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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Got a level 6 pass for my last essay and my sister has been taken in for emergency surgery.

    Today has sucked so much
    What does a level 6 pass mean for you? You get a pgce instead?

    Sorry to your about your sister. I hope she's okay. :hugs:

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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    What does a level 6 pass mean for you? You get a pgce instead?

    Sorry to your about your sister. I hope she's okay. :hugs:

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    Yup, I get a PGCE. Seems so silly to be upset about it. I tried so hard for it and fell at the last blinking hurdle.

    She's still waiting for surgery so she's not happy at being starved and her blood sugar is all over the place because she's diabetic.

    Feeling right miserable this weekend
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    It's really hard to balance the congratulations with the commiserations and I'm fearful of saying the wrong thing, but having followed you all through the year, I just wanted to say well done to those who were successful and how sad I am that not everyone had the same, positive outcome. Good luck to all of you, whichever camp you fall in.

    Thank you for all your support you've given us, you were like our online PGCE mentor.
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    (Original post by Red Lightning)
    Thank you for all your support you've given us, you were like our online PGCE mentor.
    Aww, thank you. It's a job I did in real life for about 8 years, but it was a long, long time ago now. Good luck to you.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Thank you .

    What are your plans once you've retired? Hope you have some nice plans. Or rather none at all!

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    None at all is the one I'm going for. I'm planning on taking a year or so to detox and get it out of my system. I don't know how long Pavlov's dogs took to become unconditioned to responding to bells, but I think it'll be at least that for me!
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Yup, I get a PGCE. Seems so silly to be upset about it. I tried so hard for it and fell at the last blinking hurdle.

    She's still waiting for surgery so she's not happy at being starved and her blood sugar is all over the place because she's diabetic.

    Feeling right miserable this weekend
    I am sorry you are having a rough time. As far as the PGCE goes, no one except your OQT mentor at your job will even know or think to ask you, so put that out of your head and I bet you will have forgotten all about it by October half term.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Well yesterday was the finish line. I had my last day on placement. Last lesson was with my wonderful year 7s who all got my presents and some of the things they wrote in the cards made me cry. One of the students also stood up at the end and gave me a speech. I had to hold off bawling in front of the class! I am sad to leave that school, and a little worried about the future but glad it's over. Annoyed it's not totally over because I have to redo those essays in August though...





    Yes, I second Samus2 here. You have been an excellent advisor and shoulder to cry on Carnationlilyrose!

    Also thanks for everyone else for advice. kpwxx, you've been wonderful too. And I think as trainees with have all helped each other! This thread has been my pillar of strength at times. I may come over to the NQT thread even though I won't be starting a job.

    It seems like yesterday I was trying to find my way to uni for the first lecture and now we are here. It has gone fast. It has been challenging and tough. I don't regret it though. I have learnt more in this one year than three years at undergrad. I believe I have a lot of transferable skills no matter what I decide to do and I think (cheese alert) I have grown as a person.

    There have probably been a lot of prospective students following this thread, and all I can say is that it does go fast, the workload is manageable (and in my personal experience not as bad as it's made out to be), and it is a challenge but in a good way I think.

    Best of luck to everyone in the future.
    Thanks

    I completely agree with this. In general, doing the PGCE and teaching has taught me so so much. Whatever happens in my future I would never take back the time spent doing this as I have developed so much, had my ideas challenged and come out understanding children so much more. I feel like my moral values are much more defined and I am a better, more understanding person (not that I was a horrible person before, hopefully lol - it's just given me additional perspectives and helped me mature as a person). And along the way I have helped little people develop as people and be safe and happy.


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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    None at all is the one I'm going for. I'm planning on taking a year or so to detox and get it out of my system. I don't know how long Pavlov's dogs took to become unconditioned to responding to bells, but I think it'll be at least that for me!
    One year to remove toxic substances from your system. Was teaching so toxic?

    Do you feel nostalgic/melancholic/sad that you won't be teaching anymore?

    Also, do you have 3 thoughts/advice for new teachers?

    P.S. Will you remain in TSR with Mr. R? It is funny but I always thought you two were a couple.
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    (Original post by Juichiro)
    One year to remove toxic substances from your system. Was teaching so toxic?

