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    1. I used a normal A4 folder for each class I taught, so I could stick all the resources (if pupils claimed to not have them) inside and a seating plan on the back so I would always have it in the classroom. This served me well and made everything really easy to organise. I also used 2 A4 Lever Arch files to store my old teaching things - lesson plans, resources etc. - once I'd finished a term, and for the notes/evidence I'd collected on the course. Lots of people do things in all sorts of ways, so it's about finding something that works for you and sticking with it.

    2. I would recommend an A4 planner, as A5 just doesn't have enough space to write down any details at all, particularly is you also want to use it as a markbook (you will). As stated above, some schools issue planners to trainees, and some don't. Once again a lot is personal preference, but I haven't found one I've massively liked to will be watching for responses too.

    3. For me, red pens and whiteboard markers have been a must - I lose so many of them that it's always nice to have a supply in a pocket/bag somewhere. If you're that sort of teacher, stickers/stamps can be a nice touch (it's worked very well for some of my peers). One thing I really wish I had is a planner that displayed the weeks to put on my desk, just so I could make little to-do lists and remember all the non-teaching things I had to do.

    I used some of my undergraduate work to talk to pupils about what it's like to study physics at university, but not really beyond that.

    You shouldn't have to worry about getting out at a suitable time - most teaching work can be done at home provided you're organised.

    Thank you for your reply. I will stock up on whiteboard pens I am glad you said about the A4 planner as I had been looking around but always at A5 size!!
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    A4 level arch files will become your best friend! I filled up about 5 of them over the course of the year :')
    Depending on your school, they may give you a planner - some do, some don't. Both of my placements gave me a planner
    Highlighters, post it notes and those sticky tab things! They've been the three most useful things. I also marked in bright felt tips - it was really easy to see for the pupils and it was also really obvious to my department/parents/slt that I had marked their books.

    I haven't needed to refer back to it as such - because I'm history though, I ended up going through some old essays and picking up quotes to add to my lessons from various sources
    Thanks - I will add those items to my 'must buy' list.
    I just can't see myself using my undergrad stuff and I am trying to seriously organise and de-clutter the house, ready for the hectic year ahead. I think I will take a chance and just get rid of it all.
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    Oh another question - sorry!

    Is it easier/better to use plastic wallets in the files or just hole punch and stick it in?

    Can you tell I'm bored now I've finished uni
    I am going to get hold of a couple of the texts to read through: Oliver Twist; A Christmas Carol; Jekyll and Hyde; Of Mice and Men; and Blood Brothers seem to be regular texts used in schools.
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    Oh another question - sorry!

    Is it easier/better to use plastic wallets in the files or just hole punch and stick it in?

    Can you tell I'm bored now I've finished uni
    I am going to get hold of a couple of the texts to read through: Oliver Twist; A Christmas Carol; Jekyll and Hyde; Of Mice and Men; and Blood Brothers seem to be regular texts used in schools.
    I'd say just hole punch and stick it in! Our tutor stated that she hated plastic wallets when we were doing our final portfolio
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    I'd say just hole punch and stick it in! Our tutor stated that she hated plastic wallets when we were doing our final portfolio
    Excellent. Thank you
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    (Original post by redmel1621)
    Oh another question - sorry!

    Is it easier/better to use plastic wallets in the files or just hole punch and stick it in?

    Can you tell I'm bored now I've finished uni
    I am going to get hold of a couple of the texts to read through: Oliver Twist; A Christmas Carol; Jekyll and Hyde; Of Mice and Men; and Blood Brothers seem to be regular texts used in schools.
    I love plastic wallets for everything as I like to keep stuff an it keeps better, plus stops corners curling and holes ripping. But it really is personal preference... They seem to be a love hate thing for lots of people. One of my tutors hates them!

    I will warn you that if you use them, you will get through a lot... I think I used about 500?

    For planners think about how you're going to use it too. I got a page to day diary as I thought I'd need the room,but actually ended up not writing many details in it and then not using it, as I didn't like not being able to see a weekly overview. Also I would never personally have an A4 as I wouldn't want to carry it around. But if you want to be pretty comprehensive with what you include then you would certainly need an A4 day to page one.

