(Original post by FOODFORTHOUGHT96)
Whoa! Your experience, unlike many others, has been fairly pleasant! All the forums I've read consisted of complaints and complaints. On one posts, someone was complaining about the long hours - apparently, they were doing 60 hours a week or even more. They'd say they had no social life and some had complained about their mental health.*scary*
However, your experience is really refreshing and it has calmed my nerves slightly. I've read planning is the most difficult part of the whole course - some have said they'd plan for several hours for an hours lesson. In some extreme cases, I read for every 1-hour lesson it required 4 hours of planning, is there any truth behind this?
Once you leave the school do you take work back home to complete? Also, as you teach a fairly objective subject - does it make it easier for you to mark homework/coursework/ classwork.
Finally, is there someone breathing behind your neck each lesson that you teach? I personally would feel extremely nervous if someone was watching me 24/7 whenever I teach a lesson.
There's definitely people on the course that are working 60 hours a week! Although, most people I'm friends with seem to be coping well. I think the problem is that most people write about when they're having a bad time rather than a good time. I might spend an hour and a half planning an hour lesson? But I luck out in that I don't need to make worksheets - at the school I'm based, all the pupils have to complete the same booklets so whilst I've made my own additional things for some lessons, I don't have to create general work (if that makes sense). Some lessons have taken me much longer because it's not content I'm comfortable with - so, for example, GCSE electricity modules I haven't done since I was at school (I did a theoretical physics degree) so I find it quite challenging to think about what activities they can do in the lesson. They can sometimes take 2-3 hours. I probably do about 40-45 hours a week at the moment between lessons, observations, planning and marking? So typical full time job.
Marking is fine for Physics. I don't have massive amounts of it, but it's very right or wrong unless it's levelled practical work. I only have to mark homework and levelled practical work - pupils mark their book work themselves in class and I have to review to make sure they've made corrections etc, but not fully mark. I don't take any pupil work home with me - I'm very paranoid I'll lose it - so that all stays in school. As I said before, I sometimes do some planning stuff in the evenings but I try my best not to take any work home. I don't want to make a habit of it, especially when next year I'll be teaching twice the amount of lessons! If I'm already doing 60 hours a week with 11 lessons, how can I do 22 lessons! The levelled work is the worst - that takes about 4 hours for a whole class but I think that's due to my inexperience and it being more subjective. It's also not all the time.
Every class I teach, the usual class teacher is in there. I think they have to be. In my case, I go over what we're doing and they have an observation booklet where they make informal observations about me and my teaching. The teachers in my department are great and really nice and we discuss what I think went well/badly and they're very constructive with feedback. I usually forget they're in there at this point. Obviously, when I've had formal observations, I've found those nerve wracking, especially when they don't go to plan! I'm generally left to my own devices when planning and the usual teacher checks the day before what we're doing. I think if I wasn't doing well, they'd be more hanging over me? Again, I know this isn't the same as others experiences, but this is mine. I have a mentor that's mentored a few PGCE students before and I think that helps. Some others on the course have new mentors and I think they've been a bit more overbearing.
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