    Do you feel nostalgic/melancholic/sad that you won't be teaching anymore?

    Also, do you have 3 thoughts/advice for new teachers?

    P.S. Will you remain in TSR with Mr. R? It is funny but I always thought you two were a couple.
    Do you mean Mr M? No, we are good friends but he speaks the language of maths, which I do not understand. I think I'm a fixture on TSR by now, but if/when my experience ceases to be relevant, I'll have to reconsider what I have to offer. I will have no direct experience of the new A levels, for instance, and won't know how Ucas offers are going to be made, although from what I hear, universities don't either.

    Teaching itself is not particularly toxic, but the politicking and paperwork is, and when you are as old as I am, it is pretty tiresome to see things coming round again and being introduced as revolutionary. If you have seen these things fail before, it's a bit irksome to hear the evangelists bang on about them as if they are a magic wand.

    I don't feel nostalgic, at the moment at least. I think my career has run its course and I am bored of it all now. I will miss the kids and the staff, but nothing else, as far as I can tell. Of course, for teachers, this time of year is always the same and I won't really have registered I've really quit until September and don't have to go back. I am going to enjoy seeing all the 'Back To School' signs in shops in July and not getting a shiver down my spine, for a start. I think three decades is enough for anyone, and I am interested in seeing what I'm actually like as a person when I no longer define myself in terms of what role I play for other people.

    Three bits of advice. Hmmm. Let's see.
    'Never take the credit, never take the blame' is something an older teacher I really admired once said to me, and it's been quite a useful motto, if not entirely always applicable. If you take it to mean that you can't solve all problems but nor are you to blame for all of them either, I think it can save your sanity. Don't take things personally. There are some kids for whom teacher = authority figure = automatic hate object regardless of who you are or what you do, and you can't change that. Don't grieve too much over it.

    Smile. I think my success in the classroom has come from being a person they quite like spending time with because I'm amusing and treat them as human beings. One kid said to me that he liked me because I'd never forgotten how hard it was to be a kid sometimes. I think that matters.

    Tesco party bag fillers. Cheap non-sweet based rewards to be given out at the end of terms or as prizes. It's astonishing what kids will do for a decorative rubber. However, as a general rule, I've gone for the idea that virtue is its own reward. I very rarely give punishments (I can't actually remember the last time, actually) but I also rarely give out merit stickers or whatever the school prefers. If you are giving kids things to do which they can see the merit of and if they like you and want to please you, a big smile (it all comes down to smiling in the end, really) and a word of praise is all you need. But Tesco party bag fillers will also get you there until you've made it on your own!
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Sooooo some may remember I failed my last uni assignment, but I found out today that I failed another too. So that's two essays I must resubmit in August, and if I fail either of them again I don't get PGCE. I honestly feel sick. If this whole year goes to waste then I worry about my mental health in terms of how depressed I will get.



    100 books?!?!?! That is a feat. It takes me about six hours to do one set of 30! I don't mark v regularly though so I have loads to mark when I do.
    I know it might seem hard right now, but repeating an essay is not a big deal. You will get there! Congrats on the QTS.

    If all doesn't go well, I have a PGCE and no QTS. So you can have my spare PGCE if you like?

    (Original post by Samus2)
    Managed to mark 100 books today as well as finishing off mymarking of end of year exams. A few more to do tomorrow morning and then I'm finished. Goddamn I'm sad to be leaving.
    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    Thats it, I've just picked up my folder from the department and have officially passed etc so there we go!
    Rather glad thats all over!
    (Original post by Samus2)
    Placement is over, finishing with my Uni's equivalent of outstanding...
    Cried when I said goodbye to my mentor, my department also got me an A3 replica of the Magna Carta for my new classroom. So sad to be leaving but so happy I'm through the PGCE at the other side!
    Congratulations! I know I didn't make it but am still really pleased for everyone else who has managed to complete the year. It's a huge achievement and I know I'll probably check the NQT thread every now and again to see how you're all doing. Hope to join you all eventually as a teacher after a few years out!
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    Congratulations! I know I didn't make it but am still really pleased for everyone else who has managed to complete the year. It's a huge achievement and I know I'll probably check the NQT thread every now and again to see how you're all doing. Hope to join you all eventually as a teacher after a few years out!
    Excellent attitude - well done you. Hope it all works out in the end
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    It's my last day - I came in especially for a nice day of claymation and other fun activities.

