Everyone has told me how awful teaching is/how hard the PGCE is and I'm having doubts.
Is lesson planning that bad? What do you have to do?
How many classes do you get responsibility for/have to teach as a trainee?
Anything positive anyone can say?
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- Thread Starter
- 03-03-2018 00:08
- 03-03-2018 08:58
On placements (we had two), you are responsible for teaching a certain percentage of one class' day (this is in primary). I was given a year two class, for example, and had to start in week one teaching 30%. This then moved up each week by 10%, until the last week of placement when I was teaching 60% of their timetable.
The planning really depends on your uni, school and mentor. For my first placement the mentor required a literal minute-by-minute explanation of what I would be doing in the lesson, drafts of questions I would ask and an explanation of where I would be standing in the classroom at different points of the lesson. Each lesson plan took about three hours at first, but eventually only took about 40 minutes - an hour.
For my second placement the mentor only wanted very vague lesson plans - he asked me to come up with key words and phrases related to the lesson and to be prepared/think about possible misconceptions, but that was about it. These took about 20 minutes to do.
So that really depends on the school.
Look, it's tough - of course it is. But most unis have strict structures in place designed to help you if they feel you are struggling, a safety net kind of thing. And it really does get easier as time goes on.
- 03-03-2018 12:13
It is tough. But you start gradually and build up. The rewards are lovely though. That feeling when you teach a fab lesson is superb.
If you can teach, you can do anything!
- 03-03-2018 12:19
Get experience! I can’t stress that enough. Face your fears. Lesson planning was the thing I was terrified off. When I volunteered I did a 15 minute lesson a week for a group of 10. I know run my own tutoring business. lesson planning is easy you just need to find your own way. It takes like 3 hours to plan a 20 minute lesson at first. It now takes me just 5 to do an hour lesson for tutoring. And I’m guessing 20 minutes for a hour lesson in schools by the time you do all the paper work( you maybe different as I live in Scotland). And I’m also dyslexic so you need to take into account it takes me longer to plan anything. Good luck but get experience even if you tutor!