    Afraid I can't comment on the mark sheets thing as I was early years. I used computerised/printed mark sheets for my KS1 things, and didn't use them much tbh, and for early years its all about individual learning records so mark sheets are not a thing!

    Xxx

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    (Original post by tory88)
    Primary can be tough, especially at this time of year. Most courses ask for you to complete primary school experience once accepted onto the PGCE anyway, so I wouldn't worry too much. My advice is to start asking for summer experience around christmas time - I started around March and it took a lot of schools before I was accepted for primary school experience. If you're in the area still, picking the primary school you attended will make it more likely they accept you.



    1. I used a normal A4 folder for each class I taught, so I could stick all the resources (if pupils claimed to not have them) inside and a seating plan on the back so I would always have it in the classroom. This served me well and made everything really easy to organise. I also used 2 A4 Lever Arch files to store my old teaching things - lesson plans, resources etc. - once I'd finished a term, and for the notes/evidence I'd collected on the course. Lots of people do things in all sorts of ways, so it's about finding something that works for you and sticking with it.

    2. I would recommend an A4 planner, as A5 just doesn't have enough space to write down any details at all, particularly is you also want to use it as a markbook (you will). As stated above, some schools issue planners to trainees, and some don't. Once again a lot is personal preference, but I haven't found one I've massively liked to will be watching for responses too.

    3. For me, red pens and whiteboard markers have been a must - I lose so many of them that it's always nice to have a supply in a pocket/bag somewhere. If you're that sort of teacher, stickers/stamps can be a nice touch (it's worked very well for some of my peers). One thing I really wish I had is a planner that displayed the weeks to put on my desk, just so I could make little to-do lists and remember all the non-teaching things I had to do.

    I used some of my undergraduate work to talk to pupils about what it's like to study physics at university, but not really beyond that.

    You shouldn't have to worry about getting out at a suitable time - most teaching work can be done at home provided you're organised.
    Have you seen the Erin condren teacher planner? Expensive but I always thought it looked amazing, especially if you use it for organising everything like marks etc as you do.

    Xxx

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    I love plastic wallets for everything as I like to keep stuff an it keeps better, plus stops corners curling and holes ripping. But it really is personal preference... They seem to be a love hate thing for lots of people. One of my tutors hates them!

    I will warn you that if you use them, you will get through a lot... I think I used about 500?

    For planners think about how you're going to use it too. I got a page to day diary as I thought I'd need the room,but actually ended up not writing many details in it and then not using it, as I didn't like not being able to see a weekly overview. Also I would never personally have an A4 as I wouldn't want to carry it around. But if you want to be pretty comprehensive with what you include then you would certainly need an A4 day to page one.

    Afraid I can't comment on the mark sheets thing as I was early years. I used computerised/printed mark sheets for my KS1 things, and didn't use them much tbh, and for early years its all about individual learning records so mark sheets are not a thing!

    Xxx

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    I think for resources for class I would be better having a file with plastic wallets. I wouldn't want to be handing out worksheets with holes punched in them. Maybe I could just hole punch everything that is going in my personal files, after it has been used etc.
    I understand it will be personal preference but one of the things I always struggled with during my undergrad was storing and transporting work I was hoping to decide on a system for the PGCE and stick to it

    I have looked at the Erin Condron teachers planners. I'm not sure I could justify spending that much money on one but they look lovely. I will trundle off and browse A4 planners and see if any take my fancy.

    Thanks x
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    I think for resources for class I would be better having a file with plastic wallets. I wouldn't want to be handing out worksheets with holes punched in them. Maybe I could just hole punch everything that is going in my personal files, after it has been used etc.
    I understand it will be personal preference but one of the things I always struggled with during my undergrad was storing and transporting work I was hoping to decide on a system for the PGCE and stick to it

    I have looked at the Erin Condron teachers planners. I'm not sure I could justify spending that much money on one but they look lovely. I will trundle off and browse A4 planners and see if any take my fancy.

    Thanks x
    This is what many/most teachers get issued with:
    http://www.edplanbooks.com/the-teach...anner-c12.html

    Don't know what age you are teaching, but GCSE and Sixth form are fine with hole punched worksheets as they also use lever arch binders themselves.
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    This is what many/most teachers get issued with:
    http://www.edplanbooks.com/the-teach...anner-c12.html

    Don't know what age you are teaching, but GCSE and Sixth form are fine with hole punched worksheets as they also use lever arch binders themselves.
    Is it the uni that issues the planner usually?

