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The last post. PONG!

So, in all honesty for the last three weeks I have completely forgotten to write anything. Things have been full on. In the first two days at my new school my timetable changed three times and I moved rooms twice. I also found out that I would be teaching Geography … (I don’t even have a GCSE in Geography).

In the second week the police were called to my room to search the girls who had stolen my presenter clicker and the powerpoint remote.

I had some pretty bad classes and bad days. That being said, everyone has told me that this is the worst possible time to come into the school. Three weeks to the end. The kids are tired the staff are tired, I’m tired. Everyone just wants the summer holidays. The kids have had three or four or five members of staff this term so any consistency of behaviour is out the window. I’m getting used to new policies and procedures and a new school and new staff.

Everyone has told me that things will be much better in September when I have my own room. Everyone is rested and we’re all pulling together. The kids will know that I am their teacher. They will be my own books. I really hope things will be much different.

Anyway, I’m all finished for summer now. I’ve made it through. The last Friday I was off work as I graduated. I graduated in the morning and went and got our two new kittens in the afternoon! They’re gorgeous and called Myst and Riven.

My summer currently looks like socialising the kittens and stopping them tearing the house down (really they’re very good and already litter trained which is a bonus) and planning and preparing for next year.

I finally have my timetable (given to me on my last day of term) and it’s looking like I have two year 8 classes and two year 9 classes, full time and a year 10 class and a year 11 class, once a week. Plus I have 3 classes of drama once a week which I’m really pleased about. It’ll keep my hand in and I’ll get to experience other departments.

Our veg is also coming on really well. We grew a massive courgette which was a surprise as I thought they’d all died! I’ve already planned for next year and bought seeds so I’m excited to start afresh.

Surprise Courgette

I don’t think there’s anything left to report except perhaps that I’ve decided that this will be my last post. I’ve completed my PGCE journey which is what I set out to do and now I’m a professional, so I don’t think it’s right to blog about my experiences anymore. No doubt I will still be writing about it, just not in the public sphere. Thank you so much to those of you who’ve gone on this journey with me. To my friends and family who’ve supported me through this time which has undoubtedly been the most difficult yet and for those of you reading who’re thinking of going into teaching, I would say this to you. You must want it. You must have determination and resilience. There’s a reason that the drop out rate is so high – it’s really hard, but then you know that. What I will say is that none of it seems to matter when a kid knocks on your door to ask for your help with a word game he’s stuck on or the feeling you get when in your goodbye card they write ‘Adventure is out there!’ because you’ve taught them a topic on ‘Action Adventure’ or in creative writing when I kid beams at you to tell you he’s discovered a new word – ‘PONG!’ … and with that so ends this blog.

For the last time,

TTFN X

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First week at PP2.

On Monday was a full on day with inductions, safeguarding etc and being given lots to read. It really was crazy. I also met some of the English Department who seem lovely and friendly.

On Tuesday I met all my classes and teachers. I have a mixed view I think 2/3 classes will be lovely but I have a really tricky year 10 class … no sight of any drama lessons but I’ll see if I can get involved in an after school club or something.

Wednesday was another busy day. I was roped into a Geography trip for the first two periods which was nice. I got to know some of the kids and staff and then I was shadowing a year 9 pupil who happened to be in my classes – bonus. In the late afternoon I found out I had an interview but didn’t have chance to do anything as we had mindset CPD after school. I really enjoyed it but was interested that everybody else seemed to take it at face value and be open minded. At other schools I’ve been at some teachers have been quite dismissive of it. Once I got home I was so tired I didn’t feel like I could face interview preparation so I chose my poems and did a bit of research and basic planning and vowed to get up early on Thursday. Which I did

Thursday was therefore yet another crazy long day. I got up at 5.45 and into school for 7.30. Setting off 10 minutes early saved me half an hour at the other end. So I planned for an hour in the morning then I had 1 free p5 which gave me another hour. Then I had a break for my first CM meeting and stayed until 6.30 getting the rest all done. I even managed to operate the printer as we were given our official lanyards, key and fob. I can now get anywhere in the school like any other teacher – It really makes me feel like an ‘official’ member of staff and on an even keel with my colleagues – it helps to add to my sense of professionalism.

On Friday I did my interview. I arrived and we were shown into a room. There was only one other candidate who was lovely. We were given an ‘in tray task’ which I’ve never had to do before – turned out it was marking – we got given a mark scheme which I was greatful for – and I felt that that went ok. Then we had a tour of the school which was nice. The pupils seemed lovely and it was only a small school with a real sense of community. Then I taught my lesson. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. I reflected and prepared for the interview questions and tried not to panic. During break we met the rest of the English Department who seemed really friendly and supportive and finally was the interview. I was pleased with how that went. I really got into the swing of it and reflected critically on my lesson. I was then sent home with the promise that I’d be called later with feedback. I got the job! I got the job. I still can’t quite believe it. It’s such a relief to know that I don’t have to do anymore applications and the school is only 15 minutes away from where I live. The job is only 12 months maternity cover but it’ll get me my NQT year and a good reputation in a good school I hope. I’m thrilled.

Over the weekend I’m taking my mum to see the new Beauty and the Beast film with the rest of the family because it’s her birthday and also Mother’s day is coming up. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s our favourite and I hope it lives up to my expectations.

TTFN

 

 

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Preparing for Placement 2

So, the first week back to uni and the second to last before I finish for my NQT period … that is a scary thought!

