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    Well i now have a cold and it really is not helping!!!! been a hard week because my strength on displine has been much much better however I'm losing my sense of humour and i suspect that me telling them off is just stressing me out (nt stern person by nature)....next weeks target be stern with a bit of humour..... it never ends! sigh
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    Hope you feel better soon!!

    I'm struggling with T6, what are people doing in terms of assessment? I'm only on PT1 and I'm teaching a variety of subjects but not many sequences. I'm ok with formative assessment, I've got my WALTs and my WILFs, feedback from TAs, I've got photos of children learning, photocopies of work, I use questioning and students self assess but I don't know where to start in terms of summative assessment. What are other people doing? I'm year 2 if that helps! Xxx


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    Passed numeracy this morning, super pleased!
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    (Original post by robo donkey)
    Passed numeracy this morning, super pleased!
    yey! congratulations!

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    Went to see a specialist last night and they've said I need strict bed rest for the next 1-2 weeks, so I won't be able to complete the last two weeks of my placement I'm in shock I think. I know health comes first but what the hell happens now!!


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    (Original post by Sarang_assa)
    Went to see a specialist last night and they've said I need strict bed rest for the next 1-2 weeks, so I won't be able to complete the last two weeks of my placement I'm in shock I think. I know health comes first but what the hell happens now!!


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    Usually unis plan in extra placement days than you need to pass fpeons people are sick or go to interviews. It may not be enough for you, so most likely you will have to do a few extra days at te end of your final placement or something
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    I feel like the worst, most hopeless teacher in the world.

    My uni mentor came and observed a lesson yesterday. It was hands down the worst lesson I have taught ( pace fell, which had a knock on effect to behaviour, off task stuff, and meeting the L.O etc), I knew about 20 mins in that I had lost the lesson.

    The first thing my uni mentor said to me afterwards was 'how do you think that went'. I said, "badly", and we then spent the next 20 minutes talking in excruciating detail about how badly it went wrong. It then felt as if she was struggling to think of any positives, as they seemed really superficial in comparison to the bad stuff. Not helped by the fact that everyone else in my cohort is posting all over the interwebs about how our uni mentor was brilliant and 'only focused on the positives'.

    feel like a complete failure.
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    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    I feel like the worst, most hopeless teacher in the world.

    My uni mentor came and observed a lesson yesterday. It was hands down the worst lesson I have taught ( pace fell, which had a knock on effect to behaviour, off task stuff, and meeting the L.O etc), I knew about 20 mins in that I had lost the lesson.

    The first thing my uni mentor said to me afterwards was 'how do you think that went'. I said, "badly", and we then spent the next 20 minutes talking in excruciating detail about how badly it went wrong. It then felt as if she was struggling to think of any positives, as they seemed really superficial in comparison to the bad stuff. Not helped by the fact that everyone else in my cohort is posting all over the interwebs about how our uni mentor was brilliant and 'only focused on the positives'.

    feel like a complete failure.

    People who think they are doing amazingly at this stage in the course are completely talking out of their arses.

    The fact you can be reflective and discuss what went well and how to improve suggests you'll make a much better teacher than those who just bask in their own smugness.



    I know that some of the trainees who were like that on my PGCE year failed to make progress later on because they thought they knew it all already. It's only your first observation - I'm sure you'll be fine
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    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    I feel like the worst, most hopeless teacher in the world.

    My uni mentor came and observed a lesson yesterday. It was hands down the worst lesson I have taught ( pace fell, which had a knock on effect to behaviour, off task stuff, and meeting the L.O etc), I knew about 20 mins in that I had lost the lesson.

    The first thing my uni mentor said to me afterwards was 'how do you think that went'. I said, "badly", and we then spent the next 20 minutes talking in excruciating detail about how badly it went wrong. It then felt as if she was struggling to think of any positives, as they seemed really superficial in comparison to the bad stuff. Not helped by the fact that everyone else in my cohort is posting all over the interwebs about how our uni mentor was brilliant and 'only focused on the positives'.

    feel like a complete failure.
    I can count the amount of observations I had where the only positive was "you took the register" on more than both hands.
    The fact that you are reflecting and looking to improve shows that you will. Don't let one observation get you down. If I had done that, I would have dropped out of teacher training after about 2 weeks...
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    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    I feel like the worst, most hopeless teacher in the world.