    I have cake, and people were going to come and eat cake.

    But now ofsted have called and the school has emptied and all of the teachers have vanished to a meeting.

    and I'm sitting upstairs alone with a whole cake to myself.
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    It's my last day - I came in especially for a nice day of claymation and other fun activities.

    I have cake, and people were going to come and eat cake.

    But now ofsted have called and the school has emptied and all of the teachers have vanished to a meeting.

    and I'm sitting upstairs alone with a whole cake to myself.
    Appropriate timing for your last day. It could have been tomorrow!!!

    Maybe leave the cake to help them through the mountain of meaningless paperwork which awaits them this evening...

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    I haven't posted on this thread before but being interested in teaching I've been following it for a while! I almost feel like I've done it with you all haha, so I wanted to say well done for everyone for surviving it!

    On another note, I was wondering how worrying it is on a scale of 1-10 that I'm nowhere near my PGCE but today spent a load of money on books and stuff for 'my' classroom that doesn't even exist yet
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    It's my last day - I came in especially for a nice day of claymation and other fun activities.

    I have cake, and people were going to come and eat cake.

    But now ofsted have called and the school has emptied and all of the teachers have vanished to a meeting.

    and I'm sitting upstairs alone with a whole cake to myself.
    Oh dear god. The poor staff! At this time of year! That's beyond cruel. For god's sake, share the cake around.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Oh dear god. The poor staff! At this time of year! That's beyond cruel. For god's sake, share the cake around.
    I left it in our fridge with a big "EAT ME" sign on it and then emailed the department just for good measure.

    Hopefully the cake will get them through. It's even worse because they're all off timetable. Each year are working with a different department each day to free up staff for planning and meetings etc so it really isn't a good time to visit at all.

    For example, today I've been doing stop motion animation with a form I had never met before and now I have barely any throat left. I really struggled to control them and they absolutely do not care this week because it's not assessed and it's non-uniform driving them that extra little bit batty.

    Gah, anyway. Tomorrow I have a masters level presentation (that I'm now too tired to do) and I just cannot be bothered at all with anything. I just feel exhausted.
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    I left it in our fridge with a big "EAT ME" sign on it and then emailed the department just for good measure.

    Hopefully the cake will get them through. It's even worse because they're all off timetable. Each year are working with a different department each day to free up staff for planning and meetings etc so it really isn't a good time to visit at all.

    For example, today I've been doing stop motion animation with a form I had never met before and now I have barely any throat left. I really struggled to control them and they absolutely do not care this week because it's not assessed and it's non-uniform driving them that extra little bit batty.

    Gah, anyway. Tomorrow I have a masters level presentation (that I'm now too tired to do) and I just cannot be bothered at all with anything. I just feel exhausted.
    Sounds like the perfect storm. Non-uniform day is just guaranteed to make everything 10 times worse.
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    (Original post by Sarahs.cheddars)
    I haven't posted on this thread before but being interested in teaching I've been following it for a while! I almost feel like I've done it with you all haha, so I wanted to say well done for everyone for surviving it!

    On another note, I was wondering how worrying it is on a scale of 1-10 that I'm nowhere near my PGCE but today spent a load of money on books and stuff for 'my' classroom that doesn't even exist yet
    Shows enthusiasm!!

    But try not to spend too much. You need to budget yourself when you have your own class... My NQT mentor banned school spending to save for her wedding and was saving £100 a month.

    Xxx

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    Finished everything. Got my PGCE.

    Just sign off tomorrow for my folder and I have qts too.

    Now to print everything off and then I'm done.
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    (Original post by Sarahs.cheddars)
    I haven't posted on this thread before but being interested in teaching I've been following it for a while! I almost feel like I've done it with you all haha, so I wanted to say well done for everyone for surviving it!

    On another note, I was wondering how worrying it is on a scale of 1-10 that I'm nowhere near my PGCE but today spent a load of money on books and stuff for 'my' classroom that doesn't even exist yet
    Hi

    I have done the exact same. I have bought folders, pens, post its, books, binders. I feel like I could create my own classroom with what I've already bought lol.

    Xx


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