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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    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.




    *hyperventilates*
    Yes, you have. The least of your worries is the Ofsted. It's only about you in the most tangential way. It's your university tutors who will be having a weekend crapping themselves, and you can give yourself permission not to worry about it.
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    (Original post by rachel.h)
    I think I love you.

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    Who is the lucky recipient of your affection? My notification says you've quoted me, but I wanted to be sure before becoming too smug...
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Who is the lucky recipient of your affection? My notification says you've quoted me, but I wanted to be sure before becoming too smug...
    I did quote you. Go ahead and be smug!

    Wonder what's wrong with my quoting
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    (Original post by rachel.h)
    I did quote you. Go ahead and be smug!

    Wonder what's wrong with my quoting
    Nothing wrong with it this time.

    *preens self smugly*
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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!)
    I second the poster above - my NQT year had challenges but overall I felt much better than during the PGCE and coped better. I also feel it was because I could focus on just the teaching and getting better at that (even though that is made up of many elements) rather than the academic side too. I still went to monthly sessions where we discussed theory and read stuff but there were no deadlines or work to produce. I like both but I've never been good at splitting my time between two things. Plus having your own class gives you a sort of confidence that you can actually do it, even though the idea seems terrifying for the first week!

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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    I second the poster above - my NQT year had challenges but overall I felt much better than during the PGCE and coped better. I also feel it was because I could focus on just the teaching and getting better at that (even though that is made up of many elements) rather than the academic side too. I still went to monthly sessions where we discussed theory and read stuff but there were no deadlines or work to produce. I like both but I've never been good at splitting my time between two things. Plus having your own class gives you a sort of confidence that you can actually do it, even though the idea seems terrifying for the first week!

    Xxx

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    Yes, the NQT year is very different. You have to balance the lack of university work to do with the sudden unrelenting pressure of a full timetable for a whole year. On the flip side, there is experience and confidence you have from having done at least some of it before and from knowing that the class don't think of you as a student. It's swings and roundabouts.
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    5 days to go, final uphill struggle today making sure all is good for this week and that ive got everything prepared to hand to my mentor tomorrow!
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Yes, the NQT year is very different. You have to balance the lack of university work to do with the sudden unrelenting pressure of a full timetable for a whole year. On the flip side, there is experience and confidence you have from having done at least some of it before and from knowing that the class don't think of you as a student. It's swings and roundabouts.
    Yeah, I think it helped that I had the same amount of non-contact time by the end of the PGCE as an NQT. So I didn't have any less free time. Just more to do in it!

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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Yes, you have. The least of your worries is the Ofsted. It's only about you in the most tangential way. It's your university tutors who will be having a weekend crapping themselves, and you can give yourself permission not to worry about it.
    I think I'm more worried that I'll let my tutors and uni down by not being ready for it.

    Going to get home and plan my lessons for the week, check my folders over and then relax. I have a couple of extra frees tomorrow because of exams so it'll be fine.
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    I have to get my folder ready for uni Ofsted.I don't know if they will come in is because I accidentally made a tiny mistake when I submitted my timetable to uni. Starting to feel really stressed out now, and I still have lesson plans and books to mark too.

    Starting to get scared of my NQT year now given that its harder than the PGCE.
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    (Original post by bonniex123)
    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.
    Thank you.

    I have five weeks left too. But it will fly by! Do you have half term coming up soon? It will all be quite quick from there.
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    (Original post by Red Lightning)
    I have to get my folder ready for uni Ofsted.I don't know if they will come in is because I accidentally made a tiny mistake when I submitted my timetable to uni. Starting to feel really stressed out now, and I still have lesson plans and books to mark too.

    Starting to get scared of my NQT year now given that its harder than the PGCE.
    I don't know if it's necessarily harder... obviously your timetable increases which takes away the free time from your day and therefore more marking, but... you won't have more to plan - remember, you can repeat lessons! That has saved me on my PGCE because I've been able to plan and resource a lesson from one class, have a think about what went well and what didn't go so well and then spend 10-15 minutes changing it.

    You also won't have the university assignments - no learning journal, no assessments etc.

    You'll have full control of your classes and you can really come into your own as a teacher.
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    1 week till half term guys! We can do this!

    Also, what are people getting as end of placement gifts?

    I've absolutely adored my school so I want to get some gifts for the staffroom (Cakes/chocolates etc) and I also want to get something for the two teachers that I've worked with the most. But I'm stumped - I feel like I've really connected on a personal level with them and I don't want to just get the bog standard chocs.

    They're both male and one of them doesn't drink...
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    Only 4 days of school experience for me. Really looking forward to the NQT year, but even moreso to the time to just go to university and be a student again.
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    I don't know if it's necessarily harder... obviously your timetable increases which takes away the free time from your day and therefore more marking, but... you won't have more to plan - remember, you can repeat lessons! That has saved me on my PGCE because I've been able to plan and resource a lesson from one class, have a think about what went well and what didn't go so well and then spend 10-15 minutes changing it.

    You also won't have the university assignments - no learning journal, no assessments etc.

    You'll have full control of your classes and you can really come into your own as a teacher.

    Thanks. I will keep that in mind

    Just tired now and running on empty. 1 more week to half term.
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    5 days to go

    "What's your name?" ... "You're very pretty"

    N'awww - nice people do exist in this school.
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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: .
    You could go with more unusual sweets / chocolate. One of those huge chuppa chups lollies filled with lollies. Toys R Us had marshmallow lollies for £1 when I was there last week (the easter stock that needed selling). Chocolate shaped like a bear etc!

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    (Original post by Samus2)
    1 week till half term guys! We can do this!

    Also, what are people getting as end of placement gifts?

    I've absolutely adored my school so I want to get some gifts for the staffroom (Cakes/chocolates etc) and I also want to get something for the two teachers that I've worked with the most. But I'm stumped - I feel like I've really connected on a personal level with them and I don't want to just get the bog standard chocs.

    They're both male and one of them doesn't drink...
    An itunes / highstreet voucher? Plant? Book of teacher quotes ???

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    My mentor has been asked for a reference from a school that hasn't contacted me yet

    Just hoping the interview is Thursday so I still have the other one on Friday. I also have another application in that I know is interviewing on Friday for certain. Fingers crossed that I have a job by the end of the week!

    Doing very well on the application to interview rate.
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    (Original post by Red Lightning)
    I have to get my folder ready for uni Ofsted.I don't know if they will come in is because I accidentally made a tiny mistake when I submitted my timetable to uni. Starting to feel really stressed out now, and I still have lesson plans and books to mark too.

    Starting to get scared of my NQT year now given that its harder than the PGCE.
    I would honestly think it's easier.
    You have more experience, you can reuse the stuff which you prepared in the PGCE and generally you have more control over your life.
    It's still tough but it's manageable.
    However, that's coming from a student on a SD course; so I stayed at the school till the very end of the year.
    On the other hand, pretty similar comments come from my fellow NQT, who did do the PGCE.
    So there you have it - don't be nervous. After all, a job is just a job - don't let it overtake your whole life.
 
 
 
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