of a fraud, since I NEVER wanted to teach when I was younger. Education is something I stumbled into...I do enjoy it, but I don't feel some kind of mystical 'calling'....and I do want a life!
    I've spent an entire career in that frame of mind. It's certainly possible. I went into teaching because it was the only thing you could get another grant for and I wasn't ready to give up being a student. (The past is another country. They did things rather differently there, financially...) I'm really rather unsentimental about the job. I particularly dislike it when people say, "I love children!" because it just screams a lack of perception. Kids are people, not a different species like cats, and some people are just unpleasant. Others are wonderful. Some are unteachable and have such terrible social circumstances that no teacher could have a hope in hell of overcoming them. It's not a reason to not try, but the expectations put on teachers, especially the young and idealistic new recruits, are utterly unreasonable and unrealistic, and an unnecessary burden of pressure at a time when learning the ropes of the job is hard enough.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Yes, it's important to stress this from time to time in this thread, I think.
    Definitely. I've had the week from hell but one of my KS2 class came in this week with a page of facts related to our topic that she'd made me, and a handwritten note telling me that she loves my lessons and hopes I 'get to be a proper teacher'. It was the sweetest thing that she could have done and times like that make it feel worthwile.

    And yesterday I was chatting to some of the kids who were asking me to come back and teach them in September They wanted me to share them with their current class teacher so she could 'have a rest', haha.


    (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?
    I could have written this myself! I too am normally of the 'power through' mentality, but this week it all got on top of me and luckily my amazing mentor sent me home... she took my lessons and I had the afternoon off. After that I felt 100x better! Admittedly
    I was still ill (it's caught up with me now... feel like crap) but that afternoon off made me feel much better in myself. Felt like I could actually deal with everything! Sometimes I think it is important to take some time out!
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    As a slight downer compared to my other post, I'm still on CfC I was put on it three weeks ago and it was due to be reviewed again this week but my mentor didn't have time to come and see me. I totally get that she's busy and don't blame her but I'm so frustrated! I've made (what I feel is) huge progress and I'm still stuck on CfC. It meant I received the worst possible grade in my recent report just because it was an automatic thing. Pretty demoralising.
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    I'm exhausted. I didn't realise how bad it was. I've just slept since 3 and I've woken up all funny and blurgh. So much to do this weekend and all I can do is snooze but I really think I need it.

    Trying to create an all singing, all dancing lesson for Tuesday for my final uni tutor observation. My last one was an absolute disaster. Had a practice run with my itt coordinator last week and she absolutely loved the lesson. I wish I had more of my little games up my sleeve.

    (Original post by alabelle)
    As a slight downer compared to my other post, I'm still on CfC I was put on it three weeks ago and it was due to be reviewed again this week but my mentor didn't have time to come and see me. I totally get that she's busy and don't blame her but I'm so frustrated! I've made (what I feel is) huge progress and I'm still stuck on CfC. It meant I received the worst possible grade in my recent report just because it was an automatic thing. Pretty demoralising.
    But at least you know it's because your mentor didn't have time and it's not because you didn't make progress. It'll all be alright in the end.

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    I would hope that if they were so worried then they would have made time? I would take it as a positive.


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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    I'm exhausted. I didn't realise how bad it was. I've just slept since 3 and I've woken up all funny and blurgh. So much to do this weekend and all I can do is snooze but I really think I need it.

    Trying to create an all singing, all dancing lesson for Tuesday for my final uni tutor observation. My last one was an absolute disaster. Had a practice run with my itt coordinator last week and she absolutely loved the lesson. I wish I had more of my little games up my sleeve.



    But at least you know it's because your mentor didn't have time and it's not because you didn't make progress. It'll all be alright in the end.

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    I really hope so. Just hope my uni mentor agrees! I'm seeing her this week so fingers crossed.


    (Original post by Grant2007)
    I would hope that if they were so worried then they would have made time? I would take it as a positive.


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    Thanks, that is making me feel more positive
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    Good luck alabelle, I really hope you pass after all this hard work.

    I still have five weeks left of placement. As the darling kids like to say, I really cba.
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    Me too!!!!! Monday 9am eeeeeek
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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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    Spent the whole weekend so far on my final PGCE essay. I will be glad to see the back of it and forget about the academic side of things for now.
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    (Original post by greenbeans123)
    Slightly worried that apparently NQT is worse but trying not to think of that.
    I'm approaching the end of my NQT year and I haven't felt this way at all. Last year was much harder, due to the balancing of academic requirements, extensive lesson plans etc. I recently found a 3 page lesson plan I'd done last year and couldn't believe the amount of time I must have spent on it!!!
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    Anyone have any idea for three prizes for my year 7s that isn't chocolate/sweets? I have done a points thing since I started with them and I said the top three would get a prize but I've no idea what. I guess I could go with food but it seems boring. Maybe not to them :lol: .
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Anyone have any idea for three prizes for my year 7s that isn't chocolate/sweets? I have done a points thing since I started with them and I said the top three would get a prize but I've no idea what. I guess I could go with food but it seems boring. Maybe not to them :lol: .
    I've said it before, but I'll say it again: Tesco party bag toys. Winners' medals, bubbles, pencils with rubbers on etc etc. Never fails and dirt cheap.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    I've said it before, but I'll say it again: Tesco party bag toys. Winners' medals, bubbles, pencils with rubbers on etc etc. Never fails and dirt cheap.
    Well the thing is, I do use those types of things for weekly prizes, but I wanted something a bit better for four months worth of points build up that I've been going on about them getting a prize for.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Well the thing is, I do use those types of things for weekly prizes, but I wanted something a bit better for four months worth of points build up that I've been going on about them getting a prize for.
    You're spoiling them! There's always something slightly higher up the cost scale in the same section. Can't go wrong with either stationery (especially for girls) or silly toys (not just boys, but mainly, I'm afraid. The point about gender stereotyping is that is does come from somewhere.)
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    You're spoiling them! There's always something slightly higher up the cost scale in the same section. Can't go wrong with either stationery (especially for girls) or silly toys (not just boys, but mainly, I'm afraid. The point about gender stereotyping is that is does come from somewhere.)
    Yes I guess I could look around the same section for something higher up the scale :P . I'll have to go shopping.

    Maybe I am spoiling them but I love this class!! :lol: .
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    Having a pamper day before getting my head down and working myself to death this week. Ofsted tomorrow, uni mentor observation on Tuesday and job interview on Friday. I've got this.




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