    I will be teaching secondary so that is great info about them using ring binders. In fact, now I think back to my school experience, and helping with GCSE coursework, the teachers there just hole punched the work.
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    (Original post by redmel1621)
    Is it the uni that issues the planner usually?

    I will be teaching secondary so that is great info about them using ring binders. In fact, now I think back to my school experience, and helping with GCSE coursework, the teachers there just hole punched the work.
    No, it's the schools who issue them to their staff. You will have to buy your own. I've used this brand for my entire working life. It's pretty flexible. You can get spiral bound or hole punched, A4 or A5, whatever suits you best. TBH, I never knew how much they cost, but they are cheaper than I thought. They do last the whole year in one piece and have more pages than you will ever use.

    Even if the kids don't use ring binders and just have card wallets, they won't care a tuppenny damn about the holes, so don't fret!
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    No, it's the schools who issue them to their staff. You will have to buy your own. I've used this brand for my entire working life. It's pretty flexible. You can get spiral bound or hole punched, A4 or A5, whatever suits you best. TBH, I never knew how much they cost, but they are cheaper than I thought. They do last the whole year in one piece and have more pages than you will ever use.

    Even if the kids don't use ring binders and just have card wallets, they won't care a tuppenny damn about the holes, so don't fret!
    Thank you
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    Thank you
    No sweat. I see you're teaching secondary English, so if there's anything I can help with, feel free to ask. I've just retired from 32 years of it, so I might have come across your problem before.
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    No sweat. I see you're teaching secondary English, so if there's anything I can help with, feel free to ask. I've just retired from 32 years of it, so I might have come across your problem before.
    Thank you - although you might regret saying that
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    Thank you - although you might regret saying that
    I doubt it. If it got on my nerves, I'd have quit TSR some time ago.
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    I doubt it. If it got on my nerves, I'd have quit TSR some time ago.
    Lol.
    I am sure I will be extremely grateful for any advice you can offer. I'm not a huge worrier but have a feeling this upcoming year will test me.
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    Lol.
    I am sure I will be extremely grateful for any advice you can offer. I'm not a huge worrier but have a feeling this upcoming year will test me.
    I will be around when something crops up. You sound in the right frame of mind to tackle it.
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    Have you seen the Erin condren teacher planner? Expensive but I always thought it looked amazing, especially if you use it for organising everything like marks etc as you do.

    Xxx

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    It definitely looks amazing, although if I'm honest I'm not sure it's something I'd use - I really need an A4 page per day, which I didn't see when I was clicking around. You can definitely see why it's expensive, though, and I really like a lot of the ideas - maybe if I had this planner I'd actually start using stickers!

    I think for next year I'll be going with what Carnationlilyrose pointed out above, because I'm boring like that... I chose a different brand this year, and in A5 - the result was not enough space and the need to write all the days and dates at the top of the page myself like a savage XD
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    It definitely looks amazing, although if I'm honest I'm not sure it's something I'd use - I really need an A4 page per day, which I didn't see when I was clicking around. You can definitely see why it's expensive, though, and I really like a lot of the ideas - maybe if I had this planner I'd actually start using stickers!

    I think for next year I'll be going with what Carnationlilyrose pointed out above, because I'm boring like that... I chose a different brand this year, and in A5 - the result was not enough space and the need to write all the days and dates at the top of the page myself like a savage XD
    Hey!

    Well, it has something to recommend it, since it's standard issue to the trade, as it were. The thing about all the fancy ones is that they over-complicate things. I once succumbed to buying my own when I was on holiday in America and it had all manner of whistles and bells, but I simply didn't have time to bother with them. Maybe I was just too disorganised or whatever, but I got by with the standard one because it's pretty simple.
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    Whats the best way to start conversation when going around observing a class trying to get involved? I started with the usually, 'do you need help?' but they often say no. I found asking them to describe what their doing, asking slightly more advanced questions or asking 'tell me something I wont know' works better, anyone got tips?
 
 
 
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