On Monday I went into uni during the morning. We handed in our reports from placement 1 and I had a meeting with my course leader to discuss some questions I had about re-submissions of assignments. I then went for a coffee with my friend Heather which was lovely and came home and had quite a productive day. I got lots done including a job application! Hopefully I’ll be sending that off before the end of the week.

On Tuesday I had my third tutorial with my course leader which went really well. I went for another coffee with Heather and we spent a couple of hours putting the world to rights. In the afternoon I worked on my re-submissions with varying success. Sometimes I was really productive, others I wasn’t. I hoped that I’d have more success on Wednesday.

Wednesday was a day off from uni so I had a fairly productive day. I got lots of jobs done around the house ready for my friend to come for tea and cake after uni tomorrow. I also got a bit of applying for jobs done and some work on my assignment.

The best bit of the day was hearing back from my second placement school with arrangements for the first day, what I needed to do, bring and prepare before going. So I got that done too.

Thursday I was back in uni for the launch of our research assignment – it made me panic a bit and I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because I’ve got 2 re-submissions, 4 job applications and a research assignment on the go … After uni Heather and Becky came round for tea and cake which was nice. I did a bit of work but was too anxious to make much headway so I didn’t make as much progress as I’d have liked. Hopefully, as we’re only in two days, next week I’ll get a lot done.

On Friday we were again in uni for the full day the morning lecture left a lot to be desired but the afternoon ones were great as usual. I have a lot of work to do but I’m really tired. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I’ll have applied for 1/4 of the jobs I have on the go and be a bit more organised with what I’m doing. Next week I’m only in 2/5 days so hopefully I’ll get more done then too.

Over the weekend my Mum and Step-Dad are coming to visit and we’re going out to the pub for a meal which will be really nice.

I hope you’re all having a lovely, productive week and that you have a restful weekend too.

TTFN X

 

 

 

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A crazy week: rearranging observations, an interview, my first ‘Outstanding’ Lesson.

Hi Everyone, this week has been crazy!

On Monday I managed to finish all my lesson planning and thought I might manage to have an easy week of it and then I found out I had an interview on Thursday! That meant I had to do a load of prep and rearrange my formal observation – nightmare. That one was a late night

On Tuesday my partner drove me to the school where I’m having my interview after I’d spent all day cramming for it. I also had two classess worth of mock marking to do. I spent the evening doing even more prepping

On Wednesday I had my first ‘Outstanding’ lesson in Drama which was really exciting. I also did the last of my prepping for my interview and met with some colleagues to go over what I had planned and receive some feedback.

On Thursday I had my interview. It was very intense – I had a 1:1 with the head followed by a 20 minute lesson, a curriculum interview and an interview with the pupils (which was lovely). After lunch all the PGCE students were let go and 2/5 went on to the final stage of the interview. They were both more experienced teachers – one of 6 years and the other had just finished her NQT year. Never the less, we were all told we could ring for feedback the following day which I did. I was told that the big debate over lunch time was whether or not to keep me on, so that was nice to hear. After my interview I got home at about 2 and did nothing for the first time in weeks. I was absolutely mentally exhausted.

On Friday my course leader wanted a word – she knew how much I had going on and wanted to check up on me. She also told me that the place I’d provisionally been given for my PP2 placement was going to change and wanted to check that it was ok as it is quite far away (40 + minutes) Greg and I are going to drive it over the weekend to see what it’s like.

Over the weekend I need to have a bloody good rest but I also need to pan for my lessons for next week including my observed lesson on Thursday – the last day! I also have several forms to take care of and paperwork for the final week. I’m also going for a meal out with some friends on Saturday so I’m really looking forward to that.

I can’t believe next week is my final week at my placement 1 school. Before Christmas I didn’t think I’d make it to this point and now I feel like I’ve just started to belong. Having said that I think I’m ready to move on to somewhere new – a fresh start, a fresh challenge.

Wish my luck! TTFN x

 

 

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The first time I’m nervous.

So since I last wrote, not a lot has changed with the house. I’ve been busy chipping away at organisational jobs and generally settling in. There are still a lot of boxes.

One thing I have done is had my ID checks made and had my DBS application sent off, as a result of this I received a letter in the post and it was the first time I felt truly nervous. It contained a leaflet called ‘Getting Started’ and contained a lot of important information about things to do before September. It’s not a scared nervous really more an excited nervous but nervous none the less. There were also some web links provided which I thoroughly explored and got Greg to print off for me at work as I haven’t yet had chance to get my equipment needs sorted out yet through the DSA … yet another thing on my ‘to do’ list. Nothing on there was surprising really, just mainly confirming information I already knew and refreshing my memory.

Somethings I found out were … that I’ll have 12 weeks of study on campus and 26 weeks on placement in schools. I found out what my modules are and what they entail

  • Developing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in English
  • Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning in English
  • Research and Practice in English
  • Practiced based modules 1a, 1b and 2

The first three weeks I’ll be in University Monday-Friday, then I’ll have a week induction on placement and then I’ll be on placement up until December and be in Uni every Friday  (taking on the placement’s term holidays). After that I’ll have on ‘Research Support Week’ before breaking up for Christmas.

In the new year I’ll be back on placement all week except Fridays until the end of February, when I have two weeks in Uni, but when I return to placement in March I’ll be school based full time. Finally, this time next year (scary!) I’ll have two final weeks in Uni preparing me for NQT.

There were also a further couple of books I found to read. I’ve added these to my amazon wishlist but only bought one as, currently, funds are low and I want to cut down on jobs in the house before I try and tackle some academia again. Right now I still feel like I’m recovering from work and catching up on sleep.

Going to go chill out with my boy now,

TTFN.

 

 

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