    My uni mentor came and observed a lesson yesterday. It was hands down the worst lesson I have taught ( pace fell, which had a knock on effect to behaviour, off task stuff, and meeting the L.O etc), I knew about 20 mins in that I had lost the lesson.

    The first thing my uni mentor said to me afterwards was 'how do you think that went'. I said, "badly", and we then spent the next 20 minutes talking in excruciating detail about how badly it went wrong. It then felt as if she was struggling to think of any positives, as they seemed really superficial in comparison to the bad stuff. Not helped by the fact that everyone else in my cohort is posting all over the interwebs about how our uni mentor was brilliant and 'only focused on the positives'.

    feel like a complete failure.
    Don't worry - we're all here to learn and improve, not to show how great we are at teaching 2 months into the course...

    You say they seemed to be struggling to think of the positives, but at least they did find some, so it wasn't a complete disaster. Also, the criticisms you've mentioned are to do with the lesson (the activities you planned and consequently the pace, which had a knock-on effect on other areas), not your personality and professionalism as a teacher. After all, you're on the course to learn how to plan lessons and they'll be getting better all the time.

    I had my observation from the university last week and got loads of criticisms of the activities I'd planned (not challenging enough, not purposeful enough, took too long so pace dropped, etc...) but they were pleased with my positive interactions with pupils and that I knew all their names.

    Your mentor will want to see that you can take critical feedback, accept where you made mistakes, and move on. Your discussion with them was part of that, and now you need to try and apply what you've learned to future lessons.
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    I was crashed into yesterday morning so now have whiplash so the geography department at placement have sent me home as I'm in constant pain. They seemed impressed that I went in today at all, which was cool. But my god I'm on so much pain
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    (Original post by robo donkey)
    I was crashed into yesterday morning so now have whiplash so the geography department at placement have sent me home as I'm in constant pain. They seemed impressed that I went in today at all, which was cool. But my god I'm on so much pain
    Oh no! Are you ok?? At least they could see you were genuinely in pain and not just hankering for some time off! I guess that's the one good thing about my reason for being off being so visible, they know I'm not making it up! Get better soon xxx


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    I'm off today and tomorrow minimum, gives me a chance to do some planning and assignment at home I guess without driving etc, just really sore and stiff is all sad times
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    I can't do this. Is anyone doing primary teaching?
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    I can't do this. Is anyone doing primary teaching?
    Me! Whats up hun?
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    (Original post by Sarang_assa)
    Me! Whats up hun?
    I'll try to explain. I'm teaching English to primary school kids and I just can't do it. The kids are 6 to 11 years old and are very talkative, Im considering quitting my job because I can't do it,
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    I'll try to explain. I'm teaching English to primary school kids and I just can't do it. The kids are 6 to 11 years old and are very talkative, Im considering quitting my job because I can't do it,
    Awwww I'm sorry you're not enjoying it. Where abouts are you? I taught English at a Primary school in Korea and it was definitely thought at times. What do you feel like you're struggling with? Ill try and help! Xxx


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    (Original post by Sarang_assa)
    Awwww I'm sorry you're not enjoying it. Where abouts are you? I taught English at a Primary school in Korea and it was definitely thought at times. What do you feel like you're struggling with? Ill try and help! Xxx


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    I'm in Spain. I haven't had the proper training required to teach kids and they just dont listen. I feel like I'm a babysitter.
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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    I'm in Spain. I haven't had the proper training required to teach kids and they just dont listen. I feel like I'm a babysitter.
    I'm an MFL teacher in secondary so could probably pitch in with ideas to help you with teaching.

    Getting them to listen is hard work- I currently have a very sore throat! Do you always wait for silence before you speak? It can feel like a lifetime waiting but it's SO worth it.

    What sort of work/activities do you give the children?


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    (Original post by Sarang_assa)
    Went to see a specialist last night and they've said I need strict bed rest for the next 1-2 weeks, so I won't be able to complete the last two weeks of my placement I'm in shock I think. I know health comes first but what the hell happens now!!


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    I had to take 2 weeks off during my PGCE to have an operation last year. My uni and placement school were really supportive and it didn't affect my course too much. Just be aware that you will probably find you are playing catch up for a week of so afterwards. Feel better soon.


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