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Hi,

I'm currently 8ish weeks into my PGCE student year, 2 weeks into actually teaching. It's hard. I have little to no support from my school mentor and uni is being equally useless in helping and I'm struggling. Currently I have 15ish lessons over 4 days (I'm in uni on Fridays)(they're 50 minutes each), I have tried broaching the fact this is too many with my mentor, but he blames the uni and says it's their fault for not giving him enough information. That's all well and good, but it's me that's suffering.

Basically, my question is, does it get easier? I'm working from 6am until 11pm most days now and it's not sustainable, I will burn out at some point. If this is what teaching is going to be like permanently I'd rather know for sure now than try to stick it out for the year just to get overwhelmed next year!

I know this all sounds a bit moany, but with little help from uni/school I'm basically teaching myself how to teach, as well as having 90% of lessons out of my specialism, so having to revise before every lesson too I do actually enjoy the teaching though!

Hoping someone will be able to give me some advice!
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It will get easier I can assure you. Just keep up the good work you are doing & don't allow the work load overwhelm you too much. Well done for keeping your spirit up despite the hectic work load.
Sorry no advice here as I too am a trainee teacher. Onwards & upwards.
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Of course it gets easier!

I'm currently long-term covering a Spanish class - I don't speak Spanish, but they don't know that. I'm a week ahead of where they need to be and it's working out.

Most courses will start you on a 0.5 timetable (which is about 13 lessons out of 25). If your mentor isn't being very helpful, then talk to the 100 other teachers that are around you, doing the same job as you. It's okay to ask for help, they were once in your shoes.
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(Original post by bigfoot93)
Hi,

I'm currently 8ish weeks into my PGCE student year, 2 weeks into actually teaching. It's hard. I have little to no support from my school mentor and uni is being equally useless in helping and I'm struggling. Currently I have 15ish lessons over 4 days (I'm in uni on Fridays)(they're 50 minutes each), I have tried broaching the fact this is too many with my mentor, but he blames the uni and says it's their fault for not giving him enough information. That's all well and good, but it's me that's suffering.

Basically, my question is, does it get easier? I'm working from 6am until 11pm most days now and it's not sustainable, I will burn out at some point. If this is what teaching is going to be like permanently I'd rather know for sure now than try to stick it out for the year just to get overwhelmed next year!

I know this all sounds a bit moany, but with little help from uni/school I'm basically teaching myself how to teach, as well as having 90% of lessons out of my specialism, so having to revise before every lesson too I do actually enjoy the teaching though!

Hoping someone will be able to give me some advice!
I think you have too many lessons, especially if you are doing your PGCE through uni, not School Direct. We were told at an university open day that in autumn term we would have only about 33% of full time table. I don't expect too big differences between different universities ... or am I mistaken?
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